REQUEST OF VINYL….Rush/Exit Stage Left…



December 23rd 2016….

Well Folk’s it’s time for me to take a couple of weeks off around these parts! Don’t fret I will be back in the New Year with a whole new batch of review’s and such so Merry Christmas to all my readers who have been on this Crazy Ride with me! I thank you all for discovering Stick It In You Ear and following along with my written shenanigans! Much Appreciated!

2 Years Ago I posted this review of Exit explaining how after all these years after  I received it as Christmas Gift from my Parents. Exit is  my all time Fav Christmas Album…. Read on and once again…

Thanks….Stay Safe & Happy Holidays!


Originally posted…Dec 22 2014…..

Aaron over at KeepsMeAlive mentioned how he got for Xmas Blue Rodeos Xmas album. I left him a comment how at around this time I always get into Rush’s Exit Stage Left record! I did mention it on my Signals review a bit but Aaron asked me today to come out of hiatus and explain it with a little more depth! So fair enough ……

Christmas 1981 and it’s safe to say that myself/Tbone and John Young(real name/no nickname…hahaha) that Rush was dominating our turntables and cassette tapes decks in our home bases of Thunder Bay! For me Moving Pictures was when I hoped on board the Rush Xpress train and joined everyone else and being blown away by the virtuosos that make Rush! Geddy Lee/Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart played there tunes like I had never heard anyone play songs like that before!

So at the end of October that year (1981)drops into record bins Exit Stage Left and John Young was the first batter up to get Exit Stage Left! Upon first listen I drooled with my musical brain blown! A double album/Drum Solo/12 songs? What? Basically 3 songs per side except for side 2 with 4 Songs! Man I was used to Kiss/Cheap Trick/AC-DC/Queen you know 5 songs per side,10 songs per album 40 minutes total! Too make a longer story that much shorter …I’m going Progging!

Love this album cover….Must have stared at it for hours. No,I was not baked  but thanks for asking though….

So once into early December what was at the top of my list? Peppers Rush’s  Exit Stage Left! And on Christmas Day my parents delivered in spades and into my hands Exit Stage Left! My parents were and are very cool as they always said every Christmas throw down on a list 5 albums and they would always have at least 3 records for me under the tree!

So here it is my rundown on my all time fav Xmas album. Like I said in my review of Signals. People at this time of year trip out over Micheal Buble’s Christmas album. Fair enuff.  I will trip out with Geddy/Alex and Neil!

SPIRIT OF THE RADIO- Geddy tells us ‘This is The Spirit Of The Radio!” Lifeson rips the intro and the boys  bash it out! Love the sonics on this album! The solo is sick and man what a great start!

RED BARCHETTA- So it’s apparent after owning at the time (81) some live albums(Aeros Live Bootleg/Kiss Alive 1&2/Cheap Tricks Budokan and Judas Priests Unleashed In The East) that Rush is doing what none of those bands that I mentioned did which was fade out the crowd after every track and the crowd was mixed lower on Exit than the two Kiss Live albums esp Alive 2 which I had read that the makeup boys borrowed(ahem)the Super Bowl crowd from 1977 on there Alive 2 album! Anyways  Red Barchetta rocks! Love Lifeson’s solo especially  at the end of his solo when they all hit the jams hard! Also must mention Geddy’s little bass riffage at the end!

YYZ- Tour de force man! Pearts  drum solo and because of this he’s my all time fav at that spot! Up til than it was “Peter Criss on the Drums !” Paul Stanley shouts at the end of Criss’ drum solo on God Of Thunder! Hahaha….damn man Peter Criss must have puked when Neil  layed  waste to his kit on YYZ ! Still to this day the best recorded drum solo I have ever heard!

PASSAGE TO BANGKOK-Sparkit up! We’re riding the Orient Express with Rush and learning some history from the lyrical prowess of Mr Peart! Pretty cool that Geddy had that double necked bass and guitar and shifted into rhythm guitar during the solo! My young mind is blown! Like who does this shit? Rush does !

CLOSER TO THE HEART-Cool use of the acoustic at the beginning and man big time power chords hit along with the drums and how about Neil sliding all around his Kit at the end of this song and boom into….

BETWEEN,BENEATH AND BEHIND- Which must be one the shortest Rush tunes at 2.5 minutes! Cool solo and Rush are seeing if I’m paying attention to how short this song actually is! Crank the video posted!

JACOBS LADDER- Ok since Moving Pictures was my very first owned Rush album and Exit is my second its time to get schooled in Prog and by golly I did! This song is sooooooo good! Love the sound of this. Blows me away even to this day!

BROONS BANE- Lifeson and his acoustic guitar clock in just  under 2 minutes and Alex tells me through the grooves of the vinyl that it’s ok not to have to crank everything thru a Marshall stack!

THE TREES-Ha ! Only Rush could call their song The Trees and Lifeson when he moves on from BROONS BANE opens the Trees with his acoustic and love Geddy’s bass groovin on this one! Awesome track!

XANADU- Another Prog extraganza! Wow this one is over the top and Rush is taking meaning for the ride! 12 minutes,9 seconds of Progmania! I mean that’s basically the first 4 songs from  the Kiss Love Gun album! Crazy …but this is crazy good. I mean when Geddy sings the line….”to walk the caves of ice,oh I will dine on honey-dew,and drink the milk of paradise!” Wowzers ..that is slick! throw down some keys/ bass/ drums and guitar and man we got ourselves a CLASSIC! Lee/Lifeson are playing double neck guitars and Peart has the ultimate kit ever and the dude plays everything on that kit! Just watch it,you’ll see!

