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Retrospective III: 1989–2008

Retrospective III: 1989-2008
Released 3 March 2009
Recorded 1989-2008
Genre Hard rock, rock
Length 71:50
Label Anthem (Canada)
Producer Rush, Nick Raskulinecz, Peter Collins, Rupert Hine, Paul Northfield
Rush chronology

Retrospective 3
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Mojo 3/5 stars[2]
Record Collector 5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[4]
Sea of Tranquility 4/5 stars[5]

Retrospective III: 1989–2008 is a compilation album by Canadian rock band Rush released on 3 March 2009. The album is a collection of songs from the third and fourth decades of the band (1989–2008), which they spent signed to Atlantic Records. The album is available in two versions. The 2-disc version includes a DVD of music and live videos.

Album artwork

Retrospective III: 1989-2008 displays the covers of six albums - Vapor Trails, Test For Echo, Counterparts, Roll The Bones, Presto, and alternate artwork for Snakes & Arrows - on the wall, while that of the Feedback EP rests on the floor. The Snakes & Arrows art, designed by Hugh Syme, was originally used on that album's insert and later appeared on the cover of the Snakes & Arrows Live album; the portion featuring the battered road sign was used for the DVD version. The dog from the cover of Signals sits looking up at the covers, and the pushbroom used by the janitor on the cover of the Gold compilation rests against the wall near him. (The dog appears on the Gold cover as well.)


This is the only Retrospective collection to feature live material, in the form of the song "Ghost Of A Chance (Live)". This version is notable for not being previously available on any other Rush release.[6] It also feature remixes of the two tracks from Vapor Trails, done to correct mastering problems (Both of which were later included on Vapor Trails Remixed) [7] associated with the album.[8]

Track listing

Disc 1 (CD)

  1. "One Little Victory (remix)" - 5:11
  2. "Dreamline" - 4:39
  3. "Workin' Them Angels" - 4:48
  4. "Presto" - 5:48
  5. "Bravado" - 4:38
  6. "Driven" - 4:29
  7. "The Pass" - 4:53
  8. "Animate" - 6:05
  9. "Roll the Bones" - 5:32
  10. "Ghost of a Chance (live)" - 5:51
  11. "Nobody's Hero" - 4:56
  12. "Leave That Thing Alone" - 4:08
  13. "Earthshine (remix)" - 5:38
  14. "Far Cry" - 5:18

Song origins

Disc 2 (DVD)

(directors in parentheses)

  1. "Stick It Out" (Samuel Bayer)
  2. "Nobody's Hero" (Dale Heslip)
  3. "Half the World" (Dale Heslip)
  4. "Driven" (Dale Heslip)
  5. "Roll the Bones" (Chris Painter)
  6. "Show Don't Tell" (Doug Freel)
  7. "The Pass" (Matt Mahurin)
  8. "Superconductor" (Gerald Casale)
  9. "Far Cry" (Christopher Mills)
  10. "Malignant Narcissism" (Bobby Standridge)
  11. "The Seeker" (live) (Pierre Lamoureux)
  12. "Secret Touch" (live) (Pierre Lamoureux)
  13. "Resist" (live) (Pierre Lamoureux)

Bonus material: interview and "Tom Sawyer" (live) (Jim Hoskinson)

Song origins


  • Geddy Lee - bass guitars, synthesizers, vocals
  • Alex Lifeson - electric and acoustic guitars, synthesizers
  • Neil Peart - drums, percussion, electronic percussion


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