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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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  • A beginning.
    Neil Peart's arrival in Rush signalled the beginning of a change-- Peart brought with him a love of progressive rock and science fiction and lyrics that could match the level of musicianship the band had. The resulting "Fly By Night" is a very transitionary album-- in many ways, its actually a weaker album than the band's debut, but as a harbinger for things to come, it certainly shows the way.

    Peart contributes lyrics to six of the eight tracks on the album-- the other two, "Best I Can" and "In the End" are largely throwaways. The former in particular is completely uninteresting, covering absolutely no new territory, the latter starts off somewhat better with, similar to "Making Memories", but eventually falls into familiar territory of the last record.

    Several of the other pieces, even with the improved lyrical content, fail as well-- "Beneath, Between & Behind" is really pretty lifeless, start to finish, musically not moving at all from the previous album and "Making Memories" is a nice change of pace-- largely acoustic guitar driven, Lee's settled down into a comfortable singing groove similar to the style he'd use in the future. The song itself, however, is not particularly good. Some of the songs are a bit overambitious-- the band was seeking new directions and showing a fearlessness with respect to experimentation, but may not have been ready to bite off what they attempted. "Rivendell", with its pretty classical guitar and vocal suffers from being overlong (were it two minutes instead of five I'd think better of it) and follows Led Zeppelin's obsession with Tolkien. What it is, however, is the most different piece from anything the band had ever done-- the vocal is positively mellow. "By-Tor & the Snow Dog" suffers from reaching a bit too far-- conceptually the middle of the song features a duel between bass and guitar-- it fails on many levels, primarily because I don't think the band was ready to carry an idea this far.

    There are few gems on here-- "Anthem" is in my assessment the band's first great rocker, "Fly By Night" is a nice mid-tempo piece, again showing new directions-- a more razor edged rather than distortion-soaked guitar tone, and a great vocal delivery from Lee.

    Again, not an essential album, those would come soon enough, but a step in the right direction and an eye to the future....more info
  • We wonder after those who saw new wonders in the world!
    Luis Mejia (son) - After a strongly critisized self-titled debut album, Lifeson and Lee decide to bring drummer Neil Peart; who also becomes the inmediate lyricist, adopting a more literal and mature composition very different from their debut album. Fortunately, Peart becomes one of the greatest drummers in the world, which also contributes to Rush rising fame.

    Still, Fly By Night keeps a great similarity with the debut album, just with certain lyrical and compositional differences, its an album were Rush still tries to fit in their own sound, possessing an obvious aspiration of hard rock, more associated with Led Zeppelin, which created some of their worst critics in their further career, but definitively its an underrated album. Fly By Night is one of Rush albums which has some of the most memorable, catchy and fresh songs (one of my personal favorites), having a songs' structure very comfortable and rythmical, which are very comprehensible and recognizable among the hard rock genre. Even then, they were noticed some progressive inclinations and more original mellodies.

    Within the songs all tracks are very alike in their style; Anthem is a very famous song, my personal favorite, which possesses not a high level of complexity or ambitious composition; its the fine mellodies and stunning performance applied in the song. Beneath, Between & Behind is an enjoyable track but not too much to say about it; it doesn't possess any notable aspect. Bytor And The Snow Dog is a key song were is revealed their interest in progressive rock, apart from being the most complex track (also 9 min long) it possesses the greatest performance in the whole album. Fly By Night is the title track which is very mellodic and with soft inclinations; very enjoyable for stepping out of the hard rock pattern in the album. Making Memories is one of those typical melancholic ballads talking about life in the road as a rock band; not too much of a ballad, still I always associate Journey's song Faithfully when I hear to it. Rivendell is a song refering about a town of the same name named in J.R.R. Tolkien novel "The Hobbit". Best I Can is another famous track, a little blues-like and very different from later Rush works; one of their most original and experimental songs. In The End is the last track of the album composed by Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee, is a good track, not too much notorious but an enjoyable way to finnish hearing this great album.

    Within the artists Geddy Lee's vocal hability and bass are in their best period, still being a young and potent voice. Alex Lifeson's guitar is in a great performance but I consider it to be better performed in the debut album. Neil Peart, being his first album with Rush, gives an extremely potent and fearful touch playing the drums in one of the finest ways; this is an album where he makes one of his nicest performances in his whole career, and his lyrical hability of writting is a much more literal and cultural composition, also another aspect of Rush interests in progressive rock.

    The album's artwork (well, the cover) its a beautiful and atractive cover that creates a great interest among buyers; although most of Rush 70's albums possess this kind of artwork, its most notorious in their albums 2112 and Hemispheres.

