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Exit ... Stage Left [Live, Original recording reissued, Extra tracks]

Rush Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording reissued, Extra tracks
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B000001ESR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Spirit Of Radio (Live In Canada / 1980) 5:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Red Barchetta (Live In Canada / 1980) 6:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. YYZ (Live In Canada / 1980) 7:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A Passage To Bangkok (Live In The UK / 1980) 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Closer To The Heart (Live In The UK / 1980) 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Beneath, Between & Behind (LIve In The UK / 1980) 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jacob's Ladder (Live In The UK / 1980) 8:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Broon's Bane (Live In Canada / 1980) 1:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Trees (Live In Canada / 1980) 4:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Xanadu (Live In Canada / 1980)12:09Album Only
Listen11. Freewill (Live In Canada / 1980) 5:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tom Sawyer (Live In Canada / 1980) 4:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. La Villa Strangiato (Live In Canada / 1980) 9:370.99  Buy MP3 

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Rush Exit...stage Left [Remastered]

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live perfection (almost!) 10 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
Along with Iron Maiden's `Live After Death', `Exit ... Stage Left' is one of the best live albums in *any* genre, and it's obvious to anyone with ears that Rush were on a distinct high when this album was released.
Many, including the band themselves, have stated that the album was overproduced but in my opinion the standard of the musicianship is second to none (indeed, Geddy Lee's four-string antics inspired me to learn to play bass in my teens) and the sheer energy of the performances far outweigh the slightly OTT production, and it's a lot better than the rather insipid `Show of Hands'.
There's very little filler here; a superb rendition of YYZ (complete with Peart drum solo), an absolutely thumping version of `The Trees' and, for me, the high point is the live version of 'La Villa Strangiato' right at the end which just oozes quality and boots the studio version on Hemispheres into low-Earth orbit - the live version showcases three exceptional musicians at their very best, and the album is worth the money for that track alone.
Downsides? Just two - `Spirit of Radio' and `Closer to the Heart'. Live favourites certainly, but I've never been keen on either track. Having said that, `Closer to the Heart' is worth listening to for the Glaswegian chorus ...
Most Rush fans will already own this album, but if you're wondering what all the fuss is about, it's a good enough place to start.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Rush 6 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
I own several Rush albums and from a quality point of view, this is up there with the best.
All tracks are excellent, they are well recorded with a nice polished production. My only gripe is that there are gaps. I like live albums to be continuous as if you are listening to a complete performance.
That aside, there are no other complaints, Xanadu is the highlight for me, recreating the original masterpiece with incredible precision.
If you don't already have this album, get it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Canadian Band, Rush 5 Mar 2002
Format:Audio CD
No other band is going to prepare you for becoming a fan of Rush. I was in a band with two good friends in the 1980's - a time when music was mainly 3 minute conveyer-belt-of-garabage music. The bass player played me YYZ by Rush and my life changed for ever. Listening to Rush is like listening to an old friend - all of the Rush tricks are there - the extra bar in the first chorus being the most obvious. From Prog Rock of the 1970's, through a musically blank 1980's (for everyone else that is) and into an equally uninspiring 1990's, Rush have remained as hard working and inspiring as ever. I went to see them in 1991 and the memory will stick with me forever.
Exit Stage Left captures Rush at the height of their powers - the music is complicated, whilst containing hooks, the musicianship flawless (but you should also check out the honesty of the 1970's bonus disc with Different Stages - which contains some bloopers - honesty personified) and the songs as inspiring and relaxing now as when I first sat back and listened in awe (although back then it was on vinyl).
Graham Davies
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5.0 out of 5 stars good music, nice and varied 10 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
