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Rush Honors “Farewell To Kings” 40th Annniversary Early w “Cygnus X-1” RSD Exclusive

Since this is only about a post about a special edition single for RSD, I’ll let the press copy do its job. Read on McDuff.

The Press Release:
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Rush’s sixth studio album, “A Farewell To Kings”. To kick-start the celebration, on April 22, 2017, UMe/Anthem/ole will release a limited edition, 12” single for “Cygnus X-1” as an exclusive for Record Store Day, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Featuring “Book I: The Voyage” and “Book II: Hemispheres,” this is the first time these tracks will be released as a single and the pressing will be limited to only 5000 copies. “Cygnus X-1”; is pressed on 180g vinyl and features brand new artwork by Hugh Syme, Rush’s longtime artwork and creative director.

Side A: Cygnus X-1 – Book I: The Voyage
Side B: Cygnus X-1 – Book II: Hemispheres

Released in 1977, “A Farewell To Kings”; is the studio follow-up to “2112” and is a continuation of Rush’s musical growth, as they continued to push traditional rock boundaries and explore new ground, both musically and lyrically. Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, “A Farewell To Kings” was the band’s first U.S gold-selling album, receiving the certification within two months of its release, and was later certified platinum.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: This is sure going to be something cool for the Rush fanatics of the world as this particular song is a monster of a track. My favorites on “FTK” still fall to “Xanadu” and “Closer To The Heart” but I will talk more about those when I compose my Music Milestone piece for the full album in September when the anniversary actually hits. Be sure to get on point with whatever dealer sells albums in your region so you don’t miss out on this exclusive LP. Let me know what you readers think about this special edition release and the tune itself down in the comments section below.

Official Website: http://www.Rush.com
Official Album Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Farewell_to_Kings

Rush’s “Roll The Bones” Still Rolling at 25 Years (1991-2016)

Continuing forward with a bevy of Music Milestone toasts, we have arrived at the 25th Anniversary of Rush’s 14th album “Roll The Bones”. I’ll give you a moment to shake your head in disbelief about that realization. The album was one that continued the musical transitions that had begun with the previous album “Presto” and these changes found Rush music being a lot more accepted on the radio airwaves. Yeah we might have heard the classics of the earlier years on WNEW and WPLJ etcetera, but with “Roll The Bones” you were going to also hear them on the more commercially driven radio stations. I was completely fine with this if it could somehow generate a larger interest in the band for these new fans. As always this is but a toast and less deep analysis since the numbers are well documented on Wikipedia. The reflections remain personal about the work and how it affected me as a listener at the time.
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Rush’s Epic Concept “2112” Is Forty Years Old Today (1976-2016)

There have been so many amazing milestones to raise a glass to so far this year and now it’s time to get the Prog out with a quick toast to the fourth album by the legendary Progressive Rock masters Rush and their epic concept album “2112”. As with all of these, the toast is purely my own first impressions of the work since all the super duper detail is so well documented on the Wikipedia entry that I’ve linked below. The history of the album is an interesting one and if you watched the Rush documentary “Beyond The Lighted Stage” they cite that after their “Caress Of Steel” album how they were instructed by the record company to avoid any lengthy tracks since the release barely performed. Figuring it didn’t really matter at that point the delivered a twenty-minute track entitled “2112” which was broken down into seven suites. It would also become the title of the album and with this epic tune the band was on the way to becoming the stuff of legends. The first half of the “2112” album portrayed a Dystopian future for our Earth for that year which is now four years ago at the time of this writing and thanks to the creative stories painted by drummer Neil Peart, it was truly some interesting stuff. The opening “Overture” is a timeless favorite of many a drummer and only the most skilled of their number ever attempt it in public for fear of scrutiny from their peers. I knew 80% of it but never quite the 100% to perfection myself  Let’s take a quick look at the whole track listing and then discuss a little bit more.

Track Listing:
1. “2112” (Overture, The Temples of Syrinx, Discovery, Presentation, Oracle: The Dream, Soliloquy, Grand Finale)
2. A Passage to Bangkok
3. The Twilight Zone
4. Lessons
5. Tears
6.Something for Nothing
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Rush @ Madison Square Garden

Rush celebrates their 40th Year and will bring their sound down at The Garden.

Rush @ Prudential Center

Rush is on their R40 Tour and this could be their very last go round. Don’t miss it if you can swing a ticket.