In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Permanent Waves, Rush uploaded a new conceptual music video for The Spirit of Radio. The animated video captures the magic, spirit and growth of the FM radio format with a nostalgic nod to the pioneering DJ’s broadcasting music into homes around the world.
The Spirit of Radio is the first single off 1980 album Permanent Waves, which reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S. and No. 3 in Canada. It is Rush’s seventh studio album and entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 51 in the U.S., No 22 in Canada, the Top Twenty on the U.K. Singles chart and was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.
UMe / Mercury / Anthem label group recently released a new, expanded edition of all the magic music that comprises the 1980 release, Permanent Waves. Permanent Waves–40th Anniversary is available to fans in four distinct configurations, including the (1) Super Deluxe Edition, (2) two-CD Deluxe Edition, (3) three-LP Deluxe Edition, and (4) Deluxe Digital Edition.
The Super Deluxe box features the 2015 remaster and live cuts from the Manchester Apollo, London’s Hammersmith Odeon and the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis. Aside from the music, the box set comes 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 includes 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.
This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the first entertainment radio broadcast from the XWA studio in Montreal as well as the first licensed broadcasting station in the U.S.