Rush
Exit...Stage Left


5.0
classic

Review

by Kenny_Fever USER (2 Reviews)
February 5th, 2006 | 18 replies | 8,109 views


Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

This album was recorded on the Moving Pictures tour in 1981, and released by Anthem Records.

Just a brief note, before I get started with the review. This was the album that really got me into Rush. Before I had listened to this album, I knew Rush existed, but I never really paid a whole lot of attention to the band. Once I actually took the time, however, to sit down and listen to the album, I began really getting into Rush.

Taken from the liner notes:
Quote:
"A Passage To Bangkokí has been omitted in order to release ĎExitÖStage Leftí as a single compact disc.
Now, I suppose, on with the review.

1. Spirit Of Radio (5:12)
One of Rushís better known songs, this is one of my favorite live performances of the song. Itís pretty tight and well put together, and overall, IMO sounds pretty good. Because Iíve heard this song so many times, Itís probably one of my least favorite Rush songs now, but I have to say that itís very well done.

4/5

2. Red Barchetta (6:48)
Quote:
ďThis is a song about a car, this is called Red Barchetta."
Geddy Lee introduces one of my favorite Rush songs. The song is indeed about a car, and, as in the studio version, you really get the feel of a car chase through effects and sounds produced by the band onstage. Again, this song is very tight and well done live.

5/5

3. YYZ (7:44)
A favourite of any Rush fan, YYZ is a classic instrumental piece that was released on Moving Pictures. The song showcases the talent of all three musicians in the band, and in this version, especially Neil Peart. In the middle of the song he goes into a drum solo, which, compared to what he does these days, is rather short, but overall still pretty awesome, IMO.

5/5

4. Closer To The Heart (3:09)
It seems that anywhere I go, if I talk about Rush to anyone who doesnít know who Rush is, the only song they will have ever heard is Closer To The Heart. It was their first single. The Glaswegian Chorus sings backup vocals in this version, and I really like the effect that it gives. Though itís a fairly short song, compared to some of the songs Rush does, it is a truly beloved song by many Rush fans.

4/5

5. Beneath, Between and Behind (2:34)
Closer To The Heart flows directly into Beneath, Between and Behind. This song is short and fast. Itís a pretty good song, not much of a breakdown or anything, it remains fairly heavy throughout. That being said, I think itís one of the weaker songs on the album.

3/5

6. Jacobís Ladder (8:47)
The track starts out with Alex and Neil playing what sounds like it could fit into a 1950ís ballad, and Geddy introduces the song. The song starts with what Iíd say is a marching beat, with Geddy singing a little bit over it, and then it goes into some pretty heavy instrumental parts. Eventually they fade into a synth part that is accompanied only by chimes and the like, by Neil, and the song finishes on another heavy note. Itís overall a pretty heavy song, something that I personally would describe as ďpretty prog rock," for lack of a better term or description. At a younger age, I didnít like this song a whole lot, but as Iíve grown to appreciate the musicianship more and more, Iíve come to enjoy it a fair bit.

4/5

7. Broonís Bane (1:37)
Broonís Bane is essentially just an intro to The Trees, itís just Alex playing on his classical guitar. Even though it is just a short piece, I absolutely love it, for reasons I canít really explain. I used to listen to it over and over again.

5/5 (even though it doesnít really need a rating)

8. The Trees (4:50)
I used to listen to this song and wonder what Neil was thinking when he wrote the lyrics, I got, and still do get a great kick out of the lyrics. They seem pretty humorous to me, although I imagine Neil didnít intend them to be interpreted that way. But in the grand scheme of things, it is a great song, a Rush classic.

5/5

9. Xanadu (12:10)
Xanadu is an absolutely amazing song, definitely up there as one of my favorite Rush songs. Itís another song that I would describe as ďpretty prog rock," again, for lack of a better term. It takes a little while to get going, but once it does, this song really rocks. To me, the 12 minute duration of the song goes by way too fast. The live performance is really quite good, IMO. Xanadu is definitely a classic.

5/5

10. Freewill (5:33)
Freewill is another of my favorite Rush songs. I got one of my favorite quotes from the song, actually.
Quote:
ďIf you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."
The song goes into what sounds like a big jam, but is actually part of the song. Itís a big guitar solo, with Geddy going all out on his bass underneath. Itís nearly impossible not to love it, and you hear the crowd cheering as they finish it and go back into the verse riff. Itís another classic.

5/5

11. Tom Sawyer (5:01)
Tom Sawyer is another of Rushís best known songs, one of their singles. It was released on Moving Pictures. Again, because Iíve heard it so many times, itís become one of my least favorite Rush songs, which isnít to say that I donít like it, or that itís a bad song. Many people could probably tell you that Tom Sawyer is their favorite Rush song. In fact, it is the theme of MacGyver in Brazil.

