In 1977, the Canadian rock band Rush could do no wrong. They baffled music executives with their progressive rock suite "2112" and were now ready to continue the trend with their follow-up album "A Farewell To Kings." Almost similar to "2112," the "Kings" album contained two epic pieces, the 11-minute "Xanadu" and the ten-minute "Cygnus X-1" as well as the radio-friendly single "Closer To The Heart." This album made Rush into a household name and gave the band their first gold-selling album. To celebrate the album's accomplishments, Universal Music and Anthem will release the 40th anniversary edition of "A Farewell To Kings." It will be released in a number of formats, including a 3CD Deluxe Edition, a 4LP Deluxe Edition, a Super Deluxe Edition and a Digital Deluxe Edition.
The Deluxe Edition of the album contains the original "A Farewell To Kings" on disc 1. Discs 2 and 3 feature a complete show of Rush performing at the Hammersmith Odeon on February 20, 1978. Also included in the set are 4 cover songs (similar to the "2112" anniversary edition) done by Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews and Alain Johannes with an added outtake from the recording sessions titled "Cygnus X-2 EH." The song is a 4-minute, atmospheric introduction that might have been inserted to the beginning of the original "Cygnus" song.
Rush fans will want to get their hands on the Super Deluxe Edition, as it contains the same 3CD set as the regular Deluxe Edition, as well as the 4LPs and a Blu-ray Audio disc. The Blu-ray audio contains a brand new 5.1 surround mix of the album, along with 3 promo videos for the album from 1977. The box set will also include other items like a "King's Ring," neck chain, 2 lithographs of original artwork from Rush designer Hugh Syme, a turntable mad and a reproduction of the 1978 "A Farewell To Kings" tour program. To find out more about the new 40th anniversary release of Rush's "A Farewell To Kings," please visit rush.com.