July 12th, 2010
He wanted to hear The Fifth Order of Angels which is a boot of Rush’s show at the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland on 26 August 1974. The show was broadcast on the radio but this recording is pre-FM and so is of pukka fidelity and has no DJ comments.
Neil Peart had only joined the band about a month earlier and played his first gig less than two weeks prior to this concert on the 14th. It’s a great document of the early phase of the band’s career and is notable for featuring unreleased songs as well as versions of a couple tunes that had not yet seen the light of day on vinyl. “Best I Can” and “In the End” were most likely not recorded at this point and wouldn’t emerge for another six months when Fly By Night was released. “Fancy Dancer”, a take on Larry Williams’ “Bad Boy”, and “Garden Road” were never recorded to the best of my knowledge. I believe that the snippet of “Garden Road” that you hear in the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage comes from this recording.
N.B. – I originally posted an incomplete version of this show which was missing the last two tracks. This has been corrected.
Finding My Way
Best I Can
Need Some Love
In The End
In The Mood
What You’re Doing
This is Rush about a month and a half later on 9 October appearing on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. They’re doing “Best I Can”.