Permanent Waves

Permanent Waves

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by Rush
     
 

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By the time Rush released PERMANENT WAVES in 1980, they had the benefit of years of recording and touring experience, honing and refining their particular brand of progressive rock. The Canadian trio finally managed to reduce the excess of their dense music into an album that was accessible as well as musically challenging. The FM radio hits "Spirit of Radio" and

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By the time Rush released PERMANENT WAVES in 1980, they had the benefit of years of recording and touring experience, honing and refining their particular brand of progressive rock. The Canadian trio finally managed to reduce the excess of their dense music into an album that was accessible as well as musically challenging. The FM radio hits "Spirit of Radio" and "Freewill" still feature the panache that you would expect from Rush -- the adroit opening guitar figure in the former, the rhythmic complexity of the latter -- but with a stronger groove and lighter feel. Likewise, Neil Peart's lyrics, while still philosophically-minded, are a touch more human. Of course, the band would be remiss if they eschewed their high-minded progressive leanings all together and they do deliver one of their trademark epic length tunes in the form of "Natural Science", complete with quirky sectional shifts, pyrotechnic playing, and esoteric lyrics.

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Since Neil Peart joined the band in time for 1975's Fly by Night, Rush had been experimenting and growing musically with each successive release. By 1980's Permanent Waves, the modern sounds of new wave (the Police, Peter Gabriel, etc.) began to creep into Rush's sound, but the trio still kept their hard rock roots intact. The new approach paid off -- two of their most popular songs, the "make a difference" anthem "Freewill," and a tribute to the Toronto radio station CFNY, "The Spirit of Radio" (the latter a U.K. Top 15 hit), are spectacular highlights. Also included were two "epics," the stormy "Jacob's Ladder" and the album-closing "Natural Science," which contains a middle section that contains elements of reggae. Geddy Lee also began singing in a slightly lower register around this time, which made their music more accessible to fans outside of the heavy prog rock circle. The album proved to be the final breakthrough Rush needed to become an arena headliner throughout the world, beginning a string of albums that would reach inside the Top Five of the U.S. Billboard album charts. Permanent Waves is an undisputed hard rock classic, but Rush would outdo themselves with their next release.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/1997
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0731453463028
catalogNumber:
534630
Rank:
3252

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rush   Primary Artist
Erwig Chuapchuadua   Steel Guitar,Steel Drums
Geddy Lee   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,oberheim,Mini Moog
Alex Lifeson   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Pedals,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Neil Peart   Drums,Timbales,Triangle,Timpani,Tubular Bells,Orchestra Bells,Crotale,Bell-tree,Wind Chimes
Hugh Syme   Piano,Keyboards,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Rush   Arranger,Producer
Terry Brown   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Geddy Lee   Composer
Alex Lifeson   Composer
Paul Northfield   Engineer
Neil Peart   Composer,Art Direction,Concept
Hugh Syme   Graphic Design,Art Direction,Concept
Ray Danniels   Management
Peter George   Collaboration

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Permanent Waves 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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IF YOU ARE READING THIS TO BUY THE ALBUM, IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST THAT RUSH PUT OUT. IT WAS MY FIRST ALBUM, AND ONE OF MY FAVORITES. IT HAS ALL OF MY FAVORITE SONGS. (EXCEPT TOM SAWYER) WITH FREEWILL AND THE SPIRIT OF RADIO IT MAKES MY TOP 5 AS NUMBER 2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album marks the band's transition from an under-appreciated art rock band into a pop phenomenon - in a way. No more sidelong progressive numbers - this one opens with the awesome double-whammy of 'The Spirit of Radio' (a big hit) and 'Freewill' (another radio favorite). Throughout this mini-masterpiece (it's only 35 minutes long, regrettably), Lifeson's guitar is strong and up-front, but the keyboards are creeping in, lending the record a somewhat new-wave feel. Listeners of classic rock radio may recognize the two tunes mentioned above, but they would do themselves a favor to listen to the album's more esoteric material, namely the dark and mystical 'Jacob's Ladder' and the epic closer, 'Natural Science', a performance that ranks in the progressive-pop hall of fame. The only negative thing I can say here is that the CD (as I mentioned above) is too short. But what's there is simply great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best Rush album out (Others will disagree and say Moving Pictures). But this album, yes this is ''corny'', still made me dream. I think that this ''period'' of Rush, starting with Farewell to Kings and ending with Moving Pictures, is one of the greatest period of artistic output by any bands.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For me, this is the definitive Rush album. Geddy Lee had found his best vocal range, and the band as a whole was able to keep up with new movements in Rock. The album is just so ''positive''. Many Rush fans prefer the follow-up, Moving Pictures, but cuts like ''Spirit of Radio'', ''Entre Nous'', and ''Free Will'', made this album, for me, their most memorable one. Even as the lyrics became more accessible, they remained lyrics for the thinking man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a masterpiece in every since of the word. Even the songs that sound more mainstream, i.e. Freewill and the Spirit of Radio, are still amazingly composed rhythmically complex songs. Freewill alone is in at least 5 different time signatures (4/4, 5/4, 7/8, 3/4, 6/4 if memory serves me). In my opinion this album is even better than Moving Pictures, which is generally regarded as their finest. You owe it to yourself, especially if you are a musician, to buy this album immediately.
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