10 Songs, 1 Hour 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Thanks to recordings such as KISS’ Alive!, Cheap Trick’s Cheap Trick at Budokan, and Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive!, the '70s were abundant with concert albums. But what put Rush’s All the World’s a Stage head and shoulders above the rest was the band's ability to perform its songs live while sounding just as tight as it did on the studio versions—without any post-production cheating. A flawless rendition of “Bastille Day” opens to an enthusiastic crowd, which sold out Toronto's Massy Hall in 1976 to welcome its hometown heroes. Rush follows this with a charged version of “Anthem” (with an athletic vocal performance by Geddy Lee that rivals the studio version) and the title track to Fly by Night. This awesomely blends into In the Mood from Rush's eponymous 1974 debut album (when John Rutsey was still the drummer). Of course, a spirited take on “2112” upstages the rest of the set, with nearly 16 minutes of unbridled prog-rocking pyrotechnics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. Thanks to recordings such as KISS’ Alive!, Cheap Trick’s Cheap Trick at Budokan, and Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive!, the '70s were abundant with concert albums. But what put Rush’s All the World’s a Stage head and shoulders above the rest was the band's ability to perform its songs live while sounding just as tight as it did on the studio versions—without any post-production cheating. A flawless rendition of “Bastille Day” opens to an enthusiastic crowd, which sold out Toronto's Massy Hall in 1976 to welcome its hometown heroes. Rush follows this with a charged version of “Anthem” (with an athletic vocal performance by Geddy Lee that rivals the studio version) and the title track to Fly by Night. This awesomely blends into In the Mood from Rush's eponymous 1974 debut album (when John Rutsey was still the drummer). Of course, a spirited take on “2112” upstages the rest of the set, with nearly 16 minutes of unbridled prog-rocking pyrotechnics.

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