RUSH – Permanent Waves [40th Anniversary / 2xCD Remastered] (2020)
Celebrating 40 years of RUSH’s phenomenal album “Permanent Waves“, this ‘40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition‘ to be released tomorrow feature two CDs, the main album remastered and a bonus disc loaded with unreleased bonus live tracks from three stops on the Permanent Waves World Tour 1980: Manchester Apollo, Hammersmith Odeon (England), and Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, all newly mixed by the band’s longtime producer Terry Brown.
uMe / Mercury / Anthem label group continues its extensive Rush 40th anniversary album series with a new, imagination-capturing expanded edition of all the magic music that comprises the band’s remarkable 1980 release, ‘Permanent Waves’.
Considered by many their finest moment, ‘Permanent Waves’ reflects the poignant moment the band reinvented themselves and their sound.
Rush’s seventh studio album was originally released in January 1980, and its forward-thinking music signaled a new direction for the Canadian band as it entered a new decade.
The six songs encompassing the album encapsulated the breadth of Rush’s formidable progressive chops meshed with its knack for creating radio-friendly arrangements, all elements that were embedded within the grooves of their previous album, 1978’s widely acclaimed Hemispheres.
‘Permanent Waves’ also signified Rush’s first of many recording sessions at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec, which was at one point nicknamed the trio’s own personal Abbey Road recording studio.
The album’s explosive lead-off track, “The Spirit Of Radio,” roared out of the gate with a fine appreciation for the joy of experiencing great music on the airwaves, itself becoming a favorite FM staple for the ensuing decades in the process.
Next came the time-signature-challenging “Freewill,” a manifesto for embracing the independence of making one’s own life choices, while “Jacob’s Ladder” chronicled an aurally cinematic interpretation of the lyrics’ palpably invoked religious imagery.
“Entre Nous,” is a deeply introspective examination of how to bridge interpersonal differences, followed by the moving balladry of “Different Strings,” and ultimately concluded with the formidable sonic cosmic vortex of the longtime concert favorite, “Natural Science.”
The sound quality of this “Permanent Waves” Deluxe Edition is excellent
Permanent Waves remastered
01 – The Spirit Of Radio
02 – Freewill
03 – Jacob’s Ladder
04 – Entre Nous
05 – Different Strings
06 – Natural Science
01 – Beneath, Between & Behind (Live in Manchester)
02 – By-Tor & The Snow Dog (Live in London)
03 – Xanadu (Live in London)
04 – The Spirit Of Radio (Live in Manchester)
05 – Natural Science (Live in Manchester)
06 – A Passage to Bangkok (Live in Manchester)
07 – The Trees (Live in Manchester)
08 – Cygnus X-1 (Live in London)
09 – Cygnus X-1: Book II Hemispheres (Live in London)
10 – Closer To The Heart (Live in Manchester)
11 – Jacob’s Ladder (Live in Missouri)
12 – Freewill (Live in London)