    In conclussion the album starts a long path onto music fame and recognizion, its the start of a classic all time lineup with strong aspirations and a bright future. I liked it very much, so enjoy!...more info
  • rush's sophmore effort
    Rush always has variety and this one without a doubt does. From
    hard to soft rock with grace. Let yourself go into the music and
    Fly By Night. Lyrics and musicianship will more than please any fan.
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  • Rush's Second Album - A Review of Early Rush
    This is part one a comprehensive four part series of Reviews of the music of the Progressive Rock band Rush. When a band has been around as long as RUSH has (30 years), their styles will change just as their clothing and hairstyles. I group the bands first five releases into what I call "Early RUSH". These albums are: Rush I (1974), Fly By Night (1975), Caress of Steel (1975), 2112 (1976), and All the World's a Stage "Live" (1976).

    Fly By Night, Rush's second album, is one of my early favorites. It kicks off with Anthem, and in just a few seconds of that opening track, you realize this is a new, energized Rush with a different drummer. Out with John Rutsey, in with Neil Peart, "the professor" of the drum kit. There are a number of good tracks here including Beneath, Between, & Behind and the title track, Fly By Night. Rush also rolls out another early epic tale of fantasy, By-Tor and the Snow Dog. A four-part song that runs 8:37. This track really high-lights Peart's skill with the drum kit. Alex also begins to play more acoustic guitar parts as showcased in Making Memories and In The End. I give it 4 and half stars actually.

    Best Tracks: Anthem and Fly By Night
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  • Great album on the way to genius....
    This was Rush's second album overall, their first of 1975, and their first with drummer Neil Peart. The change is immediately evident, and not just in the now kick-ass drumming. Neil's lyrics are also leaps and bounds beyond what Geddy and Alex were writing on the first album, and the songs are growing beter and more complex. Right off the bat, Anthem is a brutal and breathtaking song with a ridiculous riff played at the beginning and is just one of Rush's best ever songs, even if the lyrics are a tad pretentious. It's followed by the lightweight but fun-as-hell Best I Can. Other great songs on this album include Beneath Between Behind, In the End, Fly By Night, and Rush's first epic, By-Tor and the Snow Dog, which is excellent and a lot of fun. Making Memories is not up to snuff with the rest of the stuff, but is still really good. The last song I'll mention is one of the only two Rush songs I NEVER listen to (Tai-Shan from Hold Your Fire being the other one), Rivendell. Amazingly cheesy lyrics, music, and almost uncomfortable singing from Geddy punctuate this song about the Lord of the Rings. While not a complete classic as an album, this is a big step from the first album and shows Rush on the road to greatness they'd finally achieve with 1976's 2112....more info
  • EXCELLENT ALBUM!!!
    This was always my favorite Rush album growing up and it definitely stands the test of time. I still believe their early period up until 2112 is their best- this is a classic- and the cover is one of the most classic in rock!...more info
  • Keep on Rocking!
    on this album Rush plays standard hard-rock with a bit progresisve taste.it all sounds a bit like zeppelin's but...what the heck - it is a great portion of classic seventies overdriven guitars and great melodies.Rush always knew how to write them."Fly by night" is recomended to everyone who like old rock and to everyone who wants to be a little "retro" styled!this is great album......more info
  • A sign of things to come
    Fly by Night is Rush's second album and the first to feature drummer and lyricist extraordinare Neil Peart. While Rush's debut album featured a few strong tracks, most notably "Working Man", it sounded very much like competent hard rock ala Cream and Led Zeppelin and wasn't very distinctive. Fly by Night found Rush beginning to form complex song structures and Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee's musicianship and songwriting skills taking a quantum leap forward on many of the songs. The addition of Peart also helped take Rush to another level as he wrote nearly all of their lyrics from this point forward and became perhaps the most influential drummer in music history with his creative and kinetic playing style.

