The Trees – Rush (1978) Audio Fidelity SACD FLAC Remaster HD 1080p Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~
“The Trees” was released a couple of days before Halloween 1978 on Rush’s sixth studio album, Hemispheres. Hemispheres didn’t quite live up to A Farewell To Kings for me at the time it was released, but I liked it better than Permanent Waves that followed it.
I’ve been working on so many updates for old videos, but I noticed I’d not finished any of those updates since two I uploaded this past summer; Robin Trower’s “I Can’t Wait Much Longer” https://youtu.be/5QXGayu6QMc and Al Stewart’s “The Palace of Versailles” https://youtu.be/4qym4I8TPWA )….so I decided to kick a couple/few out. The original video (#67 uploaded on October 29, 2011…the 33rd anniversary of the Hemisphere album release! YIKES! https://youtu.be/leTGg3W1YHU ) I made for this track wasn’t really as bad as many I made way back then, but I thought I’d like to find higher resolution art and make a few adjustments. So now it features higher resolution “pointy”, “top hat” and “brains” all set to FLAC audio track sourced from Audio Fidelity’s 2016 SACD (what I consider the best the album has ever sounded). I made a video for “Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage” https://youtu.be/WDN4ZBTU7MQ a couple of weeks after my original “The Trees” video, and at the end of it, I teased a bit of the video I was working on for Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres. Although I never got around to finishing it, I was having a great time when I started it…..wow! that’s one that I’d have to really dig around for now, but I might go there since I love playing around with Hugh Syme”s art and maybe I could find some interesting things to do with that epic track?! Also just realizing “Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage” needs a tune-up….man, thinking of the time I spent masking those space ship screens to play my previous Rush videos!…..somewhere along the line, this one kind of fell into a hole (not a comment in over a year!….I guess it REALLY needs an update!?) 🙂
Next up on the Rush updates: “Witch Hunt”!….till then, this one’s for my RUSH friends around the world!
Following themes going back to Rush’s third album, Caress of Steel, on Hemispheres lyricist Neil Peart continued to utilize fantasy and science fiction motifs. Similar to their 1976 release, 2112, the title track on Hemispheres takes up the entire first side of the album, and is a suite of songs telling a story – in this case, a continuation of the story begun in “Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage” on the band’s previous album A Farewell to Kings.
The second side consists of two conventional tracks, “Circumstances” and “The Trees,” and the band’s first standalone instrumental, “La Villa Strangiato.” According to drummer Neil Peart, they spent more time recording “La Villa Strangiato” than they did recording the entire Fly by Night album.
The album contains examples of Rush’s adherence to progressive rock standards including the use of fantasy lyrics, multi-movement song structures, and complex rhythms and time signatures. In the 2010 documentary film Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, the band members comment that the stress of recording Hemispheres was a major factor in their decision to start moving away from suites and long-form pieces in their songwriting. That change in philosophy would manifest itself in the band’s next album, the considerably more accessible Permanent Waves. The band’s seventh album would mark their commercial success, paving the way for the multi-platinum Moving Pictures.
Although Hemispheres received good reviews and became Rush’s fourth consecutive gold album in the United States, it proved to be a weaker seller than many of the group’s other albums. It peaked at No. 47 on the Billboard 200, becoming the last Rush studio album to fail to make the Billboard Top 10 until 1987’s Hold Your Fire.
Hemispheres would not reach US platinum status until December 1993, over 15 years after its initial release.
There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas
The trouble with the maples
(And they’re quite convinced they’re right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light
But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade
There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream ‘Oppression!’
And the oaks just shake their heads
So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
‘The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light’
Now there’s no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe and saw