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Topic: Xanadu by Rush
Posted By: dude
Subject: Xanadu by Rush
Date Posted: October 05 2008 at 15:33

 Xanadu by Rush..................just supurbSmile,......................any comments?




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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: October 05 2008 at 15:39
Rats, I had hoped you were talking about this Xanadu:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kERqL0fty50 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kERqL0fty50

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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: October 05 2008 at 15:50
Though I prefer Olivia Newton John's "Xanadu" (seriously, it's fun, and this being in general music discussion I really thought this might be about that one), I quite like Rush's "Xanadu", but it never really appealed to me (even when I was big on Rush).  I found it kind of pretentious, and just didn't do much for me.  I certainly like parts of it very much.   Off  A Farewell to Kings, I much prefer "Cygnus X-1".

Dude, sorry to ask, but did you ever go by the name Dudelove, Mr. T, or Omega666? 

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Posted By: The Quiet One
Date Posted: October 05 2008 at 15:55
Yeah GREAT song. I love it, the vocals, the climax, the bass, the moog, everything is GREAT! The final guitar solo is just superb!


Posted By: The Doctor
Date Posted: October 05 2008 at 15:55
Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

Rats, I had hoped you were talking about this Xanadu:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kERqL0fty50 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kERqL0fty50
 
I will say this, Olivia's a helluva lot sexier than Geddy.  Tongue
 
Xanadu has always been one of my favorite Rush songs though, just behind Hemishperes, 2112 and Fountain of Lamneth.  I love the opening 5 minutes especially.  Some incredible percussion work by the master.  The borrowed lyrics aren't too bad either. 


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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: October 05 2008 at 15:59
I love Rudyard Kipling's Xanadu, but with Rush....
Edit: "Hemispheres", now there's one I love. That was my favourite Rush album too, but these days I prefer Caress of Steel.


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Posted By: The Doctor
Date Posted: October 05 2008 at 16:04
Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

I love Rudyard Kipling's Xanadu, but with Rush....
Edit: "Hemispheres", now there's one I love. That was my favourite Rush album too, but these days I prefer Caress of Steel.
 
I love Caress of Steel too.  As I said, Fountain of Lamneth is one of my favorite Rush songs.  Side 1 isn't too bad either, especially Bastille Day and The Necromancer.


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Posted By: Slartibartfast
Date Posted: October 05 2008 at 16:05
OK I am once again forced to post this:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee302/Slartibartfaster/rusho.gif -


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Posted By: The Quiet One
Date Posted: October 05 2008 at 16:05
My favorite album is Caress of Steel too! Though I don't have much of their catalogue...
Second fave is 2112 and 3rd Fly By Night..


Posted By: The Doctor
Date Posted: October 05 2008 at 16:07
OMG! Olivia is Geddy!  Shocked

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Posted By: topofsm
Date Posted: October 05 2008 at 19:01
Xanadu is probably one of my favorite Rush songs. I was listening to it once, and I think the reasons I think it's so good is because it has so many musical ideas that go very well together. I don't think it repeats a section until about 6 minutes in, and for an 11 minute song to have a lot of ideas, it's definetely a plus.

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Posted By: rogerthat
Date Posted: October 06 2008 at 05:52
I agree with Logan, I am somewhat indifferent to this song.  Great musical ideas, yes, but somehow they  don't seem to flow together.  Off the same album, I like the title track and Cynus X-1 Book I much better.


Posted By: Blacksword
Date Posted: October 06 2008 at 06:12
Great song, but I prefer the version on Exit Stage Left!

cacho, I agree about the final guitar solo. Lifeson at his best!


Posted By: chopper
Date Posted: October 06 2008 at 07:25
Good atmospheric beginning, even better when the drums crash in. Nice vocal, excellent drums and one of Lifeson's best solos.


Posted By: zappaholic
Date Posted: October 06 2008 at 20:04
It's my favorite Rush song, from my favorite Rush album.  Thumbs%20Up
 
 


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Posted By: The Quiet One
Date Posted: October 06 2008 at 21:06
Originally posted by Blacksword Blacksword wrote:

Great song, but I prefer the version on Exit Stage Left!

cacho, I agree about the final guitar solo. Lifeson at his best!


I haven't heard Exit Stage, though I was planning to buy one of their live albums, that one or their previous which I can't remember the name.


Posted By: Padraic
Date Posted: October 06 2008 at 21:43
Originally posted by dude dude wrote:

 Xanadu by Rush..................just supurbSmile,......................any comments?



Nope, you pretty much summed it up.  Thumbs%20Up


Posted By: Carouselambra
Date Posted: October 06 2008 at 22:02
Originally posted by zappaholic zappaholic wrote:

It's my favorite Rush song, from my favorite Rush album.  Thumbs%20Up
 
 
+ 1

the song has such an awesome atmosphere throughout, even when its rocking out; and the little synth hook just after he sings 'xaaaaaanaaaaaadoooooooooooooooooooo' always makes me smile. Embarrassed


Posted By: Blacksword
Date Posted: October 07 2008 at 02:44
Originally posted by cacho cacho wrote:

Originally posted by Blacksword Blacksword wrote:

Great song, but I prefer the version on Exit Stage Left!

cacho, I agree about the final guitar solo. Lifeson at his best!


I haven't heard Exit Stage, though I was planning to buy one of their live albums, that one or their previous which I can't remember the name.


The live album previous to Exit Stage Left, was 'All the worlds a stage' recorded in Canada in 1976. It's a fairly poor recording in my opinion, although you could say it has great energy, and I'm sure really captures the spirit of the band at the time.

Exit Stage Left is pure quality. It's the album that got me into Rush back in 1983.


Posted By: TGM: Orb
Date Posted: October 07 2008 at 18:22
I have one problem with that song. The completely random bit of musicality at the end of the atmospheric intro... breaks the immersion so much for me. Otherwise, definitely one of Rush's finest pieces.



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