Vapor Trails

May 2002 . 17th Studio Recording

Geddy Lee – My Favourite Headache 2000 Rush In Rio 2003

About Vapor Trails

After a six year absence from the recording studio, Vapor Trails was the band’s first new album of the 21st Century, and the 17th of the band’s career. It was released in May, 2002 and co-Produced by Paul Northfield, who has engineered a number of Rush’s recordings. Vapor Trails redefines their intensely individualistic music, blending their famously complex dynamics with driving melodic hooks and a passionate, personal lyric approach. The entire developmental process for Vapor Trails was extremely taxing and took approximately 14 months to finish, by far the longest the band had ever spent writing and recording a studio album. The band had the album remixed and re-released as Vapor Trails Remixed in 2013.

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Produced by

Rush and Paul Northfield

Recorded by

Paul Northfield, Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson

Mixed by

David Leonard


Howie Weinberg

Additional mastering and sequencing

Roger Lian


Ray Danniels
SRO Management Inc.

Executive Production

Anthem Entertainment
Liam Birt and Pegi Cecconi

Equipment care and feeding

Lorne (Gump) Wheaton

Art Direction, paintings, and portraits

Hugh Syme

Liner Notes

Geddy Lee – bass guitar, vocals
Alex Lifeson – electric and acoustic guitars, mandola
Neil Peart – drums and cymbals

Recorded at Reaction Studios, Toronto
January – November, 2001
Assisted by Chris Stringer

Mixed at Metalworks, Mississauga
December 01 – February 02
Assisted by Joel Kazmi

Thanks to everyone at Reaction Studios: Ormond, Claire, Chris, and Jeff, and everyone at SRO: Ray Danniels, Pegi Cecconi, Sheila Posner, Anna LeCoche, Cynthia Barry, Shelley Nott, Steve Hoffman, Bob Farmer, Randy and Frances Rolfe.

As always, we owe our families a huge debt
of love, gratitude, appreciation, and attention.
We also owe them an apology.

For technical help and contributions, our thanks to Jim Burgess and Ed Wilson at Saved By Technology, Andrew MacNaughtan, Barry and B. Zee Brokerage, Paul Reed Smith, Fender bass guitars, Coll Audio, Tyme Rogers at Tech 21, Mackie Digital Systems, Steve and Mark at Hughes & Kettner AmplificationDean Markley, Sean Browne at YamahaDrum Workshop, Avedis ZildjianPromarkRemo, Roland electronic percussion, and – Î©â„¢

Brought to you by the letter “3”

© 2002 Atlantic Records
© 2002 Anthem Entertainment


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One Little Victory

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

A certain measure of innocence
Willing to appear naive
A certain degree of imagination
A measure of make-believe

A certain degree of surrender
To the forces of light and heat
A shot of satisfaction
In a willingness to risk defeat

Celebrate the moment
As it turns into one more
Another chance at victory
Another chance to score

The measure of the moment
Is a difference of degree
Just one little victory
A spirit breaking free
One little victory
The greatest act can be
One little victory

A certain measure of righteousness
A certain amount of force
A certain degree of determination
Daring on a different course

A certain amount of resistance
To the forces of the light and love
A certain measure of tolerance
A willingness to rise above