Monday, 2 November 2015

Bottoms on sleeves no. 5

Rush - Hemispheres (1978)

Here's another odd one by Canadian rockers, or rather prog-rockers, Rush. This was  their last stab at prog-rocking ie. a single song divided into "chapters" on side one and an instrumental suite "La Villa Strangiato" taking up much of side two. And it was recorded in Wales.

Not sure who did this cover but evidently they had been doing some "heavy stuff" with the band down there in Monmouthshire before coming up with this naked male ballet dancer standing on a human brain, confronting a chap with bowler hat and umbrella in the middle of a desert. Hmmmm...

Rush went into more commercial zones with their follow-up album 'Permanent Waves' in 1980, which opens with their hit Spirit of Radio. Multiple time signatures still feature in some tracks, though.

A new vinyl edition of Hemispheres can be purchased here.
Full album can be heard here.

See the full LiM 'Bottoms' series here.

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