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Updates and other random Rush stuff

(image)Rush's 2112 40th anniversary edition box set released last month and sales from the reissue ended up propelling 2112 back into the Billboard 200 album charts at #121 in its initial week of release (it has since dropped back out). The standard edition of the 2112 40th anniversary reissue is a 2CD+DVD set which includes a CD of 2112 remastered (the version from last year's 2112 vinyl reissue), another CD of some rock celebrity covers of a few of the various songs on the album along with some live outtakes, and a DVD of the newly-restored Live at Capitol Theatre 1976 show along with some other bonus videos. There's also a 3 LP version with the same content as the CDs along with a few bonus goodies. The Super Deluxe edition contains both the 2CD+DVD and 3 LP sets along with some additional bonus content. The cover songs included on the set are 2112: Overture from members of the Foo Fighters (audio here at the 46 minute mark), A Passage to Bangkok from Billy Talent (audio), The Twilight Zone by Steven Wilson (audio), Something for Nothing by Jacob Moon (audio) and Tears by Alice In Chains (audio). One of the live outtakes on the bonus CD is a 1976 Massey Hall recording of Something for Nothing which is available for streaming online here. Rob Bowman wrote the very extensive liner notes included with the set, and Eric at Power Windows has transcribed them and made them available online here, and John at Cygnus-X1.net has all the artwork/scans available on his site here. You can get all the details regarding the contents of the 2112 40th anniversary edition via the official Rush.com press release and also watch a 1-and-a-half minute promotional unboxing video which highlights the contents of the box set here. The Illinois Entertainer posted a review of the set earlier this week where they give it an 8/10 rating, and Brad Birzer also posted a review of the set for Progarchy.com where he highly recommends it. Assuming you didn't already get it for Christmas, you can order the 2112 40th anniversary edition on Amazon (2CD+DVD, 3 LP, Super Deluxe), or pick it up at your local retailer.

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Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson featured in trailer for KSHE 50th Anniversary Real Rock Museum

(image)Legendary FM rock radio station KSHE 95 out of St. Louis is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and to celebrate they will be launching the KSHE 50th Anniversary Real Rock Museum on January 9th at kshe95.com. The virtual online museum will contain eight wings filled with KSHE audio histories, photo galleries, interviews and listener favorite audio clips. From the press release:

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Happy International Rush Day!

(image)The number 2112 has become synonymous with Rush over the years due to their breakout 1976 album of the same name, which was just re-released last week in celebration of its 40th anniversary. And since today is the 21st day of the 12th month - written as 21/12 in most of the world - Rush fans over the years have dubbed it as an unofficial Rush holiday of sorts. Happy International Rush Day everyone! December 21st also happens to be the Winter Solstice, so there's at least one other reason to celebrate too. Four years ago back in 2012 Rush Day was particularly significant and widely recognized because the year was also the 2112 pre-centennial. This year the festivities promise to be a bit more muted - especially given that Rush is in semi-retirement mode at the moment, but it's still always an occasion worth celebrating. What better excuse do you need to listen to Rush all day long, watch Rush DVDs/Blu-rays, wear Rush paraphernalia, and otherwise celebrate Rush fandom? To make it especially significant, do something extra special at exactly 9:12PM this evening; 21:12 in military time. Happy #RushDay everybody!!!

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Win a FANTOONS Geddy Leesa print in new Rush: Time Stand Still sweepstakes

(image)Rush and FANTOONS have just launched a new online contest/sweepstakes where one lucky winner will get a limited edition, FANTOONS Geddy Leesa print along with some other prizes. To enter the contest, fans just need to take this short quiz on how well they know Rush's new Rush: Time Stand Still documentary. The contest runs through 12AM on December 19th, and you get all the details and submit your entry at rushtimestandstill.com/fantoons. Good luck!

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Updates and other random Rush stuff

