A Farewell to Kings

A Farewell to Kings

by RushRush

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Overview

On 1977's A Farewell to Kings it quickly becomes apparent that Rush had improved their songwriting and strengthened their focus and musical approach. Synthesizers also mark their first prominent appearance on a Rush album, a direction the band would continue to pursue on future releases. With the popular hit single "Closer to the Heart," the trio showed that they could compose concise and traditionally structured songs, while the 11-minute "Xanadu" remains an outstanding accomplishment all these years later (superb musicianship merged with vivid lyrics help create one of Rush's best all-time tracks). The album-opening title track begins with a tasty classical guitar/synth passage, before erupting into a powerful rocker. The underrated "Madrigal" proves to be a delicately beautiful composition, while "Cinderella Man" is one of Rush's few songs to include lyrics penned entirely by Geddy Lee. The ten-minute tale of a dangerous black hole, "Cygnus X-1," closes the album on an unpredictable note, slightly comparable to the two extended songs on 1975's Caress of Steel. A Farewell to Kings successfully built on the promise of their breakthrough 2112, and helped broaden Rush's audience on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/1997
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0731453462823
catalogNumber: 534628
Rank: 2395

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rush   Primary Artist
Geddy Lee   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Alex Lifeson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Neil Peart   Chimes,Drums,Triangle,Bells,Vibraslap,cowbell,Tubular Bells,Temple Blocks,Bell-tree

Technical Credits

Rush   Producer
Terry Brown   Producer,Engineer
Geddy Lee   Composer
Alex Lifeson   Composer,Contributor
Neil Peart   Composer,Contributor
Hugh Syme   Artwork,Art Direction
John Michael Talbot   Composer
Pat Moran   Engineer
Bob King   Contributor
Terry "Broon" Brown   Engineer

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