Permanent Waves

Artist: Rush
Label: Mercury
Catalog#: SRM-1-4001
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1980-01-07
A1 The Spirit Of Radio 4:54
A2 Freewill 5:23
A3 Jacob's Ladder 7:50
B1 Entre Nous 4:37
B2 Different Strings 3:50

Piano - Hugh Syme

B3-I Tide Pools  
B3-II Hyperspace  
B3-III Permanent Waves  

Arranged By - Rush
Arranged By - Terry Brown
Art Direction, Design [Graphics] - Hugh Syme
Artwork By [Cover Concept] - Hugh Syme
Artwork By [Cover Concept] - Neil Peart
Bass Guitar, Synthesizer [Oberheim Polyphonic, Ob-1, Mini-moog, Taurus Pedals], Vocals - Geddy Lee
Drums, Timpani, Timbales, Bells [Orchestra, Tubular, Bell Tree], Wind Chimes, Triangle, Crotales - Neil Peart
Electric Guitar [Six And Twelve String], Acoustic Guitar [Six And Twelve String], Synthesizer [Taurus Pedals] - Alex Lifeson
Engineer [Mix Assistant] - Adam Moseley
Engineer [Mix Assistant] - Craig Milliner
Engineer [Mix Assistant] - Geddy Lee
Engineer [Mix, Cameo Appearances By] - Steve Short
Engineer [Mix] - Terry Brown
Engineer [Recording, General Assistant] - Robbie Whelan
Engineer [Recording] - Paul Northfield
Executive Producer - Moon Records
Lyrics By - Geddy Lee
Lyrics By - Neil Peart
Mastered By - Ray Staff
Music By - Alex Lifeson
Music By - Geddy Lee
Other [Inspiration And Vocal Coaching By] - Daisy The Dog
Photography - Deborah Samuel
Photography - Fin Costello
Photography - Flip Schulke
Producer - Rush
Producer - Terry Brown


Cover has a blanked out newspaper headline instead of the original "Dewey Defeats Truman" and billboards contain the band members names.
Recorded at Le Studio, Morin-Heights, Quebec, during September and October 1979.
Mixed at Trident Studios, Soho, London, in November 1979.
Mastered At Trident.
℗ © 1980 Phonogram, Inc. A Polygram Company.
Distributed by Polygram Distribution, Inc.
Printed In U.S.A.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
For Permanent Waves, Rush was back in Canada with producer Terry Brown. They assembled at Le Studio in Quebec where the band would continue to record for the next 15 years. The album was written and recorded over the summer of 1979, and the band was back on the road before the album was even released. The record contains six tracks, marking a return to shorter, less epic pieces. "The Spirit of the Radio" opens with a killer guitar riff; and somewhat controversially, drops into a reggae beat for a few bars before Alex Lifeson's guitar solo kicks in. Released as a single, it reached No. 13 in the UK—Rush's highest placement to date. Featuring another of Lifeson's blistering solos, "Freewill" earned substantial radio airplay. Neil Peart's lyrics are perhaps the key to the band's new success: Gone are didacts, constellations, etc. and present instead are Peart's deep expositions on life. It's a significant change, as important to Rush's radio-friendliness as the shortened length of their songs: Fans could relate to Peart's words. As "Jacob's Ladder" ticks away, there's a little nod to the Rush of the previous two albums; it's a multi-part suite, with Geddy Lee's keyboards prominently featured. The second side opens with the rocking "Entre Nous." Lifeson's rhythm guitar during the verses portents a slight change in his style that would be explored on later albums in the 1980s. "Different Strings" is an acoustic number, with a piano part from artist Hugh Syme, who also was responsible for much of Rush's album art. It's an evocative number, and one that ends too quickly. The three-part "Natural Science" closes the album; it's another nod to the epic that traffics in your typical Rush-isms, including some fantastic drum rolls from Peart. Again, Rush defy all odds by combining expert musicianship, with complex and progressive writing and egg-headed lyrics into music that is somehow accessible and commercial. Their everyman approach to work through constant touring also earned them an absolutely loyal fan base who, in turn, rewarded the band with well-deserved success. Released on January 1st, 1980, the album reached No. 3 in the UK and No. 4 in the US.
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