|2. Best I Can|
|3. Beneath, Between & Behind|
|4. By-Tor & The Snow Dog|
|5. Fly By Night|
|6. Making Memories|
|8. In The End|
Over the years, Rush has become a worldwide progressive rock sensation. No matter how many years pass, this band will always have a large fan following. Hard as it may be to believe, there was a time when Rush's fan following wasn't very large. Their first album (featuring original drummer John Rutsey), while very good, was deemed a Led Zeppelin rip-off by many a rock and roll fan. Following the release of the 1974 debut, drummer John Rutsey was replaced by the more popular and better-received Neil Peart. Peart's songwriting is one of the things that shot the band to such great heights, and this was his first album with the band. Peart, along with guitar genius Alex Lifeson and bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, released their second album in 1975. How does Fly By Night measure up? Read on for my review.
This was only Rush's second album, but already, you can see a pretty large change in their sound. Geddy Lee's vocals sound better here than they did on the first album. Likewise, Alex Lifeson, though he played excellent guitar on the debut, plays even better on this album. This guy is SO underrated! Admittingly, this album does NOT feature a full transition of the band's sound, though. You might call this album the "halfway point" in the band changing their sound from straight-up rock to progressive rock. In a lot of ways, this album does resemble the stylings from the debut, but in more ways, it seems like something new. Peart, unlike his predecessor John Rutsey, participates heavily in the band's songwriting, and it really shows. The title track from this album was the first Rush song I ever heard, and it hooked me almost instantly. From the moment I heard that song, I knew I would grow to love this band.Read more ›
Fly By Night has some progressive tendencies in songs like By-Tor and the Snow Dog, but it otherwise does not venture all-out into the progressive realm like later albums do. It is better than Rush's debut album, but not as good songwriting-wise as any album after 2112.
The criticisms in other reviews of Geddy Lee's voice on this album are perhaps legitimate, though I still like it when cranked up. OTOH, Alex Lifeson's guitar work and Neil Peart's drumming are definitely the strong points to these songs.
Fly By Night rocks. Worth your money.