On November 16, UMe/Anthem/ole label group continues its extensive Rush 40th-anniversary album series with a new, expanded edition of the band’s groundbreaking 1978 release “Hemispheres”.
“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”.
“‘Hemispheres’ was one of our most challenging and demanding records to make,” says RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson. “From its inception in a Wales farmhouse where it was written over a four-week span,” Lifeson continues, “to the very difficult mixing sessions in two London recording studios, it stands as a key transitional album in Rush’s long recording history.”
“Hemispheres – 40th Anniversary” will be available to fans in four distinct configurations, including the (1) Super Deluxe Edition, (2) two-CD Deluxe Edition, (3) three-LP Deluxe Edition, and (4) Deluxe Digital Edition.