    Most of the tracks here are strong, particularly on the album's first half. "Anthem" starts the album out with a fury led by Peart's powerful drumming and Lee's high-pitched vocals. "Best I Can" is a good track sounding much like their debut album. "Beneath, Between and Behind" is raw and heavy and is one of their most underrated tracks. The title track is a melodic rocker featuring a great solo from Lifeson and a bouncy bass line from Lee. "By-Tor and the Snow Dog" is the first of the many long epics they'd write in their career. Quite simply, the first half of the track is outstanding, so much so that they've brought it back into their live shows. When the song breaks down to its more subdued tone, it just loses its focus. "Making Memories" is a half-acoustic/half-electric track which is also pretty decent. The album runs out of steam at the end as the very mellow "Rivendell" and the power ballad "In The End" aren't up to par. A very good album definitely worth hearing for its first five tracks as it hints at the exciting music they'd perform on their excellent '70s releases 2112 and Hemispheres.
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  • Rush at their most Rocking!!!
    This album at least deserves 4 1/2 stars. Anthem is one of Rush's most rocking older tunes. I absolutely love Best I Can; it's a simple song about playing rock and roll and having a good time. It doesn't get any better than that! Beneath, Between, and Behind also totally rocks! And who doesn't like By Tor & the Snow Dog? - talk about an epic masterpiece. In The End is one of Rush's simplest tunes, but it absolutely rocks! I even love Making Memories where they break out the acoustic guitars. The only track that doesn't do much for me is Rivendell, but there's one of those mellow filler tunes on every early Rush album. Okay, I realize this isn't a real cerebral synopsis of this album and I doubt anyone will find it helpful. I've basically just used the word "rocking" several times to describe this collection of songs, but that's the beauty of Fly By Night; it's just Rush rocking out and having a great time. This album is the bridge between the early Zeppelin inspired stuff from the first album and the really prog heavy stuff that would characterize their work in the late seventies and early eighties. Don't get me wrong, I love the more serious thematic elements of the later albums, but this is Rush just letting loose which is so refreshing to hear. Geddy's vocals are in top form on this album, especially on Anthem. You've still got the heady lyrics by Peart, but there's also those romping tunes about just rocking out! This album has it all. It's kind of the adolescent phase of the band where they were maturing musically and trying to find their sound. I know their later works are superior to FBN in many ways, but I can't deny that I still enjoy listening to this album more than most. ...more info
  • One of my favorite Rush albums
    This album is quite a good listen. This only being Rush's second album, they did a very good job with it. This album marks the arrival of drummer Neil Peart, which turned the band in the right direction. Fly By Night begins with the hard rocking Anthem and continues with the song Best I can. Beneath, Between and Behind is the next great song that follows, with the popular By-Tor and the Snow Dog coming next. Fly By Night is the best song on the album. After that comes Making Memories, Rivendell, and In the End. which arn't as good as the preceding tracks but are still fun to listen to. In conclusion, this album is better than the debut and the album to come next......more info
  • Neil Peart Joins The "Rush"
    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. ...more info
  • New Direction
    Fly by Night is Rush's second album, and first with Neil Peart. Peart would play a pivotal role in the direction and future success of the band in the years to follow. Fly by Night is a solid release, and the first 3 tracks (Anthem, Best I Can, Beneath Between & Behind) are hard rockers, and any one of them would've been suited for the first slot. These tracks are somewhat of a continuation of where their first album left off. The next track (By-Tor and the Snow Dog) is their first epic-length offering, and delivers well in that it displays all of the band's diverse talents in one song. Each member highlights their respective instruments well, and Geddy's voice is as powerful as ever. The title track (Fly by Night) is still pretty popular on the airwaves, and responsible for pretty good sales overall. "Making Memories" reminds me so much of the Zeppelin track, "Over the Hills and Far Away". "Rivendell" is Rush's most mellow song, and Geddy sings it with emotion. This song is Tolkien-inspired, and brings some balance to the album. The last track "In the End" starts with good acoustics, then fades into powerful Lifeson riffs and vintage Lee vocals that shriek. Overall, the album is a healthy mixture of rock and progressive lyrics that transition the band out of the first album plainness, and into the more philosophy-inspired intellectual lyrics that would become a Rush trademark in the years ahead. The ratings:
    ANTHEM:9/10
    BEST I CAN:8/10
    BENEATH BETWEEN & BEHIND:9/10
    BY-TOR AND THE SNOW DOG:10/10
    FLY BY NIGHT:10/10
    MAKING MEMORIES:9/10
    RIVENDELL:7/10
    IN THE END:8/10

