Thread: Rush unboxing video of Farewell To Kings deluxe edition

jszfunk - 12/4/2017 at 12:39 PM


RUSH has just released a lavish, new and expanded edition of the landmark album "A Farewell To Kings" the fifth studio album originally released in 1977, which introduced the radio hit "Closer To The Heart", album tracks "A Farewell To Kings", "Madrigal", "Cinderella Man", as well as enduring fan favorites with "Xanadu" and "Cygnus X-1".

"A Farewell To Kings - 40th Anniversary" is available to fans in four distinct configurations, including (1) Super Deluxe Edition, (2) three-CD Deluxe Edition, (3) four-LP Deluxe Edition, and (4) the Deluxe Digital Edition.

An unboxing video for the "A Farewell To Kings - 40th Anniversary" is Deluxe Edition can be seen below.

The Super Deluxe Edition includes three CDs, one Blu-ray Audio disc and four high-quality 180-gram vinyl LPs. The set encompasses the Abbey Road mastering studios 2015 remastered edition of the album for the first time on CD; a complete RUSH concert recorded in February 1978 at London's Hammersmith Odeon, newly mixed by longtime RUSH engineer and original "A Farewell To Kings" producer Terry Brown from the multi-track live tapes; four newly recorded cover versions of songs from the original album by DREAM THEATER, BIG WRECK, THE TREWS and Alain Johannes; and an instrumental studio outtake of the spacey sound effects the band has creatively titled "Cygnus X-2 Eh". The Hammersmith show features, for the first time ever, over thirty-four minutes of unreleased performances including a complete "2112" suite, "Lakeside Park", a drum solo and "Closer To The Heart". The Super Deluxe Edition's audio content on its CDs is duplicated on its vinyl discs. Meanwhile, the Blu-ray audio disc contains a brand new 5.1 Surround mix of the album by four-time Grammy-nominated Surround Sound producer Steven Wilson, along with three original 1977 promo videos from a newly found two-inch quad video master significantly improving the video quality for "Closer To The Heart". The Super Deluxe package also includes an elaborate new fortieth-anniversary cover treatment by longtime RUSH creative director Hugh Syme, who has also created a new piece of artwork for each of the album's six songs, and an extensive twelve-thousand-word liner notes by Grammy-winning rock historian Rob Bowman.

The Super Deluxe Edition of "A Farewell To Kings - 40th Anniversary" also includes several exclusive items, including a unique King's Ring, with custom velvet pouch and neck chain; two lithographs with original artwork by Hugh Syme; a special twelve-inch turntable mat featuring distinctive artwork by Hugh Syme; and a reproduction of RUSH's original 1978 "A Farewell To Kings" tour program.

"A Farewell To Kings - 40th Anniversary" second configuration will be released in a three-CD Deluxe Edition, with the newly reasserted "A Farewell To Kings" album, the Hammersmith Odeon show, the four new cover songs, "Cygnus X-2 Eh" outtake, Hugh Syme's song-specific artwork and Rob Bowman's liner notes.

The third configuration is offered as an audiophile 180-gram four-LP Deluxe Edition featuring the same audio content as the three-CD edition with double-gatefold packaging, thirty-two-page vinyl-size booklet, the special twelve-inch turntable mat, along with Syme's artwork and Bowman's liner notes.

The fourth configuration, the Deluxe Digital Edition, features the original album as disc 1, the complete Hammersmith concert unedited as disc 2, and the four covers songs plus the "Cygnus X-2 Eh" outtake as disc 3.

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Chain - 12/5/2017 at 10:23 PM

HBO or Showtime (I can't remember which) showed a coming attraction this past weekend of "A Farewell to Kings" concert or maybe documentary. It was so quick of an intro. but It looked REALLY cool and I'm looking forward to seeing it. Keep an eye out for it....

CanadianMule - 12/6/2017 at 12:24 AM

My favorite Rush album.

Chain - 12/10/2017 at 01:06 AM

The Rush documentary "Time Stands Still" premiers on Showtime next Friday at 9 PM....Looks pretty cool.

