Exit Stage Left [Bonus Track]by Rush
Rush was planning on releasing a live album after the Permanent Waves tour, but manager Cliff Burnstein convinced the group that they were peaking musically and should go straight back into the recording studio -- resulting in their finest album, 1981's Moving Pictures. So after the tour wound down, their postponed live album was finally assembled, released as Exit...Stage Left the same year. The album turned out to be the polar opposite of its predecessor, 1976's raw and direct All the World's a Stage; in fact, the performances often sound identical to the recently released studio versions. The contagious energy that helped make All the World's a Stage such a success is muted, replaced by workmanlike renditions that border on the uninspired. There's no denying the high quality of the songs selected -- "Spirit of Radio," "Tom Sawyer," "Xanadu," "The Trees," "Closer to the Heart," "Jacob's Ladder," etc. -- it's just that the performances rarely catch fire. Compared to Rush's three other concert albums (the aforementioned All the World's a Stage, 1988's A Show of Hands, and 1998's Different Stages), Exit...Stage Left is probably the weakest. [Exit Stage Left was re-released in 1997 and added a bonus tracks, "Passage to Bangkok."]
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Performance CreditsRush Primary Artist
Geddy Lee Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,bass pedals
Alex Lifeson Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,bass pedals
Neil Peart Percussion,Drums
Technical CreditsRush Producer
Terry Brown Producer
Paul Northfield Engineer
Hugh Syme Artwork,Art Direction,Cover Design
Andy Rose Engineer
Ian Melhuish Contributor
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RUSH is the premiere band of all time. This is my favorite live CD of any band ever! I got hooked on Rush at about age 16 because of this CD, and Freewill. If you ever want to be blown away by three instruments and rock gods going at it all once, just listen to this song!
Spirit of Radio,one of best arrangements of any song I've heard.Freewill,Tom Sawyer are close seconds. Spirit lifts mine whenever I hear it.
I cannot and will not ever get tired of this CD! It is absolutelt incredible! It starts off fast and rocking with songs like Spirit of the Radio and YYZ and then slows down with the Trees and Xanadu and climaxes with Freewill and Tom Sawyer!
YYZ: awesome bass line, best drum solo ever performed. The first 20 seconds on snare alone could blow almost any other drummer away. Beneath, Between and Behind is an incredible song, as is Xanadu. And then all the others... Neil Peart is the god of rock drumming.