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Rush - Hemispheres

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Released: October 29th, 1978

Certified Gold by RIAA: December 14, 1978
Certified Platinum by RIAA: December 1, 1993
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Highest Billboard Chart Position: 47
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Liner Notes

Alex Lifeson - Six and twelve string electric and acoustic guitars, classical guitar, Roland guitar synthesizer, Taurus pedals
Neil Peart - Drums, orchestra bells, bell-tree, tympani, gong, cowbells, temple blocks, wind chimes, crotales
Geddy Lee - Bass guitar, Mini-Moog, Oberheim polyphonic, Taurus pedals, vocals

Produced by Rush and Terry Brown
Arrangements by Rush and Terry Brown
Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Wales, during June and July 1978
Engineered by Pat Moran
Vocals recorded at Advision Studios, London
Engineered by Declan O'Doherty
Mixed at Trident Studios, Soho, London, August 1978
Engineered by Terry Brown with invaluable assistance from John Brand
Tape Operators (Trident): Simon Hilliard, Mike Donegoni, and Reno Ruocco
Mastered at Trident by Ray Staff
(Remastered by Bob Ludwig and Brian Lee at
Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland Maine)

Graphics by Hugh Syme
Art Directions by Hugh Syme and Bob King
Cover photography by Yosh Inouye
Inner sleeve and poster photography by Fin Costello
This album was processed through the Duffoscope!

Management by Ray Danniels, SRO Management Inc., Toronto
Executive Production: Moon Records
Roadmaster and Lighting Director: Howard (Herns) Ungerleider
Concert Sound Engineer and Crew Co-ordinator: Major Ian Grandy
Stage Manager: Michael (Lurch) Hirsh
Stage Right technician: Liam (Leaf) Birt
Stage Left technician: Skip (Slider) Gildersleeve
Centre Stage technician: Larry (Shrav) Allen
Guitar and synthesizer maintenance: Tony (Jack Secret) Geranios
Concert sound by National Sound and Electrosound (U.K.)
Concert Lighting by See Factor
Concert visuals produced by Rush and Nick Prince
Projectionist: Harry (keep the change) Dilman
Those daring drivers!: Bruce (The Pin) Aldrich (Howdy howdy!), Jwerg (Ah think Ah see the problem!) Hoadley, Mike (Say Guy!) Morrison, and Tom (Zig-Zag) Whittaker

The Wonderful Persons List: Austen Fagen, Abe Schon, The UFO'S, the Max Websters, the Pat Travers Band, the Monks, Bert the driver, Fin Costello, Ruke Bernstein, Joe Bombase, Young Ward, Jerry Mickelson, Arny Granat, Bubble and Squeak, all at SRO and all at Rockfield, Advision, and Trident

© 1978 Mercury Records © 1978 Anthem Entertainment

  • It Could Be A Meisterwerk (but it's more like a terrible mistake) - Sounds Magazine, October 1978
  • Rush's Music of the Spheres - Circus Magazine, December 1978
  • RUSH - Into The Global Village - RPM Weekly Magazine, December 1978
  • Rush: Hemispheres (Review) - Circus Magazine, December 1978
  • Anthem's Rush Receive Gold, Platinum, Plaque - RPM Weekly Magazine, January 1979
  • Rush: Hemispheres (Review) - Rolling Stone Magazine, March 1979
  • The Brain Drain - Record Mirror Magazine, May 1979
  • Rush - Canadian Musician Magazine, June 1979
  • RUSHing Around - Unknown Source, July 1979

  • Track Listing (click on any track for the lyrics)

    1. Cygnus X-1 Book Two: Hemispheres (18:05)
    2. Circumstances (3:41)
    3. The Trees (4:46)
    4. La Villa Strangiato An Exercise in Self-Indulgence (9:35)

    Cygnus X-1 Book Two: Hemispheres
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    I. Prelude
    When our weary world was young
    The struggle of the ancients first began
    The gods of Love and Reason
    Sought alone to rule the fate of Man

    They battled through the ages
    But still neither force would yield
    The people were divided,
    Every soul a battlefield...

    II. Apollo Bringer of Wisdom
    'I bring truth and understanding,
    I bring wit and wisdom fair,
    Precious gifts beyond compare.
    We can build a world of wonder,
    I can make you all aware'

    'I will find you food and shelter,
    Show you fire to keep you warm
    Through the endless winter storm.
    You can live in grace and comfort
    In the world that you transform'

    The people were delighted
    Coming forth to claim their prize
    They ran to build their cities
    And converse among the wise

    But one day the streets fell silent
    Yet they knew not what was wrong
    The urge to build these fine things
    Seemed not to be so strong

    The wise men were consulted
    And the Bridge of Death was crossed
    In quest of Dionysus
    To find out what they had lost...

