Permanent Waves

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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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/1997
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731453463028
  • Catalog Number: 534630
  • Sales rank: 5,021

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Spirit of Radio (4:59)
  2. 2 Freewill (5:24)
  3. 3 Jacob's Ladder (7:28)
  4. 4 Entre Nous (4:37)
  5. 5 Different Strings (3:50)
  6. 6 Natural Science (9:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rush Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Genius

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    With this album, Rush comes of age.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best Rush has ever created.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Rush's best

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    PERMANENT WAVES ROCKS!

    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.

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