Fly by Night (album)

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Fly by Night
Studio album by Rush
Released February 15, 1975
Recorded December 1974 – January 1975 at Toronto Sound Studios in Toronto, Canada
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock
Length 37:38
Label Anthem
Producer Rush, Terry Brown
Rush chronology
Fly by Night
Caress of Steel
Singles from Fly by Night
  1. "Fly by Night"
    Released: May 1975
  2. "Making Memories"
    Released: 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [1]
Music Emissions 4/5 stars [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars [3]
The Daily Vault B+[4]

Fly by Night is the second studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in February 1975.

Music and lyrics[edit]

This was the first Rush album to feature drummer Neil Peart. In addition to drumming duties, Peart also took on the job of lyricist by default, leading the band to adopt a more literary lyrical style that differed significantly from their self-titled debut album. The songs "By-Tor & the Snow Dog" and "Rivendell" are examples of the inclusion of fantasy themes into Rush's music.

"By-Tor & the Snow Dog" was inspired by Rush roadie Howard Ungerleider's story of him staying at Anthem records manager Ray Danniels' house, where Danniels' German Shepherd growled at him, and a tiny dog also owned by Danniels tried to jump on him. Ungerleider told Rush about it and they thought it was hilarious.

"Anthem" features lyrics inspired by elements of the philosophy of Ayn Rand, whose influence on Peart's writing would reach its apogee on Rush's 1976 album 2112. The autobiographical title track is based on Peart's experience of briefly moving from Canada to London as a young musician (before joining Rush). The original hand-penned lyrics for both "Anthem" and "Fly by Night" include different or additional lyrics not sung in the original songs. The original lyrics to "Fly by Night" include a prologue which is not found in the final song.

The song "By-Tor & the Snow Dog" at the end of side one of the original LP has a recording of jingle sounds which continues into the locked groove and thus plays indefinitely on manual record players.

Production details[edit]

Fly by Night was recorded at Toronto Sound Studios on Overlea Boulevard in Toronto. Rush also recorded parts of their first album at the same studio. Since the first album sessions the studio had upgraded its equipment from a Cadac console with an Ampex MM-1000 2 inch 16 track and a MM-1000 8 track to a two-inch analog 24-track master tape recorder. Pictures shown on the album artwork indicate that the studio used a 24-track recorder made by Studer and a Neve mixing console, a combination that was widely considered to be state of the art by audio engineers. These were the preferred brands by many top studios worldwide up through the mid-1990s when digital recording equipment became the standard. Fly by Night is the band's first album to be produced by Terry Brown, who had remixed the band's debut album. Brown would maintain this role through 1982's Signals. The high fidelity recording of Fly by Night was very positive in moving the band forward in a direction that piqued the interest of audiophiles who would seek out this type of recording while also getting familiar with the band's material. It set an early standard of excellence in this area not often prioritized by the harder rock bands of the mid-1970s rock era.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics by Neil Peart except where noted. All music by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Anthem"   4:26
2. "Best I Can" (Lee) 3:24
3. "Beneath, Between & Behind" (Music: Lifeson) 3:00
4. "By-Tor & the Snow Dog
  • I: At The Tobes Of Hades
  • II: Across The Styx
  • III: Of The Battle
    • a. Challenge And Defiance
    • b. 7/4 War Furor
    • c Aftermath
    • d. Hymn Of Triumph
  • IV: Epilogue"  
  • 0:36
  • 0:35
  • 6:23

0:36 2:44 1:59 1:04

  • 1:03
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Fly by Night" (Music: Lee) 3:20
6. "Making Memories"   2:56
7. "Rivendell" (Music: Lee) 5:00
8. "In the End" (Lee, Lifeson) 6:51


Chart positions[edit]

Country Chart Position
U.S. Billboard 200 113

Sales certifications[edit]

Country Organization Sales
U.S. RIAA Platinum (1,000,000)
Canada CRIA Platinum (100,000)


"Fly By Night"
  • Released: May 1975
  • Written by: Geddy Lee & Neil Peart
  • Produced by: Rush and Terry Brown
  • Chart positions: #88 US Hot 100

(charted version is from 1976's live album, "All the World's a Stage")

"Making Memories"
  • Released: May 1977
  • Written by: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson & Neil Peart
  • Produced by: Rush and Terry Brown
  • Chart positions:


Country Label Format Catalog
Canada Mercury Vinyl SRM 1-1023
Canada Anthem Vinyl ANR 1-1002
Canada Capitol Vinyl ANR 1-602
Canada Anthem CD ANMD 1076
Canada Mercury 8 Track MC8 1-1023
Canada Anthem 8 Track 8AN 1-1023
Canada Mercury Cassette MC4 1-1023
Canada Anthem Cassette 4AN 1-1002
Canada Anthem Cassette 4AN 1-602
Canada Anthem CD ANC 1-1002
Canada Anthem CD WANK 1002
Canada Anthem CD ANMD 1002
Canada Anthem CD D -108203
U.S. Mercury CD 534624

Remaster details[edit]

A remaster was issued in 1997. It was remastered again in 2011 by Andy VanDette as part of the three-volume "Sector" box sets, which re-released all of Rush's Mercury-era albums. In addition to the standard audio CD, the album was also included on an audio DVD in the Sector 1 set, remixed into 5.1 surround sound.[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Fly by Night (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ solitaryman (2007-07-03). "Rush - Fly By Night Review from Music Emissions". Music Emissions. 
  3. ^ "Rush: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  4. ^ Thelen, Christopher (2001-05-12). "Fly By Night". The Daily Vault. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  5. ^