    This album is a must-have for any fan, as well as anyone who's just getting into Rush, because these are the roots for everything else the band subsequently released....more info
  • The Real Rush Debut
    Fly By Night is the second Rush release, but the first with drummer Neil Peart. What a difference a drummer makes! The CD is a much better listen then the Rush CD. The CD has four really good songs, two okay songs, and two duds. The four really good songs are Anthem the album opener which is pretty rockin' stuff. By Tor And The Snow Dog contains silly but fun lyrics and show's what a great drummer Neil Peart is. Geddy Lee's bass playing and Alex Lifeson's guitar playing also blow anway anything on the first release. Fly By Night is a good choice for a hit single. Good chorus and good fun. The album ender, In The End, is one of the better songs from the early days of Rush. Beneath, Between, and Behind and Best I Can are okay song but pretty much forgettable. Making Memories and Rivendell are dull. Thankfully with CD's you can skip these tracks easily. This is not a great album overall, but some songs on here are worth owning....more info
  • Solid classic rock album
    Awesome rock album, one of Rush's best. This one has a distinctly "classic rock" sound. Really, you could call it a "southern rock" sound in some songs, particularly Fly By Night and In the End. The guitar work is awesome as always. Every song is great. 5 stars all the way!...more info
  • The first album with the classic Rush lineup
    And what a difference it makes on this their second album. Neil Pearts lyrics and especially his drumming lift this band from pedestrian Zeppelin wannabes to an outfit with a great deal of instrumental and lyrical muscle. Fly By Night is one of their ballsiest albums. This is guitar bass and drums rock baby albeit more complex than your average band. And while not as mature lyrically or musically as Rush would become, FBN is an excellent album. It cooks. I've often thought that when Rush made Moving Pictures they were trying to recapture some of the simplicity and spirit of Fly By Night. They play with a fire they rarely surpassed on their subsequent material. A must have for Rush fans or those who want to hear the hard rocking roots of a great progressive rock band....more info
  • The Birth Of Thinking Man's Rock
    In a way, this album could almost be called Rush's first album. Drummer John Rutsey, who played on the band's self-titled debut the previous year, quit the band shortly after its release. The band hastily held auditions for a new drummer and Neil Peart came into the picture. Bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson found writing lyrics a bore (and it shows on that first disc), so when Peart expressed interest in doing it, they gladly handed the pen and paper to him. The result was a notable improvement in the lyrics.
    Peart also brought a tighter, slightly more prog-influenced style to the band. This opened up the floodgates for Lee and Lifeson to craft some amazing hard rock riffs over Peart's exhausting, meticulous drumming.
    Sure, looking back, some of the lyrical content can make you snicker -- songs about Tolkien's elf-haven Rivendell, battles between sci-fi beasts called By Tor and The Snow Dog -- but the music is not to be scoffed at. When you view it in the context of its own time, it was simply some of the heaviest, fastest and powerful rock around.
    The Zeppelin influences are still there, and at times Lifeson still sounds like he is mimicking Jimmy Page, and even Eric Clapton. Geddy Lee also is still doing his best Robert Plant screaming. But this album takes those influences a step further, combining them with dashes of Yes and King Crimson.
    As for the individual songs, the title track is a staple of FM classic rock stations to this day, while Anthem is one of the best hard rock songs ever penned. Beneath, Between and Behind allows a small glimpse into the politico of Peart's future writings to come, and kicks...too. By Tor and the Snow Dog features an extended middle section in which the band play like 5 or 6 instead of 3. Peart especially shines with a drum solo before it slows down into an ethereal effects-driven section and giving way to one of Lifeson's bluesier moments. Making Memories features the only slide guitar solo from Lifeson and is handled capably. The album closer, In the End, is a thoughtful rocker that starts slow and pauses, only to kick back in with a simple yet effective riff.
    But for all of its high points, in the end (no pun intended) it could be better. The band is still trying to find itself here but great strides toward that end are made.
    So if you like meaningful, driven, slightly quircky '70's rock, this album should satisfy that need. It is certainly one of the band's more notable albums, but not 'trademark Rush'....more info
  • Rush - the Album Number Two!
    Rush's first album was great but after that started even better time - when Neil Peart joined the band. The first album with Peart in drums turns to be a classic! There's great, uptempo songs, such as "Beneath, Between & Behind" and "Anthem". There's also great and long proggressive rock songs, such as "By-Tor & The Snow Dog" and "In the End". The Led Zeppelin sounding "Making Memories" is quite a slow one...this song could almost be from Led Zeppelin III. The slowest one however is "Rivendell" which is an acoustic ballad - still quite good. Alex Lifeson's guitar work and Geddy Lee's bass guitar work is beautiful. Geddy's vocals may cause different opinions - because they are rough! I like his voice very much...
    Stars: Fly by Night, Beneath, Between & Behind, Anthem...more info
  • fly by night
    this is a cool albem i like the song fly by night...more info
  • it's good
    Fly By Night is much better than many people give it credit for. It's before they really found their niche, but Neil Peart's presence on this album really adds to the songs. This album actually has a few classics. "Anthem" is one of their well known rock-out songs. "By-Tor And The Snow Dog" is their first epic song, and it's very good. "Fly By Night" is a song that received a little airplay. Short, but sweet. This is really good album that is a definite for Rush fans who want to see what the rock-out period of Rush was like. If you're a new fan, start with Moving Pictures....more info
  • 4.75 Stars
    This was amazing, right off that bat, Neil Peart was stabbing us in the back with his Babe Ruth on steriods drum clouting. Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee also performed amazingly.

    1. Anthem(4:27) Great song, amazing drumming. One of the greatest rock songs ever.
    2. Best I Can(3:28) Even better, sounds a lot like AC/DC, every thing is great.
    3. Beneath, Between and Behind(3:05) It sounds a bit like Led Zeppelin, the bands biggest influence at the time. Drumming is great.
    4. By-Tor and the Snowdog(8:39) First of the epic story songs Rush wrote. Amazing drumming and a bluesy Jimmy Page style guitar solo.
    5. Fly By Night(3:25) Great, bass and drumming at their best. Guitar is good.
    6. Making Memories(3:04) Very weak, meaningless lyrics, worst song on cd.
    7. Rivendell(4:59) Better than the last, but still weak. Another Led Zeppelin copied idea, a song about Lord of the Rings. Ok
    8. In The End(6:48) Ok, better than the two previous songs, but still weak. No other comments.


