RUSH 5/29/20

Out today (May 29th) is the 40th anniversary deluxe version of Rush‘s 1980 Permanent Waves collection. The new set is available as a “super deluxe” edition, as well as a two-CD, triple-LP, and via digital formats. The ‘Super Deluxe Edition’ features two CD’s, three 180-gram audiophile black vinyl LP’s and a 40-page hardcover book filled with re-imagined artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme, unreleased photos from the band’s archive, and an exclusive 12,000-plus-word essay.

Also included is a blank sheet of Le Studio letterhead, a 20-page 5-inch by 7-inch Le Studio notepad, two replica tour programs, along with three Neil Peart handwritten lyric sheet lithos, and three band member backstage laminates, among other collectibles.

Despite the support of key cities like Cleveland, radio play was rare for Rush during the first six or seven years of the group’s career. Alex Lifeson told us that this led Rush to focus on a long-term career rather than hits: [“In the early years, radio had very, very little interest in us. It really wasn’t until ‘The Spirit Of Radio,’ ‘Tom Sawyer’ that we started to get any kind of half-decent airplay. And it was never an issue with us — we were more concerned about the album itself and doing it the way we believed it should be done, and not making any compromises to get a hit single.”] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . a hit single)

The tracklisting to the 40th anniversary edition of Rush’s Permanent Waves:

Disc One: Permanent Waves

“The Spirit Of Radio”
“Freewill”
“Jacob’s Ladder”
“Entre Nous”
“Different Strings”
“Natural Science”

Disc Two: Live

“Beneath, Between & Behind” (Manchester)
“By-Tor & The Snow Dog” (London)
“Xanadu” (London)
“The Spirit Of Radio” (Manchester)
“Natural Science” (Manchester)
“The Trees” (Manchester)
“Cygnus X-1” (London)
“Cygnus X-1 Book II” (London)
“Closer To The Heart” (Manchester)
“Jacob’s Ladder” (Missouri)
“Freewill” (London)

SOURCE: Press release

TL: DR

  • Released today (May 29th) is the 40th anniversary deluxe version of Rush‘s 1980 Permanent Waves collection.
  • The new set is available as a “super deluxe” edition, as well as two-CD, triple-LP, and on digital formats.

SIDE NOTES

  • Today’s release marks Rush‘s first release since the death of drummer and lyricist Neal Peart on January 7th at age 67.
  • The new Permanent Waves set follows the 2018 release of Rush’s 40th anniversary Hemispheres collection.
  • Back in 2016, the band began the expanded 40th anniversary series with 1976’s 2112.

DID YOU KNOW???

  • Rush has sold more than 25 million albums in the U.S. alone, with worldwide sales estimated at 45 million (and counting), and has been awarded 24 Gold, 14 Platinum, and three Multi-Platinum album distinctions.
  • Rush has received seven Grammy nominations, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

FAST FACTS

  • Permanent Waves marked the first album Rush recorded at Quebec’s Le Studio and featured the instant-FM staples, “The Spirit Of The Radio” and “Freewill.”
  • Rush’s Permanent Waves released on January 14th, 1980 and peaked at Number Four on the Billboard 200.
  • The album marked the first of a string of six consecutive Top 10 albums.