Exit . . . Stage Left
The Spirit of Radio (live video)
Red Barchetta (live video)
YYZ (live video)
A Passage to Bangkok (live audio)
Closer to the Heart (live video)
Beneath, Between and Behind (live audio)
Jacob’s Ladder (live audio)
Broon’s Bane (live audio)
The Trees (live video)
Xanadu (live video)
Freewill (live video)
Tom Sawyer (live video)
La Villa Strangiato (live audio)
By-Tor/In the End (live video)
Exit . . . Stage Left captures the band at the height of their popularity, and arguably at the height of their technical skills. It also marks the end of an era, as Rush shifted toward more synthetic music; the fiery guitar work of Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart’s bells, blocks and tiny toms, and Geddy Lee’s warm vocals would grow noticeably colder by the time A Show of Hands appeared. As a last hurrah for the band’s “classic” period, you couldn’t ask for more. The drum solo on “YYZ,” a guitar introduction that morphs gracefully into “The Trees,” the crowd participation for “Closer to the Heart,” these arguably outclass the original album versions. Although the band throws in a few early nuggets (“Beneath, Between and Behind,” “A Passage to Bangkok”), they avoid duplicating anything from “All the World’s a Stage.” The real winners here are the album tracks like “Jacob’s Ladder.” “YYZ,” “La Villa Strangiato,” and “Xanadu.” In these cases (and especially on “The Trees”), the band has no trouble shaking the original genie out of the bottle and making it dance.”—daveconn on Prog Archives
Geddy Lee: bass guitar, vocals, synthesizers, bass pedal synthesizer, and occasional rhythm guitar
Alex Lifeson: electric and acoustic guitars, bass pedal synthesizer
Neil Peart: drums and percussion
Produced by Terry Brown
A Passage to Bangkok, Closer to the Heart, Beneath, Between and Behind, and Jacob’s Ladder recorded in the U.K. by Mobile One
Engineered by Andy Rose, Tech-man Barry Ainsworth
Set-up by Tim and James
The Spirit of Radio, Red Barchetta, YYZ, Broon’s Bane, The Trees, Xanadu, Freewill, Tom Sawyer and La Villa Strangiato recorded in Canada by Le Mobile
Engineered by Broon, Tech-man Guy Charbonneau
Set-up by Cliff
And by the Record Plant Mobile
Engineered by Broon, Tech-man Jack Crymes
Set-up by Mark and Hutch
Mixed at Le Studio, Morin Heights Quebec
Engineered by Paul Northfield
Mastered by Bob Ludwig and Brian Lee at
Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, Maine
Art Direction, graphics, and cover concept by Hugh Syme
Photography by Deborah Samuel
Special guest, Ian Melhuish as the Puppet King
Management by Ray Danniels,
SRO Productions, Inc., Toronto
Executive Production by Moon Records
Road Manager and Lighting Director: Howard Ungerleider
Concert Sound Engineer: Jon (Mushy) Erickson
Stage Manager: Michael Hirsh
Stage Right Technician and Crew Chief: Liam (Calculator-Head) Birt
Stage Left Technician: Skip Gildersleeve
Centre Stage Technician: Larry (The Green Shrav) Allen
Guitar and Synthesizer Maintenance: Tony (Jack Public) Geranios
Stage Monitor Mixer: Greg Connolly
Security Chief: Ian Grandy
Projectionist: Lee Tenner
Personal Shreve: Kevin (Barney Rubble) Flewitt
Concert Sound By: National Sound—Tom Linthicum, Dave Berman, and Fuzzy Frazer
Concert Lighting by See Factor International—Nick Kotos, Mike Weiss, Mark Cherry, John Quinton, Steve Tuck, Robbie Gilchrist, et cetera
Bus and Truck-Faces—Tom Whittaker, Pat Lynes, Mac MacLear, Billy Barlow, Richard Owens, Steve Connelly, and Al Posner
U.K. transportation by Edwin Shirley Trucking, Len Wright Travel, and “The Red Flash”— Bill Churchman
Concert Rigging by Bill Collins—Southfire Rigging
People of the Wonderful Thing: The cast and crew of Le Studio, especially André for making the new all-colour Jack Secret Show a reality, Raru Ponce de Leon, Dr. Carl Zbourg, Major Seventh, Lou, Suzanne, Ronnie, Bjorn Erlichmann the Stunned Man, Punjabi, Dirk the Cameraman, and Daisy O’Williams and the Dogmatics, The Fabulous Projecting Men, featuring a Chorus of Fools, Nick the cat, Explosion Magazine, the lovely Rushka, Joe E. Ross—ooh ooh!, the people of Fooland, the Expos, the Great White North, and the members and crew of “FM” for their important comedic and musical support—Öfshnatzen d’Rötz!!
Max Webster R.I.P.
This album is dedicated to the world-renowned they—(Slider’s uncles, Eddie and Glen).
Alex’s performance in Broon’s Bane is dedicated to Elliot.
A special tribute to the Glaswegian Chorus for the background vocals on Closer to the Heart. Nice one, folks!
Our personal thank you to the Griffin family for their wonderfulness, and to the people of NASA for their spectacular launch of the Columbia, which we were privileged and thrilled to witness.
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,
Mother’s going to buy you shoes,
Father’s going to buy you socks,
Baby’s going to have red cheeks.”
Well, just a few more words! In seven years of touring we have made many friends in many different places. Some have worked for us, some have cheered for us, and some have just been nice to us.
For reasons beyond our comprehension, we have become increasingly more popular, and hence stretched ever more thinly among ever more people.
If sometimes we can’t give the time they deserve to our friends and loved ones, we hope that they will understand and forgive us.
After all, we didn’t change, everybody else did!
© 1981 Mercury Records © 1981 Anthem Entertainment