(image)Rush will be releasing a 2112 40th anniversary Super Deluxe box set one week from today on December 16th, just in time for the Holidays. The standard edition is a 2CD+DVD set which includes a CD of 2112 remastered (the version from last year's 2112 vinyl reissue), another CD of some rock celebrity covers of a few of the various songs on the album along with some live outtakes, and a DVD of the newly-restored Live at Capitol Theatre 1976 show along with some other bonus videos. There's also a 3 LP version with the same content as the CDs along with a few bonus goodies. The Super Deluxe edition contains both the 2CD+DVD and 3 LP sets along with some additional bonus content. The cover songs included on the set are 2112: Overture from members of the Foo Fighters, A Passage to Bangkok from Billy Talent, The Twilight Zone by Steven Wilson, Something for Nothing by Jacob Moon and Tears by Alice In Chains. The Billy Talent cover of A Passage to Bangkok was recently made available for streaming online at this location, and was one of 102.1 The Edge's 5 Songs You Must Hear This Week. You can also listen to Alice in Chains' take on Tears via YouTube, and the Foo Fighters cover of 2112: Overture here (at the 46 minute mark). One of the live outtakes on the bonus CD is a 1976 Massey Hall recording of Something for Nothing which is available for streaming online here. You can get all the details regarding the contents of the 2112 40th anniversary edition via the official Rush.com press release and also watch a 1-and-a-half minute promotional unboxing video which highlights the contents of the box set here. You can pre-order the 2112 40th anniversary edtion on Amazon (2CD+DVD, 3 LP, Super Deluxe).

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Listen to 1976 live outtake of Rush's Something for Nothing from upcoming 2112 box set

(image)Rush will be releasing a 2112 40th anniversary Super Deluxe box set in 2 weeks on December 16th, just in time for the Holidays. The standard edition is a 2CD+DVD set which includes a CD of 2112 remastered (the version from last year's 2112 vinyl reissue), another CD of some rock celebrity covers of the various songs on the album along with some live Massey Hall outtakes, and a DVD of the Live at Capitol Theatre 1976 show along with some other bonus videos. There's also a 3 LP version with the same content as the CDs along with a few bonus goodies. The Super Deluxe edition contains both the 2CD+DVD and 3 LP sets along with some additional bonus content. One of the songs on the bonus CD is a live 1976 Massey Hall outtake of Something for Nothing, and Rush has made the track available for streaming online here. The cover songs included on the set are 2112: Overture from members of the Foo Fighters, A Passage to Bangkok from Billy Talent, The Twilight Zone by Steven Wilson, Something for Nothing by Jacob Moon and Tears by Alice In Chains, the latter of which is available for streaming online via YouTube and other streaming channels. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson appeared on The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2 a few weeks ago to discuss the new box set and spin a couple of the included cover songs. You can listen to the entire, extended, 25-minute interview at this location, and listen to the entire 3-hour Strombo episode, including the complete Foo Fighters cover of 2112: Overture and a sample of Billy Talent's take on A Passage to Bangkok, here (at the 46 and 57:30 minute marks respectively). You can get all the details regarding the contents of the 2112 40th anniversary edition via the official Rush.com press release and also watch a 1-and-a-half minute promotional unboxing video which highlights the contents of the box set here. Joe Bosso raised the question of which side of 2112 is better in his review of the set for Music Aficionado last week. There's also this review from TeamRock.com. You can pre-order the 2112 40th anniversary edtion on Amazon (2CD+DVD, 3 LP, Super Deluxe).

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Updates and other random Rush stuff

(image)The new Rush R40 Live tour documentary Rush: Time Stand Still officially released today on DVD/Blu-ray and is now available to order (DVD, Blu-ray) or purchase in stores. Several retailers are offering in-store promotions with the purchase of the DVD/Blu-ray including Best Buy, FYE and others as outlined in this promotional video. The DVD/Blu-ray includes 67 minutes of unreleased footage from the band's Presto tour (from Rush's March 8th, 1990 show at the Palace in Auburn Hills), but it does not include any of the pre-film content shown during the film's screening in theaters last night and earlier this month. The theater screening was prefaced by a short animated film produced by FANTOONS called The Early Days of Neil Peart which you can preview here. They then showed a 20-minute mini-documentary titled Rush: A Salute to Kings where Gene Simmons (KISS), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), and the band's producer Nick Raskulinecz shared their unique stories about Rush over the last 40 years. You can watch clips from both Chad Smith's and Gene Simmons' portion of the documentary, and watch the trailer here. The film itself runs for just over an hour-and-a-half and is primarily a documentary about the band's R40 Live tour, with particular focus on it likely being the band's final tour, along with a good deal of attention paid to Rush's rabid and loyal fan base. Several trailers and clips from the documentary are available online at the Rush YouTube channel, and you can check out reviews of the film from the following publications:

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Holiday wishes from Geddy Lee and his dogs via Instagram

(image)Geddy Lee was active on his official Instagram page over the Holidays this past week. On Christmas he posted the following photo of his two dogs along with this message:

