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Farewell to Kings [40th Anniversary Edition] [3 CD]

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Track Listing

    Track Title

    Time

  1. A Farewell to Kings 5:56
  2. Xanadu 11:12
  3. Closer to the Heart 2:56
  4. Cinderella Man 4:23
  5. Madrigal 2:35
  6. Cygnus X-1 10:28
  7. Bastille Day [Live] 6:03
  8. Lakeside Park [Live] 4:30
  9. By-Tor & the Snowdog [Live] 5:06
  10. Xanadu [Live] 12:20
  11. A Farewell to Kings [Live] 6:19
  12. Something for Nothing [Live] 4:11
  13. Cygnus X-1 [Live] 10:26
  14. Anthem [Live] 4:53
  15. Closer to the Heart [Live] 3:25
  16. 2112 [Live] 19:29
  17. Working Man [Live] 4:08
  18. Fly by Night [Live] 2:04
  19. In the Mood [Live] 2:36
  20. Drum Solo [Live] 6:42
  21. Cinderella Man [Live] 4:47
  22. Xanadu 11:11
  23. Closer to the Heart 3:24
  24. Cinderella Man 4:27
  25. Madrigal 3:25
  26. Cygnus X-2 Eh 4:09

Review

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. With the popular hit single "Closer to the Heart," the trio showed that they could compose concise and traditionally structured songs, while the 11-minute "Xanadu" remains an outstanding accomplishment all these years later (superb musicianship merged with vivid lyrics help create one of Rush's best all-time tracks). The album-opening title track begins with a tasty classical guitar/synth passage, before erupting into a powerful rocker. The underrated "Madrigal" proves to be a delicately beautiful composition, while "Cinderella Man" is one of Rush's few songs to include lyrics penned entirely by Geddy Lee. The ten-minute tale of a dangerous black hole, "Cygnus X-1," closes the album on an unpredictable note, slightly comparable to the two extended songs on 1975's Caress of Steel. A Farewell to Kings successfully built on the promise of their breakthrough 2112, and helped broaden Rush's audience on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi