"Oh no!" " Oh yes". It's that time of the week again folks. The day when I write about my favourite Prog bands. Today it's the Canadian Rock giants Rush. Toronto's finest and a band I'm fortunate to have seen live. I think it was the "Roll The Bones" tour at Birmingham NEC in 1992? I am told I have also seen them in Sheffield?
One of my favourite Rush records is "Farewell To Kings." This incidentally was recorded at Rockfield studios in Wales. The same place where Bohemian Rhapsody was recorded
One of my favourite tracks off that album is Xanadu. No not the one by Olivia Neutron Bomb. This song is based on the Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridges "Kubla Khan". The twelfth century Mongol leader who built a domed palace called: "Xanadu". Mr Coleridge took some Opium and fell to sleep and woke up and started frantically writing down his dream. Unfortunately the person from Porlock knocked on his door and he forgot a jolly big portion of his epic dream adventure. Fortunately it's still a masterpiece of a poem and so is the Rush track and album.
It's an epic track (eleven minutes)with lots of instrumental bits like synthesizers....? But it's well worth a listen by a classic "Prog" band. Some people call "Progressive" Rock music "Cerebral" Rock. I can see why.
Please give it a whirl or listen:
Just look what the Person From Porlock missed?