What to Make of ‘Rush: Live at Electric Lady Studios 1974?’
Another bootleg recording turned into a CD, this one from a show Rush played in 1974 at Electric Lady studios in New York City. The recording has been floating around for years in an unofficial CD, called Rush Hour, but about two years ago it was repackaged into an unofficial import CD, called Rush: Live at Electric Lady Studios and made available on Amazon.
The studio was built by Jimi Hendrix. He bought what was then the Generation Club in 1968 and two years later added a recording studio. He recorded “Snow Blues” there in 1970, but he didn’t get to use his space after that; he died in London a few weeks after making his recording. Hundreds of artists and bands have since played or recorded there, including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, and Patti Smith. In more recent years Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, U2, Daft Punk, and Beck have played there.
Rush’s show was on December 5. The band played its standard set from its first tour: “Finding My Way,” “Best I Can,” “In the Mood,” “Anthem,” “Need Some Love,” “Fly by Night,” “Here Again,” the Larry Williams cover “Bad Boy,” and “Working Man.”
“Here Again” is played at an extremely slow tempo and the applause afterward is tepid. Geddy then says they’re going to speed things up a bit and they go into “Bad Boy.” The set ends with “Working Man” and a Neil solo.
The view of unofficial CDs like this one is always mixed, but the recordings are worth listening to. The sonic quality is raw and the playing is raw. Whether you want to part with $39.99 to buy the CD on Amazon is another matter, since the tracks are available for download on so many sites.
Here’s the recording of “Here Again.”
From the publisher of Rush Vault:
Rush: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Excellence
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