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An Encounter with History
Notes on the Rush listener experience
Be careful what you wish, because it just might come true.
This seems to be the warning, anyway, when you compare the first and second verses of Xanadu from Rush’s A Farewell to Kings album, the first of about four consecutive to mark the creative peak and technical perfection of perhaps the entire progressive rock world, if not at least the trio’s own output.
And while diehards would rank Lifeson, Lee and Peart at the top of their peers when it comes to technical ability with their respective instruments, I think we’ll all concede their collaborative effort goes well beyond the sum of the individual parts.
PEART AND HIS DRUMKIT…. AS DECREED BY KUBLA KAHN
With Xanadu, the threepeice somehow managed to construct a sound so overwhelming, it very nearly transforms reality (or at least the visual component). I recall putting the FtK (in disc form) into my portable player while waiting in an airport lounge once upon a delayed flight, and then watching life’s other side emerge before my eyes to Geddy’s incantations.
Still, as much effect
on reality as Rush’s music may convey over a plastic disc, this pales to their
live performances. It was only a recent
summer stopover in
Like I said, be careful what you wish for.
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