Exit… Stage Left

October 1981 . 2nd Live Release

Moving Pictures 1981 Signals 1982

About Exit… Stage Left

Exit… Stage Left, the band’s second live album, was recorded at The Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland on June 10th & 11th, 1980 and at The Forum in Montreal, Quebec in March 27th, 1981. A video release with the same name, with slightly different content, was released in 1982 on VHS and later on Laserdisc, and in 2007 on DVD.

As Rush advanced technologically into the early 80s, capturing flawless recorded performances became more and more challenging:

“Yes, we made a few repairs to the record. A part here and there would ruin an otherwise perfect song, so we patched up the odd bit. Sometimes we had hit the wrong thing or gone suddenly out of tune. It would be so much easier if we were perfect.” – Neil Peart, 1981.

Exit… Stage Left was among the first Rush albums to be digitally mastered. As the world moved to the CD digital format, digital masters created from original analog recordings became a necessity. Rush’s previous studio album, Moving Pictures, was one of the first rock albums to be digitally mixed and mastered.

  • Credits
  • Liner Notes
  • Awards/Chart Positions


Produced by

Terry Brown, Left Field

Engineered by

Paul Northfield

Mastered by

Bob Ludwig and Brian Lee
Gateway Mastering Studios
Portland, Maine

Art Direction, graphics, and cover concept

Hugh Syme


Deborah Samuel

Special Guest

Ian Melhuish as the Puppet King


Ray Danniels
SRO Productions

Executive Production

Moon Records

Liner Notes

Geddy Lee – Bass guitar, vocals, synthesizers, bass pedal synthesizer, and occasional rhythm guitar
Alex Lifeson – Electric and acoustic guitars, bass pedal synthesizer
Neil Peart – Drums and percussion

A Passage To Bangkok“, “Closer To The Heart“, “Beneath, Between & Behind“, and “Jacob’s Ladder” recorded in the U.K. by Mobile One
Engineered by Andy Rose, Tech-man Barry Ainsworth
Set-up by Tim and James

The Spirit Of Radio“, “Red Barchetta“, “YYZ“, “Broon’s Bane“, “The Trees“, “Xanadu“, “Freewill“, “Tom Sawyer” and “La Villa Strangiato” recorded in Canada by Le Mobile
Engineered by Broon, Tech-man Guy Charbonneau
Set-up by Cliff
by the Record Plant Mobile
Engineered by Broon, Tech-man Jack Crymes
Set-up by Mark and Hutch

Le Studio

Mixed at Le Studio
Morin Heights, Quebec

Road Manager and Lighting Director: Howard Ungerleider
Concert Sound Engineer: Jon (Mushy) Erickson
Stage Manager: Michael Hirsh
Stage Right Technician and Crew Chief: Liam (Calculator-Head) Birt
Stage Left Technician: Skip Gildersleeve
Centre Stage Technician: Larry (The Green Shrav) Allen
Guitar and Synthesizer Maintenance: Tony (Jack Public) Geranios
Stage Monitor Mixer: Greg Connolly
Security Chief: Ian Grandy
Projectionist: Lee Tenner
Personal Shreve: Kevin (Barney Rubble) Flewitt

Concert Sound: National Sound – Tom Linthicum, Dave Berman, and Fuzzy Frazer
Concert Lighting: See Factor International – Nick Kotos, Mike Weiss, Mark Cherry, John Quinton, Steve Tuck, Robbie Gilchrist, et cetera
Bus and Truck-Faces: Tom Whittaker, Pat Lynes, Mac MacLear, Billy Barlow, Richard Owens, Steve Connelly, and Al Posner
U.K. transportation: Edwin Shirley Trucking, Len Wright Travel, and “The Red Flash” – Bill Churchman
Concert Rigging: Bill Collins – Southfire Rigging

People of the Wonderful Thing: The cast and crew of Le Studio, especially André for making the new all-colour Jack Secret Show a reality, Raru Ponce de Leon, Dr. Carl Zbourg, Major Seventh, Lou, Suzanne, Ronnie, Bjorn Erlichmann the Stunned Man, Punjabi, Dirk the Cameraman, and Daisy O’Williams and the Dogmatics, The Fabulous Projecting Men, featuring a Chorus of Fools, Nick the cat, Explosion Magazine, the lovely Rushka, Joe E. Ross-ooh ooh!, the people of Fooland, the Expos, the Great White North, and the members and crew of “FM” for their important comedic and musical support–Öfshnatzen d’Rötz!!

Max Webster R.I.P.

This album is dedicated to the world-renowned they – (Slider’s uncles, Eddie and Glen).
Alex’s performance in Broon’s Bane is dedicated to Elliot.
A special tribute to the Glaswegian Chorus for the backround vocals on Closer To The Heart. Nice one, folks!

Our personal thank you to the Griffin family for their wonderfulness, and to the people of NASA for their spectacular launch of the Columbia which we were privileged and thrilled to witness.

We also should include a (loose) translation for the new lyrics to the “Danforth and Pape” section of “La Villa Strangiato“:

“Patty-cake, patty cake,
Mother’s going to buy you shoes,
Father’s going to buy you socks,
Baby’s going to have red cheeks.”

Enough said.

Well, just a few more words! In seven years of touring we have made many friends in many different places. Some have worked for us, some have cheered for us, and some have just been nice to us. For reasons beyond our comprehension, we have become increasingly more popular, and hence stretched ever more thinly among ever more people. If sometimes we can’t give the time they deserve to our friends and loved ones, we hope that they will understand and forgive us. After all, we didn’t change, everybody else did!

© 1981 Mercury Records
© 1981 Anthem Entertainment


Certified Gold by RIAA
January 5, 1982
Certified Platinum by RIAA
November 9, 1987

The Spirit of Radio

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart

Begin the day
With a friendly voice
A companion, unobtrusive
Plays the song that’s so elusive
And the magic music makes your morning mood

Off on your way
Hit the open road
There is magic at your fingers
For the Spirit ever lingers
Undemanding contact
In your happy solitude.

Invisible airwaves
Crackle with life
Bright antennae bristle
With the energy
Emotional feedback
On a timeless wavelength
Bearing a gift beyond price –
Almost free…

All this machinery
Making modern music
Can still be open-hearted
Not so coldly charted
It’s really just a question
Of your honesty

One likes to believe
In the freedom of music
But glittering prizes
And endless compromises
Shatter the illusion
Of integrity

“For the words of the profits,
Are written on the studio wall,
Concert hall –
Echoes with the sounds…
Of salesmen.”