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A Farewell to Kings
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A Farewell to Kings

A Farewell to Kings
LP & CD by Rush
Released September 1977
Recorded June 1977
Genre Progressive Rock
Length 37 min 13 s
Record label Mercury Records
Producers Terry Brown and Rush
Professional reviews
RollingStone review 2½/5 link
Artistdirect review 3/5 link
Rush Chronology
All The World's a Stage
(1976)
A Farewell to Kings
(1977)
Hemispheres
(1978)

A Farewell To Kings is the fifth studio album by the Canadian band Rush, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music). The album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales and mixed at Advision Studios in London.

The lyrics of the long cut "Xanadu" were inspired by the 56-line poem Kubla Khan, written in 1798(?) by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In this respect there is a link to Welcome To The Pleasuredome by English pop band Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Track listing

  1. "A Farewell To Kings" - 5:51
  2. "Xanadu" - 11:08
  3. "Closer To The Heart" - 2:53
  4. "Cinderella Man" - 4:21
  5. "Madrigal" - 2:35
  6. "Cygnus X-1" - 10:25

All music and lyrics by Lee, Lifeson and Peart except "Closer To The Heart" where the lyrics were co-written with Talbot.

Personnel

Rush
Geddy Lee | Alex Lifeson | Neil Peart | John Rutsey
Studio Albums
Rush | Fly by Night | Caress of Steel | 2112 | A Farewell to Kings | Hemispheres | Permanent Waves | Moving Pictures | Signals | Grace Under Pressure | Power Windows | Hold Your Fire | Presto | Roll the Bones | Counterparts | Test for Echo | Vapor Trails | Feedback
Live albums, Compilations, etc.
All The World's a Stage | Archives | Exit...Stage Left | A Show of Hands | Chronicles | Retrospective I | Retrospective II | Different Stages | | Rush in Rio
Side Project Albums
Victor | My Favorite Headache