What does it sound like?:
This reissue of the band’s 1980 album has a dozen live tracks, all bar one, recorded at U.K. gigs on their 1980 Permanent Waves tour. The live tracks have all been remixed by the band’s longtime Producer, Terry Brown.The reissue also marks the first time that the 2015 Abbey Road remastering has been available on CD.
The newly expanded version is available as an impressive Super Deluxe edition, equipped with two CDs and three 180-gram vinyl records. It also includes a 40-page hardcover book filled with a new 1,200 word essay, previously unseen photos from the band’s archive, and reimagined artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme. (I got a stream to review so cannot tell you how luxury this is, unfortunately.)
The album itself will be well known to fans as it marked a shift in the band’s sound and opens with, of all things, a hit single!
Spirit of Radio still sounds fresh and leads into one of my favourite tracks from the album, Freewill.
The live version of Freewill (from The Hammersmith Apollo,) rocks along like a runaway train, and the sound is excellent.
You get live versions of all of the album tracks, except for Entre Nous. Amongst the other live goodies are great versions of Closer to the Heart, By-Tor & The Snowdog, Xanadu and The Trees.
What does it all *mean*?
This is a tremendous reissue, long awaited by many hardcore fans, and will probably sell well, following the sad death of Neil Peart.
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29th May 2020
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