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The Actual Name of the Recording studio is Electric Lady. Not electric Ladyland.
Dec 1974 Show: Bad Boy stands out on this show. Here Again and Need Some Love are only found on these early broadcasts. This Trilogy of broadcast performances captures the very earliest Rush. You can hear the stripped down, three piece sound. Geddy's bass and vocals are raw, Alex is still in the forefront.
August 1974 Show: 12 days after Peart joins the band, but he is already featured at the end. Fancy Dancer was featured in the "bar" days, but never recorded on an album. Here Again and Need Some Love are only found on these early broadcasts. This Trilogy of broadcast performances captures the very earliest Rush. You can hear the stripped down, three piece sound. Geddy's bass and vocals are raw, Alex is still in the forefront.
If you like old Rush, you'll love this. Recorded in 1974, this CD has two shows with songs no later than Fly By Night. It also contains two songs that have never been officially released, "Bad Boy" (a cover song) and "Fancy Dancer" (an original song). This CD was actually taken from vinyl, as both these shows have been available as LP boots for some time (one is called "Electric"). Because they were taken from vinyl, some pops can be heard throughout the recording, but are not very noticeable unless you're looking for them.? The recording from Electric Ladyland is a soundboard -- it was actually recorded "live in the studio" -- and the quality is similar to Rush's first album. Everything is clear, sharp and very RAW; you can barely hear the polite clapping of the audience.
The worst thing about it is that halfway through "By-Tor" the song is faded out! The recording from Cleveland is probably a soundboard, but sounds distorted, as if the recording level is set too high. The bass at times overwhelms the guitar. What's odd about this is during some songs ("Working Man" in particular) there is a peculiar stereo effect with Alex's guitar, as if he is magically moving from left to right and back again across the stage in a few seconds. The last two tracks are much quieter than the rest, and not as distorted. The popping is more noticeable during the Cleveland show than the NYC show.
The packaging is simple, and a short essay by "Marathon Man" graces the back of the booklet.? Inside the company indulged themselves and listed other bootlegs that they manufacture. On the back is a neat black & white photo of the band from "the early days". "Fancy Dancer" is listed incorrectly as "Can't You See" and may fool quite a few. Overall a solid raw recording, one worth having especially if you're in to early Rush. If you are a fan of later recordings, you'll probably want to pass this by.? Counterparts it is not!
Even at this early time point in the history of Rush, the performance value and musicianship is top notch. The sound quality is surprisingly very good for a recording that has previously been floating around as a bootleg.
The bonus tracks do not sound as good unfortunately. The majority of the disc is from a show from August 26, 1974, which is approximately 5 months after their debut album was released.
Sections of the songs "Fancy Dancer" and "Garden Road" appear in the "Beyond The Lighted Stage" film, and since I heard them there, I had hoped to get a copy if this performance. An early, and much shorter version than we are used to of Neil Peart's drum solo appears here as well (he had joined the band only weeks before this performance). The audience sections between the songs have been edited, to give the CD a tighter feel, but some of the edits are distracting. That's my only real complaint about this release. Otherwise, it's a must have for the hardcore Rush fan.
Rush - Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 26, 1974 and
Rush - Electric Lady Studios, New York, New York, USA, December 05, 1974 ★
♦ Geddy Lee - bass, vocals
♦ Alex Lifeson - guitars
♦ Neil Peart - drums
01. Finding My Way 05:07
02. The Best I Can 03:06 ★
03. Need Some Love 03:21
04. In The End 06:13 ★
05. Fancy Dancer 03:54 ★
06. In The Mood 03:18
07. Bad Boy 05:37
08. Here Again 07:53
09. Working Man 09:13 ★
10. Drum Solo 02:54
11. What You're Doing 04:26 ★
12. Garden Road 03:03
13. Anthem 04:21
14. Beneath, Between & Behind 03:06
15. Fly By Night 02:46
16. Donna Halper Interview 05:31
(This is the best version i have heard so far, must be 20 versions of this bootleg, ChrisGoesRock)
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