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Rush – Permanent Waves (1980)

Rush – Permanent Waves (1980)




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  • The Spirit of Radio
  • Freewill
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • Entre Nous
  • Different Strings
  • Natural Science

Permanent Waves is the seventh studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush, released in January 1980 on Anthem Records. After touring to support their previous album Hemispheres (1978) ended, the band took a short break before they regrouped to work on new material. The album marked a departure in their musical style towards tighter song structures and songs more suitable for radio airplay. Permanent Waves was recorded in late 1979 at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec and with co-producer Terry Brown and mixed at Trident Studios in London.

Permanent Waves received a mostly positive reception from critics, and became their most successful album at the time of release, reaching number 3 in Canada and the United Kingdom and number 4 in the United States. The album was certified platinum in the latter by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling one million copies. Rush released “The Spirit of Radio”, “Freewill”, and “Entre Nous” as singles, and supported the album with their 1979–1980 tour.

Rush was a Canadian rock band composed of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitars) and Neil Peart (drums, percussion, lyrics). Forming in 1968, the band went through several configurations until arriving at its longest and most more...

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