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While such albums as 1980's Permanent Waves and 1981's Moving Pictures are usually considered Rush's masterpieces (and with good reason), 1978's Hemispheres is just as deserving. Maybe the fact that the album consists of only four compositions (half are lengthy pieces) was a bit too intimidating for some, but the near 20-minute-long "Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres" is arguably the band's finest extended track. While the story line isn't as comprehensible as "2112" was, it's much more consistent musically, twisting and turning through five different sections which contrast heavy rock sections against more sedate pieces. Neil Peart had become one of rock's most accomplished lyricists by this point, as evidenced by "The Trees," which deals with racism and inequality in a unique way (set in a forest!). And as always, the trio prove to be experts at their instruments, this time on the complex instrumental "La Villa Strangiato." Geddy Lee's shrieking vocals on the otherwise solid "Circumstances" may border on the irritating, but Hemispheres remains one of Rush's greatest releases.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/1997
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0731453462922
catalogNumber: 534629
Rank: 6472

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rush   Primary Artist
Geddy Lee   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Pedals
Alex Lifeson   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Classical Guitar,Pedals
Neil Peart   Chimes,Drums,Gong,Bells,Timpani,cowbell,Temple Blocks,Crotale,Wind Chimes

Technical Credits

Rush   Arranger,Producer
Terry Brown   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Geddy Lee   Composer,Contributor
Alex Lifeson   Composer
Declan O'Doherty   Engineer
Neil Peart   Composer
Hugh Syme   Artwork,Art Direction
Mike Donegani   Engineer
Declan O'Dogerty   Engineer
Reno Ruocco   Engineer
Pat Moran   Engineer
Bob King   Art Direction

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