Rush - Permanent Waves


Mobile Fidelity



Product No.:
AMOB 1302
UPC: 821797130219

180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP  

"…the LP is definitely a winner. My original pressing is terribly compressed, and the upper midrange is pushed way forward for airplay. The MoFi version is evened out quite a bit tonally, and, overall, there is a much more pronounced warmth. The surfaces were extremely quiet, without a single tick, click or pop." – Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio, No. 14,

By 1980, Rush was experiencing the mid-point of what would be their golden period of recording (1976-1982). Released in January that year, Permanent Waves was a transitional exercise that moved them further from the "prog-rock" lump-labeling and pointed the way for their next masterpiece the following year, Moving Pictures.

Peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Album Chart, Permanent Waves spawned such perennial concert staples as "Freewill" and "Spirit of Radio." Well-beyond the power-trio of old, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart each contributed equally, with multiple instrumentation and arranging approaches. An undisputed rock classic.


1. The Spirit Of Radio
2. Freewill
3. Jacob's Ladder
4. Entre Nous
5. Different Strings
6. Natural Science

Customer Reviews (4.89 Stars) 9 person(s) rated this product.

great sound

posted on 08/10/2011
5 Stars
Reviewer: Bret Miller
This and the Blu ray release of Moving Pictures are for sure worth getting! This album is recorded quietly and has to be turned up but sounds great!

Amazingly Quiet Vinyl

posted on 03/07/2009
5 Stars
Reviewer: John M.
This is a perfect example of why I Love Mobile Fidelity. The sound is what Im in it for, and they delivered a masterpiece of music as it was meant to be heard. 2112 and Moving Pictures will hopefully come soon, and Mofi... if you read these... Fire the person who approved the artwork for this album and hire someone with a good eye, then have quality control keep an eye on the artwork.

Great album, but...

posted on 12/10/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: Andy
I was excited to hear MFSL was releasing this seminal work from Rush's analog catalog. I own a used copy that I bought in a local used record store, and I can't tell much difference between it and the Mofi version. The Mofi might be more "exacting" in its presentation, but all-in-all I can't really rave about it. A complete remixing/remastering would have been in order, in my opinion.

Rush sounds good!

posted on 09/24/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: tlmusic
This is one those reissues that confirms the purpose behind the audiophile hobby. The tone of this MOFI version is very eye opening.

Until hearing this reissue, I wasn't aware that the pop-rock symphonic jams of my youth were this well performed and recorded.

The sound is detailed and dynamic. MOFI gives Geddy Lee's voice a human quality that is both convincing and interesting.

The drums are incredible in every way!

And I don't miss the heavy compression that is a feature of most Rush albums.

P. S. The cover art reproduction is not so great, but that doesn't keep me from giving this one five stars, due to the fantastic sound quality.

Records are cool.

posted on 09/09/2008
4 Stars
They did a nice job on this one. Detail is a little better than the original & bass is a lot better without being boomy.The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars is the awful cover art reproduction.Mine looks almost completely black.

The "fullest" sounding pressing I own

posted on 08/28/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: Shazam
I had an original pressing of the album as well as the "Remastered" CD and the MOFI Gold CD of Permanent Waves and the MOFI vinyl is the best staging of the bunch. Vocals are clean and centered and the music generally exists in harmony without anything overstepping it's bounds. If I had one complaint (and it's minor at that) is that the bottom end is a little more forward than I'd like when compared with all other pressings I have. Given a few more listens and I'll likely end up not noticing it in the future I'm guessing - I just wasn't expecting it to be so muscular.

Most excellent!

posted on 05/19/2008
5 Stars
Great classic Rush record on fresh vinyl, sounding better than ever, many decades later. One of my favorite Rush albums.

The Beatuiful Sound of Natural Science

posted on 05/06/2008
5 Stars
I bought this to hear the MoFi pressing of Natural Science. Excellent.

Never thought soundlike!

posted on 04/20/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: olli kokko
As a Finn cannot find the words...Just pure sound with no errors..and i can play it very loud without hmm... 10101010100101011010.....THANKS! (Of course the cartridge should be correct!Mine´s ortofon mc 30mk2)

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