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RUSH - ABC 1974 (LEGENDARY CLEVELAND '74 RADIO BROADCAST)

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Top-quality recording of legendary radio performance with 3 Bonus Tracks from ‘75 broadcast made at the same venue, packaged in a Jewel / Slipcase.

After wearing out my cassette copy of this concert it was really nice to at long last hear a great quality version of this historic recording! Yes, it is a typical raw close-miked, seventies radio broadcast, but that does nothing to lessen the power that was RUSH circa 1974. Neil Peart is still finding his feet, but they're so tight it just doesn't show at all!
There's fret buzz, amp hum, bass growl, and a hunger that was only ever really recaptured (and polished) on ‘All The World’s A Stage’, and then lost forever.
If you’ve never heard this recording, it was an all out, rocking set, packed with power and energy. They were hungry for success and you can really hear it in these performances.
The package is completed by 3 Bonus Tracks from their second US broadcast, back at the ABC a year later in 1975, and again courtesy of their by then, long time champions, WMMR Cleveland.
However, these bonus tracks are not of the same high-quality sound as the main broadcast material, and if I’m honest, probably didn’t need to be there, but purely from a collector's point of view I guess they can be considered to be a valued inclusion.
This rare recording is now available legitimately for the first time, and it comes in a standard Jewel Case packaged in a Card Slipcase. Obviously issued with the collector in mind, ‘ABC 1974’ is just the thing to make you want to drag out your split-knee loons, that nice bolero top your wife keeps asking you about, and throw some shapes!
Great stuff and highly recommended to all RUSH fans!

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 radio 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. Tapes of the broadcast have done the rounds for a long time and having owned (and virtually worn-out) a not so great copy, it’s great to see it getting an official release at last.


ABC 1974 Track List [01 – 12 Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, 1974 WMMS FM broadcast]:

01. Finding My Way (5.07)
02. Best I Can (3.06)
03. Need Some Love (3.21)
04. In The End (6.13)
05. Fancy Dancer (3.54)
06. In The Mood (3.18)
07. Bad Boy (5.37)
08. Here Again (7.53)
09. Working Man (9.13)
10. Drum Solo (2.54)
11. What You're Doing (4.26)
12. Garden Road (3.03)
13. Anthem [Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, 1975 WMMS FM broadcast] (4.21) * Bonus Track *
14. Beneath, Between & Behind [AB, Cleveland, 1975 WMMS FM broadcast] (3.06) * Bonus Track *
15. Fly By Night [Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, 1975 WMMS FM broadcast] (2.46) * Bonus Track *

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