Rush: The (Partial) Series – A Farewell To Kings (1977)
Let’s get in there and give ‘er!
A Farewell To Kings’ medieval-sounding acoustic intro is fun, but it doesn’t last long before it tkes off into a decent Rush rawk song. I like the instrumental bit best.
Xanadu is epic. It takes a couple of minutes to build, but once it does, it immediately takes on all comers. It’s another of those Rush tracks that has an albums’-worth of ideas packed into one 11-minute song, and it’s all huge. I loved it. What a workout!
Closer To The Heart is a total classic. Radio has been trying to kill this song with overplay for years, and they’ve never succeeded. Great to hear it within the context of its album proper. It fits.
Cinderella Man is another great Rush rawk song, meaning intricate instrumentation, both heavier and lighter spots, and that completely classic Rush sound. Yes. Yes! YES!
Madrigal is a short, pretty little tune. Has the feel of being a segue track, glueing two others together.
Cygnus X-1 has a weirdo intro, which becomes a funky, bluesy jam before taking off into an all-over-the-map rock-out. When the vocals arrive, it’s a full-on rock track, then some more jamming. Sprawling at over 10.5 minutes, this is monster track.
In sum: At only 6 tracks, one could look at it and feel it’s a light effort. One spin, though, will confirm there’s at least two albums’-worth of tracks in that truncated track list. I need to play this again, listening even more closely, really letting it seep into our blood. This one feels like it truly deserves the attention. Thanks heaps, Mike! I am so loving this record (and all of them, thus far!)