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Permanent Waves Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (14 July 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B000001ESN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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One of Rush's finest moments, second only to Moving Pictures. This album includes two classic songs, "The Spirit of Radio" (which has one of the most recognisable guitar riffs in all of rock) and "Freewill". There's also the epic-feeling "Jacob's Ladder", as well as "Entre Nous", a sort of intellectual love song (if such a thing can be said to exist). The introspective "Different Strings" and the anthemic "Natural Science" (which clocks in at over nine minutes) close the album. Though there are only six songs on Permanent Waves, it's enough; the material is rich enough that more of it would be like overdosing on chocolate. -- Genevieve Williams

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This is probably the first mainstream album that Rush produced that appealed to anyone outside the heavy/prog rock fraternity. They had never really had radio play before, but 'Spirit of Radio' changed all that and propelled this album into the Limelight.
It has the feel of a band confident in their ability to entertain whilst no losing their grip on their personal musical direction. There are still songs of epic proportions here, such as 'Natural Science' and 'Jacob's Ladder', but they have come a long way since the early epics.
For me 'Jacob's Ladder' stands out as it has such simple riffs yet a lot of experimentation. There is one point where all 3 of them are playing in different time signatures but they are still producing music that is accessible.
One of their best!
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By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2000
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The first album release of the 1980's ! This was a terrific transition from Rush's earlier 70's progressive rock to the electronic influenced 1980's. A 'mini-moog' keyboard finds it's way into several songs, opening with Rush's classic (and biggest UK hit single) 'Spirit of Radio' - always a live favourite. Every song is a winner, beautifully melodic and culminating with the magnificent 'Natural Science', one of Rush's finest musical moments, a 'Xanadu' for the 1980's. Why the band stopped at 6 songs is a mystery, especially when they were in such fine form, but it still sounds fantastic 20 years on.
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Format: Audio CD
This album, instead of being rated by stars, should be rated by galaxies!

Never before have I witnessed such perfect equality by all members mutually contributing to one rock group until discovering Rush, the Rush trio are at their very best in this 1979 recording, and this album is perhaps their very best, every track is a reward, and must be heard again and again and again, seemingly with no vanishing point in enjoyment.

For me this exceeds all Rush's previous albums combined, and that perceivably is a difficult thing to achieve, unless you are Rush!.

The style of track composition is similar and often reflective of that of their previous 'musical journeys', though with a marked tone down in epic proportion, but taken 'as a whole', it far transcends the standard set by the last albums!

Incredible time shifts and lightening pace in playing feature often. Beautiful acoustics, drums, guitar and bass grace. An improvement by all the musicians is to be noted... it is unbelievable!

Listening through the album (in trance mode), I eventually reach the track entitled 'Natural Science' (Gasp!). I rate this track upon the finest of Rush tracks ever! If you want to hear it? It's on here!, and my goodness, it rocks!
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Not a duff track or moment, it kicks off with an all-time classic song (much underrated and mis-understood) and finishes with what is probably the finest moments in late prog-rock - a 3-parter that never lets up and just keeps getting better with every listen. If you like Moving Pictures then you should like this, and if you like this then buy Moving Pictures if you haven't already done so - they're a perfect pair and mark the end of an era, and began a natural progression (or reversion?) into their 8 or more track albums that I never felt really lived up to this (and MP).
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By J. Mann VINE VOICE on 21 May 2004
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This is a great album. If you are going to buy a Rush CD get this one. It marks the end of the group's "fantasy" phase when they sang about snow dogs, computer priests, space ships and black holes and the start of more thoughtful, direct songs such as Jacob's Ladder. There isn't a weak track on the album; it demonstrates brilliantly the strengths of the group, and the songs are all powerful and exciting. Genius.
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Format: Vinyl
Permanent waves is the album that preceeded Moving Pictures (the biggest selling album of their career so far) and started the transition away from 1970's style progressive rock into generally shorter and more commercial compositions. It was deservedly their most successful pre-Moving Pictures album containing classics such as Spirit of Radio and Freewill.

It was produced, like all the preceding albums, by Terry Brown who did a great job on it - nothing fancy, just a very well recorded album that allows the superb musicianship to shine through.

The best way of hearing this album has always been via vinyl. The original UK vinyl release was excellent but this Mobile Fidelity 180g reissue is even better! If you've only ever heard this album via CD or download and you possess a high quality hi-fi separates system with a good turntable then you owe it to yourself to get this superb vinyl edition. Only then will you realise what you have been missing!

The only thing I can criticise about this edition is the reproduction of the cover artwork - it is too dark and too contrasty - disappointing! The quality of the vinyl, however makes up for this.

Highly recommended.
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I bought this as I loved an album of there's from many years ago called farewell to kings. I thought I'd take a dip into another of their albums all these many years later. What a treat this album is too. Why I waited 30 years to go beyond my first experience of Rush...anyway, there is simply nothing to not like about this album. It's interesting, enlightened, motivational, poetic, headbanging, toe - tapping and will put a smile in your heart. Most check out another one of there's...
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