A Farewell to Kings


  • Geddy Lee - bass, vocals
  • Alex Lifeson - 6 - and 12-string electric guitar, acoustic guitar, steel guitar
  • Neil Peart - percussion

A Farewell to Kings is the fifth studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush and appeared in 1977.

The album includes both complex and instrumental -heavy songs like " Xanadu" and " Cygnus X -1 ( Book I - The Voyage ) ", but also straighter pieces of the band such as " Cinderella Man", the title track. "Closer to the Heart" and " Madrigal " round as ballads from the album. Synthesizer inserts were more and more integral part of the music of Rush and complemented the guitar work Alex Lifeson. Together with the Rickenbacher bass and the congenial drumming of Neil Peart, the band had now found the sound for the next few years.

" Xanadu " is based on the poem Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and says the fabled castle Xanadu the Mongol ruler. In lyrics the scenes and wondrous places such as in the poem are described.

" Cygnus X-1, Book I: The Voyager " is about a journey during which the protagonist in his spaceship " Rocinante " through space and finally gets into a black hole. The sounds and melodies heard after an alien world, and the bass line at the beginning sounds like she was really floating around in the cosmos. On the next album Hemispheres is the saga in " Cygnus X-1, Book II: Hemispheres " continued.

Title list


  • Geddy Lee - bass, 12 -string guitar, Mini Moog, bass pedal synthesizer, vocals
  • Alex Lifeson - 6 - and 12 -string electric and acoustic guitars, classical guitar, bass pedal synthesizer
  • Neil Peart - drums, percussion