A Farewell to Kings, the 1977 album arranged and produced by Rush and Terry Brown, has been remastered by Brown in anticipation of a 40th-anniversary release on Sept 1.
UMe/Anthem/ole released a limited edition, 12” single for “Cygnus X-1” as a Record Store Day exclusive on April 22. The album was the first Gold certification for the band in the US and went on to sell over a million copies in the market. In Canada, it shipped gold and was certified platinum in Feb. 1978.
A Farewell to Kings was remastered in 2011 by Andy VanDette as part of the three-volume Sector box sets, which re-released all of Rush's albums recorded for Mercury. In addition to the standard audio CD, A Farewell to Kings was also included on an audio DVD in the Sector 2 set, remixed into 5.1 surround sound.
A Farewell to Kings was remastered for vinyl in 2015 by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios as a part of the official "12 Months of Rush" promotion. The high def master prepared for this release was also made available for purchase in 24-bit/96 kHz and 24-bit/192 kHz formats, at several high-resolution audio online music stores.
In the Q & Mojo 2005 40 Cosmic Rock Albums edition, the album came in sixth in a list of "40 Cosmic Rock Albums.”
Conversely, Robert Christgau gave the record a D rating, calling Rush "the most obnoxious band currently making a killing on the zonked teen circuit." He compared them to bands such as Angel, Kansas or Uriah Heep, “with vocals revved up an octave. Or two."
The band co-written title track holds relevance today and includes the band’s famous refrain, “can’t we find the minds to lead us closer to the heart.”