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Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres (18:08)
   I. Prelude (4:27)
   II. Apollo Bringer of Wisdom (2:35)
   III. Dionysus Bringer of Love (2:05)
   IV. Armageddon The Battle of Heart and Mind (3:06)
   V. Cygnus Bringer of Balance (4:05)
   VI. The Sphere A Kind of Dream (1:05)
Circumstances (3:41)
The Trees (4:46)
La Villa Strangiato (9:35)


Alex Lifeson
Six and twelve string electric and acoustic guitars, classical guitar, Roland guitar synthesizer, Taurus pedals

Neil Peart
Drums, orchestra bells, bell-tree, tympani, gong, cowbells, temple blocks, wind chimes, crotales

Geddy Lee
Bass guitar, Mini Moog, Oberheim polyphonic, Taurus pedals, vocals

Produced by Rush and Terry Brown
Arrangements by Rush and Terry Brown
Recorded at Rockfield Studios, Wales, during June and July 1978
Engineered by Pat Moran
Vocals recorded at Advision Studios, London
Engineered by Declan O'Doherty
Mixed at Trident Studios, Soho, London, August 1978
Engineered by Terry Brown with invaluable assistance from John Brand
Tape Operators (Trident): Simon Hilliard, Mike Donegoni, and Reno Ruocco
Mastered at Trident by Ray Staff

Graphics by Hugh Syme
Art Directions by Hugh Syme and Bob King
Cover photography by Yosh Inouye
Inner sleeve and poster photography by Fin Costello
This album was processed through the Duffoscope!

Management by Ray Danniels and Vic Wilson, SRO Management Inc., Toronto
Executive Production: Moon Records
Roadmaster and Lighting Director: Howard (Herns) Ungerleider
Concert Sound Engineer and Crew Co-ordinator: Major Ian Grandy
Stage Manager: Michael (Lurch) Hirsh
Stage Right technician: Liam (Leaf) Birt
Stage Left technician: Skip (Slider) Gildersleeve
Centre Stage technician: Larry (Shrav) Allen
Guitar and synthesizer maintenance: Tony (Jack Secret) Geranios
Concert sound by National Sound and Electrosound (U.K.)
Concert Lighting by See Factor
Concert visuals produced by Rush and Nick Prince
Projectionist: Harry (keep the change) Dilman
Those daring drivers!: Bruce (The Pin) Aldrich (Howdy howdy!), Jwerg (Ah think Ah see the problem!) Hoadley, Mike (Say Guy!) Morrison, and Tom (Zig-Zag) Whittaker

The Wonderful Persons List: Austen Fagen, Abe Schon, The UFO'S, the Max Websters, the Pat Travers Band, the Monks, Bert the driver, Fin Costello, Ruke Bernstein, Joe Bombase, Young Ward, Jerry Mickelson, Arny Granat, Bubble and Squeak, all at SRO and all at Rockfield, Advision, and Trident

Mercury, October 29, 1978
1978 Mercury Records 1978 Anthem Entertainment


In Their Own Words

"We spent more time recording 'Strangiato' than the entire Fly By Night album. It's recorded in one take but it took 40 takes to get it right! It was our first piece without any vocals at all. So each section had to stand up with a theme and musical structure of its own." - Geddy Lee, Visions
"As the song [La Villa Strangiato] developed, we decided to flavour certain sections after some cartoon ideas." - Alex Lifeson, A Show Of Fans, Summer 1996
"'The Trees'...was a parable about collectivism." - Neil Peart, Roadshow
"'La Villa Stangiato'...It's epic. There are so many parts to that song, and everybody shines on it. My recollection is that it was only a few takes to record the song. In fact if you listen closely during the guitar solo you can hear the previous solo ghosting underneath. I remember us playing the whole song in one piece and then we dropped in for that solo." - Alex Lifeson, ClassicRock.com, May 2015