Live From The Electric Ladyland Studios 1974
Finding My Way
Best I Can
In the Mood
Need Some Love
Fly By Night
In The End
Best I Can
What You're Doing
The Digital Dan
(Audio - 8)
Recorded at the Electric Ladyland Studios in NYC, 1974 in preparation for their first US tour.? This recording, in front of an audience of 8-12 people in the small studio, gives us a great view into the history of the band as this is the earliest recordings with Neil Peart on drums replacing John Rutsy.? They perform material from their first album and new stuff from? the soon to be released Fly By Night LP.? The ELS performance includes the abbreviated version of Working Man instead of the full release.? The version of the Agora concert is the worst I've ever heard of that performance.? There are better and more complete sources of both shows.? I do have to admit this was my first Rush bootleg, I bought it to replace a record of the ELS show I borrowed from a friend. (1999-04-01)
Ron's Rush RoIO Review
This show was originally performed for FM radio broadcast a couple months prior to the release of "Fly By Night." Neil has only been with the band for a few months at this point, but the playing is tight and precise. The FBN songs are still coming together, so some songs, most notably "Best I Can" contain some alternate lyrics. The structure of "Fly By Night" is different, with the guitar solo coming after the vocal bridge and a completely different ending. We get a rare treat in "Working Man," when Alex delivers a guitar solo outside of the normal structure of the song. "Bad Boy" is introduced as a Beatles song, although it was originally written by Larry Williams (I don?t remember the Beatles ever doing this one, actually). It?s amusing to hear the polite clapping of what sounds like about five or ten folks in the studio. Geddy?s soft-spoken comments in between songs is a sharp contrast to the very hard-edged performance. An excellent pseudo- audience show. Apparently, several mikes were set up around the studio, with only a very basic soundboard feed. The result is a very well-mixed sound -- at times, you can almost imagine that you?re listening to the "Rush" album.? The only knock is that the overall EQ tends a bit to much towards the bass end, but this is easily remedied by tweaking a few knobs on the stereo. (1999-04-01)
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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! (1999-04-01)
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(Audio - 8)
LEAN, MEAN AND RAW
Listening to this CD for the first time can come as a bit of a shock - especially to anyone brought up on GUP, Presto, Test For Echo? etc.
Recorded barely six months after Neil replaced John Rutsey in the band it represents a remarkable opening chapter in the annals of Rush. It isn't exactly a concert as such. It's a radio concert, performed in front of an invited audience and recorded for live FM broadcast at New York Electric Ladyland Studios.
The set is based mainly on the first album, but with the addition of two tracks from the forthcoming Fly By Night platter and a couple of? covers from the old bar days - namely Bad Boy (originally recorded by Larry Williams and later covered by the Beatles). The Fly By Night tracks are, of course, Anthem and Fly By Night - complete with a bit of By Tor tagged on the end for good measure.? You also get Fancy Dancer - an un-released goody.
Neil really pounds his kit and comes across with lots of power, Alex's guitar licks are sharp, but Geddy's vocals are a little lacking.? Not bad you understand, but in those early days he had yet to gain full control his unique and terrific sounding voice.
A bonus to the Electric Ladyland session are tracks recorded from Cleveland. These offer an un-released track.
Audio quality on the Electric Ladyland stuff is superb, if you accept that over twenty years ago and before the sparkling world of digital,? sound lacked a little bite - especially at the top end. Cleveland cuts leave a little bit to be desired.? All in all a must for any serious Rush fan. (1999-04-01)
The Actual Name of the Recording studio is Electric Lady. Not electric Ladyland. (2011-04-03)