    III. Dionysus Bringer of Love
    'I bring love to give you solace
    In the darkness of the night
    In the Heart's eternal light
    You need only trust your feelings
    Only Love can steer you right'

    'I bring laughter, I bring Music,
    I bring joy and I bring Tears
    I will soothe your primal fears
    Throw off those chains of Reason
    And your prison disappears'

    The cities were abandoned
    And the forests echoed song
    They danced and lived as brothers
    They knew Love could not be wrong

    Food and wine they had aplenty
    And they slept beneath the stars
    The people were contented
    And the Gods watched from afar

    But the winter fell upon them
    And it caught them unprepared
    Bringing wolves and cold starvation
    And the hearts of men despaired...

    IV. Armageddon The Battle of Heart and Mind
    The Universe divided
    As the Heart and Mind collided
    With the people left unguided
    For so many troubled years
    In a cloud of doubts and fears
    Their world was torn asunder into hollow hemispheres

    Some fought themselves, some fought each other
    Most just followed one another
    Lost and aimless like their brothers
    For their hearts were so unclear
    And the truth could not appear
    Their spirits were divided into blinded hemispheres

    Some who did not fight
    Brought tales of old to light
    My Rocinante sailed by night
    On her final flight

    To the heart of Cygnus' fearsome force
    We set our course.
    Spiralled through that timeless space
    To this immortal place

    V. Cygnus Bringer of Balance
    I have memory and awareness
    But I have no shape or form
    As a disembodied spirit
    I am dead and yet unborn

    I have passed into Olympus
    As was told in tales of old
    To the City of Immortals
    Marble white and purest gold

    I see the Gods in battle rage on high
    Thunderbolts across the sky
    I cannot move, I cannot hide
    I feel a silent scream begin inside

    Then all at once the chaos ceased
    A stillness fell, a sudden peace
    The Warriors felt my silent cry
    And stayed their struggle, mystified

    Apollo was astonished
    Dionysus thought me mad
    But they heard my story further
    And they wondered, and were sad

    Looking down from Olympus
    On a world of doubt and fear
    Its surface splintered into
    Sorry hemispheres.

    They sat a while in silence
    Then they turned at last to me
    'We will call you Cygnus
    The God of Balance you shall be'

    VI. The Sphere A Kind of Dream
    We can walk our road together
    If our goals are all the same
    We can run alone and free
    If we pursue a different aim

    Let the truth of Love be lighted
    Let the love of truth shine clear
    Armed with sense and liberty
    With the Heart and Mind united
    In a single perfect sphere

    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    A boy alone, and so far from home
    Endless rooftops from my window
    I felt the gloom of empty rooms
    On rainy afternoons.

    Sometimes in confusion
    I felt so lost and disillusioned
    Innocence gave me confidence
    To go up against reality
    All the same
    We take our chances,
    Laughed at by Time,
    Tricked by circumstances
    Plus ça change,
    Plus c'est la même chose,
    The more that things change
    The more they stay the same
    Now I've gained some understanding
    Of the only world that we see
    Things that I once dreamed of
    Have become reality

    These walls that still surround me
    Still contain the same old me
    Just one more who's searching for
    The world that ought to be

    The Trees
    Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson / Lyrics: Neil Peart

    There is unrest in the Forest
    There is trouble with the trees
    For the Maples want more sunlight
    And the Oaks ignore their pleas.

    The trouble with the Maples
    (And they're quite convinced they're right)
    They say the Oaks are just too lofty
    And they grab up all the light
    But the Oaks can't help their feelings
    If they like the way they're made
    And they wonder why the Maples
    Can't be happy in their shade?

    There is trouble in the Forest
    And the creatures all have fled
    As the Maples scream 'Oppression!'
    And the Oaks, just shake their heads

    So the Maples formed a Union
    And demanded equal rights
    'The Oaks are just too greedy
    We will make them give us light'
    Now there's no more Oak oppression
    For they passed a noble law
    And the trees are all kept equal
    By hatchet,
    And saw...

    La Villa Strangiato
    (An Exercise in Self-Indulgence)

    Music: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart

      I. Buenas Noches, Mein Froinds!
      II. To sleep, perchance to dream...
      III. Strangiato Theme
      IV. A Lerxst in Wonderland
      V. Monsters!
      VI. Danforth and Pape
      VII. The Waltz of the Shreves
      VIII. Never turn your back on a Monster!
      IX. Monsters! (Reprise)
      X. Strangiato Theme (Reprise)
      XI. A Farewell to Things