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Japanese only paper sleeve SHM pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies’ research into LCD display manufacturing SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players. Warner. 2009.

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  • With the introduction of lyricist/drummer Neil Peart to the fold, this album takes a different turn than their debut.Lyrically, this album takes a stand (thanks to Peart) and musically it stands on it’s own, instead of relying on Zeppelin-like riffs (again, thanks to Peart).The album sees Rush heading into a more progressive rock direction and away from the blues rock that influenced the first release. Plus, the music is SO much more powerful here. The drums are air-tight, the guitars are heavy and Geddy’s bass licks are in overdrive.The album kicks off with four downright rockers before By-Tor’s mid section shows the band taking their first stab at extended musical compositions.The other half of the album is a bit more relaxed…sometimes a bit TOO much, like with “Rivendell” arguably their worst song ever. Peart’s mythological lyrics may have gone a bit too far with that one.However, Fly By Night, Making Memories and In The End show the band making music and breaking ground that is totally their own…not borrowed from anyone else. This trend would continue profoundly with the albums to come…This album is a MUST for any Rush fan. A definite highlight of their entire catalog.

    Posted on December 3, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is one of the greatest albums that Rush has ever made. This is also Neil Peart’s first work with the band, and his drumming and lyrics are really awesome. My personal favorite is “By-Tor And The Snow Dog”, which has excellent work from all three of the band members. I had heard bad things about the second to last track “Rivendell”, but I actually liked it. I found it to be very peaceful and relaxing. Here are my overall ratings:1. Anthem – 5/52. Best I can – 4/53. Beneath, Between, and Behind – 5/54. By-Tor And The Snow Dog – 5/55. Fly By Night – 5/56. Making Memories – 5/57. Rivendell – 3/58. In The End – 5/5

    Posted on December 2, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Review no.84. Originally released in early 1975,this was the band’s second record. I don’t CARE what numerous young {er} whipper-snappers (age 18-30) say about this lp, ‘Fly By Night’ is a TRUE ’70’s progressive/album rock gem. Sure,most of the later day Rush releases are decent (some in fact,are great), but there is nothing(I repeat,NOTHING!) like Rush’s first four albums. What I’ve always dug SO much about this CD reissue is that even though I’m a huge live album fan, I still like being able to check out the ‘original’ versions of tunes like the Canadian trio’s classic rock opener, here “Anthem”, the epic “By-Tor And The Snow Dog” (if this song doesn’t make the hairs on your neck stand up, you should seriously listen to soft rock), “Making Memories”,the title track “Fly By Night” and the somewhat dramatic “In The End”. Highly recommended. What more can I say?

    Posted on December 2, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • At first I was dissapointed with this album, but it has really grown on me and now I love it. My fave songs are Anthem, By Tor And The Snow Dog, and Fly By Night. It is a very unique and cool album. Neil’s drumming is incredible as always, this is his debut and he makes the band 20 times better. This is not an essential album for people who are not crazy about Rush. But this is a must for big Rush fans. I think it is awesome.

    Posted on December 2, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This 1975 sophomore release from Rush is where Rush became the power trio we’ve known and loved for a long time: in other words, this is the first album to feature Neil Peart, and his entrance into the band contributed largely to the changes heard between the s/t debut and this album; Neil’s entrance also foreshadowed the overall direction the band would take from here and on.

    On Rush’s debut, the music was fairly straightforward heavy rock, and the lyrics weren’t necessarily anything unique (mostly love-oriented lyrics, which were very typical.) On the musical standpoint, the musings found on said debut were often compared to Led Zeppelin; this comparison is pretty silly, given that nearly all industry-writers think that nearly *every* hard rock band to land on the scene in the early-70s, or later, is derivative of Zeppelin. As if Led Zeppelin were the only hard rock giants to leave an indelible mark on subsequent hard rock bands? Come on, now!

    However, on this second album, Neil Peart enters the scene. Noticeable changes are abound. Lyrics exhibited less of the typical “lovin’” attributes, and became a bit more philosophically-oriented. Time signatures strayed from straight 4/4 (and the like), and went into more exotic areas. The opening rocker, “Anthem” is a perfect example, as it features *both* these new attributes that became a part of Rush’s trademark. The lyrics are Ayn Rand-inspired (Neil was a big devotee.) I personally haven’t read much of anything from Ayn Rand, but if going solely by these influenced lyrical musings, I’d have to say that Ayn Rand herself must have been something of a mental case. The lyrics on here are a bit arrogant and pompous, but, Neil Peart seemed to love this woman’s “philosophy”, so to speak, so go figure. And I love the music.

    Speaking of the music, we are already treated to Rush and their brand of time changes: this rocker opens up in a hard-charging, frenzied 7/8; listen to Alex Lifeson’s intense descending riff on the pentatonic minor, and how Geddy Lee plays the same lick on his bass in unison with Alex. And to top it all off, Neil is playing in sync with these two on the snare, which helps to give the opening something of a regal atmosphere; it’s almost like an odd-timed march. The energy displayed and exchanged between these three is quite intense. After the 7/8, it switches to a more common time signature. Other rockers like “Beneath, Between & Behind” display the same kind of intense energy. This is all excellent stuff. Indeed, Rush were just starting out, so these musings aren’t exactly at their most fully-developed, and this is probably why so many people seem to think a bit less of these “pre-2112″ albums.

    On “By-Tor & The Snow Dog,” Rush tackles their first epic composition. This would probably be called a mini-epic in comparison to their later juggernauts, since it’s not in the double-digits in regards to the minutes in length, but we already sense the cosmic lyrics, instrumental jams (one in 7/4, and already featuring some mathematical techniques — see if you can spot what I’m talking about; I’m not going to give it away), and multi-faceted atmospheres that were common in Rush’s later epics. Songs like the famous title track, and “In The End” are Rush in their hard rock balladry musings, while “Rivendell” is a beautifully soothing, dreamy number which features Geddy Lee in one of his more mellow, romantic vocal phases, and he also plays the classical guitar on here. It’s a beautiful track.

    This isn’t the more evolved side of Rush, and this aspect is undoubtedly the main thing that turns fans off about this. But, really, it’s quite an excellent album. Recommended.

    Posted on December 2, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now