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Rush Song Of The Day: The Trees

Rush, who recently released the R40 box set, grace the cover of the latest issue of Prog and in that issue we called upon 40 famous Rush fans to reveal their favourite Rush songs.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be bringing you some of those choices. Today it’s the choice of Dutch prog rockers Fish On Friday’s Frank Van Bogaert, who names the classic The Trees from 1978’s Hemispheres album as his choice.

“I’d choose The Trees from Hemispheres. This track has a gorgeous build-up, starting with a nylon guitar. And one might expect this to evolve into a folky song, but it twists into a fierce rock performance./o:p

“I especially like the synth bass sound in the breakdown part. As a youngster I was quite intrigued and wanted to know what instrument this was… turned out to be the mighty Taurus pedal. Also the lyrics in this song are quite engaging, as a statement in favour of equal rights for everyone.

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Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.