Fly by Night (album)

Fly by Night (album)
Fly by Night
Studio album by Rush
Released February 15, 1975
May 6, 1997 (remastered CD)
Recorded December 1974 - January 1975
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock
Length 37:18
Label Anthem (Canada), Mercury
Producer Rush and Terry Brown
Rush chronology
Fly by Night
Caress of Steel
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Music Emissions 4/5 stars [2]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars [3]

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


Music and lyrics

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 the 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 owner 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.[citation needed]

"Anthem" features lyrics inspired by the philosophy of Ayn Rand, whose influence on Peart's writing would reach its apogee on the band's 1976 album 2112. The autobiographical "Fly by Night" 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

Fly by Night was recorded at Toronto Sound Studios in Toronto. Rush also recorded parts of their first album at the same studio. However, since the first album sessions the studio had upgraded its equipment from one-inch eight-track to two-inch analog 16-track master tape recorders, allowing the group to have far more flexibility in overdubbing and mixing. Pictures shown on the Fly by Night album artwork indicate that the studio used a 16-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.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Anthem"   Lee, Lifeson, Peart 4:36
2. "Best I Can"   Lee 3:24
3. "Beneath, Between & Behind"   Lifeson, Peart 2:59
4. "By-Tor & the Snow Dog"   Lee, Lifeson, Peart 8:36
5. "Fly by Night"   Lee, Peart 3:21
6. "Making Memories"   Lee, Lifeson, Peart 2:58
7. "Rivendell"   Lee, Peart 4:57
8. "In the End"   Lee, Lifeson 6:48
Total length:


Chart positions

Country Chart Position
U.S. Billboard 200 113

Sales certifications

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


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

A remaster was issued in 1997.

  • The tray has a picture of the star with man painting (mirroring the album cover of Retrospective I) with "The Rush Remasters" printed in all capital letters just to the left. All remasters from Rush through Permanent Waves are like this.
  • The packaging of the remastered CD reinstates the original back cover and inner sleeve (including Neil Peart's handwritten lyrics and credit sheet) absent from the first CD issue.

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