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Submitted by Kaj Roth on 2018-10-05
Rush - Hemispheres 40th Anniversary Out November 16

On November 16th, 2018, Rush will release a 40th Anniversary edition of their groundbreaking 1978 album Hemispheres. “Hemispheres was one of our most challenging and demanding records to make,” says Alex Lifeson. “From its inception in a Wales farmhouse where it was written over a 4 week span,” Lifeson continues, “to the very difficult mixing sessions.

The second configuration of Hemispheres-40th Anniversary, released in a two-CD Deluxe Edition digipak. Includes; - the newly remastered Hemispheres album - 1979 Pinkpop Festival performance in The Netherlands - previously unreleased performance of “2112” from Tucson, Arizona 1978 - 28-page booklet with unreleased photos and new artwork by Syme - edited, 5,700-word version of Rob Bowman’s essay from The Words & The Pictures, a replica of the band’s rare 1979 UK tour program

Hemispheres, Rush’s sixth studio album, was originally released in October 1978, and it built upon the adventurous sonic template the band established on its acclaimed 1977 effort, A Farewell To Kings. The album’s first track, “Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres,” encompassed the entirety of Side 1 on the original release and was the logical, heady continuation of the epic album-ending Kings track, “Cygnus X-1.” Side 2 commenced with the hard-driving commentary on English culture “Circumstances,” followed by the socially aware and environmentally conscious FM radio hit “The Trees,” and concluded with the instrumental tour de force and longtime concert favorite, “La Villa Strangiato.”

Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown
1. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres
2. Circumstances
3. The Trees
4. La Villa Strangiato

Live at Pinkpop Festival – June 4, 1979
1. A Passage To Bangkok*
2. Xanadu*
3. The Trees*
4. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – The Sphere A Kind Of Dream*
5. Closer To The Heart*
6. La Villa Strangiato*
7. In The Mood*
8. Drum Solo*
9. Something For Nothing*

Live in Arizona – November 20, 1978
1. 2112*


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