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Hector Enrique
4 stars The incorporation of Neil Peart from the Fly By Night supposed a very high quality jump in the structure of the trio. In its beginnings with a marked style of hard classic rock (album Rush), it was from the Fly by Night that a new way of facing challenges can be clearly seen, without leaving its Zeppelian roots, its inclinations to get closer to the progressive world were more marked. Continuing with the Caress of Steel, they reached their highest point with 2112, as controversial as it was decisive in their future as a band. Their first official double live album, All the world's a Stage sums up this stage of evolution very well, later facing the second part of the seventies as a decidedly progressive band.

In my opinion, the strengths of this album, which has not had a worldwide impact as relevant as the band's subsequent live albums, are, on the one hand, the almost 16 minutes of 2112, which live clearly stands out. The musical wall that the 3 members build, develop power and solvency and, within it, the instrumental Overture, with a simply spectacular guitar by Lifeson, and the accompaniment of Lee and Peart at the height. On the other hand, the 2nd high point is the 12 minutes of By-Tor & Snowdog, where again the trio shows its great coupling and excellent display of musical virtuosity, extending more than 3 minutes from the studio version. Finally, the 3rd strong point can be found in the middle between the classic Working Man from the first album and Finding my Way, Peart gives us the first of one of his many drum master classes, demonstrating why he has been one of the best, if not the best, drummer of progressive rock and rock in general.

To also emphasize that it was the last time we appreciated Geddy Lee live with a rather harsh and shrill voice timbre, from the next studio album (A Farewell To Kings), it would become a cleaner voice.

All The World's a Stage, is a very good live album of progressive rock, and only in recent years its assessment as such has begun to be more recognized with all fairness.

Hector Enrique | 4/5 |


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