    It was great....more info
  • Nice Led Zeppelin tribute album...
    Yes, that is what this is. FLY BY NIGHT (and RUSH's music in as a whole) is a record that I gravated to in my early music phase, however learning more about rock music and other bands afterwards I see that this (and many of RUSH's records)is nothing but a cheap copy of greater/bigger rock acts. The songs themselves are alright I guess. The tunes tend to be catchy but too often annoying. ANTHEM, BENEATH, BETWEEN AND BEHIND, and BEST I CAN are your basic disposable 70's rock tunes. When ever I listen to this (not too often any more) I get the feeling that I'm listening to some poor Led Zeppelin cover band. I swear most of these songs sound like they were nicked right of of LED ZEPPELIN III, only much worse. Listen to cuts like IN THE END, RIVENDELL, MAKING MEMORIES, ect. The only qaulity tune on here is that title track, which is a radio station staple and quite nice actually. The comedy factor comes in with BYTOR AND THE SNOW DOG, which is about a talking dog that travles to hell to battle a wizard of somekind....wow, these guys must of been taking some heavy drugs. Makes me wonder how these guys ever made it and never ended up on VH1's "Where Are They Now?" programe.

    FLY BY NIGHT is a o.k. 70s rock record, nothing to write homeabout. Just as the debut record was a Cream ripp-off, this follow up is a blatant Led Zeppelin ripp-off. Take it for what it is, I'm sure there are many people who enjoy McDonalds over a gourmet meal....more info
  • "Anthem of the heart and anthem of the mind"
    With this release the classic prog-rockers continued the trend they started with "Caress of Steel" by writing an epic, "By-Tor and the Snow Dog," bookended by more conventional songfare. "Best I Can" is easily one of the more fun tracks these guys ever wrote (along with "In the Mood" off their debut). "Beneath, Between, and Behind," "Fly by Night," and "In the End" are all three good rockers with catchy hooks and memorable lyrics. "Making Memories" is a nice change of pace with an acoustic guitar, while "Rivendell" is quite possibly the worst track on any of their albums, and constitutes what one reviewer wrote, as: "ersatz-Tolkein slop." The stand-out moments here are "Anthem" and the Rush masterpiece "By-Tor and the Snow Dog." This is a very good album with flashes of brilliance and great musicianship. Later....more info
  • Very underrated,but contains a lot of good old Rock&roll!!!
    Rush from the year 1975 is much diffrent than rush from the year 1981.Much much diffrent.
    Well it is not a warning but some of you who know Rush from their hit singles like "Tom Sawyer", "Red barchetta" or "Nobody's hero" maybe really very suprised with this album.
    Do not expect any synthesisers or well polished pop-rock songs.
    do not expect clean and characteristic voice of Geddy Lee (yes yes, he sounds diffrent than normaly on first albums of rush)
    At last if you don't like classic 70-ies rock&roll (led zeppelin,early AC/DC) you should not even touch this!!! Why? because "Fly by night" contains almost only a portion of Good old rock,almost without any real unexpected changes or bombastic production.Hmm... these were the times when Geddy,Neill and alex were having just good fun without thinking that in next few years they will became an international rock stars playing all around the world and selling millions of copies of their albums!!!
    The point of this album is that it is the first one recorded in classic squad.After a departure of previous drummer,Neill Peart joined Rush.He was not also a fenomenal musician, he was a poet lyricist too.Therefore lyrics are also a major change here - they are interesting,melodic and brilliant
    the production is not very special,it sounds like many other rock groups from seventhies were sounding , but thanks for the remaster edition it is not so bad and i can not say anything bad about it.

    1.ANTHEM - my favourite from here,it is surely one of their best tracks from seventies.definitly IT ROCKS real good.The guitar reef is brilliant, followed by hard drums and interesting bass line.Geddy sings quite agressive here and very expressive. just listen to him shouting "WONDERS IN THE WOOOORLD...THEY WROOOOUUUUGGGHHTTT!!!!!" 5/5

    2.BEST I CAN - another very good track. Simple rock song,very catchy and melodic.Geddy's vocals sometimes reminds me of Bon Scott of Ac/Dc, but only a little bit. lyrics are simple as well :
    "DON'T GIVE ME SPEECHES 'CAUSE THEY'RE ALL SO DROLL
    LEAVE ME ALONE AND LET ME ROCK&ROLL!!!" 5/5

    3.BENEATH BELOW AND BEHIND - another nice one, less impressive than to first tracks but catchy as well. Neill's drumming is impressive here.not so memorable but works good as a hard-rocker. 3,5/5

    4.BY-TOR AND THE SNOW DOG - 9 minutes long epic tale about battle of good and evil.it has a nice reef but as whole it seems much too long in some moments. lyrics are also not the strongest point here. it is light years away from "2112"
    good altough i can not say it is one of their best long tracks
    3/5

    5.FLY BY NIGHT - most pop sounding track from here.Very nice and relaxing.simple and melodic. i thing this along with "anthem" maybe the main reason to buy this album!!!
    5/5

    6.MAKING MEMORIES - acoustic guitar driven rock ballad.too much zeppelin's in here....maybe the weakest track, but.... 3/5

    7.RIVENDELL - ....this is the reason why "making memories" is not the worstest here.RIVENDELL is a tale of hobbits (all the lord of the rings stuff) and it is much too long and simply boring.you can just skip it. 2/5

    8.IN THE END - great finale,great guitar solo and fine lyrics. i like it very much it is great ending fo this album, and for the concerts too.slow, a bit pathetic, but wonderfull
    5/5

    i said everything in the intro of review and so the decision to buy "FLY BY NIGHT" is left to you.
    what can i say more - they just do the rock&roll!!!!...more info

  • Awesome
    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....more info
  • GOOD VARIETY OF HARD ROCK TUNES
    If you are new to Rush and have a preference for 70s hard rock, Fly By Night and 2112 are the albums to start with.

