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Has never been far away from my turntable in the last thirty-two years.

By 1980 Wireless had come to terms with the fact that they probably weren't commercial enough for mainstream acceptance and were planning to go their separate ways rather than compromise their music. However, one of their biggest friends and supporters wasn't happy with that and went all out to change their minds, convincing the label and the band members that they should give it one more go. Rush's Geddy Lee (for it was he!) called in a few favours from the recording studio that Rush had just recorded 'Permanent Waves' at (and in-house engineer Paul Northfield) to get the band a better deal than the label were willing to pay for, and for Lee's first and last stab at producing an album on his own, the results were impressive.

'No Static' had a much harder edge than its predecessors, its tight twin guitar arrangements and powerful rhythm section had been turned up to...if not eleven, then at least ten and a bit. The distinct and unusual melodies were still there on short, sharp stabs of clever hard rock like opener 'Pay To Ride', 'Timekeeper' (with Geddy Lee's unmistakable backing vocals) and the breathless 'One Of A Kind'. There are moments of relative normality on the thumping 'Go Naked Through The World' and the highly melodic 'Friends', each one underpinned by Marty Morin's industrious drumming and Allan Marshall's inventive bass lines and effervescent vocals. Above all it was the guitars of Steve McMurray and Mike Crawford that defined the Wireless sound, always interesting and pushing the envelope as they weaved in and out of the songs, rarely playing the same thing twice.

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The absolute highlights are the hard rocking 'Deep Heat', the esoteric 'Warm Night With A 3/4 Moon' (check out that mid-point instrumental run!) and the two slightly longer epics that ended each side of the original LP. The relatively laid-back 'East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon' is high on atmospherics and has a killer chorus, complete with Neil Peart-influenced percussion toys, whilst 'Journey Of A Possible Hero' is a masterclass in multi-part dynamics, with an intro straight out of Rush's 'The Necromancer', a sparse verse and some heavier twin guitar parts that would give Iron Maiden a run for their money. For a first attempt Geddy Lee did a fine job on the production, and despite the fact that it's barely over half an hour long, 'No Static' is an album that has never been far away from my turntable in the last thirty-two years.

With the usual excellent remastering job and informative sleeve notes by Dave Reynolds, these Wireless albums now won't be far away from my CD player either.

Phil Ashcroft

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