By Robby Rinaldi | Staff Writer
Prepare yourself, because the Canadian rock trio Rush is back again from 49 years in the making. To celebrate the album’s 40th anniversary, Rush remastered and re-released their fifth studio album “A Farewell to Kings” on Dec. 1, along with new listings not previously seen before.
Rush has been one of the leading pioneers in rock music, providing a huge array of different sounds, from prog rock, hard/heavy classic rock, ’80s new wave stuff, and a variety of other genres. Though pummeled by critics for the unpredictable time-signature changes in their music, Rush gained a large following of fans, and a large amount of respect with albums like 2112, Hemispheres, Moving Pictures, Signals, and Permanent Waves.
One of the other albums that put them on the musical map was A Farewell to Kings, which began to set the stage for the rest of their career with their initial usage of synthesizers and pedals to create different sounds and effects that were almost unheard of at the time.
The band consists of Geddy Lee on bass, vocals, and synthesizers, Alex Lifeson on guitars, and Neil Peart on percussion and drums. Each band member has been recognized for their large talent, so much so that Lee and Peart are ranked among the best in their fields. On top of this, Rush has been considered one of the greatest live bands of their time by Rolling Stone Magazine (rollingstone.com) and others. Together, the band has achieved multiple awards for their technicality and pure musical brilliance, including 24 gold records, 14 platinum records (including three multi-platinum), and an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
According to Rush.com, this re-release will come out Dec. 1 and promises the original album inside, with the original lineup of:
- A Farewell to Kings
- Closer to the Heart
- Cinderella Man
- Cygnus X-1 Book 1: The Voyage
The re-release also provides freshly recorded covers of the original songs by other bands such as Dream Theater, Big Wreck, Alain Johannes and The Trews. Alongside these will be a studio recording outtake renamed by the band as Cygnus X-2 Eh. With this the Hammersmith show will be included, giving a whole 34 minutes of unreleased audio from the band’s performances. Other sets include Blu-ray audio discs with remastered 5.1 surround mix of the album, and three original 1977 promotional videos from the band.
Along with the band’s large fan base from around the world, Pearce students who enjoy their music are excited as well.
“Rush, to me, is a decent band,” freshman Nate Elout said, “but I am more surprised by the fact that they are still coming out with stuff, considering how old the band is and how long they have been together.”
Yes, Rush has been around for a long time, but their new release of A Farewell to Kings highlights their past and present glory, and possibly begins something that will move into the future.