It’s quite amazing to think that seminal prog-rock act Rush has sold over 40 million records worldwide, yet they continue to get shown the cold shoulder by the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame selection committee. The Canadian-based power trio, who recently went indie moving from Atlantic to Roadrunner Records, have announced that they will release three separate six-disc box sets, that focus on the Mercury Records years, which ran from their 1974 self-titled debut through 1988′s Show of Hands, that they’ve dubbed Sector. Each set, which all will hit stores on November 21, will not only feature the digitally remastered albums on high resolution 96kHz/24-bit audio, but also includes an exclusive booklet packed with unpublished photos, original album lyrics and credits, with each album packaged in a replica vinyl mini-jacket of the original album release as all three box sets form a Rush CD road case.
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Finally, last month we posted Willie Nelson’s take on Coldplay’s Scientist, which was commissioned by Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle, as the soundtrack of the short film entitled, Back to the Start, to help promote their non-profit arm the Cultivate Foundation, who’s ”dedicated to creating a sustainable, healthful, and equitable food future.” For their latest video, Chipotle nabbed Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ front woman Karen O, who recorded a version Nelson’s 1978 hit Momma Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Cowboys, for a short film called Abandoned, turning the corny country song into sparse, spooky lament. Let’s check it out…
The film, which was made to call attention to the vanishing family farm, as well to promote the chain’s Halloween promotion of selling $2 burritos to those in costume on Halloween night, with proceeds benefiting the Cultivate Foundation and Farm Aid.