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Poll: What do you think is the best song from this album? (1207 member(s) have cast votes)

What do you think is the best song from this album?

  1. Cygnus X-1: Book Two - Hemispheres (424 votes [34.98%])

    Percentage of vote: 34.98%

  2. Circumstances (101 votes [8.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  3. The Trees (176 votes [14.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.52%

  4. La Villa Strangiato (511 votes [42.16%])

    Percentage of vote: 42.16%

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#361 You move me

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:06 PM

An album with only four songs and three of them could be listed in the 20 songs by a band with 20 albums.  Damn it's going to be hard to pick a single song.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:45 AM

Hemispheres gets the pick a true epic

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:22 AM

ok, this must be the hardest of them all!! I cant decide at all, all songs are great on this one, but I probarly choise La Villa Strangiato, since thats their best instrumental song, and they will never do another one that is same class!

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:16 PM

Very tough choice.  The entire album is amazing, probably my favorite album.  Went with la villa.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 01:56 AM

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:12 AM

An incredibly tough choice but it's La Villa by a hair.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:50 AM

Book2 of course!    but if i could vote again i'd vote for La Villa   =)       RushOn baby!

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 03:22 AM

Cygnus -  x1 Book  Two . :7up:

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:34 PM

La Villa...actually I think it is the best Rush song.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 02:45 PM

I can't decide. The whole album is amazing! It's hard to not vote for Cygnus X-1, but The Trees is my favorite "short" Rush song, and La Villa Strangiato is the best instrumental ever made. Circumstances is my least favorite of the album, but it's still awesome and I love the F#sus4 (I think that's Alex plays, when Geddy sings "A boy alone").

I guess I have to say Cygnus X-1. I love the chords, all the arpeggios, the solos, the Taurus, the epic lyrics, and the length (all the best songs are 20 minutes!).

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 01:05 AM

La Villa Strangiato- Love the Pinkpop and "Still No Guitar" versions :D

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 07:25 PM

Circumstances. I'm always have been in the minority, but I like it that way.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 12:41 PM

View PostThe Notorious B.S.G., on 24 August 2004 - 08:02 AM, said:

Great album. All great songs, but the title track epic, "Cygnus X-1, Book II"  is their best work ever IMO.

This for me as well.

This suite worked so well for me in so many ways.  I loved to listen to it on headphones with my eyes shut and picture everything (though you should have seen me jump the first time at ..........."THEN ALL AT ONCE THE CHAOS CEASED.").  It also worked great to crank up over the speakers and in the car...where ever, when ever!

The imagery of the lyrics and the sheer gymnastics they were pulling off on their instruments while still being so MELODIC was astounding on Cygnus X-1, Bk 2.   I've still never heard better bass bits that this piece, and my favorite Peart fill of all time happens at the climax of part V (Cygnus) at 16:26.  Just......damn*.

* (nod to Honorable Mention of the drumming on the latter part of "Jacob's Ladder" which also amazes me).

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 05:04 PM

The Trees. Always loved it

In all honesty, I prefer side B of this album to side A everytime! I feel it all went a bit over the top with the first side, although I do still enjoy it!

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 06:42 PM

I was gonna pick book two, but that didn't strike me as amazing as I thought it would the FIRST time I listened to it. So then I considered La Villa Strangiato, but to be honest I've always preferred YYZ as their best instrumental. I even glanced at Circumstances, the French lyrics have always held a place in this second year French student's heart, but it just couldn't compare to the amazing ness of the rest of the album. So I had to pick The Trees, my honest favorite song off of this album with lyrics every bit as metaphorically brilliant as my dad had told me time and time again.
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Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:11 AM

Is there a button for the whole damn thing!  Personally this is a perfect album!

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 08:06 PM

I had to go with the Cygnus X-1 Bk II. Its the perfect Rush song on the perfect Rush album.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 03:08 AM

Fixed: Winner in Bold.


What do you think is the best song from this album?
  • Cygnus X-1: Book Two - Hemispheres

  • Circumstances

  • The Trees (With Broon's Bane Intro)

  • La Villa Strangiato

Edited by calirush, 22 December 2013 - 03:09 AM.


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 10:16 AM

Book II for sure. An absolute masterpiece.

That being said, the whole album is a masterpiece. The solo in La Villa is my favorite solo of all time... by anyone!



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