Released in 2007, “Snakes & Ladders” stands as Rush’s most current studio effort, and was issued by Atlantic in a super nice 180gm HQ-Vinyl version that was pressed by RTI in Los Angeles. It is also widely considered by fans to be the best Rush record in, well, a really long time. The Thom Jurek review over at allmusic.com is pretty epic in its praise for “Snakes…”, more or less calling it one of the band’s best records. Ever. (Me, I haven’t heard a new Rush record in close to 30 years)
Despite the fact it’s only been four years since its release, the vinyl configuration is pretty elusive. Like much of the band’s releases over the past couple of decades. The vinyl run for “Snakes…” is widely recognized to be 5000. I wanna say that there are only a couple thousand copies of “Vapor Trails” out there. But hey, despite the small runs (small in light of how large the band’s worldwide fan base remains), give ’em props for continuing to support the shiny black disc format.
This sealed 180gm two-lp gatefold beauty is housed in a heavy, zippered poly bag, with no jacket issues whatsoever. $150.