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A Farewell to Kings [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

RushAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 6, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001ESJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Farewell Here! November 16, 2001
By Samhot
Format:Audio CD
It's interesting to listen to Rush's albums in chronological order, and to hear how things had progressed from album to album. After hearing what had been created on Rush's 1976 breakthrough, _2112_, we could see the band perfecting what had been hinted at on earlier albums. And, here, on the effort that followed _2112_, we witness, yet another evolution.

On 1977's _A Farewell To Kings_, we see Rush entering a more evolutionary period in their writing. To me, this album, in many ways, is a bit more pivotal than their previous album, in foreshadowing what the band would be famed for in albums like 1981's _Moving Pictures_. For instance, in *sound* value alone, the sounds that are found here are much more akin to what you would hear on the later-era, more accessible, streamlined prog-rock in their early-80s period. Also, the instrumentation, and how it is treated is important: it was on *this* album where Rush started to employ more exotic instruments into their repetoire, and in drove-like fashion: tubular bells, wind chimes, bass pedal synthesizers, orchestra bells; these types of airy instruments and sounds were fairly prominent in the _Permanent Waves_-era Rush. And, also as important, it was on *this* album, where Rush started to delve heavily into the use of odd time signatures, and the multiple use of them. To be precise, on Rush's second album, 1975's _Fly By Night_ (their first with Neil Peart), the band did start doodling around with odd time signatures, but not to the extent of which they are used here (and on later albums.) _2112_ didn't exhibit a large use of odd time signatures, so these things alone would leave you convinced of two things: (1). This album was *indeed* a big evolution from _2112_. (2).
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add this one to the list of "Rush's best." April 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
While 2112 was the first Rush song I ever heard, A Farewell To Kings was the first Rush album I owned (the store didn't have 2112 at the time). Sentimentally, it's a favorite because it was among my first progressive rock albums, but beyond the gushiness I still love this album because it's great music.
For a band that critics hated, Rush had quite a following at this point, picking up numerous fans who'd been dazzled by the band's stunning musicianship, philosophical reflection typically disguised as fantasy/sci-fi stories (but not always...sometimes it was just a story), and the fact that they freakin' rocked. A Farewell To Kings produced one of the band's most popular songs, "Closer to the Heart," which continues to receive the attention of classic rock radio stations all over the place. I don't use superlatives too much, but I must say that this is the best song under three minutes EVER. The socially conscious title track squeezes a lot of "progression" into a 5 minute song. The highlights of this album are the mesmerizing "Xanadu" and the rockin' space adventure known as "Cygnus X-1, Book I." Even though the latter is best appreciated as a precursor to the phenomenal "Hemispheres," it's a great song even on its own. The first movement is ominous, the second is catchy and exciting, and the third is an insane rhythmic assault underscoring Lee's screaming vocals.
Finally, like most of Rush's work, this really doesn't sound dated at all, despite being released in the late 70s. Timeless music is great music!
Critics [stink]. Rush rules. Or something. But I'm pretty sure I'm right.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By t'amant
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In the world of classic RUSH, this is paradise (or xanadu if you will). RUSH's fifth studio release represents another branching-out of the complex progressive sound experimented with heavily on the prior 2 (or even 3) albums. They slightly tone down the raging intensity of 2112 in favor of more layering and color with 6 very unique and far-out classics. This is the album that came out when I was just becoming a huge fan and going to the first of 4 concerts. I had just bought All the World's a Stage a few months before and I knew this band would be huge. 2112 was so great that it seemed tough to beat, but this took RUSH to the next stage (so to speak). Closer to the Heart shows the budding radio play genius shown in subsequent albums beginning with Permanent Waves...tight and structured shorter songs with focused storytelling (it has always been a huge radio hit). Cinderella Man shows the reflective and more sensitive (artist's dilemma) theme played out with the usual RUSH intensity - the guitar lead is power-wah heaven, Geddy's Bass carries everything higher melodically (great concert song) - Cinderella man sounds fine to me, manic depressive or not. PEART, by the way, has moved to higher ground with this album. Creative approaches and incredible mind-bending technique and power are everywhere (his drumkit is the envy of the western world by this time). A million young males came out of the drumming closet to emulate Neil Peart, you could see them playing air drums everywhere back then. The title song is one of my favorites, mixing a bit of a classical medieval feel with sheer rock power on a political labyrinthian fable. Read more ›
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Published 4 days ago by mary
1.0 out of 5 stars REMIX NO THANX
This is some sort of remix copy.I do not care for it at all.Be sure to look at description when buying music.
Published 26 days ago by D-T-G1
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER FANTASTIC WOW
Few words can be said about the POWERHOUSE that is RUSH . This album is EXCELLENT , If you have never heard this album and are a fan of RUSH , especially older Rush , I envy you .. Read more
Published 1 month ago by frank
3.0 out of 5 stars 256 kbs? Are you serious?
The downloads are a low bit rate. Buy the CD. I downloaded Xanadu to complete my collection. What a disappointment.
Published 2 months ago by greenman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever of Rush
Just can't beat them for progressive rock. Just wish Geddy Lee had taken better care of his voice over the years.
Published 3 months ago by Beth A. Mcmichen
5.0 out of 5 stars great buy
awesome album, glad to get on mp3, would by an mp3 again, download was good experiance, price was fair also.
Published 4 months ago by tim hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Farewell to Kings
This is an album for the soul. Ithuroughly enjoy the musicianship along with Getty's voice. the three members of Rush take you on a pleasurable journey you will never forget. Read more
Published 6 months ago by rhythmnkeeper
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect !
Perfect !
Because the product is very good .
I liked a lot .
Would recommend to my friends from Brazil .
Published 6 months ago by Rafael - Brazil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Record
All Six songs are amazing, capped off by Cygnus X-1 which is incredible. A must buy for any true Rush Fans
Published 6 months ago by Julian Orint
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1997 Remaster Sounds Great! Buy It Again!
The 1997 Remaster is definitely worth buying again - even if you already own it.
Low-end improvement and overall definition and clarity.
Published 8 months ago by Tekrad
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