A Farewell to Kings
A Farewell to Kings is the fifth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released on September 1, 1977, by Anthem Records in Canada and by Mercury Records in the United States. It was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales and was mixed at Advision Studios in London.
|A Farewell to Kings|
|Studio album by|
|Released||September 1, 1977|
|Studio||Rockfield Studios in South Wales, UK|
|Producer||Rush, Terry Brown|
|Singles from A Farewell to Kings|
Singer and bassist Geddy Lee has said that the album was an important one for him, because "I learned a lot; I was learning a lot. I was always challenged and I was very stimulated and the end result was A Farewell to Kings, so I guess it was a pivotal record in that regard."
|Christgau's Record Guide||D|
|The Daily Vault||A-|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
In the Q & Mojo 2005 Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album came in sixth in a list of "40 Cosmic Rock Albums". AllMusic's Greg Prato gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, saying they "had improved their songwriting and strengthened their focus and musical approach". He took notice of the synthesizers that were creeping into the arrangements, "a direction the band would continue to pursue on future releases". He said "Xanadu" "remains an outstanding accomplishment all these years later". Conversely, Village Voice critic Robert Christgau gave the record a D rating, calling Rush "the most obnoxious band currently making a killing on the zonked teen circuit". He compared them to bands such as "Angel. Or Kansas. Or Uriah Heep, with vocals revved up an octave. Or two."
A remaster was issued in 1997.
- The tray has a picture of the star with man painting (mirroring the cover art of Retrospective I) with "The Rush Remasters" printed in all capital letters just to the left. All remasters from Rush through Permanent Waves are like this.
- The remaster has all of the original vinyl packaging, including the back cover (all black with puppet strings) and inner sleeve photos of the band on stage. The star with man logo was reinstated after its absence on the original CD issue.
A Farewell to Kings was remastered again in 2011 by Andy VanDette as part of the three-volume "Sector" box sets, which re-released all of Rush's albums recorded for Mercury. In addition to the standard audio CD, A Farewell to Kings was also included on an audio DVD in the Sector 2 set, remixed into 5.1 surround sound.
A Farewell to Kings was remastered for vinyl in 2015 by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios as a part of the official "12 Months of Rush" promotion.[better source needed] The high-definition master prepared for this release was also made available for purchase in 24-bit/96 kHz and 24-bit/192 kHz formats, at several high-resolution audio online music stores. These masters have significantly less dynamic range compression than the 1997 remasters and the "Sector" remasters by Andy VanDette. The 2015 remaster was issued on cd in 2017, coupling it with the complete Hammersmith concert from February 1978 (which had partly been on Different Stages) and a selection of covers by Dream Theater and others, as part of the 40th Anniversary edition of the album.
|1.||"A Farewell to Kings"||Lee, Lifeson, Peart||5:51|
|3.||"Closer to the Heart"||Peart, Peter Talbot||2:54|
|6.||"Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage
|2017 40th Anniversary Edition bonus disc 1|
|1.||"Bastille Day" (Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon)||6:03|
|2.||"Lakeside Park" (Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon)||4:30|
|3.||"By-Tor and the Snowdog" (Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon)||5:07|
|4.||"Xanadu" (Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon)||12:21|
|5.||"A Farewell to Kings" (Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon)||6:19|
|6.||"Something for Nothing" (Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon)||4:11|
|7.||"Cygnus X-1" (Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon)||10:26|
|2017 40th Anniversary Edition bonus disc 2|
|1.||"Anthem" (Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon)||4:54|
|2.||"Closer to the Heart" (Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon)||3:26|
|3.||"2112" (Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon)||19:30|
|4.||"Working Man" (Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon)||4:08|
|5.||"Fly by Night" (Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon)||2:04|
|6.||"In the Mood" (Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon)||2:36|
|7.||"Drum Solo" (Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon)||6:43|
|8.||"Cinderella Man" (Recorded on February 20, 1978 in London at the Hammersmith Odeon)||4:48|
|9.||"Xanadu" (Performed by Dream Theater)||11:12|
|10.||"Closer to the Heart" (Performed by Big Wreck)||3:25|
|11.||"Cinderella Man" (Performed by The Trews)||4:28|
|12.||"Madrigal" (Performed by Alain Johannes)||3:26|
|13.||"Cygnus X-2 EH" (Previously unreleased instrumental studio outtake of sound effects)||4:09|
- Geddy Lee – vocals, bass and twelve-string guitar, Minimoog, bass pedal synthesizers
- Alex Lifeson – electric and acoustic six- and twelve-string guitars, classical guitar, bass pedal synthesizers
- Neil Peart – drums, orchestra bells, wind chimes, bell tree, vibraslap, triangle, tubular bells, temple blocks
- Terry Brown – spoken vocals on "Cygnus X-1"
- Arranged and produced by Rush and Terry Brown
- Recorded at Rockfield Studios (Wales) during June 1977 by Terry Brown and Pat Moran
- Mixed at Advision Studios (London) by Terry Brown, with assistance by Declan O'Doherty and Ken Thomas
- Originally mastered by George Graves; Remastered by Bob Ludwig and Brian Lee at Gateway Mastering
- Cover photography by Yosh Inouye
- Art and graphic direction by Hugh Syme
- Sleeve photograph by Roger Stowell, with liner photos by Fin Costello
|UK Albums Chart||22|
|"Closer to the Heart"|
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