This is my favorite Rush record for a very simple reason : this one is all killer, no filler. YAY FOR CLICHES!!
No really, there is NO filler on this live recording, and this has the best parts of their early albums, namely Rush, Fly By Night, Caress of Steel and 2112. This displays Rush as the quintessential hard rock band of the 70’s, and dude, it has Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee on the guitars, drums and bass respectively. In 1976, Rush was hard rock power trio with killer guitar riffs, absolutely great bass lines, corny lyrics and the greatest drummer alive. What more could you really want from your life?
Other than somebody other than Lee on vocals, you ask? Yea man, that guy is a squealer, but no, check this record out for the most kickass version of their most kickass song “Working Man”, and a short, better version of the sidelong track, “2112”. Seriously, those are career highlights. What a great band! Plus, guitar players will orgasm on hearing Alex Lifeson on this record, the dude is rocking that Les Paul like nobody’s business. His playing is a little restrained on the studio tracks but here he just lets go without wanking off unnecessarily. This band’s live records, though a little on the “we are gonna play note for note renditions, yay!!” side, still contain the right amount of improvisation to make these worth hearing.
YAY for Rush!!