Rush ‎– Permanent Waves

Anthem (5) ‎– ANR-1-1021
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Spirit Of Radio 4:54
A2 Freewill 5:23
A3 Jacob's Ladder 7:50
B1 Entre Nous 4:37
B2 Different Strings 3:50
Natural Science (9:27)
B3-I Tide Pools
B3-II Hyperspace
B3-III Permanent Waves

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Newspaper on front album cover originally was a copy of the infamous "Dewey defeats Truman" issue of the Chicago Tribune. After the Chicago Tribune objected to the inclusion, the cover was changed to read "Dewei defeats Truman".
The billboards in the distance were originally Coca-Cola adverts, but were changed to the names of the band members due to the objections of Coca-Cola.
The waving man on the front cover is Hugh Syme, who was the cover designer, and also played piano on 'Different Strings'.

Released with lyrics and band photos on inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A [variant 1]): ANR-1-1021-A(2) TRIDENT U.K.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B [variant 1]): ANR-1-1021-B(2) RAYS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A [variant 2]): ANR-1-1021-A(1) RAYS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B [variant 2]): ANR-1-1021-B RAYS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A [variant 3]): ANR-1-1021-A TRIDENT U.K.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B [variant 3]): ANR-1-1021-B➀ RAYS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A [variant 4]): ANR-1-1021-A➀ RAYS ⌾
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B [variant 4]): ANR-1-1021-B➀ RAYS ⌾
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A [variant 5]): ANR-1-1021-A② TRIDENT U.K.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B [variant 5]): ANR-1-1021-B② RAYS ◎
  • Rights Society: CAPAC

Other Versions (5 of 128) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SRM-1-4001 Rush Permanent Waves(LP, Album, RE) Mercury SRM-1-4001 US 1985 Sell This Version
ANC-1021 Rush Permanent Waves(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Anthem Records (2) ANC-1021 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
7142 720 Rush Permanent Waves(Cass, Album) Mercury 7142 720 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
822 548-2 M-1, 822 548-2 Rush Permanent Waves(CD, Album, Club, RE) Mercury, Mercury 822 548-2 M-1, 822 548-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
314 534 630-2 Rush Permanent Waves(CD, Album, RE, RM) Mercury, Anthem (5) 314 534 630-2 US 1997 Sell This Version


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January 23, 2019
HA .... i just realized i have this particular pressing ! (bought when i was a young teen) cut by ray staff ! it always sounded great, and now i know why !


December 7, 2014
edited over 4 years ago

this issue (in my collection) was signed both sides (labels) the same - #2 ... but i have mark it just after buying sometimes in early eighties...


February 19, 2011
edited over 8 years ago
Initially, I barely listened to this album compared to Signals, Moving Pictures and Grace Under Pressure. Only recently did I realize the power this album has. I'd even go as far as to say this is better than Moving Pictures (if it weren't for *cough*Different Strings*cough*, but the album is good as a whole) One thing that this album has over many of the Rush's other albums is one word. Alex. That's all. This album has probably the best damn solos he has constructed–sure, he has them on every album, but not this frequently. The album does give on a transitional feeling in that synth is much more prevalent on this album.

Spirit of Radio: I think all Rush fans/fanatics know the deal on this one, so I'll spare it from review. But for those who have barely listened to this song, you are seriously missing out (Alex Solo#1)

Freewill: This goes the same with Spirit of the Radio. The best part of this song is the shredding solo Alex performs on this song. Geddy's bass solo is a good transition in the song. Lyrics are simple and easy to follow. (Alex Solo#2)

Jacob's Ladder: Now that those two are out of the way, you get hit with Geddy's staccato bass bumps. This song is much more slower than the other two, including the 2-3 minute long synth interlude. Jacob's Ladder is more of a test than a nice listen; you have to bare yourself to listen to it. The best parts have to be the beginning and end of the song, but it's a good track to listen to over all. (Alex mini-Solo#3)

Entre Nous: We return with the second side of the LP. Now this is a more radio-friendly song like Spirit of. The best part has to be Peart's drumming and cymbal tapping. This song is a good listen, but is practically separated from the rest of the album by its style and delivery.

Different Strings: Different Strings would be good... if they hadn't faded out Lifeson's guitar solo at the end, which actually they do on a lot of songs–*cough*SomethingforNothing*cough*. That's what kills this song. But Alex is impressive on some acoustic guitar notes (hence "Strings") If you notice, this is the only song–with some seconds of Spirit of Radio–that contains some piano playing. This piano is practically the only time we hear anything from Geddy's key playing that isn't synth. Nothing from this degrades the overall virtuosity of the album (Alex Solo#4-cut short)

Natural Science: This is the masterpiece of the album. A three part suite comprising a good paced central theme. If you listen close enough the theme is frequently used even in main riffs, from beginning to end. Tidepools is a good introduction and continues with the acoustic sound from the previous song. Then we are taking into a faster riff with constant notes. After the quick introduction of the main theme, we are propelled into Hyperspace. This section allows us to hear some more Alexshredding, and the main theme of Hyperspace. Shifting further we are brought to final part of the song, Permanent Waves–cue Title Drop. This is a much slower part, but is the more singable part of the song. Another Alexsolo and then the tempo slows down even further. Some fake endings and some more slow jamming, the song then ends with the sounds of the ocean. If you can listen to sounds of ocean for 1.5 minutes, good for you. Me, I just turn off the record at this point. The live version is a good composition as well. (Alexsolo #5&6)

Permanent Waves is a classic Rush album and is up there with their more well known albums. For me, and probably most Rushgoers, I know that this album never gets old listening to once you take a liking to it. 5 stars.