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Poll: Favorite version Cygnus X-1 (49 member(s) have cast votes)

Favorite version Cygnus X-1

  1. Book I (AFTK) (19 votes [38.78%])

    Percentage of vote: 38.78%

  2. Book II (Hemispheres) (30 votes [61.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 61.22%

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#1 Tom Sawyer

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 01:03 PM

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 01:14 PM

This one, in my opinion, is absolutely no contest.

Book 1 is good, but a bit overrated in comparison to some of the other epic Rush stuff during this time. Too many slow parts, weird effects, etc

Book II Hemispheres is 20 minutes of pure progressive magic that just comes at you non-stop. Brilliant musicianship from Second 1....

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 01:24 PM

Book 1 by a 1/4 length!  

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:02 PM

QUOTE (LeaveMyThingAlone @ Jul 27 2010, 11:14 AM)
This one, in my opinion, is absolutely no contest.

Book 1 is good, but a bit overrated in comparison to some of the other epic Rush stuff during this time. Too many slow parts, weird effects, etc

Book II Hemispheres is 20 minutes of pure progressive magic that just comes at you non-stop. Brilliant musicianship from Second 1....

I'd agree

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:08 PM

No Olivia Newton John option?

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:13 PM

QUOTE (LeaveMyThingAlone @ Jul 27 2010, 01:14 PM)
This one, in my opinion, is absolutely no contest.

Book 1 is good, but a bit overrated in comparison to some of the other epic Rush stuff during this time. Too many slow parts, weird effects, etc

Book II Hemispheres is 20 minutes of pure progressive magic that just comes at you non-stop. Brilliant musicianship from Second 1....

Totally agree!

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:17 PM

I would of chose "part" instead of "version" but to answer the question, my vote went for Book II. It's perfect.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:18 PM

Book II by a long shot

Book I is great and has Ged's most blood curdling scream, but it meanders way too much and isn't very flashy in the guitar department.

Book II on the other hand, has stellar musicianship all of the way through and is more lyrically interesting. And it's longer!

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:28 PM

I love both, but it's interesting how different they are.  Book one is probably the craziest thing they'd ever done.  It's totally out there.  Love it.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:30 PM

Book 2 by the length of Geddy's nose.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:49 PM

The only weak moment in AFTK for me is the narration in Cygnus X-1 and Geddy kind of screaming at the end.  Besides that, it's a great song.

That said, Hemispheres wins easily.  Plus, Hemispheres is twice as long and is full of proggy goodness and epicocity galore.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 02:55 PM

Both amazing, but Book I. I love the weirdness of it and the "I set a course just east of Lyra....." part is one of my favorite sections of any song ever.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:04 PM

QUOTE (rushgoober)
Hemispheres is twice as long and is full of proggy goodness and epicocity galore.


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And I too thought the OP title meant which release of Book One, studio or Different Stages. In which case, studio. I do however love the way Alex plays the epilogue chords on the live version.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:23 PM

Book II, 20 Minute Epic with Awesome production.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:39 PM

QUOTE (mong82191 @ Jul 27 2010, 02:30 PM)
Book 2 by the length of Geddy's nose.

So a landslide victory... unsure.gif .... biggrin.gif


I voted Book II...by the length of Neil's personable patience ...

....a very slim margin in victory.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:40 PM

Book II! Such awesomeness emanating everywhere!

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 04:01 PM

QUOTE (mong82191 @ Jul 27 2010, 03:30 PM)
Book 2 by the length of Geddy's nose.

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Have to agree, though. yes.gif

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 07:46 PM

Definitely Book I!  

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 07:49 PM

Hemispheres

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 10:50 PM

Book I.  Especially live in '77 it was so much for powerful live.  Book II is good but I never understood all the devoted worship towards it.  

Book I is more aggressive IMO and you can't beat that slow intro then the distant bass that gets louder and louder, then the song kicks in, I love it.




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