4.5/5

12. La Villa Strangiato (9:38)
La Villa Strangiato is right up there with Xanadu as one of my favorite Rush songs. The version they did in 1981 is certainly a lot different than the one they do now. They recreated a lot of the synth that is on the studio version, which they usually leave out now. The song, again, showcases the talent of all three members of Rush. Essentially an instrumental, Geddy threw in some lyrics. Quoted from the Liner notes:
Quote:
We also should include a (loose) translation for the new lyrics to the Danforth and Pape section of La Villa Strangiato. "Patty-cake, patty-cake/ Motherís going to buy you shoes/ Fatherís going to buy you socks/ Babyís going to have red cheeks." Enough said.
5/5


Iíd say this likely one of my Top 5 favourite albums of all time, and Iíd recommend it to pretty much anyone.

5/5 Overall


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Comments:Add a Comment 
dustyboy316
February 5th 2006



56 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Not the best review, but a great album. Every song is awesome.

Zebra
Moderator
February 5th 2006



2647 Comments


I didn't think the review was very helpful. You described a lot of tracks as "awesome" and "one of my favorites" but you failed to describe the tracks sound such as vocals, instruments, etc.
"Tom Sayer" is amazing, and possibly my favorite Rush track.

Kenny_Fever
February 5th 2006



13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sorry, yeah I agree, it was not the best review. I suppose I was kind of biased, and I threw it together rather quickly

I didn't think that describing the songs themselves, like the structure and what-not, was all that necessary, as it is a live album, featuring previously released material, but I guess that was my mistakeThis Message Edited On 02.05.06

Priestmetal
February 9th 2006



542 Comments


wow this album seems great. Your review lacked detail as has been pointed out.

ZoolanderHotept
March 7th 2006



33 Comments


I was about to review this, but since this review is so good Ill pick another to Rush album to review.

Metman
March 25th 2006



7 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Somethings weird here, i got this cd in december, and it does have passage to bangkok, and its only in the 3-4 minute range, not 9 minutes as the disc track set states. Awesome album though, with in my opinion the only filler being jacob's ladder.

kylenichol
April 17th 2006



6 Comments


Neil Peart is freakin' amazing at the drums

132WalrusesInMexico
May 11th 2006



12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album captures Rush at their height of performing in my opinion. Its definately my favorite live album. My one complaint is that the band almost reproduces the songs so perfectly, they seem like exact replicas of the studio versions.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 11th 2006



16071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is probably my favorite live album ever, but it doesnt have the live version of 2112. Which is pretty much orgasmic.

Digging: Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

Kenny_Fever
May 16th 2006



13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[QUOTE=Iluvatar] This is probably my favorite live album ever, but it doesnt have the live version of 2112. Which is pretty much orgasmic. [/QUOTE]


yes, but it DOES have Xanadu, which is amazing... although, yes, it's reproduced so well that it sounds almost exactly like the studio version.

But yes, the live version of 2112 is quite orgasmic.

I thought it was great on R:30 when it had like a pirate theme to it, and he changed the last line of 'Temples Of Syrinx' to "We are the pirates, of the Temples of Syrinx." in a pirate voice... and his bass strap has a fake parrot on it. Good times....This Message Edited On 05.16.06

NewMetman
May 17th 2006



21 Comments


Xanadu= By far the greatest song of all time. I love that song so much

Skyler
December 11th 2006



1084 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the best live album that I've ever heard.

yas666eer
November 11th 2008



268 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

oh lord. I think the bass playing on YYZ... is pure mates

fsharptrit0ne
April 18th 2012



4628 Comments


that rush doc is amazing. who knew neil was such a badass on a bike!

fsharptrit0ne
April 18th 2012



4628 Comments


The track starts out with Alex and Neil playing what sounds like it could fit into a 1950ÔŅĹs ballad, and Geddy introduces the song. The song starts with what IÔŅĹd say is a marching beat, with Geddy singing a little bit over it, and then it goes into some pretty heavy instrumental parts. Eventually they fade into a synth part that is accompanied only by chimes and the like, by Neil, and the song finishes on another heavy note. ItÔŅĹs overall a pretty heavy song, something that I personally would describe as ÔŅĹpretty prog rock," for lack of a better term or description. At a younger age, I didnÔŅĹt like this song a whole lot, but as IÔŅĹve grown to appreciate the musicianship more and more, IÔŅĹve come to enjoy it a fair bit.

fsharptrit0ne
April 18th 2012



4628 Comments


yea awesome tbt

fsharptrit0ne
April 18th 2012



4628 Comments


new song owns big time. rip dick clark he'll never get to hear it

fsharptrit0ne
April 18th 2012



4628 Comments


bro whatever gotta get it to 100



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