Japanese only paper sleeve SHM pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players. Warner. 2009.
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By far, my favorite !
Flazer | 06/26/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album has always been close to my heart. There are so many flavors to choose from and it's an album where you truly feel that Rush really created it for themselves rather than trying to create an album for mass consumption.
Some of the pieces are without a doubt, Beautiful. PANACEA for example is a breath taking song of love from the perspective of someone who really knows what love is about - no fluff, no "i love you forever", just what seems an honest feeling about where someone is... No candy or sugar coating... A feel story of feeling... Excellent!
I THINKING GOING BALD... Wow! What a flavorful track - even my father who was born in 1943 took to this masterful piece about growing old - growing old in the hippest way :)
Speaking of 1943, there's BACCHUS PLATEAU and that "cask of 43'". What a wonderful uplifting piece of art this track is!
As you can probably imagine, I can go on and on about this album. Speaking of, I have the album - and the cassete - and the CD - and am going to nab a remastered version. Yeah for me, it's that good and worth my effort.
OK, my only gripe is what was side 2 of the album, THE FOUNTAIN OF LAMNETH where the CD combines what to me is 6 distinct tracks. Sure I understand conceptually, all 6 are part of a concept. It's just that having grown up on the album and cassette, that technology wasn't mature enough to keep all the movements in one package.
No matter though... I rip the CD into a WAV file then parse the tracks individually! Yes, not really what Rush intended and perhaps I am doing a disservice to the band and their work but at times, I really want to hear NO ONE AT THE BRIDGE !!!!!
Anyway, as you can tell, no real issue with the quality of the work and I still hold true that this album is a masterpiece and yes, by far, my favorite! :)