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3 stars This, to me anyway, sounds like an over-compensation for the rough and ready "All the worlds a Stage". To give a live album any value it must add something performance or arrangement wise to its studio counterparts and this is where "Exit..." loses stars for me. This probably represents where Rush and Terry Brown were at the time striving for technical perfection in all areas, whereas i feel this is fine in the studio this is where it should end. Also the bass is mixed far too loud, almost to the detriment of the guitar parts, if you've ever heard the video version of this album (Geddy being executive producer) this an even worse example, which hints at egocentricity. On the plus side, a poorly produced Rush album is still top drawer amongst rock's elite, purely because of the material. If you want to experience Rush live any one of their other live albums is a better bet than this unless you want to study every bass note down to the last 32nd note. I don't listen to this album anymore, its just like playing inferior studio versions.
Jools | 3/5 |


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