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4
Feb

Rush – Permanent Waves (1980) – Lp

Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in 1968 in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee; guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Lifeson; and drummer, percussionist, and lyricist Neil Peart.

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Artist:  Rush
Title:  Permanent Waves
Year:  1980
Format:  LP
Label:  Mercury Records
Catalog#  9111065

Permanent Waves is the seventh studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released on January 14, 1980.[1] It was recorded at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec, and mixed at Trident Studios in London, UK

Since Neil Peart joined the band in time for 1975’s Fly by Night, Rush had been experimenting and growing musically with each successive release. By 1980’s Permanent Waves, the modern sounds of new wave (the Police, Peter Gabriel, etc.) began to creep into Rush‘s sound, but the trio still kept their hard rock roots intact. The new approach paid off — two of their most popular songs, the “make a difference” anthem “Freewill,” and a tribute to the Toronto radio station CFNY, “The Spirit of Radio” (the latter a U.K. Top 15 hit), are spectacular highlights. Also included were two “epics,” the stormy “Jacob’s Ladder” and the album-closing “Natural Science,” which contains a middle section that contains elements of reggae. Geddy Lee also began singing in a slightly lower register around this time, which made their music more accessible to fans outside of the heavy prog rock circle. The album proved to be the final breakthrough Rush needed to become an arena headliner throughout the world, beginning a string of albums that would reach inside the Top Five of the U.S. Billboard album charts. Permanent Waves is an undisputed hard rock classic, but Rush would outdo themselves with their next release.

 

Side one
1.  The Spirit of Radio  (4:57)
2.  Freewill  (5:24)
3.  Jacob’s Ladder  (7:26)

Side two
1.  Entre Nous  (4:36)
2.  Different Strings  (3:48)
3.  Natural Science  (9:17)
(a) Tide Pools  (2:21)
(b) Hyperspace  (2:47)
(c) Permanent Waves  (4:08)

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26
Nov

Rush – The Exit…Stage Left (1981) – 2Lp

Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in 1968 in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. Rush is known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy. The band’s musical style has changed several times over the years, from a blues-inspired hard rock beginning, later moving into progressive rock, and including a period marked by heavy use of synthesizers.

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Artist:  Rush
Title:  The Exit…Stage Left
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Mercury Records
Catalog#  6337194

Rush was planning on releasing a live album after the Permanent Waves tour, but manager Cliff Burnstein convinced the group that they were peaking musically, and should go straight back into the recording studio — resulting in their finest album, 1981’s Moving Pictures. So after the tour wound down, their postponed live album was finally assembled and released as Exit…Stage Left the same year. The album turned out to be the polar opposite of its predecessor, 1976’s raw and direct All the World’s a Stage; in fact, the performances often sound identical to the recently released studio versions. The contagious energy that helped make All the World’s a Stage such a success is muted, replaced by workmanlike renditions that border on the uninspired.
The first, third, and fourth sides of the original vinyl issue were recorded in Canada during the Moving Pictures tour, while the second side was recorded in the UK during the Permanent Waves tour.
There’s no denying the high quality of the songs selected — “Spirit of Radio,” “Tom Sawyer,” “Xanadu,” “The Trees,” “Closer to the Heart,” “Jacob’s Ladder” — it’s just that the performances rarely catch fire.

 

Side one
1.  The Spirit of Radio   (5:11)
2.  Red Barchetta   (6:46)
3.  YYZ   (7:43)

Side two
1.  A Passage to Bangkok   (3:45)
2.  Closer to the Heart   (3:08)
3.  Beneath, Between & Behind   (2:34)
4.  Jacob’s Ladder   (8:46)

Side three
1.  Broon’s Bane   (1:37)
2.  The Trees   (4:50)
3.  Xanadu   (12:09)

Side four
1.  Freewill   (5:31)
2.  Tom Sawyer   (4:59)
3.  La Villa Strangiato   (9:37)

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