    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....more info

  • This Is A Great Album
    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 - 5/5
    2. Best I can - 4/5
    3. Beneath, Between, and Behind - 5/5
    4. By-Tor And The Snow Dog - 5/5
    5. Fly By Night - 5/5
    6. Making Memories - 5/5
    7. Rivendell - 3/5
    8. In The End - 5/5...more info

  • Important for Foundation Building, But They'd Do Better
    Thank God for Rush. Without them, I don't know if there'd be a single band for me to listen to, cuz Rush is the meeting place for all those who could thank "quality rock" for inspiration and reason to be. Progressive rock, though sadly underground for the past few decades, still thrives today and some of the most creative souls in music (Dream Theater, Queensryche, Spock's Beard) have Rush to thank. The fact that Rush is STILL going strong after 30 years is a testament to the fact that their albums were not, and are not, by any means pretensious, but rather, anthems of the heart.

    Only problem with this album is, where's the heart? Early on, Rush fell slightly victim to the very crime that prog-denouncers accused them of - overly cold and almost robotic aesthetics. Intense musicianship aside, the emotion just doesn't come across on this album. Which is fine - the band was just starting to find themselves and making sure there was a distinct sound to them. And indeed, this would prove wise in the long run. This album just suffers a bit from it. If you are pretty easily pleased by generic (not a bad thing in this case) classic rock a la Zeppelin, you'll dig this release. But if you're like me, working BACKWORDS (having started with more recent prog), you'll respect it for what it is, but even repeated listens won't make you want to keep coming back. Technically flawless, this album should be worshipped for what it was in its time, but in the grand scheme of things, there's no need to stop the world for it.

    Unfortunately, the more enjoyable tracks are the mellower ones, such as "Rivendell" (though as with Robert Plant, there's no more than a sprinkling of LOTR references) and "In The End". Most of the others did have at least some potential, especially "Anthem," "Best I Can", and the title track.

    New to Rush? Don't worry about this album. 2112 and Hemispheres would soon prove that one can be overly technical AND overly emotional and brilliant simultaneously, thus turn your attention there for starters. A word to the wise: NEVER jump to an opinion without atleast 20 or 30 listens, this ain't Eminem!...more info

  • Rush Takes A Drummer And Heads North!
    Right away you can hear the contribution that Neil Peart makes as he enters the drummer's seat on Rush's second album. Gone is the mediocre typical rock drummer John Rutsey. Here to stay is the lyricist/drummer that would help to make Rush one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Thanks to Neil the lyrics move away from the Ooh Baby mentality of their debut album into newer, more thought-provoking directions. Let's take a look at the songs, shall we?

    Anthem - Straight up rocker with very cool lyrics. Geddy wails and the groove is laid down. Tight, short, pumping. One of the great old Rush tunes.

    Best I Can - A leftover from the first Rush album? Maybe. This was written by Geddy alone. It rocks, but it misses Neil's literate touch.

    Beneath, Between & Behind - A great song written by Alex and Neil. Alex throws in all the licks here. Geddy belts out the lyrics with passion.

    By-Tor & The Snow Dog - The first of many multi-part songs. This is the first glimpse of things to come. This song grooves so f*cking much! An all-time Rush great.

    Fly By Night - A signature Rush song of the first order. This, along with Finding My Way, In The Mood, and Working Man would remain Rush staples for a long time to come. Excellent!

    Making Memories - One of the first songs I ever learned on acoustic guitar. This song is killer. Kick out the jams.

    Rivendell - The soft spot on the album. The nod to Tolkein is cool but this song drags.

    In The End - This is a good song but it, like Rivendell, drags. Another Geddy/Alex penned tune that could be a holdover from the first album.

    Overall, as the band is adapting to the inclusion of Neil Peart very well, the Zeppelin-influenced sound would fall to the wayside for the Rush signature sound. Even though their next album would blow up in their faces, Rush would continue to grow by leaps and bounds in the following years. Fly By Night is a great stepping stone album. A definite must for old fans! Newer Rush fans might want to start a little up the line at 2112 or Permanent Waves.

