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70's track knockout: A Farewell to Kings or The Trees?


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70's track knockout: A Farewell to Kings or The Trees?

  1. A Farewell to Kings (20 votes [45.45%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 45.45%

  2. The Trees (24 votes [54.55%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 54.55%

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#1 Texas King

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 05:30 PM

The Trees barely.

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 05:33 PM

The Trees, by a million board feet.

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 05:58 PM

Trees.  It's soooo dreamy.

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 06:01 PM

AFTK and I realize I may be the only one...

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 06:03 PM

Unrest in the forest

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 06:07 PM

The Trees was the first song by Rush that became my favorite that I hadn't already heard on the radio before.

I memorized, and worked on interpretations constantly.

I liked Farewell immediately, but it never contended for the top spot.

So it's interesting, so many years removed, that I find myself voting for Farewell.

I need to go listen to both and see if I really think what I think I think, because my vote surprises me.

I'll edit this in a few minutes with an update, because I know everyone will be waiting desperately for my final conclusion.

edit:

Okay, should have just known myself like I knew I did, because on relisten The Trees is still my favorite. I think it's that emotional connection that remains strong even after all these years. Something Farewell can never have. Trees holds too much meaning for me I guess.

Edited by Mosher, 09 February 2017 - 06:20 PM.


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 06:42 PM

Love both .. But it's the middle section of The Trees that's the deciding factor - it's perfect, while that guitar break in A Farewell seems like it was just tossed in ..



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 06:48 PM

View PostLucas, on 09 February 2017 - 06:42 PM, said:

Love both .. But it's the middle section of The Trees that's the deciding factor - it's perfect, while that guitar break in A Farewell seems like it was just tossed in ..

That was my take when I just relistened. The Trees felt like a carefully constructed composition where every element fits as intended, and Farewell seems like different compositions pushed together. Both quite good, but not necessarily connected.

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 07:29 PM

The Trees but I love both.

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 08:10 PM

I'm a sucker for AFTK. I love it.

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 08:50 PM

You know what...AFTK is a good candidate for the "live version is better" thread.

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 09:44 PM

Two great Rush classics. The Trees wins with very little hesitation though

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 09:57 PM

People, I love The Trees since my first thirty seconds listening. It's excellent!

Pure RUSH spirit, as much as The Spirit Of Radio!



But I really like A Farewell To Kings also!  :yes:

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Edited by Verena, 09 February 2017 - 09:59 PM.


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 10:43 PM

AFtK destroys The Trees.

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 11:32 PM

A Farewell to Kings.

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 01:55 AM

The Trees easily

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 05:15 AM

View PostNarps, on 09 February 2017 - 06:01 PM, said:

AFTK and I realize I may be the only one...

Not the only one, nope.

I do love The Trees...but if I had to pick a least favorite song on Hemispheres, it is that one (again, not to say I don't like it; not at all. Look at the other songs on that record with which it shares company!).

A Farewell to Kings is often the album that I go to when I haven't been listening to Rush for some length of time (as sometimes I do go a month, or even two)...and the title track being the first one, it's like an ice-breaker when I'm starting on a Rush binge, after some time away. Just absolutely killer- I love it, love it, love it.

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 06:15 AM

I love both, but A Farewell to Kings is one of my top five Rush songs.

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 06:17 AM

Both top 10 Rush songs for me...but I have to pick A Farewell to Kings

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 10:05 AM

The Trees, easily.  Not a fan of AFtK.




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