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4 stars Rush is a band that is around for over 40 years now. And you don't really need to give any introductions. The only thing nice to mention tough, is that after their first album, Rush (1974) they changed their drummer and the same trio is together since then.

Fly By Night (1975) is the first album with Neil Peart behind the drums and also writing most of the lyrics. Neil's lyrics were always different and something to pay attention on. Here, he's on his early stage as a writer but you could see how far he would go and soon.

Fly By Night was the second album from Rush I've heard (being Moving Pictures the first) and since I brought the LP home I was blown away because of 'Anthem', what a powerful track with an intricate riff and great vocals.

Recently I've bought the remastered CD version of the album and it sparkled the desire of writing a bit about this album. Fly By Night (1975) is their first real attempt of making Prog Rock (Hard Prog to be precise) and it is showed very clearly on the song like 'By-Tor And Snow Dog'. The Prog Rock side would be refined in their next albums. Here, we have two sides of their musicality, the aforementioned Hard Prog with killer songs like 'Anthem', 'Best I Can' and 'Fly By Night'. Many of this songs deal with Neil's dreams finally coming true and going on the road with a band.

Then we also have their acoustic side on songs like 'Making Memories' and the Tolkien influenced 'Rivendell'. These songs are clearly influenced by their lifestyle at the moment, they use to tour 6 days a week on those days and new songs were been written on the bus with acoustic guitars.

They were still 'green' on those days, but with the helping hand of Terry Brown on the production the Canadians were able to surpass, and with style, their debut album and because of that they would achieve fame soon.

This is a really essential album!

ProgShine | 4/5 |


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