dream & vapour, on 09 March 2021 - 06:55 PM, said:
No, this is not from the Signals tour book. Rather, it is from the murky depths of the NASA archives--the communications logs of STS-1.
Yours is a great question. Like you, for years I wondered, "What music? Perhaps Bob was playing Red Barchetta as Columbia burned proverbial rubber 'round the globe.(?)". Now the truth is known.
If one were to draw a Venn diagram, with one set representing Rush fans, and the other set representing space program scientists and technicians, a rather significant overlap of these two sets would be indicated.
That's some stellar research, my Long Awaited Froind;-) Not to put too fine a point on it, but it's amusing to me just how wrong I'd had it, what with Bob being the astronaut playing the music, which is the last thing I'd have expected.
Still, somehow, my fantasy at that time is the reality I prefer, which lends retroactive appreciation for the console stereo system my parents had in our living room. It was truly a hifi quality to behold that I somehow remained ignorant of, despite it's having been that which led to those many moments of my youth, as when I spun Signals
for the first time and marvelled from go on the brand new sound of the opening track, until the end of side 2 when I heard "We enjoyed the music, Bob. Thank ya," and thought, wow. They recorded this song and mission control played it for them! How cool is that? Again, in retrospect, I suppose that's the effect the edit is supposed to give you. Mission accomplished.