FREEWILL- Also a first time hearing FREEWILL  was on this release and holy cow what a great track I just love when Neil and Geddy do there drum/ bass thingy and Lifeson goes off the rails of his solo and then Geddy hits those high notes  and ropes it all back in! Man oh man and love how they crank out  the ending! Bam were done!

TOM SAWYER- What’s there to say about this one? Even if you don’t dig Rush (shame on Ya!) everyone has heard this track and how many airbanders have airbanded Pearts part of the song? Ya know what I’m talking about!

LA VILLA STANGIATO- also a first time listening experience for me at the time! 9 minute epic end of the album Prog Rock Extravaganza! I mean the chops on this are absolutely out of this world! How the 3 Rush guys are just locked n loaded and  blaze the trail and tell us all us in the a nice Canadian way ” Beat that Schmucks!” One of the greats!

IN CONCLUSION- Exit Stage Left has nothing to do with Xmas for probably everyone out there except me! (Ha) Sure on other Xmas’ I got records from my parents like in 1982 it was Signals by Rush and Speak Of The Devil but for some reason this live beast just sleighs(get it) me every year and for that thanks Rush!

Merry Christmas once again Folks!


48 thoughts on “REQUEST OF VINYL….Rush/Exit Stage Left…”

    1. I said this earlier with my 2112 review: this is the definitely version of Bangkok! And probably a few other songs too. Without a doubt in my mind, this is the GREATEST Rush live album!


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      1. Hahaha….don’t worry HMO I will keep at it I actually have another sitting around waiting to be Unleashed by a huge band and triple shot of 3/4s of another band one in which me and Mike will disagree about one of there records…it will be a good debate!
        Sometime in 2015…button down the hatches !


  1. Success! I secured us more Dekester content when he was supposed to be on hiatus! GO ME! GIVE ‘ER!

    Oh man, this is a brilliant live album for sure. I reviewed it over at the KMA earlier this year when I was in RushLand, going through their early discography album by album (thanks to Mike’s generosity). In a fit of shameless self-promotion, you can find it here:

    Anyway, I stand by what I said, at that link there. This thing is huge. It’s awesome! Like you said it best, who does it like this? RUSH DOES!!

    So Deke, what were the other two records under the tree that year?

    Also: “I’M GOING PROGGING” is a great title for a section on your site. I’ll let you decide exactly what. 🙂

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    1. The other record under the tree that year was For Those About To Rock by a unknown Aussie band by the name of ACDC! Oi!
      Thanks for the props and Yep I gotta read your review again!
      I was almost not gonna post here as u guys were scaring me the piles comments!
      But thanks man for checking this out! The Amigos(Aaron,Mikey and HMO ) were all over this post quickly!
      Thanks guys!


      1. Wow, this Rush live album AND AC/DC? Were your folks trying to make your head explode?

        And hey, in my defense, THEY started it with the piles…

        We are Amigos AND Banditos! Eatin’ Doritos!


      2. You bet we’re all over it, man. It’s more Dekester content!

        Also, I’m just sitting here waiting for my lovely wife to get home. She stopped off at Mall-Wart for diapers on her way home, completely forgetting it is December 22 after work hours. She texted me from the store along the lines of WHAT WAS I THINKING THIS PLACE IS BANANAS! Haha she’s either brave or crazy… I’d say crazy, since she married me!

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  2. Considering my parents were church going folk they never once censored my music or told me to turn it down for that matter! They were awesome..give them the list plus my dad knew a guy who ran a record shop here in Tbay (St James Stereo) so my mom and dad would show up every December hand him the list and my parents would pick a few albums !And than my dads pal would say “see Ya next Dcember!”
    Good times….


    1. Wow, good on ’em! But I’m mystified by the concept of only buying records once a year. They never got tunes for themselves? DOES NOT COMPUTE… 🙂

      My folks we pretty decent too, they never censored what I got from Columbia House, though my Mom would sometimes go past my bedroom door, poke her head in and say “what is that shit you’re listening to?” Hahaha.


  3. I love the idea of this being a Christmas album. It was a “strangiato Christmas” indeed. While I love the performances on this album and I was fortunate to see them on this tour at Madison Square Garden, I was always disappointed in the sound quality of the original LP. In fact, I returned two copies under the assumption that I got a bad pressing, only to find that this was how they intended it to sound. The subsequent CD releases have improved my listening experience, especially the version in the Sector 2 box set, but I would rank the vinyl version of Exit…Stage Left as one of my most disappointing live albums. I’m glad you had a better experience with it than I did.

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      1. Not sure if it’s ever been reissued on vinyl but I stand by my assessment of the original LP. It was like listening to a live album with earplugs in. I prefer the rawer sound of All The World’s A Stage. Of course, by the time they got to Exit…Stage Left the songs deserved a slicker production but they took it to an extreme, at least to my ears.


      2. I was doing a comparison on versions of Bankok from Exit Stage Left and an earlier live take, and they were very different. Exit was slicker as you said. I think they may have also dropped it in tuning by Exit. I can’t say for sure.

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      3. Oh yeah Rich after I got Exit a few months later I purchase All The Worlds A Stage and man what a raw in your face live album…I Remeber the first time I heard Bastille Day I was like….ahhhhhh what!? It just blew my young mind!


    1. Wow great write up Rich and you know when I first heard Exit I was like wow this sounds like the studio songs from Moving Pictures but with a audience thrown in! Hahaha…still man I just love it …


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