Thursday, April 30, 2020

Rush - Permanent Waves (1980)

Rush - Permanent Waves (1980)


Tracklist front / back album covers

Lyrics written by Neil Peart except "Different Strings" by Geddy Lee. Music by Lee and Alex Lifeson. Different Strings co-written with Syme

Side one

1. "The Spirit of Radio" 4:59
2. "Freewill" 5:24
3. "Jacob's Ladder" 7:28

Side two

4. "Entre Nous" 4:37
5. "Different Strings" 3:50
6. "Natural Science"
I: "Tide Pools"
II: "Hyperspace"
III: "Permanent Waves"  9:20

Geddy Lee – lead vocals, bass guitar, Oberheim polyphonic synthesizer, Minimoog synthesizer, Taurus pedal synthesizer, Oberheim OB-1 synthesizer
Alex Lifeson – electric and acoustic six- and twelve-string guitars, Taurus pedals
Neil Peart – drums, timpani, timbales, orchestra bells, tubular bells, wind chimes, bell tree, triangle, crotales, cover concept
Hugh Syme – piano


Permanent Waves is the seventh studio album by the Canadian rock band Rush, released in January 14, 1980 on Anthem Records. After touring to support their previous album, Hemispheres (1978), the band regrouped in July 1979 to work on material for a follow-up. This period marked a shift in the group's sound characterized by more concise arrangements and radio friendly songs, such as "The Spirit of Radio" and "Freewill", though their progressive rock blueprint is still evident with the nearly ten-minute closer "Natural Science". The two former tracks were performed live before Rush entered the studio. Permanent Waves was recorded later in 1979 at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec with production handled by the group and Terry Brown.

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