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November 26, 2016

Rush – The Exit…Stage Left (1981) – 2Lp

by Record Facts

Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in 1968 in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. Rush is known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy. The band’s musical style has changed several times over the years, from a blues-inspired hard rock beginning, later moving into progressive rock, and including a period marked by heavy use of synthesizers.

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Artist:  Rush
Title:  The Exit…Stage Left
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Mercury Records
Catalog#  6337194

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 and 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.
The first, third, and fourth sides of the original vinyl issue were recorded in Canada during the Moving Pictures tour, while the second side was recorded in the UK during the Permanent Waves tour.
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” — it’s just that the performances rarely catch fire.

 

Side one
1.  The Spirit of Radio   (5:11)
2.  Red Barchetta   (6:46)
3.  YYZ   (7:43)

Side two
1.  A Passage to Bangkok   (3:45)
2.  Closer to the Heart   (3:08)
3.  Beneath, Between & Behind   (2:34)
4.  Jacob’s Ladder   (8:46)

Side three
1.  Broon’s Bane   (1:37)
2.  The Trees   (4:50)
3.  Xanadu   (12:09)

Side four
1.  Freewill   (5:31)
2.  Tom Sawyer   (4:59)
3.  La Villa Strangiato   (9:37)

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