All the World's a Stage (album)

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All the World's a Stage
Live album by Rush
Released September 29, 1976
Recorded June 11–13, 1976
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock
Length 79:32
Label Anthem (Canada)
Atlantic (Japan)
Mercury
Producer Rush, Terry Brown
Rush chronology
2112
(1976)
All The World's a Stage
(1976)
A Farewell to Kings
(1977)
Singles from All the World's a Stage
  1. "Fly by Night/In the Mood (Live)"
    Released: 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars 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.

Album content[edit]

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.

Information[edit]

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 four studio albums. That trend was broken in the 2000s when the band would release a studio album then a live album from the ensuing tour. Songs like "Bastille Day" and "Anthem" are similar to their studio versions with the addition of Neil Peart's drum solo during "Working Man".

Chart positions[edit]

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.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Bastille Day"   4:57
2. "Anthem"   4:56
3. "Fly by Night/In the Mood" (Lee; Peart/Lee) 5:03
4. "Something for Nothing" (Lee, Peart) 4:02
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Lakeside Park"   5:04
6. "2112 15:45
Side three
No. Title Length
7. "By-Tor & the Snow Dog
  • I. At the Tobes of Hades
  • II. Across the Styx
  • III. Of the Battle
    • a. Challenge and Defiance
    • b. 7/4 War Furor
    • c. Aftermath
    • d. Hymn of Triumph
  • IV. Epilogue"  
11:57
8. "In the End" (Lifeson, Lee) 7:13
Side four
No. Title Length
9. "Working Man/Finding My Way/Drum solo" (Lifeson, Lee/Lifeson, Lee) 14:56
10. "What You're Doing" (Lifeson, Lee) 5:39

Personnel[edit]

  • Terry Brown — engineer
  • Hugh Syme — design
  • George Graves — mastering on original album
  • Bob Ludwig — remastering

Remaster details[edit]

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 left off "What You're Doing". This was due to time constraints (CDs could only hold 75 minutes at the time), but by the time the remasters came out, CDs could hold up to 80 minutes of music. "What You're Doing" was thus re-inserted, along with the post-show chatter and door closing. Before the remastered version was released, the same live version of "What You're Doing" was released on the compilation Chronicles in 1990.
  • The album's original triple gatefold with concert pictures was reinstated on 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.[2]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1976 Billboard Pop Albums 40

Singles[edit]

Fly by Night/In the Mood/ Something for Nothing (US 7" promo)