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This album is Mastered for iTunes. At the onset of the 1980s, Rush were poised as one of hard rock’s most successful groups. Their album epics established them as cult favorites with a rapidly expanding cult. Their overtly serious lyrics, written by the group’s drummer Neil Peart, led to obsessive discussion among fans and were a point of derision for critics. But what could not be argued was their larger than life sound — other power trios might be as loud, but none were as complex. Alex Lifeson’s guitar was simply massive, essaying classic guitar riffs soon emulated by aspiring actual and air guitarists everywhere, while Peart’s unrestrained drum fills challenged all rock drummers with their liberal use of unusual time signatures. Permanent Waves features several of the group’s essential tunes. “The Spirit of Radio” has become a classic rock staple with its climactic chorus delivering the necessary catharsis. “Freewill” stands as the band’s self-empowerment anthem (Peart is a diehard Ayn Rand disciple) and the expanded tracks — “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Natural Science” — trip out into extended instrumental passages that are among the most nuanced in rock. Rush managed to be progressive without losing their core appeal.

Customer Reviews

A must have if youre new to rush.

If you are just starting to listen to rush, this is a great place to start

My favorite rush album and favorite album of all time :)

im 18 and im a big fan of rush (thanks to my dad) and this is my favorite rush album it just has the perfect balance of radio friendly and epic prog rock after 3 concept albums they went for a more radio friendly sound and perfected it their own way (the spirit of radio is a good example of this) but they stick to their epic prog roots with songs like jacobs ladder and natural science (which could have fitted easily in hemispheres or a farewell to kings) if youre new to rush this and 2112 are the places to stars
-best songs:
the spirit of radio
natural science
jacobs ladder

The most "complete" album

This album marks the transition into the more simplified sound of the 80s, but it isn't bad, in fact, it is among the best albums. You've got the radio-friendly hits like Spirit of Radio and Freewill, and then you also get the more prog-like efforts like Jacob's Ladder and, (my personal favorite) NATURAL SCIENCE!!!! Different Strings and Entre Nous aren't bad by any means, but they pale in comparison to the other tracks. Anyway, the whole album is awesome, very representative of Rush's sound and style, get it.


Formed: 1968 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Over the course of their decades-spanning career, Canadian power trio Rush emerged as one of hard rock's most highly regarded bands; although typically brushed aside by critics and rarely the recipients of mainstream pop radio airplay, Rush nonetheless won an impressive and devoted fan following, while their virtuoso performance skills solidified their standing as musicians' musicians. Rush formed in Toronto, Ontario, in the autumn of 1968, initially comprising guitarist Alex Lifeson (born Alexander...
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