Fly By Night
Label: Island Mercury
People often dismiss Rush as too tech-y, cold and nerdy, and who can blame them? The band wore leotards, for crying out loud. But we all need to remember that when Fly By Night came out in 1975, no one had ever played music this fast, tight, and meticulously constructed. Plus, Alex Lifeson makes his guitar bark during "By-Tor and the Snow Dog."