Happy Holidays from Lucy and Stanley Wasserman...who have graciously agreed to pose for this photo, provided I open a fine bottle of burgundy for them....oh...alright...
#HappyHolidays
#HappyHanukah
#HappyXmas
#TheWassermansrock!
#dogsofinsta

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Geddy Lee comments on the passing of prog-rock pioneer Greg Lake

(image)The news broke earlier today that legendary progressive rock pioneer Greg Lake had passed away yesterday at the age of 69 from cancer. Lake gained prominence as a founding member of the progressive rock bands King Crimson and ELP, both of which were huge influences on Rush. Geddy Lee posted the following comments on Lake's passing via his geddyimages Instagram page this afternoon:

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Vote for your favorite Rush #ThankYouRush contest finalist

(image)Last week Rush and Rounder Records launched a #ThankYouRush Ultimate Fan Package Giveaway contest via social media where 5 lucky winners will receive a Rush: Time Stand Still prize package with the Grand Prize package including a Rush R40 commemorative guitar. Contestants had to submit a photo or video (45 seconds max, in landscape) via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ThankYouRush where they pledge their allegiance to Rush. The entry period has concluded and the 10 finalists have been chosen out of the over 1000 entries received. It's now up to the fans to decide who will win by voting for their favorite entry at this location. The winners will be announced next Monday, December 5th. Here's Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith with his #ThankYouRush message:

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Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins on whether he could replace Neil Peart in Rush in new interview

(image)Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was recently interviewed by Eddie Trunk for his SiriusXM radio program and when Trunk brought up the idea of whether he could replace Neil Peart in Rush, here's what he had to say:

"Dude, I'd get fucking crucified, man. You know how many fucking dorks would wanna kick my ass if I tried to be in RUSH? It'd be like a nation of dorks chasing me and trying to kill me. [Screaming] You're not Neil Peart! Don't even think about it!"

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Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee send video birthday wishes to Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman

(image)Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman celebrated his 70th birthday this past Saturday, December 24th. Akkerman is best known as the co-founder of Dutch progressive rock band Focus. A number of rock musicians including Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee sent a compilation of video birthday greetings to Akkerman and the video has been posted online. It is available for viewing below or on YouTube here. Alex appears right at the beginning of the video and Geddy comes in at around the 3:15 mark. Thanks to Alex van Loon for the heads up.

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Rush 2112 40th anniversary edition box set released tomorrow

(image)Rush's new 2112 40th anniversary edition box set officially releases tomorrow and pre-orders are already shipping out. In fact, some folks have even received their copies already. The standard edition is a 2CD+DVD set which includes a CD of 2112 remastered (the version from last year's 2112 vinyl reissue), another CD of some rock celebrity covers of a few of the various songs on the album along with some live outtakes, and a DVD of the newly-restored Live at Capitol Theatre 1976 show along with some other bonus videos. There's also a 3 LP version with the same content as the CDs along with a few bonus goodies. The Super Deluxe edition contains both the 2CD+DVD and 3 LP sets along with some additional bonus content. The cover songs included on the set are 2112: Overture from members of the Foo Fighters, A Passage to Bangkok from Billy Talent, The Twilight Zone by Steven Wilson, Something for Nothing by Jacob Moon and Tears by Alice In Chains. You can listen to the Billy Talent cover of A Passage to Bangkok online at this location, Alice in Chains' take on Tears at this link, and the Foo Fighters cover of 2112: Overture here (at the 46 minute mark). One of the live outtakes on the bonus CD is a 1976 Massey Hall recording of Something for Nothing which is also available for streaming online here. Geoff Barton wrote a review of the set for TeamRock.com this past week which you can check out here. You can get all the details regarding the contents of the 2112 40th anniversary edition via the official Rush.com press release and also watch a 1-and-a-half minute promotional unboxing video which highlights the contents of the box set here. You can order the 2112 40th anniversary edtion on Amazon (2CD+DVD, 3 LP, Super Deluxe), or pick it up at your local retailer tomorrow.

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Christmas-themed Rush reference on the latest episode of Family Guy

(image)After featuring a major Rush reference on the show just a few weeks ago, tonight's episode (Season 15, Episode 9 - How the Griffin Stole Christmas) of the animated Fox sitcom Family Guy featured yet another Rush reference. At one point in the show Stewie laments about how he has ruined Christmas and says, "like the Little Drummer Boy when he got into Neil Peart". They then cut to a scene of the Little Drummer Boy playing his signature song to the baby Jesus. In the middle of the song he throws away his single drum for a Neil Peart-inspired 13-drum kit and breaks into an epic drum solo as seen in this clip (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net).

