Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

RUSH: A Farewell To Kings

This one required a certain amount of thinking, because Rush has so many high quality studio albums to choose from, but I decided to pick 1977’s A Farewell To Kings, and I’m here to tell you why!

First of all, A Farewell To Kings represented a bold step forward in the band’s composing skills, continuing the path of longer songs, and the addition of more keyboards into the mix.

Later down the road the keyboards kind of put the guitars into a lesser role, but at this point, Alex Lifeson still sounded like a real guitar hero (which he is!) and Geddy Lee was still primarily a super power on bass and vocals.

The Professor (Neil Peart) was expanding his drum and percussion arsenal, and digging deep into his bag of literary tricks to pen some of the deepest lyrics in progressive rock music.

For all this maturity and growth, I still hold A Farewell To Kings near and dear to my heart, because, quite frankly, it ROCKS my face off.

Xanadu is simply mind boggling, a work of cosmic genius, and firmly in my top 3 Rush tunes of all time. Such an epic track, topped off with a completely incendiary solo by Sir Alex. Cygnus X-1 Book 1:

The Voyage, is another chapter in Rush’s science fiction saga, and Closer To The Heart demonstrated that the boys still knew how to keep a song short and sweet when they wanted to.

A Farewell To Kings was Rush discovering just how powerful a power trio could be.

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