With their records now charting in the US and UK, what must have been a confident Rush flew to England and Rockfield Studios to record a Farewell To Kings, their fifth studio album. It represents a substantial leap in their development. The title track opens the album, a typical Rush construct: propelled by Neil Peart's masterful drumming, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee hammer away until Lifeson's lead guitar takes full-flight. The epically constructed "Xanadu" takes the concept of 2112 one further; Lee also doubles on keyboards, providing a new augmentation to their sound.
Following the release of their last album in 1975, Pink Floyd spent a couple months touring America (culminating in Roger Waters' notorious "spat" incident) and a single UK appearance in July at Knebworth. The band then spent 1976 sinking hundreds of thousands of pounds into their Britannia Row Studio, where Animals was recorded. The bulk of the album had already been written; "Dogs" first appeared on the DSOM tour as "You Gotta Be Crazy", while "Sheep" was previously "Raving and Drooling".