Mercury Records
Release date
18 Dec 2012
Running length
6 tracks
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1 2112: Overture / The Temples Of Syrinx / Discovery / Presentation / Oracle /… 20:36 412
2 A Passage To Bangkok 3:35 107,671
3 The Twilight Zone 3:19 84,291
4 Lessons 3:53 80,700
5 Tears 3:34 78,230
6 Something For Nothing 3:58 92,551

About this album

2112 (“Twenty-One Twelve”) is the fourth studio album by Canadian progressive rock band Rush, released in 1976. The Toronto dates of the 2112 tour were recorded and released as All The World’s a Stage in September 1976. In 2006 a poll of Planet Rock listeners picked 2112 as the definitive Rush album.

The album 2112 features an eponymous seven-part suite written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, with lyrics written by Neil Peart. The suite tells a dystopian story set in the year 2112. Since the album is named after the suite it is mistakenly thought of as a concept album. Technically it is not, as the songs on the second side are completely unrelated to the plot of the suite. Rush repeated this arrangement in Hemispheres.

2112 was the first Rush album listed in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Sticking to their principles
The band, pressured by their record company not to write another concept piece (after the previous album, Caress of Steel, containing two such songs, failed commercially), stuck to their principles and created what is hailed as their first masterpiece. It garnered them their first U.S. Top 100 album and would reach Gold status on November 16, 1977 (along with the band’s then current release A Farewell to Kings and All The World’s a Stage) and Platinum on February 25, 1981 (shortly after the release of Moving Pictures in 1981).

The 2112 suite
Main article: 2112 (song)

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  • adelepts

    Masterpiece [2]

    8 Aug 12:38am Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    The track title is so sublime that simply outshines the rest of the record.

    22 Feb 5:25am Reply
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    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • scrotius

    i like how there's a peak in listeners around 21st december (3) HAHA, who lets their calendar choose the music they listen to?!

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dr_bun

    apart from the record company

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • niQboy

    v Agreed. Well, I personally like the guitar-work on Bangkok, but yeah, the title track steals the show. Really, they could have just released the album with the title track alone and I don't think anyone would have complained.

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    Title track is a masterpiece, but the rest is nothing outstanding at all.

    4 Jul 2013 Reply
  • JaredMackie

    i like how there's a peak in listeners around 21st december (2) haha I never thought about 21/12 maybe referencing the end of the world lol

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
  • pingywings

    i like how there's a peak in listeners around 21st december

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    What do you mean? This is the original artwork. The starman logo is only in the booklet/innersleeve.

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • sl8221958

    What's with the altered album cover art? Isn't there a figure of a man standing in or in front of the pentagram in the original? Censorship? Stupidity? Wrongness of some other sort? Reality can be so slippery.

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Rampula

    This is absolutely one of my favorite albums of all time.

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • woordenaar

    99 years to go!

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
  • thrakattack

    why can't I add cover art for the Sector 1 version of this album? the "buy this album" graphic is covering the "upload album art" link. i have run into this same issue with a bunch of other releases, btw.

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • liquidvizions

    2012 cant be the end. RUSH TOLD US 2112. we got another 100 years to go. FTW!

    24 Aug 2012 Reply
  • iron345

    Totally agree with InterceptorZero. And Caress of Steel almost sounds like it fits musically between this and Kings.

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • dr_bun

    very much agreed with the comment below, the title track kicks ass but as an album its nothing compaired to the album before this or the seven albums that followed it

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • InterceptorZero

    "2112" is a great song, but the rest is some of Rush's least inspiring work they've ever made IMO.

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • Szopen715

    100 years to go! [5]

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • EvilMonkeyRec

    Rush - Practice Makes Perfect - 09-08-1979 << Great & rare Rush live !! >> http://theevilmonkeysrecords.blogspot.it/2012/04/rush-practice-makes-perfect-09-08-1979.html

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
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