|Remastered 40th anniversary edition of the classic album with second disc of live material
Format: CD / Cat No: 6795574 / Released: 16/11/2018
Track Listing: CD 1: Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown: 1. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres / 2. Circumstances / 3. The Trees / 4. La Villa Strangiato
CD 2: 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*
More information: 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.”
This is a two-CD Deluxe Edition digipak that includes the newly remastered Hemispheres album; the Pinkpop Festival performance and “2112” from Arizona; a 28-page booklet with unreleased photos and new artwork by Syme; and an edited, 5,700-word version of Bowman’s aforementioned essay.