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Nine facts about A Farewell To Kings

The finer detail from Rush's fifth album

Rush's classic A Farewell To Kings album was released this day in 1977. So here's a short reminder of a few related facts, just in case the subject comes up at dinner.

  • This was the first Rush album to sell half-a-million copies in the States.
  • The birds you can clearly hear on both Xanadu and the title track were recorded outside Rockfield Studios in Wales, where the album was made.
  • The lyrics for Cinderella Man are based on the classic 1936 screwball comedy Mr. Deeds Goes To Town.
  • Xanadu was inspired by the poem Kubla Khan by Samuel Coleridge Taylor.
  • Closer To The Heart was the first Rush song to credit an external writer. This was Peter Talbot, a friend of Neil Peart.
  • Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage, which closes the album, is the first part of the Cygnus X-1 sci fi story. The second part, Book II: Hemispheres, opens the next album, Hemispheres.
  • Co-producer Terry Brown does the spoken word intro to Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage.
  • A Farewell To Kings was the first Rush album to chart in the UK, where it peaked at number 22.
  • The earliest known live performance of any song from the album was when Xanadu was played on May 10, 1977 in Miiwaukee.

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