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…
A Farewell To Kings spawned the band’s first commercially successful radio hit “Closer To The Heart” & will see a 40th anniversary release. The original album’s 2015 remaster by Abbey Road Mastering Studios is featured for the first time on CD. The Hammersmith Odeon February 1978 show is now available for the first time as a complete concert, newly mixed by Terry Brown. Additional bonus tracks includes four cover songs from Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews & Alain Johannes along with a studio outtake of the spacey sound effects from “Cygnus X-1” called “Cygnus X-2 Eh”. 40th anniversary package receives brand new cover art along with new illustrations for each song by Hugh Syme & 12,000 word liner notes by Rob Bowman.
Essential: A masterpiece of progressive rock music.
One of the defining moments in my (then) young life was going into town to buy A Farewell To Kings, the first Rush album to be put out on official release in the UK. The wondeful gatefold sleeve, yet another Hugh Syme masterpiece,only served to heighten my excitement and expectation as I impatiently waited for the bus that would return me home.
All tracks have been digitally remastered. Taking a cue from other art-rock groups like Yes and Genesis, Rush expressed a penchant for fantasy and science fiction themes on A FAREWELL TO KINGS. Coupling the increasingly intricate arrangements of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson with the creative lyrics of Neil Peart, the power trio format is stretched beyond recognition on epic tracks like the sensational "Xanadu," a masterful re-telling of Kubla Kahn's "Pleasure Dome" along the river Alph.