All the World's a Stage (album)
|All the World's a Stage|
|Live album by Rush|
|Released||September 29, 1976|
|Recorded||June 11–13, 1976|
|Genre||Progressive rock, hard rock|
|Producer||Rush, Terry Brown|
|Singles from All the World's a Stage|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide||link|
All the World's a Stage is a double live album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1976. The album was recorded at Massey Hall in Toronto on June 11 through 13 during their 2112 tour. Similar to a lyric in the track "Limelight" from 1981's album Moving Pictures, the title of this album alludes to William Shakespeare's play As You Like It.
This performance of "2112" omits the "Discovery" and "Oracle: The Dream" sections of the studio recording. The final 32 seconds of "Discovery" are played as a lead-in to "Presentation," but the liner notes do not indicate this. Rush would not perform the entire suite live until the 1996-97 Test for Echo Tour, as documented on the live album Different Stages.
Following along at the end of the last song the album closes with a bit of post-show chatter among the band members and the sound of a slamming of a door as they leave the venue.
According to the liner notes, this live album (Rush's first) marks the end of the "first chapter of Rush," and would mark the start of a trend of releasing a live album after every fourth studio album. That trend lasted until 2003 when the band released Rush in Rio, one year after the studio album Vapor Trails.
Neil Peart incorporates his drum solo into a medley of "Working Man" and "Finding My Way."
All the World's a Stage would be Rush's first US Top 40 charting album and would go gold, alongside A Farewell to Kings and 2112 on November 16, 1977. It was certified platinum in the US in 1981 after the release of Moving Pictures. In Canada, gold certification came on December 1, 1976; platinum on August 1, 1978.
|3.||"Fly by Night/In the Mood" (Lee; Peart/Lee)||5:03|
|4.||"Something for Nothing" (Lee, Peart)||4:02|
|7.||"By-Tor & the Snow Dog
|8.||"In the End" (Lifeson, Lee)||7:13|
|9.||"Working Man/Finding My Way/Drum solo" (Lifeson, Lee/Lifeson, Lee)||14:56|
|10.||"What You're Doing" (Lifeson, Lee)||5:39|
- Terry Brown — engineer
- Hugh Syme — design
- George Graves — mastering on original album
- Bob Ludwig — remastering
A remaster was issued in 1997.
- The tray has a picture of the star with man painting (mirroring the cover art of Retrospective I) with "The Rush Remasters" printed in all capital letters just to the left. All remasters from Rush through Permanent Waves are like this.
- The original CD omitted "What You're Doing" and the post-show chatter due to recording length constraints (CDs could only hold 75 minutes at the time). By 1997, however, advances in recording technology had increased that maximum time to 80 minutes; the missing song and chatter are included in the remaster. Prior to its release, the same live version of "What You're Doing" was included on the compilation Chronicles in 1990.
- The album's original triple gatefold artwork with concert pictures is included with the remaster.
All The World's A Stage was remastered again in 2011 by Andy VanDette for the "Sector" box sets, which re-released all of Rush's Mercury-era albums. All The World's A Stage is included in the Sector 1 set.
|1976||Billboard Pop Albums||40|
Fly by Night/In the Mood/ Something for Nothing (US 7" promo)