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We're celebrating 2-1-12 with "2112"

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    2112, but it was the year 2062 that a galaxy wide war resulted in a union. By 2112 the world is controlled by “the Priests”. It is they who determine the content of all information. Then a man discovers an ancient guitar and learns to play his own music. The dramatic conclusion tonight at midnight. Rush, 2112 tonight’s KZEP Classic Disc.

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    The Rush album titled "2112" is the fourth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1976.

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    The album features an eponymous seven-part suite written by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, with lyrics written by Neil Peart telling a dystopian story set in the year 2112.

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    The album is sometimes described as a concept album although the songs on the second side are unrelated to the plot of the suite.

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    Rush repeated this arrangement on the 1978 album Hemispheres.

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    2112 is one of two Rush albums listed in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (the other being Moving Pictures).

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    In 2006, a poll of Planet Rock listeners picked 2112 as the definitive Rush album.

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    Due to the relative commercial failure of their previous album, Caress of Steel, the record label is said to have pressured the band not to do another album with "concept" songs.

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    Caress of Steel contains two multi-part epics: the 12-minute "The Necromancer" (side one) and the side-long epic "The Fountain of Lamneth" (side two).

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    By their own recollection, the band stuck to their principles and recorded what would become their first commercial success, and ultimately a signature record.

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    2112 was released in March 1976 and landed on the Billboard Hot 100 album chart, becoming their first album to reach the Billboard Top 100.

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    2112 would eventually be certified Gold on November 16, 1977, along with the band's then current releases A Farewell to Kings and the live All The World's a Stage.

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    2112 reached Platinum status on February 25, 1981, shortly after the release of Moving Pictures in 1981, the latter being their biggest selling record to date.

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