Ev­ery week we choose a clas­sic al­bum – some ob­scure, some well known – and share knowl­edge and opin­ion. Lis­ten and de­bate with us at: Have your say on the his­tory of rock, one al­bum at a time… And you might just see your­self in print.

Classic Rock - - Joe Bonamassa -

A Farewell To Kings




Ben­jamin Kelk: This is a quin­tes­sen­tial lis­ten for first- time Rush lis­ten­ers. Ab­so­lutely per­fec­tion from be­gin­ning to end (all Rush al­bums are though). From the open­ing notes of the ti­tle track to the clos­ing, fad­ing strums of Cygnus X-1, there is never a dull mo­ment on this al­bum. Ev­ery time I lis­ten to it is like the first time I lis­tened, gives me chills ev­ery time. All bow down to the mighty Rush! John Edgar: I’m fine with it when a band I like de­cides to ‘grow’, and this was def­i­nitely a growth spurt for Rush. To me, it was a nat­u­ral as­cen­sion in their play­ing and writ­ing. I loved this al­bum, but then I love ev­ery­thing they’ve ever re­leased. At the same time, I had a lot of friends that be­gan to drift away from Rush when this came out. To this day, they’re still stuck in the past, only lis­ten­ing to those first few al­bums, miss­ing out on all that awe­some mu­sic that came af­ter. Their loss.

De­bii Marie: This is my favourite al­bum by Rush, with the sub­lime Xanadu, the ti­tle track and Closer To The Heart. It also her­alds the con­cept of Cygnus, which is con­tin­ued in Hemi­spheres. How­ever, Cin­derella Man is the weak link and its El­ton John-like melody sounds dated.

Gavin Nor­man: That was the first Rush al­bum I heard, and had a cas­sette taped off a mate. The open­ing ti­tle track is still a favourite. That mo­ment when the acous­tic in­tro gives way to the crash­ing elec­tric chords still raises a fist in the air. Have to give a shout-out to the art­work and that great logo. Have re­paid the band by buy­ing it on vinyl and CD – along with ev­ery­thing else they’ve done over the years. Home tap­ing killing mu­sic? What a load of mush; home tap­ing spreads the word!

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