Retrospective III: 1989–2008

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Retrospective III: 1989–2008
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Compilation album by Rush
Released March 3, 2009
Recorded 1989-2008
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock
Length 71:50
Label Anthem (Canada)
Producer Rush, Nick Raskulinecz, Peter Collins, Rupert Hine, Paul Northfield
Rush chronology
Retrospective III: 1989–2008
Working Men
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Mojo 3/5 stars[2]
Record Collector 5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[4]
Sea of Tranquility 4/5 stars[5]

Retrospective III: 1989–2008 is a compilation album by Canadian rock band Rush released on March 3, 2009. The album is a collection of songs from the third and fourth decades of the band (1989–2008), which they spent signed to Atlantic Records. The album is available in two versions. The 2-disc version includes a DVD of music and live videos.

Album artwork[edit]

Retrospective III: 1989–2008 displays the covers of six albums - Vapor Trails, Test For Echo, Counterparts, Roll The Bones, Presto, and alternate artwork for Snakes & Arrows - on the wall, while that of the Feedback EP rests on the floor. The Snakes & Arrows art, designed by Hugh Syme, was originally used on that album's insert and later appeared on the cover of the Snakes & Arrows Live album; the portion featuring the battered road sign was used for the DVD version. The dog from the cover of Signals sits looking up at the covers, and the pushbroom used by the janitor on the covers of the Retrospective I, Retrospective II, and Gold compilations rests against the wall. The dog appears on the Gold cover as well, but is not present on the other two Retrospective album covers.


This is the only Retrospective collection to feature live material, in the form of the song "Ghost of a Chance (Live version)". This version is notable for not being previously available on any other Rush release.[6] Retrospective III also features remixes of the two tracks from Vapor Trails, which were done to correct mastering problems associated with the album.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1 (CD)[edit]

No. Title Original release Length
1. "One Little Victory" (Remix) Vapor Trails (2002) 5:11
2. "Dreamline" Roll the Bones (1991) 4:39
3. "Workin' Them Angels" Snakes & Arrows (2007) 4:48
4. "Presto" Presto (1989) 5:48
5. "Bravado" Roll the Bones 4:38
6. "Driven" Test for Echo (1996) 4:29
7. "The Pass" Presto 4:53
8. "Animate" Counterparts (1993) 6:05
9. "Roll the Bones" Roll the Bones 5:32
10. "Ghost of a Chance" (Live version) Roll the Bones, recorded live on the Snakes & Arrows 2008 tour 5:51
11. "Nobody's Hero" Counterparts 4:56
12. "Leave That Thing Alone" Counterparts 4:08
13. "Earthshine" (Remix) Vapor Trails 5:38
14. "Far Cry" Snakes & Arrows 5:18
Total length: 71:54

Disc 2 (DVD)[edit]

(directors in parentheses)

  1. "Stick It Out" (Samuel Bayer) from Counterparts
  2. "Nobody's Hero" (Dale Heslip)
  3. "Half the World" (Dale Heslip) from Test for Echo
  4. "Driven" (Dale Heslip)
  5. "Roll the Bones" (Chris Painter)
  6. "Show Don't Tell" (Doug Freel) from Presto
  7. "The Pass" (Matt Mahurin)
  8. "Superconductor" (Gerald Casale) from Presto
  9. "Far Cry" (Christopher Mills)
  10. "Malignant Narcissism" (Bobby Standridge)
  11. "The Seeker" (live) (Pierre Lamoureux) originally from Feedback (2004)
  12. "Secret Touch" (live) (Pierre Lamoureux) originally from Vapor Trails
  13. "Resist" (live) (Pierre Lamoureux) originally from Test for Echo

Bonus material: interview and "Tom Sawyer" (live) (Jim Hoskinson)

Song origins[edit]


  • Geddy Lee - bass guitars, synthesizers, vocals
  • Alex Lifeson - electric and acoustic guitars, synthesizers
  • Neil Peart - drums, percussion, electronic percussion, lyricist

See also[edit]