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| 30 October 2012 | Reply

Los Angeles, CA…Purple  Pyramid Records (a division of Cleopatra Records) will release THE ROYAL  PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PLAYS THE MUSIC OF RUSH on November 13.  Nearly sixty musicians and thirty  vocalists transform nine of Rush’s greatest hits into even more intricate,  soaring orchestral works.

The RPO covers the  best-known classics, from “Working Man,” the self-titled debut album track that  launched Rush’s career in the U.S. to “Subdivisions” from SIGNALS, the album  that proved electronic rock could reside in the top ten.  The band’s most successful record,  MOVING PICTURES, is represented by rousing versions of “Tom Sawyer” and “Red  Barchetta.”

The Canadian trio known  as Rush has been recording and touring for more than forty years. Rush has  earned 24 gold and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records.  They are third (behind The Beatles and  The Rolling Stones) for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a  rock band, and have sold more than 40 million units worldwide.  Rush has won many Juno Awards and was a  1994 inductee to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.  Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart  are consistently acknowledged as some of the most proficient musicians in music  today.

The RPO, formed in 1946  and based in London, has been called “The Nation’ s Favourite Orchestra.”  It has had internationally known  maestros like Andre Previn and Louis Clark, and has toured the world.  The RPO is a best-selling and adventurous  recording entity as well.  In 1969,  it recorded a concerto for Deep Purple, composed by the band’s organist Jon  Lord.  It earned a top ten U.S.  single in 1982 with “Hooked on Classics.” Over the years, RPO has orchestrally arranged Pink Floyd, Oasis, Queen, R.E.M., Madonna, and  Abba.

Special guest  guitarists include Steve Rothery of Marillion on “Working Man ” and Adrian Smith  of Iron Maiden on “Red Barchetta.”  The Windrush Choir provides backing vocals and  solos.

The Orchestra was  recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, conducted by BAFTA  Award-winning musician and composer Richard Harvey.  Harvey performed with the prog rock  group Gryphon and as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (specializing in  mediaeval and Renaissance periods), worked with many folk and rock musicians  such as Richard and Linda Thompson, Kate Bush, and Sweet.  He has toured and recorded with John  Williams, and has performed and composed film/TV soundtracks for more than  thirty years.  The album was  produced by James Graydon and Richard Cottle, who also arranged all the  music.

1. 2112 Overture
2. The Spirit of Radio
3. Tom Sawyer
4. Red Barchetta
5.  Subdivisions
6. Fly By Night
7. Closer to the Heart
8. Limelight
9. Working Man

THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC  ORCHESTRA PLAYS THE MUSIC OF RUSH will be in stores and online retailers on  November 13.  MSRP for the CD is  US$14.98, and 12” vinyl is US$18.98.

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