“Fly by Night,” is the 2nd Album by the Canadian rock band Rush, released on February 15, 1975, on Mercury Records. It was the first Rush LP to showcase elements of progressive rock for which the band has become known. It was also the 1st to feature lyricist & drummer Neil Peart. Let’s dig into the title track “Fly By Night.”
“Fly By Night,” the song by Neil Peart who became RUSH’s 2nd drummer after the departure of John Rutsey. Peart wrote the song as his personal experience of moving from Canada to London as a young 18-year-old musician before joining Rush. The song kicks off side two on the vinyl album and tracks #5 on the American release of the cd. The single was released in May 1975. The first time a single was released in radio markets other than the United States or Canada. The amazing fact is they recorded the entire album in 10 days.
Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart of Rush became a rock and roll powerhouse with only 3 band members. Neil did the share of the band’s lyric writing and Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee scored the music end of the process. Right after Fly By Night took off on the radio they immediately started on the road opening for bands like Kiss.
What amazes me as a music fan is Rush’s released two albums in 1975. The Follow-up was the album, “Caress of Steel” which was not a commercial success but was still loved by true Rush fans.