Not the first Rush I heard, this has always felt like an oddity to me. I often wonder what would have happened if I’d picked this up instead of Deep Purple’s ‘Burn’ when I was trying to impress my friends at school – would I have been disappointed by everything that came after, and pined for the rough, raw sound of this? Would it have led me to Led Zeppelin and all that clearly influenced this? I’ll never know. What I do know is that I am a completist. I had several Rush albums, and I had to have this. Then I found it in a record shop in Edinburgh in the ‘Archives‘ triple-set, so I bought it, and instantly completed my Rush collection. This must have been early Eighties – I owned pretty much everything Rush had released in the UK, including copies of ‘Battlescar’ and ‘Take Off’.
I can’t honestly say that I listened to it much – I was much more of a ‘Moving Pictures’ kind of guy, but it was there. I would have last listened to it all the way through about 20 years ago – probably more. I remember three tracks here, but I have absolutely no idea what any of the others sound like. I’m ready; let’s go.