A Farewell To Kings 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Coming December 1st

A Farewell To Kings 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Coming in December
Update: The full press release from Rush has just been posted. Click HERE to read it.
Update: Complete information on the box set was just posted at the Rush Backstage Club:
The A Farewell to Kings 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe version 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.”

A Farewell To Kings 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Coming in DecemberThe Hammersmith show features, for the first-time ever, over 34 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 2-inch quad video master significantly improving the video quality for “Closer To The Heart.” The Super Deluxe package also includes an elaborate new 40th 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 12,000-word liner notes by Grammy®-winning rock historian Rob Bowman.

Finally, The Super Deluxe Edition 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 12-inch turntable mat featuring distinctive artwork by Hugh Syme; and a reproduction of Rush's original 1978 A Farewell To Kings tour program.

It's been known for a while that Rush planned on re-releasing their 1977 epic album A Farewell to Kings to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. While news has been virtually non-existent, a new pre-order listing just appeared on Amazon today, which includes a view of the new album artwork, presumably by Hugh Syme.

The listing doesn't include much information other than an extensive track listing which seemingly includes the original album, live tracks, and cover versions of songs by other artists including:

Xanadu by by Dream Theater
Closer To The Heart by Big Wreck
Cinderella Man by The Trews
Madrigal by Alain Johannes
Cygnus X-2 Eh by Rush

What that last track refers to is anyone's guess :-)

You can pre-order the box set via any of the links below:

  • Vinyl Edition
  • CD Edition
  • CD/BD Edition
  • Digital Edition
  • Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for sharing the link.


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