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Rush: Time Stand Still documentary debuts at #2 on Billboard Music Video chart

(image)The new Rush R40 Live tour documentary Rush: Time Stand Still officially released last month on DVD/Blu-ray and is now available to order online (DVD, Blu-ray) or purchase in stores. The documentary ended up debuting at #2 on the Billboard Music Video chart, and has maintained that position into its 2nd week on the charts, just behind The Beatles' Eight Days a Week (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net). Several retailers are offering in-store promotions with the purchase of the DVD/Blu-ray including Best Buy, FYE and others as outlined in this promotional video. The DVD/Blu-ray includes 67 minutes of unreleased footage from the band's Presto tour, but it does not include any of the pre-film content shown during the documentary's screening in theaters last month. The film runs for just over an hour-and-a-half and is primarily a documentary about the band's R40 Live tour, with particular focus on it likely being the band's final tour, along with a good deal of attention paid to Rush's rabid and loyal fan base. Trailers and clips from the documentary are available online at the Rush YouTube channel, and you can check out several reviews of the film in this post. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed/scanned the artwork and liner notes and made them available online (liner notes, scans). Last week Rush and Rounder Records ran a #ThankYouRush Ultimate Fan Package Giveaway contest via social media where 5 lucky winners would receive a Rush: Time Stand Still prize package with the Grand Prize package including a Rush R40 commemorative guitar. Contestants had to submit a photo or video (45 seconds max, in landscape) via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ThankYouRush where they pledge their allegiance to Rush. 10 finalists were chosen and then whittled down to the 5 prizewinners via an online fan vote that closed yesterday. You can check out all the winners along with their entries at this location.

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Rush to donate Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award prize to Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research

(image)Earlier this month Rush was announced as the 2017 recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The band will be honored for their achievements and longstanding career in the music industry, social activism and support of humanitarian causes at the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at the Sheraton Centre on Thursday, April 20th, 2017. Here's what the band had to say about the award:

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Rush reference on tonight's episode of Family Guy

(image)(image)Tonight's episode of the animated FOX sitcom Family Guy (Season 15, Episode 7 - High School English contained a major Rush reference. The episode has Peter Griffin in a library where he reads three classical tales, one of which is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The episode then has the cast act out the novel in abbreviated form with Peter Griffin as Huck Finn and Chris Griffin playing the part of Tom Sawyer. At one point Huck asks Tom what he's doing so far from home, to which he replies, "Rush is playing here tonight. They wrote a song about me." Jim (the runaway slave) played by Cleveland then shows up. Huck asks what they should do next, and Tom rips off his shirt to reveal a Rush concert t-shirt underneath and shouts, "Rush concert!" The scene ends with the three at a Rush concert with Rush performing Tom Sawyer as seen in this video clip. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Aaron Rodgers is traded to Canada and gets a Rush t-shirt on TSN's Cabbie Presents

(image)Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was a guest on TSN Sportcentre's Cabbie Presents last week. Comedian and Canadian sports personality Cabral Richards (aka "Cabbie") spoke with Rodgers about his spectacular football career, complete with a few comedic jibes - including a fictional "Breaking News" bit where Rodgers gets "traded to Canada" for Michael Buble, Shawn Mendes, Jonathan Toews and a comedian to be named later. After becoming an official Canadian, Cabbie then presents Rodgers with a Rush t-shirt as seen here, spurring Rodgers to bring up the movie I Love You Man - which famously included a cameo from Rush themselves. You can watch the video of the Rodgers trade to Canada below or at this location at about the 2:15 mark. The Packers will be taking on the New York Giants this coming Sunday in the opening round of the NFL playoffs. Thanks to Redditor malibumontana for the heads up.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff

