Xanadu (Lee, Lifeson, Peart)

from Tributes 1 by Robert Svilpa



(Rob speaking) I was 13 years old when I bought the A Farewell to Kings album, and that sealed the deal as far as my interest in playing guitar from then on. This track is nuts - the legend says that Rush recorded this piece front to back in one take (although Alex added a couple guitar overdubs in post production) and from all accounts it's true. The energy in this song along with the lyrics that translated Coleridge's epic poem "Kubla Khan, or A Vision in a Dream" into a rock anthem - totally appealed to the intellectual geek in me while the muscle and heaviness of the music spoke to the teenaged young man awash in testosterone.

Rush used to be a guilty favorite for musicians everywhere - guilty only because of the lyrics being really pseudo-intellectual (but really smart nevertheless) and Geddy's vocals grated on some peoples' ears. But I've been a lifelong fan and this is my tribute to them right here.


To seek the sacred River Alph...


from Tributes 1, released July 10, 2016
guitars, keyboards, bass guitar, drum programming - Rob


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Robert Svilpa is an independent Progressive Rock multi-instrumental artist, vocalist & musician with four full releases available on Spotify, Amazon Music, YT Music, iTunes, Pandora & many other networks.

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