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Hemispheres (1978 album)
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Hemispheres (1978 album)

Hemispheres
LP & CD by Rush
Released October 28 1978
Recorded June-July 1978
Genre Progressive rock
Length 35 min 57 s
Record label Mercury Records
Producers Terry Brown and Rush
Professional reviews
RollingStone review NR link
Artistdirect review 3/5 link
Rush Chronology
A Farewell to Kings
(1977)
Hemispheres
(1978)
Permanent Waves
(1980)

Hemispheres is the sixth studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1978 (see 1978 in music). The album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales.

This album continues Rush's trend of using the fantasy and science fiction lyrics written by Neil Peart. Though science fiction is not present so much on this album it does contain fantasy elements. "Hemispheres" and "The Trees" are good examples of this.

Good examples of Rush's conformance to progressive rock standards include the use of fantasy lyrics, complex rhythms and time signatures, and flexible guitar solos, like those in "La Villa Strangiato".

Track listing

  1. "Cygnus X-1 Book II Hemispheres" - 18:10
    • I: "Prelude" - 4:27
    • II: "Apollo/Dionysus" - 4:36
    • III: "Armageddon" - 2:55
    • IV: "Cygnus" - 5:01
    • V: "The Sphere" - 1:02
  2. "Circumstances" - 3:40
  3. "The Trees" - 4:42
  4. "La Villa Strangiato" - 9:34

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