    Dig it!...more info
  • Building the monolith
    The foundation for the progressive rock monolith that Rush would construct throughout the 70's has its genesis with Fly By Night. The addition of Neil Peart raised the games of Alex Leifson and Geddy Lee. The arrangements are more intricate, Lee's bass is more active, and Leifson's guitar has more fire and complexity. Peart's drumming is aggressive and relentless, with a sheen of pure virtuosity that would separate him from most other rock drummers. The songs are somewhat schizophrenic, ranging from innovative musical templates for the prog-metal genre ("Anthem", "Beneath, Between, and Behind, and "By-Tor & The Snow Dog"), straight-ahead rockers ("Best I Can", "Making Memories", "Fly By Night"), and ballads (the unplugged-before-MTV-made-it-hip "Rivendell" and the epic "In The End"). This release provided a glimpse as to what Rush would later become, and was an introduction to the style that they would perfect on 2112.
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  • kind of a novelty record, but it points to greater things
    there are really only 3 songs of interest on here: "by tor and the snow dog," which is an interesting song that I particularly enjoy when they play it live, because it really gets vastly improved, "anthem," which is classic of Peart's early Ayn Rand obsession, and the title track, which has similar qualities to songs on their first cd, but it works better I think. the rest is semi-embarrassing throwaway stuff. Rush could, and did, do better than this later on. The good stuff can be found on Chronicles, so don't bother buying this unless you want ALL the albums....more info
  • Good sophomore effort and Neal Peart debut
    Fly By Night, the sophomore effort by Rush, laid the foundation for their progressive rock explorations throughout the mid-70's. The production, especially on the remastered tracks, is very clear and uncluttered. With the addition of lyricist Peart, the lyrics take a giant leap forward in both depth and breadth. We get politics as well as fantasy and an urging of listeners to THINK, all staples of future Rush works.
    I gave this one only 3 stars because of some of the weaker tracks.
    1. Anthem. A great kickoff with complex timing and meter, machine gun drumming by Peart and a fine solo by Alex. Great "live" feel and energy to this song and inspirational lyrics. 4 stars
    2. Best I Can. Sounds like a Geddy Lee tune from the first album. Not bad just not very memorable.
    3. Beneath, Between and Behind. I love this rapid fire tune and companionship piece to Anthem. 4 stars
    4. By-Tor and the Snow Dog. Starts out well with a driving rhythm. The fantasy lyrics sound a bit silly now. There's some cool "math-rock" but also a slow bit in the "Aftermath" section where the tune loses momentum. 3 stars.
    5. Fly By Night. A strong, catchy tune with a memorable guitar riff by Alex and nice lyrics. 4 stars
    6. Making Memories. A happy little song with some nice acoustic strumming and good bass line by Geddy. 2+ stars
    7. Rivendell. Probably the most boring song these guys ever wrote. I try to like it but the Tolkein imagery just doesn't work the way Zeppelin does it with "Battle of Evermore" and there is just no dynamic. I don't think elves would sing a wimpy song like this. 1 star.
    8. In the End. My favorite song on the album. Nice, unpretentious lyrics. An ode to a friend. Great musical building from quiet strumming and vocal to a full-on jam. This song brings you full circle. An underrated classic. 5 stars!...more info
  • Solid Hard Prog-Rock CD
    FLY BY NIGHT is a solid hard progressive rock CD by Rush, and their first to feature drummer/lyricist Neil Peart. True, the opening song, "Anthem", is heavily inspired by reactionary author Ayn Rand, and can inspire selfish behavior if you take it too seriously, and "By-Tor And The Snow Dog" is just a lot of sci-fi blather, but the other songs have a highly inspirational lyrical feel, making this CD a must-own....more info
  • Another reason why Rush is quite simply...the best
    Wow...what a great CD! ...Track one starts out with a powerful song called "Anthem." If you cant get into this song there's something wrong. Geddy's bass is amazing, peart puts together immpossible drumb techniques, and lifeson settles the song with his on-time guitaring, not to mention a great, fast, hard solo. "Best I Can" with a cathcy riff and another great solo. "Beneath, Beyond,and Between" is a song alot like the one mentioned above, a great riff and well-timed song. The next track is what left me stunned. "By-tor and the Snow Dog" is one of Rush's greatest, but alot of people write it off quite simply because people are not patient enough to sit down and listen to good music. The begining starts out with another sweet riff. Then Rush plays some great "Mathematical Rock." Then comes the battle, actually played out with Lifeson's guitar and geddy's bass pedals. The three drum solos define Neil Peart, the soft melodic solo is awesome, and the ending puts a cherry on top. "Fly By Night" is a little to commercial, but is still a great song. "Making memories" is a great song, with a nice acoustic riff, and yet another awesome solo. "Rivendell" is a piece of crap as far as I am concerned as i just pretend like it is not even on the album. I never got into all that Hobbit and Lord of the rings stuff. "In The End" is the second best song, which sort of puts together everything in his album into a nutshell. what a great cd! Rush is the best band, and even though alot still claim they can never match Led Zeppelin(quite overrated!), who needs to match Zeepelin when your quite simply... the best....more info
  • The rock point
    very rocking album - all songs are not so complicated as on some others seventies Rush albums and that's why they are so great and fun to listen.Geddy sings not as Zeppelin styled like on Rush debut album,his voice is powerfull and interesting as well as his bass lines...alex solos are marvelous and Neill's drumming too.best songs are "Making memories","Anthem" and very melancholic ballad "Rivendell".get this album - if you haven't listened to it you are missing one of Rush's finest moments!...more info
