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RUSH ABC 1974
The First American Broadcast
Released: November 1st, 2011
Highest Billboard Chart Position: N/A
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AGORA BALLROOM, CLEVELAND, OHIO, 26 AUGUST 1974
The history of the ever mighty Rush goes back to 1968 when the group first got together, but it was not until 1974 that the band proper - with Neal Peart joining Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to make for the line-up we have known and loved ever since - came to the fore.
Peart joined just two weeks before Rush's first US tour and it was during this American jaunt that the guys played the infamous Agora Ballroom, Cleveland - a venue at which the group would go onto play numerous more shows during their formative years. At their 1974 booking however, radio station WMMS FM was on hand to broadcast the whole event across the airwaves and thus make this particular gig a somewhat notorious event as well as being Rush's very first radio broadcast.
The set played by the group that hot August evening in America's dark industrial underbelly, includes songs from their debut album, Rush, and features two early versions of cuts from their sophomore record, Fly by Night. The show also contained a cover of Larry Williams 'Bad Boy' - a 1950s rocker and no mistake - plus incredibly, two excellent tracks that have never been released on any previous Rush release; the super-rare 'Fancy Dancer' and 'Garden Road', both composed in their very earliest incarnation before Neal Peart was on board.
The package is completed by three bonus tracks from their second US broadcast, back at the ABC a year later, and again courtesy of their by then long time champions, WMMS Cleveland. All three songs from the 75 set originated on Fly By Night.
This rare recording is now available legitimately for the first time and with de-luxe packaging, designed with the collector in mind, will prove a must have item for Rush's enormous army of fans still fighting the cause well over 40 years into a quite marvellous career.
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 68 MINUTES APPROX.
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Tracks 1 - 12 from Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio, August 26, 1974; WMMS FM Broadcast.
Tracks 13 - 15 from Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio, May 1975; WMMS FM Broadcast.
1. Finding My Way (5:07)
2. The Best I Can (3:06)
3. Need Some Love (3:21)
4. In The End (6:13)
5. Fancy Dancer (3:54)
6. In The Mood (3:18)
7. Bad BOy (5:37)
8. Here Again (7:53)
9. working Man (9:13)
10. Drum Solo (2:54)
11 . What You're Doing (4:26)
12. Carden Road (3:03)
13. Anthem (4:21)
14. Beneath, Between & Behind (3:06)
15. Fly By Night (2:46)