(image)Rush's new 2112 40th anniversary edition box set officially released this past Friday and is now available to order. The standard edition is a 2CD+DVD set which includes a CD of 2112 remastered (the version from last year's 2112 vinyl reissue), another CD of some rock celebrity covers of a few of the various songs on the album along with some live outtakes, and a DVD of the newly-restored Live at Capitol Theatre 1976 show along with some other bonus videos. There's also a 3 LP version with the same content as the CDs along with a few bonus goodies. The Super Deluxe edition contains both the 2CD+DVD and 3 LP sets along with some additional bonus content. The cover songs included on the set are 2112: Overture from members of the Foo Fighters (audio here at the 46 minute mark), A Passage to Bangkok from Billy Talent (audio), The Twilight Zone by Steven Wilson (audio), Something for Nothing by Jacob Moon (audio) and Tears by Alice In Chains (audio). One of the live outtakes on the bonus CD is a 1976 Massey Hall recording of Something for Nothing which is available for streaming online here. Rob Bowman wrote the very extensive liner notes included with the set, and Eric at Power Windows has transcribed them and made them available online here. Here's a recent review of the set from Something Else Reviews. You can get all the details regarding the contents of the 2112 40th anniversary edition via the official Rush.com press release and also watch a 1-and-a-half minute promotional unboxing video which highlights the contents of the box set here. Ultimate Classic Rock has opened up voting for their annual Ultimate Classic Rock Awards and the 2112 box set is in the running in the Archival Live Album / Video of the Year category, so go vote for Rush at this location. You can order the 2112 40th anniversary edition on Amazon (2CD+DVD, 3 LP, Super Deluxe), or pick it up at your local retailer.

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Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford talks Rush in new interview

(image)Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford recently sat down with Mike Mettler for an interview at DigitalTrends.com to discuss his many projects including the RATM offshoot Prophets of Rage and his new band Wakrat. Wakrat just released their debut album last month and Mettler asked him about all the odd time signatures on the record, which led to a discussion of progressive rock and Rush:

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Official 52-page Rush coloring book now available from FANTOONS

(image)FANTOONS recently added a 52-page Rush coloring book to their inventory of officially licensed Rush swag, and the book is now available to order via Amazon. They also recently launched a selection of Rush-themed Hanukkah and Christmas cards just in time for the holidays. You can check out the Holiday cards along with a bunch of other cool, officially-licensed Rush FANTOONS merchandise at their Etsy store here. For those of you who don't know, FANTOONS is an ongoing comic strip based on Rush and some other great bands that was created by David Calcano back in 2012. If you follow rushisaband on Facebook and/or Twitter, you've likely run across some of the amazing Rush-themed comic art from FANTOONS that I've shared over the last few years. You can check out some samples of their work on Facebook and at fantoons.tv. Last year they released a 170-page Rush Toons book filled with comics and artwork featuring our favorite band Rush. I had the honor of writing the book's foreword and highly recommend it; it's a definite must have for any Rush fan.

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Alex Lifeson limited edition, signed A Brush of Hope print now available

(image)Alex Lifeson has been involved with the Kidney Foundation of Canada's A Brush of Hope charity auction for the past ten years. His latest entry was titled Aquarium and ended up raising $8700 CAD in the organization's annual online auction last month. Alex's 2015 painting was titled Blind Date Picnic and the Kidney Foundation has just made this painting available as a limited-edition print signed by Alex Lifeson. From the announcement:

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Listen to Alice in Chains' cover of Rush's Tears from the upcoming 2112 40th anniversary box set

(image)Rush will be releasing a 2112 40th anniversary Super Deluxe box set this coming December 16th, just in time for the Holidays. The standard edition is a 2CD+DVD set which includes a CD of 2112 remastered (the version from last year's 2112 vinyl reissue), another CD of some rock celebrity covers of the various songs on the album along with some live Massey Hall outtakes, and a DVD of the Live at Capitol Theatre 1976 show along with some other bonus videos. There's also a 3 LP version with the same content as the CDs along with a few bonus goodies. The Super Deluxe edition contains both the 2CD+DVD and 3 LP sets along with some additional bonus content. The cover songs included on the set are 2112: Overture from the Foo Fighters, A Passage to Bangkok from Billy Talent, The Twilight Zone by Steven Wilson, Something for Nothing by Jacob Moon and Tears by Alice In Chains, the latter of which now available for streaming online via YouTube and other streaming channels. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson appeared on The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2 a couple of weeks ago to discuss the new box set and spin a couple of the included cover songs. You can listen to the entire, extended, 25-minute interview at this location, and listen to the entire 3-hour Strombo episode, including the complete Foo Fighters cover of 2112: Overture and a sample of Billy Talent's take on A Passage to Bangkok, here (at the 46 and 57:30 minute marks respectively). You can get all the details regarding the contents of the 2112 40th anniversary edition via the official Rush.com press release and also watch a 1-and-a-half minute promotional unboxing video which highlights the contents of the box set here. You can pre-order the 2112 40th anniversary edtion on Amazon (2CD+DVD, 3 LP, Super Deluxe).

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