RUSH fan-site Power Windows
have issued the following update:
In 2008 Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs released their vinyl and Ultradisc II 24 KT Gold CD remaster of Permanent Waves, with the expectation of additional Rush remasters to follow in the near future. Those plans appear to have been canceled, however, as explained in this message recently posted to the Steve Hoffman Music Forums:
Michael Grantham from Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs: "After literally months of examination and discussions with the artists, due to the age and fragility of most of original first-generation analog masters to classic Rush titles, we’ve had to cancel plans to release the titles we had planned. They have deemed that the original masters should not be used for any future re-mastering, and we have to respect that decision. We apparently lucked out big-time with Permanent Waves as it was in pristine condition. Sorry for the bad news but we’re not feeling so hot about it ourselves. I believe another indie label is now looking into releasing some Rush titles in the future but mastered from copy tapes."