All the World’s a Stage

Rule number one: In my van, it’s Rush. All Rush, all the time. No exceptions.

– Hutch, “Fanboys”

I’m listening to Rush in my van currently, and it’s All the World’s a Stage, their monumental 1976 live album that puts the period at the end of the sentence of “Early Rush.” After this album, Rush got really really progressive. Before, Rush rocked hard, in spite of their progressive tendencies.

This is a great live album, too. Three guys, jamming away and making a lot of noise. It’s epic sci-fi and fantasy rock with awesome solos. Ironically, two of my most favorite tracks are quieter numbers, “Lakeside Park” and “In the End.” “In the End” is really a perfect song, and I can’t tire of it.

9 out of 10 because it’s the best Rush album in my collection.

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