  • Rush Are Already Making Memories
    Alright I'll be the first to admit that I've only been listening to Rush's music for about four years but this is not the first time I heard this album by any means so I figured it was about time I reviewed it. This is Rush's second album and quite different in a lot of ways then their heavily Led Zeppelin debut Rush. The obvious difference is the addition of Neil Peart. You'll get very little argument,especially on groove driven tunes such as the wonderful "Anthem" or the sadly all too brief "Making Memories",that Neil's drumming is probably the best and most significant thing that ever happened to Rush. One thing that is apparent is,despite what is about to happen to Rush's sound is that this album doesn't contain any epic songs-the closest it gets is "By-Tor & The Snow Dog" and all that really is is a fairy tale rock song with a drum and guitar solo attached to the end.Whatever it is it's a cool song. At this point Rush's best points are their shorter songs.For a band known earlier on for mild long windedness it's great to hear how Geddy,Alex and Neil really have some great straight ahead pop/rock smarts under all the bluster. And about that you might as well go to Geddy's self written "Best I Can" and the title song,the latter of which is often considered among the best early Rush tunes and one that made it to their greatest hits albums. "Beneath,Between & Behind" has the same short of pop feeling only it's a showcase for the already terrific Alex Lifeson to do his thing on the 6 and 12 string electric and acoustic guitars he uses. The last two pieces showcase a territory Rush only seldom visited later-soft acoustic styles."Rivendell" is just beautiful;Geddy's voice is surprisingly mellow,the melody is....actually kind of pretty and the pastoral lyrics,right out of middle Earth are icing on the cake."In The End" starts out the same way but ends on more of a rock-epic sort of mode.Maybe...a kind of preview of coming attractions?So what this album gives you is a strong precurser to what was to come but also a link to Rush's first album. Even so it's an album that will get better each time you listen and one of a series of albums a person interested in progressive hard rock should pick up....more info
  • Classic 70s hard rock
    For me this is where the legend begins - Rush's first truly classic album. Before this they were sorting out their Led Zeppelin fixation and developing their own voice. They finally gelled with the addition of Neil Peart. The songs here are of higher quality than the earlier material, beginning to separate the band from the 70s hard rock pack. It wasn't until 2112 that they would emerge with their first truly distinctive album, and then hone their progressive rock sound down for their best work: Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, Signals, and later Presto and Roll The Bones. Nonetheless this is more than just a historical document - it's also a fun listen and contains the kind of stuff that had me air-guitaring around my room in high school (and sometimes still does now). This is well worth your time....more info
  • Neil Joins the Band
    Wow, what a difference a new band member can make. One of the best opening songs ever on any Rush album, Anthem is one of Rush's best songs ever, especially for a musician. In your face balls-to-the-wall rock n roll....more info
  • A great start prog album for Rush!
    After the 1974 debut 'Rush' album, Neil Peart joined the band and everything went topsy-turvy! No more Led Zeppelin ... stuff, but a sucessful dive into the world of progressive rock! It still has a reminicient aftertaste of 'Rush' but definately prog-wise. The first three tracks rock out well and "By-Tor and the Snowdog" is the best track on the album. The whole song it good and I like the way the songs tells about the story and the battle of By-Tor, the prince of darkness, and the noble Snowdog of the Overworld! Most people will recognize the track "Fly By Night" as a classic (so I don't need to talk about that one). After that, "Rivendell" is one of the only good songs. It shows the quiter side of Rush and a good song for all you Lord of the Rings fans. A must-have for people already somewhat familar with Rush....more info
  • Rush classic
    Fly By Night is worth the price of the album for just the title track but as with all RUSH creations this entire recording is classic gold. Everything is likeable and when you are in the mood for some decades-old rock-n-roll this is just the kind of music that will satisfy. Just remind yourself before pushing play that Geddy was singing in much higher ranges long ago and you may want to adjust your expectations if you have become accustomed to newer RUSH songs.

    This album in particular seems like RUSH music for driving cross-country. Maybe it is just the first of a long stream of RUSH that you will want to listen to when behind the wheel on a lengthy ride....more info
  • Rush
    As all Rush fans know, Rush will always leave a legacy of good music. This legacy would not be complete without Fly by Night. The most important thing is you can sing along while screaming your head off(to me,at least).None of these songs of necessarily classics, but the album is....more info
  • Rush
    I am used to listening to Rush in their older years but this is one of their earlier albums. despite the fact that Geddy Lee's voice could go extremely high back and I'm used to the newer stuff they are still freakin' awesome....more info
  • underrated classic
    this is my favorite rush album.every song on this album is good {the only exception being rivendell }the song anthem is one of my favorite tracks off all time.beneath between and behind,fly by night and by -tor and the snow dog are also very good songs.i also love the album cover, i don't know if it 's just me but i think it's one of the coolest album covers ever.this is a difinite hard rock classic,one i would recommend to everyone....more info

 

 
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