Rush: The (Partial) Series – All The World’s A Stage (1976)
Rush live! What a fabulous document. Oh man. It plays like a Greatest Hits. Ha, actually it pretty much is just that. These are all GREAT versions (which saves me writing that same line for every one of these tracks).
Bastille Day just rocks. Launch into Anthem and you know they’re here to fucking rock. Damn. Jump straight into Fly By Night/In The Mood, which go together perfectly. They handled that switch beautifully.
Something For Nothing teases with a gentle patch but then they bring back the full-on rawk attack. Lakeside Park saunter-swings along gorgeously, the outro of which leads straight into (most of) 2112. How many artists stand on a stage and say “we’d like to play you side one of our latest album.” All of side one. Of course, it all rules (I don’t need to tell you that). They skipped Discovery and Oracle: The Dream, but to hear this live? YES! So awesome.
Alright, I’m already blissed out. If they’d stopped there, I’d call it stunning and we could all go back and spin it again. But, being the awesomeness that is Rush, they’re nowhere near done kicking our asses yet.
By-Tor & The Snow Dog is 12 friggin’ minutes of brilliance. In The End is a gorgeous slower tune, of course, but then it’s Working Man/Finding My Way which, on its own, would be enough to justify ticket price alone. Working Man’s intro is slower than the record, which only makes it heavier. It does pick up, of course. And crashing right into Finding My Way… I’d have lost my “woo!!” octave by then. And What You’re Doing finally slays us completely. I’m drained. I’m done.
In Sum: Holy shit that was AWESOME! I’m so glad they left in most of the crowd noise, makes it more of an actual keepsake of an incredible period of the band’s career. Thanks heaps, Mike our all-time favourite LeBrain!