Rush- Live in Northampton, 3/11/1975
Well well well, what a find we have here! A brand new Rush recording from the Fly By Night Tour! I personally recieved this on Christmas (one hell of a Christmas present) from a setlist.fm user named "kabblammachunk", who got it from a local radio station (WSAN) clearing out old stuff. So this upload goes out to them for making this possible! This captures Rush's performance at the Roxy Theater in Northampton, Pennsylvania, and it is a very significant recording. It's only the third (after Cleveland 4/7 and Toronto 6/25) from the Fly By Night Tour, and the earliest (only one month into the tour) which means the first recorded version of "By-Tor and the Snow Dog", plus it's a radio broadcast (recorded by local station WSAN) which means the quality is excellent! Better yet, it's complete. The show itself is excellent. The band are already on top form, even in this early stage, and Geddy's voice is in great shape throughout. While his technique is much more unrefined and raw than it would be by 1976, he still gives excellent performances. Going song-by-song... "Finding My Way" has Geddy sounding strained in a few spots, but sounding great overall with him acing most of the highs (even the A5s), "Best I Can" is excellent with Geddy nailing all of the key notes and doing some insane screaming in the breaks, "What You're Doing" has a cool extended intro, and the song itself sounds excellent as Geddy takes much of it higher than the studio, even going up to a G5 in the second chorus ("Make me so upTIGHT") and Alex does some great soloing throughout, "Anthem" has Alex's guitar dropping out after the first chorus, but is mostly great. Geddy sings it much closer to the studio than future versions (where he'd embellish it with much higher notes) and aces the notes that are there. "By-Tor and the Snow Dog" is played at a much faster tempo then the studio version, and sounds very good. Like "Anthem" Geddy sings it closer to the studio version than future performances, and aside from screwing up the lyrics badly in the first verse, sings the rest of the song very well, Even hitting an A5 at the end. As well, the entire band gives an excellent performance during the "jam" section in the middle. "Bad Boy" is an excellent jammy cover of the Larry Williams song (falsely credited as the Beatles) with great singing from Geddy (hitting notes as high as G5), and Alex doing some great soloing, "Working Man" is another excellent version with Geddy singing it with much higher vocal lines than the studio, and like "By-Tor and the Snow Dog" and "Bad Boy" the entire band shows off their jamming prowress well, with Geddy, Alex, and Neil all giving excellent performances. Finally, the band closes out with two encores. "In the Mood" is played at a blazing fast tempo and features excellent Geddy vocals (once again taking it way higher than the original), and "Need Some Love" sounds excellent, with Geddy nailing all the notes and even embellishing a few awesome F#5s in the second verse! ENJOY!