Ok, so Neil Peart isn´t drumming anymore and Rush has gone exit stage left for the last time, but that doesn´t mean we cannot look forward to exciting new releases from the world´s biggest cult band.
Last year, fans could lay their hands on the 40th anniversary of 2112 and exactly one year later, a mighty fine package of A Farewell To Kings gets the same treatment. Ohyes, I like this tradition and am happy just like it was a brand new studio album.
The original album of the classic masterpiece is on disc 1, it´s one of their best albums and it´s even more fun to listen to it while reading the booklet because everything you need to know about the recordings can be found here. Did you know that Xanadu is recorded in the courtyard of the Rockfield studio in Wales? Awesome.
Disc´s 2 and 3 features the trio´s concert in Hammersmith Odeon, London in February 1978, part of this concert was issued on the 1998 live album Different Stages but for this 40th anniversary, the entire concert is released for the first time.
And just like the 40th anniversary of 2112, a few artists do their own versions of selected songs from A Farewell To Kings.
Dream Theater play Xanadu note by note but we already knew they could do it, no surprise here except it´s more metalsounding than Rush´s original.
Big Wreck´s version of the popular song Closer To The Heart is slower than the original song and also more grungy, I am amazed how much Ian Thornley sounds like Chris Cornell when he sings.
The Trews does a classic rock version of Cinderella Man but still close to the original version, they do it good and I bet it will become a live favorite on upcoming shows.
Madrigal by Alain Johannes is my favorite cover out of these 4, mainly because it´s so old-school prog-ish in the same neighborhood as Camel and Genesis.
I can´t wait for the 40th anniversary of Hemispheres in 2018.