`Exit Stage Left` is the second live album to be released by Rush and up to the release of `Different Stages` I would have said it was the best. The album is full of all that was best about Rush from the beginning of the eighties with the highlights being `La Villa Strangiato` and `Xanadu`, both of whom are absolutely fantastic when played live as the studio versions don`t do justice to both the songs musical complexities and superb lyrics. Add to this `Spirit of Radio` and `Freewill` and you begin to understand why Rush is considered to be one of the premier rock bands in the world today. When you listen to this album all your troubles will disappear as you get caught up in the magic that only rush can produce when they are playing live. Alex Lifeson on lead guitar give the performance of a life time during `La Villa Stangiato` and you will never get tired of playing the track over and over again. Geddy gives a brilliant performance on both bass and vocals and it makes you wonder how he can concentrate on doing both jobs at the same time to such a high standard. The drumming of Neil Peart really comes alive when he his on stage and he can throw of the shackles of a recording studio. You can tell the guys really enjoy performing live buy how much fun they have on stage. If you are thinking of getting a Rush album to sample their music buy this one first because it show the band at their very best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it should have been 21 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD
This was the point where my love affair with Rush ended, well for 20 years anyway. It should have been the perfect culmination of everything they had achieved up to that point, but it wasn't quite perfect. The problem with this album has always been its muddy sound and mix. The whole thing was given an extra kick in the remaster used for the Sector 2 box set, but even then many of the original problems still remained. I don't know how it happened but Alex's guitars have been almost lost in the mix and Geddy's bass brought up way too high and the crowd (Other than the Glasgow recording) sound as if they are in the arena next door. It was all a pity, they had reached the commercial heights, were out of the theaters and into the arenas, the four previous albums, from which most of this setlist was taken, had seen them stretch out beyond a straight forward rock act and this should have rounded that phase of Rush off perfectly. That it failed to do so was purely down to the failings in the production. I do like the album, the setlist sums up Rush from '76 to '81, the performances are excellent it's just you can't hear them as well as you should and that's why I don't love it. These days if I want to hear live performances of these tracks there are better versions elsewhere, just check out the recently released 'Spirit of the Airwaves', an unofficial, unauthorized legal bootleg (???!!!???) and get an idea of how good this album should have sounded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Published 3 months ago by HARRY
5.0 out of 5 stars Top live show
I loved it partly as i aint heard it for years, it was still on vinyl but i finally got the CD version and as good as i remembered, it was a bit like when i saw them live last year... Read more
Published 4 months ago by desmogs
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of an era
This has to rank as one of the finest live albums produced. So there are gaps between the tracks - SO WHAT? The musicianship, production and song choice is top quality. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars not bad
same as the last item not very goog at this sort of thing as you can tel i do apolagise
Published 16 months ago by david
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Rush album - and it's still played (a lot)
Though I have this live Rush now on just the one CD, the original LP and from which I got into Rush to fair extent, I still prefer much of it to either the original studio tracks... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tim Kidner
4.0 out of 5 stars Belter
This album has a great selection of songs, some of my favourite feature on it and its grat to hear them in a live environment,
this album however lacks a special something... Read more
Published on 22 April 2012 by Cubby Kovu
4.0 out of 5 stars Three stars for Rush. Five for mere mortals.
Live albums were big at the time and tended to be produced to appear as one seamless gig, despite being compiled from several shows. The spaces in between (! Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2011 by Lemon
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant - without doubt one of the best rock live albums...
Get it. Put it on a decent hifi, turn up the volume,and be blown away by the incomparable guitar, bass guitar and drumming talents of Lifeson, Lee & Peart. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2011 by Good Read
5.0 out of 5 stars "This Is The Spirit Of The Radio..."
These were the very first words I ever heard from Rush, playing on an old TDK AD90 cassette and I could not believe three musicians could make this incredible 'big' sound. Exit... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2011 by G. Young
3.0 out of 5 stars Stop gap release...
Unlike the first live album this one had a harder period to cover,namely the jump from 70's guitar driven Rush to keyboards influenced Rush,it barely manages it,they should have... Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2010 by Mr Blackwell
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