Randi’s Rock Report: Hear Alex Lifeson Reflect on RUSH: 40 Years of Permanent Waves

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Rush celebrate the 40th anniversary of their seventh studio album, Permanent Waves, by releasing an expanded edition…

Alex Lifeson on Permanent Waves.

“With Permanent Waves we really wanted to be a little bit more economical with our songwriting. We wanted to pack in the same sort of dynamic that we would have in a song that was eight or nine minutes long, but in more of a four or five minute format. So it really got us thinking in a different direction in how we were writing. And really, that album was that first step in that direction.”

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“Recorded at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec, Permanent Waves gave us two radio staples, “The Spirit of Radio” and “Freewill.”

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This 40th anniversary edition, complete with a new cover, is available in four configurations — Super Deluxe Edition, two-CD Deluxe Edition, three-LP Deluxe Edition, and Deluxe Digital Edition.

Super Deluxe Edition includes:

  • Two CDs and three high-quality 180-gram black vinyl LPs
  • The first CD release of the 2015 remastered edition of the album
  • Previously unreleased and restored live tracks mixed from the original analog multi-tracks by the band’s original producer, Terry Brown
  • The live tracks come from three stops on the Permanent Waves World Tour 1980 — Manchester and London in England, and St. Louis
  • A 40-page hardcover book with unreleased photos, re-imagined artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme, and 12,000-word essay
  • A replica of the Permanent Waves 1980 official tour program
  • A replica of the rare 1980 UK-only tour program
  • A 24 x 36-inch two-sided wall poster of the original album cover model photo shoot, and photos of the band in the studio
  • Three replica bandmember 1980 tour backstage laminates
  • Three Neil Peart-handwritten lyric sheets for “The Spirit of Radio,” “Entre Nous” and “Natural Science”
  • A 20-page 5 x 7-inch notepad emblazoned with Le Studio letterhead