Soup - 12/11/2017 at 09:24 PM

The Rush documentary "Time Stands Still" premiers on Showtime next Friday at 9 PM....Looks pretty cool.

It is an amazing documentary....and also heartbreaking....Rush will never play the "Farewell Tour" card. They billed the R40 tour as possibly the "last major tour of this magnitude". Simply meaning that the days of extended world tours are over.

But when you watch this documentary, it is clearly a "goodbye" from the band. It is very well done. If they just produce one more album of new material I would be ecstatic. But if you never saw them in concert before, I feel bad for you because I don't think you will ever see them play live again. So glad I pulled out all the stops to get my ass to an R40 show.

Chain - 12/12/2017 at 09:44 PM

The one time I had tickets to see Rush was at the Saratoga Performing Arts center in Saratoga Springs, NY back in, I think, summer of 1993....I don't recall the reason but the show was canceled the day before and never rescheduled....I always thought I'd catch them when they came around again and as fate would have it, I never did....Of all the old time rock bands I've never seen, Rush along with Pink Floyd are my two biggest regrets.

I'm looking forward to seeing this documentary however sad it may be...
I suspected it would be so as even in the trailer for the upcoming premiere in the quick blurb from both Geddy and Alex that they show, they both seem sad and melancholy. Geddy says something like "I'm not ready to stop as it's the only life I've known." His delivery and tone are absolutely sincere....

hotlantatim - 12/12/2017 at 10:03 PM

Rush was my favorite band in high school when I was very big into music. Rush on the Signals tour in March 1983 was my first concert.

However, their post-1981 music just never did much for me. I saw Rush three times in the 80s (once after imbibing a little too much to remember the details so I don't really count that one!). However, the synth music just wasn't my thing at those shows and I stopped going.

As I watched the Rush movie a few years ago, I got truly sad when I heard Neil Peart say that in 1982 "we could have made another Permanent Waves or Moving Pictures" but decided to do something different. Oh to have one more of those 2 classics!!

They started rocking harder in the 1990s and later, but Geddy's voice had dropped and the songwriting just wasn't my taste so I wasn't buying the albums.

That said, I did see them twice over the final decade and they delivered live. Even the tunes that seemed overproduced in the studio rocked hard in concert. The old gems were tremendous (even if Geddy couldn't understandably hit the high notes). Really, really glad I went to those two final shows.

If they got one of the best jazz fusion type drummers (and maybe added a 4th member who did keys & rhythm guitar so no one person was replacing Neil Peart), I'd absolutely go see them play old Rush tunes, weather they were called Rush or not. Why should they have to retire from what they love because Neil did.

I will watch this Showtime special for sure.

hotlantatim - 12/12/2017 at 10:07 PM

Oh and I'll be getting one of the versions of the deluxe edition to make sure I have the live show!

Chain - 12/16/2017 at 04:02 PM

Good documentary last night.....Yes, a bit sad to think they're evidently done touring. A couple of things I thought were really enlightening was the physicality of drumming night in night out for years and the damage Neil has done to his body. Watching just the warm up stuff was mesmerizing. The comparison to Charlie Watts near the end was not only comical, but shows the watcher just how incredibly physical and technical Neil's style is.

I also was made aware of the price Getty has paid. What would seem so obvious really hadn't figured in my thinking about Rush and their longevity. I wish even more now that I had seen them at least once over the years.

The stories they shared about the early days were particularly interesting as well. The KISS stuff was funny and it sounds like even back then Gene was a bit of a sour puss. Also, I thought the Ray Daniels comment about Van Halen at the very end was kind of telling about just how much the members of Rush genuinely love one another. Very rare it seems in the music business when bands become mega successful that their actual relationships don't suffer as a result of the fame, money, business concerns, egos, etc. Seems to me hating one another becomes the default position over time. Clearly not with Rush and its entire organization. They sincerely love one another.

Anyway, if anyone missed it I'm sure Showtime will rebroadcast it multiple times across all their channels. Definitely check it out...

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matt05 - 12/17/2017 at 09:41 PM

these rush deluxe editions are a bit lacking

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