Rush ‘Permanent Waves’ 40th Anniversary pushed back

Multiple packages available May 29th

Mercury Records/UMe have pushed back the 40th anniversary editions of Rush’s Permanent Waves by two months due to the coronavirus outbreak. The sets, available on 2 CD Deluxe Edition, 3 LP Deluxe Edition, Super Deluxe Edition and digital, will move from March 27th to May 29th. The album is deemed the poignant moment the band reinvented themselves and their sound.

The content remains the same. The Super Deluxe Edition will feature two CDs, three 180-gram audiophile black vinyl LPs and a 40 page hardcover book filled with reimagined artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme, unreleased photos from the band’s archive and an exclusive twelve-thousand-plus-word essay. The “Abbey Road Mastering Studios 2015″ album remaster is made available on CD for the first time. CD two features unreleased bonus live tracks from three stops on the Permanent Waves World Tour 1980 including Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England; Hammersmith Odeon, London, England; and Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri. All tracks are newly mixed by the band’s longtime producer Terry Brown.

The Super Deluxe Edition also includes an official Permanent Waves World Tour 1980 program; The Words & Pictures Volume II – U.K. Tour Program; Three Neil Peart handwritten lyric sheet lithos; three band member backstage laminates; Le Studio 20 page notepad; and double-sided 24″ x 36” poster.

The set will also be available as a 2 CD Deluxe Edition with 20 page booklet and 3 LP Deluxe Edition with 20 page booklet and new designed gatefold jacket for the two discs of unreleased live tracks, all housed in a slipcase.

The album saw the band step away from their ten minute overtures, giving them more radio play. The album features “The Spirit Of Radio,” “Freewill” and the cinematic “Jacob’s Ladder.”

Rush — bassist/keyboardist/vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist/vocalist Alex Lifeson, and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart — maintains a large and uniquely passionate worldwide fanbase that acknowledges and respects the band’s singular, bold, and perpetually exploratory songcraft that combines sterling musicianship, complex compositions, and distinctive lyrical flair. 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.

The world continues to mourn the loss of Neil Peart, who passed away on January 7th at age 67 after losing his incredibly brave three and half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma). The band requests that friends, fans, and media alike respect the family’s ongoing need for privacy and peace, and suggest that those who wish to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart’s name.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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