While we are on the subject of live albums, I believe it is time to show Canada some love. Rush released All The World’s A Stage, their first of many live discs, in 1976. For all intents and purposes, this was my introduction to the incredible power trio. I have always loved the raw edge and insane vocal range that Geddy Lee displayed on this album. His voice positively shredded throughout this double album of highlights from their first 4 studio records. By Tor And The Snow Dog (featuring Alex Lifeson conjuring all sorts of noises and ripping lead work), In The End, Bastille Day, and Working Man (featuring the first of many jaw dropping Neil Peart drum solos) are all amazing, but the live rendition of 2112 really grabbed my attention the most. Rush made a lifelong fan of me with this album, and although they progressed monumentally throughout the years, this one will always claim a warm spot in my rock ‘n’ roll heart.
Written By Braddon S. Williams