The Canadian rock trio Rush have always evoked polarising views. Some folks found the band viz. Geddy Lee – (vocals, bass, keyboards); Alex Lifeson – (guitar); Neil Peart (drums), somewhat pretentious, obnoxious with Lee’s high pitched vocals an annoyance whilst others (present company included) revered them as virtuoso progressive rock gods who could do no wrong!
This year marks the 40th anniversary of A Farewell to Kings, a key commercial breakthrough for the band, with a format that would set the tone for the massive successes to follow.
That approach would vary long and short songs – including the radio hit “Closer to the Heart” and live staple “Xanadu” – that held the band in good stead for many many years. A Farewell to Kings was also significant for Lee’s increasing use of synthesizers, something that Lee would developed in subsequent albums.
This Deluxe Editions includes the 2015 Abbey Road remasters of the original album (first time on CD) together with a previously unreleased live recordings of a complete Rush concert recorded in February 1978 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon and the special bonus of re-interpretations by Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews and Alain Johannes!
A veritable treasure trove for diehard fans!
… still there’s more …