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“I got this record by a fluke purchase through the Columbia Records Club – you know, you get to choose 10 albums for a penny? A Farewell To Kings was so pivotal for me at the time. I was in the school band, and a lot of kids didn’t think this was a cool thing – it wasn’t rock ‘n’ roll. But when I heard this record it gave me the strength to not fight my wanting to be in the school band and finding the purpose to practice at it.
“I didn’t find the purpose to practicing orchestra bells and chimes before – it all like a waste of time to me because I didn’t enjoy it. A Farewell To Kings opened my eyes to the combination of percussion. I mean, who uses a vibraslap? What is that? Hello? [laughs] Who plays that? But it was used perfectly here.
“There’s so many things about this record. The music, it’s always so over the top. The visuals – I had experienced them with Led Zeppelin IV, but with A Farewell To Kings, man, it’s like, if other kids were experimenting with pot, all I had to do was listen to this album and get what I needed. I could close my eyes and just go somewhere.
“It’s aggressive, it has time changes and dynamics – it’s truly incredible.”