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Rush The Lady Gone Electric live 1974 radio broadcast now available

Fri, Dec 11, 2015@9:40AM | comments

Back in April a live radio broadcast recording of a December, 1974 Rush appearance at the Electric Lady Studios in New York City was released on CD in Europe. It's titled The Lady Gone Electric and was originally recorded in front of a small audience of around a dozen people for FM radio broadcast. It is now also available in North America as an import on both CD and 180-gram vinyl. From the product description:

Recorded at the Electric Ladyland Studios in New York City, in December 1974 in preparation for their first US tour, this sublime Rush performance was given in front of an audience of 8-12 people in the small studio, and thus provides a fine example of this remarkable band s early live sound. This was also the earliest recording made with Neil Peart on drums, Peart having replaced their former skins-man John Rutsy, a few months before this show. They perform material from their first album and new songs from the soon to be released Fly by Night LP. The show was undertaken to provide a live broadcast for FM Radio, and was transmitted across the airwaves prior to the release of Fly by Night. Neil had 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, 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 and performed by Larry Williams. 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 are a sharp contrast to the very hard-edged performance. Apparently, several mics were set up around the studio, with only a very basic soundboard feed. The result is a very well-mixed sound - so much so, in places it sounds as though it s lifted direct from the first album. The three bonus cuts included are from the group s first US television performance on the legendary Don Kirshner Rock Show programme in October 74.

Note that this is NOT an official Rush release. It's similar to the Spirit of the Airwaves and Rush ABC 1974 live releases from a few years back, in that it is essentially a packaged release of a radio broadcast bootleg recording that's been around for many years. You can order The Lady Gone Electric on both CD and 180-gram vinyl. Here's the tracklisting:

1. Finding My Way 05:19
2. Best I Can 03:11
3. In the Mood 03:42
4. Anthem 04:36
5. Need Some Love 03:30
6. Fly by Night 03:20
7. Here Again 09:17
8. Bad Boy 06:36
9. Working Man 12.22
10. Best I Can 02.55
11. In the Mood 03.17
12. Finding My Way 04.36