Unless you have taken a 6+ hour long road-trip I would venture to say that Rush is NOT for you, for everyone else I am confident that Rush has been with you for decades.

Why I chose Fly By Night vs. Caress of Steel or for that matter 2112 is simple, Fly By Night signaled the beginning of a new era for the group as Neil Peart entered the scene and forever re-defined rock drumming and from that point Air Drumming became as popular as Air Guitar.

Before rock pundits started to label Rush as “Hard Rock Proggers” many were implying that this Led Zeppelin inspired Canadian Heavy Rock group were just a prop, and discounted Geddy Lee’s vocals as bothersome. To the unprepared 1st time listener you may run the risk of judging them before you get to the end or worst, before you give this amazing record a chance, however if you give it a chance you will find that once bitten, Rush’s musical venom will accompany you for the rest of your life.

As usual with Rush’s album prior to “Moving Pictures”, the group is mostly unconcerned with producing Radio Hits, and preferred focusing on taking the listener on a trip. “Fly By Night” is therefore a trip, a musical journey which must be listened front to back, no skips, no shortcuts, no distractions.

I was introduced to Rush by my best friend Bill, we were driving towards Florida from Indiana, ahead a 16 hour car trip, his Toyota Celica’s audio system was pimped up in a way that guaranteed permanent ear damage (typical of early 80’s pimp my ride type of car audio) and as we approached the Kentucky Appalachians he inserted “Fly By Night” (On Cassette of course) and next thing you know 6 hours had passed and the cassette was now playing on a constant loop. I was hooked and this album has been with me since.