534 627-2 All The World's A Stage
Produced by Rush and Terry Brown
Released on September 1976
US CHART POSITION #40 . . . GOLD RECORD (11/16/77), PLATINUM (3/4/81)
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534 627-2 cover  

L oud, live, raw Rush! (Rejoice.) All The World’s A Stage completes the first stage of Rush’s development, or as the band notes on the sleeve: “the end of the beginning, a milestone to mark the close of chapter one.” And in time, the band’s generous live documents would serve as signposts through their career (Exit… Stage Left, A Show of Hands, Different Stages). All The World’s A Stage captures the essence of Rush in the beginning, not the meticulously crafted sound of later live shows but a trio carried by the energy of the moment. In other words, what most bands sound like when they play live (since few had Rush’s uncanny ability, or desire, to faithfully re-create the studio arrangements as they did later on). The selections may sound a little rough around the edges (even on the digital remasters), but Rush does shine on an inspired 12-minute version of “By-Tor and The Snow Dog” and a slightly edited version of the “2112” suite. What’s nice about All The World’s A Stage is the opportunity to hear the band cut through live versions of their earliest material like it really mattered (and it did): Four cuts from their first album, album tracks like “Lakeside Park” and “Something For Nothing,” even “By-Tor…” would have fallen by the wayside by the time most bands had released a live album. Issuing one early in their careers like this gives Rush fans the opportunity to enjoy their first-phase music in its original context rather than as some posthumous archival release, and the difference is significant. Still, as equitable an overview as it is, listeners would be better served by picking up the studio albums first, or at least Fly By Night and 2112. That way, you can appreciate the similarities and the differences between the originals and the live versions presented on All The World’s A Stage.

534 627-2 back picture sleeve
534 627-2 back picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. BASTILLE DAY    (Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart)    4:57
  2. ANTHEM    (Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart)    4:56
  3. FLY BY NIGHT    (Geddy Lee/Neil Peart)    /    IN THE MOOD    (Geddy Lee)    5:03
  4. SOMETHING FOR NOTHING    (Geddy Lee/Neil Peart)    4:02
  5. LAKESIDE PARK    (Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart)    5:04
  6. 2112    (total time: 15:45)
    I. Overture    (Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart)    4:16
    II. The Temples of Syrinx    (Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart)    2:12
    III. Presentation    (Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart)    4:27
    IV. Soliloquy    (Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart)    2:22
    V. Grand Finale    (Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart)    2:28
  7. BY-TOR AND THE SNOW DOG    (Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson/Neil Peart)    11:57
  8. IN THE END    (Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson)    7:13
  9. WORKING MAN / FINDING MY WAY    (Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson)    14:56
  10. WHAT YOU'RE DOING    (Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson)    5:39

CREDITS

GEDDY LEE -- bass and vocals
ALEX LIFESON -- guitars
NEIL PEART -- percussion
Terry Brown -- engineer
Ken Morris -- tape operator
Hugh Syme -- graphics
David Street -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US September 1976 Mercury 2LP/2CS 7508  
UK March 1977? Mercury 2LP/2CS 6672015CE gatefold cover
US April 1987 Mercury 2LP/CD/2CS 822 552  
US July 1, 1997 Mercury CD/CS 534 627 digital remaster

 

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