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    Posted: June 26 2020 at 07:57
Are they connected to each other, since the riff of Xanadu is kind of the same as the one in Cygnus X-1 Book II?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2020 at 04:33
They're different stories - Xanadu is obviously from the Kubla Khan poem and the story of Cygnus X-1 continues on Hemispheres. I've never noticed the riffs being that similar (depending on which ones you're referring to).
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I agree. That Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem which inspired Xanadu is an enjoyable read. I remember the first couple of lines ... In Xanadu did Kublai Khan a stately pleasure dome decree, where Alph the sacred ran ... through caverns measureless to man ... and down to a sunless sea. Or is it sunlit sea? I canít remember. Something about ... twice five miles of fertile ground ... yada yada yada. Itís good! Very descriptive. Got me reading some poets like Walt Whitman at the time. There is a riff in Circumstances that reminds me a bit of Xanadu. It has a chord form that moves upward on the fretboard and keeps some open string notes while the one in Xanadu sounds more like a Carcassi style classical guitar riff (thumb picked on low strings) in first position, although he probably uses a pick. It also relies on some open strings but doesnít move position. Both are beautiful riffs using open strings.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Hrychu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 27 2020 at 20:33
Originally posted by softandwet softandwet wrote:

Are they connected to each other, since the riff of Xanadu is kind of the same as the one in Cygnus X-1 Book II?

Yes, they are. They're both written by the band Rush.
I think they just loved writing in 7/8 time.
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Sorry for being off-topic, but Rush could have written far more interesting music than they did about Kublai Khan in Xanadu. Virtually unknown Kagans of the Mongol Empire, for instance, Mongke Khan, achieved far more than he did. Mongke Khan conquered the entire Ayyubid Sultanate (now all Middle East + Egypt, whose sultans were descended from the legendary Saladin), not to mention Korea and Dali, a small bit of China (pun intended). All Kublai Khan did finish of the already weakened Chinese Song Empire (his predecessors had already conquered half of it) and twice failed to invade Japan. Unimpressive.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 12 2020 at 01:08
Originally posted by FatherChristmas FatherChristmas wrote:

Sorry for being off-topic, but Rush could have written far more interesting music than they did about Kublai Khan in Xanadu. Virtually unknown Kagans of the Mongol Empire, for instance, Mongke Khan, achieved far more than he did. Mongke Khan conquered the entire Ayyubid Sultanate (now all Middle East + Egypt, whose sultans were descended from the legendary Saladin), not to mention Korea and Dali, a small bit of China (pun intended). All Kublai Khan did finish of the already weakened Chinese Song Empire (his predecessors had already conquered half of it) and twice failed to invade Japan. Unimpressive.

yeah what a waste of space....he should have tried much harder LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iluvmarillion Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 23 2020 at 23:56
I've always thought they were related and in the world of CD's you could have put the two together to form one album. I wouldn't change one note on either album, just put the two together.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 24 2020 at 00:11
I cannot think of any other connection than Xanadu and Book I being on the same album.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Blacksword Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 24 2020 at 00:52
Never noticed any connection.
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