RUSH - 2112

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2112 (pronounced "twenty-one twelve") is the fourth studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush, released on April 1, 1976 by Anthem Records. After they finished touring their previous album, Caress of Steel, in early 1976, the band were in financial hardship due to the album's disappointing sales, unfavorable critical reception, and a decline in numbers at their shows. Their international label, Mercury Records, considered dropping them but granted Rush one more album following negotiations with their manager Ray Daniels. 2112 was recorded in February 1976 in Toronto with their longtime producer Terry Brown. Its centerpiece is a 20-minute title track, a futuristic science-fiction song, with five individual tracks on side two.


2112 was released to favourable reviews from music critics and quickly outsold the band's previous albums. It peaked at No. 5 on the Canadian Albums Chart and No. 61 on the US Billboard Top LPs & Tape. Rush supported the album with a tour of the United States, Canada and, for the first time, across Europe, from February 1976 to June 1977. 2112 remains the band's second highest selling album with over 3 million copies sold in the US. It is listed in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and ranked second on Rolling Stone's reader's poll, Your Favorite Prog Rock Albums of All Time.[5] 2112 has been reissued several times; a 40th Anniversary Edition was released in 2016 with previously unreleased material, including the album performed by artists including Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Steven Wilson, and Alice in Chains.
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