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Rush Permanent Waves 40th anniversary box set released tomorrow

Thu, May 28, 2020@9:37AM | comments

UPDATE - 6/1@11:30AM: Eric at Power Windows has transcribed Ray Wawryzniak's 12,000 word liner notes essay and made it available here.

Rush will officially release a new box set tomorrow which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1980 release of Permanent Waves. The set is available as a 2 CD or 3 LP set, or as a Super Deluxe Edition containing both the CDs and LPs along with some bonus goodies. Here are the details regarding the Super Deluxe version from

The Super Deluxe Edition includes two CDs and three high-quality 180-gram black vinyl LPs. The set encompasses the Abbey Road Mastering Studios 2015 remastered edition of the album for the first time on CD, along with previously unreleased and newly restored bonus content newly mixed from the original analog live multi-tracks by the band's original producer, Terry Brown. The unreleased bonus live tracks come from three stops on the Permanent Waves World Tour 1980: (1) Manchester Apollo in Manchester, England; (2) Hammersmith Odeon in London, England; and (3) Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Super Deluxe Edition of Permanent Waves-40th Anniversary will also include several exclusive items, including a 40-page hardcover book with unreleased photos, reimagined artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme, and an extensive & exclusive 12,000-word essay; a replica of the Permanent Waves 1980 official tour program; The Words & Pictures Volume II, a replica of the band's rare 1980 UK-only tour program; a 24×36-inch two-sided wall poster of the original album cover model photo shoot and photos of the band recording at Le Studio; three replica bandmember 1980 tour backstage laminates; three Neil Peart-handwritten lyric sheets for "The Spirit Of Radio," "Entre Nous," and "Natural Science"; and a 20-page 5×7-inch notepad emblazoned with Le Studio letterhead. ...

The band has released a few preview tracks from the set, including streaming versions of their 1980 live performances of The Spirit of Radio, Freewill and Natural Science, along with an unboxing video which you can check out below. Classic Rock magazine celebrated the box set release last month with a special cover feature on the making of the album written by Philip Wilding. The feature is now available online and you can read the whole thing via The Permanent Waves 40th anniversary box set releases tomorrow and you can order yours via Amazon here: Super Deluxe Edition, 2CD and 3LP.

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