Rush Share Live Version Of ‘The Spirit Of Radio’ From New ‘Permanent Waves’ Reissue

The song was recorded at the Manchester Apollo in the early summer of 1980 during the Canadian trio’s highly acclaimed UK tour.

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Rush have shared a live version of their classic hit ‘The Spirit Of Radio’ which will feature on the upcoming expanded reissue of their landmark Permanent Waves album. You can check it out below.

Rush - The Spirit Of Radio (Live In Manchester, 1980 / Audio)

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‘The Spirit Of Radio’ was recorded at the Manchester Apollo in the early summer of 1980 during the Canadian trio’s UK tour. The band previously shared ‘Natural Science’ from the same show shared back in March.

Permanent Waves, Rush’s seventh studio album, was originally released in January 1980, and its forward-thinking music signaled a new direction for the Canadian band as it entered a new decade. The six songs encompassing the album encapsulated the breadth of Rush’s formidable progressive chops meshed with its knack for creating radio-friendly arrangements, all elements that were embedded within the grooves of their previous album, 1978’s widely acclaimed Hemispheres. Permanent Waves also signified Rush’s first of many recording sessions at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec, which was at one point nicknamed the trio’s own personal Abbey Road recording studio.

Released on 29 May, the super deluxe box set edition will be spread across 3LP and 2CD and along with the Manchester Apollo set, it’ll also feature previously unreleased live material captured at London’s Hammersmith Odeon and the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis. The Permanent Waves reissue will also feature a 2015 remaster of the album.

Aside from the music, the new Permanent Waves box set will come with a 20-page notepad reproduced from a newly-discovered piece of Le Studio letterhead, two tour programmes: The official 1980 world tour programme and the rare, unofficial ‘Words & Pictures Vol II’ UK-only tour booklet. In addition, the super deluxe edition box set will include a 40-page hardcover book with previously unreleased photos, liner notes, three replica backstage laminates, a 24”x36” poster and three Neil Peart handwritten lyric sheets.

Rush and Permanent Waves featured on the cover of the latest issue of Classic Rock magazine. The lead article spans nine pages and includes an interview with Alex Lifeson along with comments from Geddy Lee, Terry Brown and art director Hugh Syme about the making of the album.

Permanent Waves is out on 29 May and can be pre-ordered here.

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