Permanent Vacation

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The much-ballyhooed reunion of the original Aerosmith lineup had pretty much fallen flat on its face after 1985's hit-and-miss Done With Mirrors. Realizing that the band simply couldn't do it alone, A&R guru John Kalodner capitalized on the runaway success of Run-D.M.C.'s cover of "Walk This Way" and decided to draft in the day's top hired hands, including knob-twiddler extraordinaire Bruce Fairbairn and career-revitalizing song doctors Desmond Child and Jim Vallance. Together, they would help craft Permanent Vacation, the album which would reinvent Aerosmith as '80s and '90s superstars. Yet, despite the mostly stellar songwriting, which makes it a strong effort overall, some of the album's nooks and crannies ...
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All Music Guide
The much-ballyhooed reunion of the original Aerosmith lineup had pretty much fallen flat on its face after 1985's hit-and-miss Done With Mirrors. Realizing that the band simply couldn't do it alone, A&R guru John Kalodner capitalized on the runaway success of Run-D.M.C.'s cover of "Walk This Way" and decided to draft in the day's top hired hands, including knob-twiddler extraordinaire Bruce Fairbairn and career-revitalizing song doctors Desmond Child and Jim Vallance. Together, they would help craft Permanent Vacation, the album which would reinvent Aerosmith as '80s and '90s superstars. Yet, despite the mostly stellar songwriting, which makes it a strong effort overall, some of the album's nooks and crannies haven't aged all that well because of Fairbairn's overwrought production, featuring an exaggerated sleekness typical of most mid-'80s pop-metal albums. Furthermore, Desmond Child's pedantic writing often compromises the timeliness of even the best material. On the other hand, pre-fab radio gems like "Rag Doll" and "Dude Looks Like a Lady" remain largely unassailable from a "delivering the goods" perspective. But remember kids, this is Aerosmith, so that can only mean one thing: a guaranteed number of incredible tracks for any time and place. These include the earthy voodoo blues of "St. John" and the excellent hobo-harmonica fable of "Hangman Jury." And, although some of the remaining cuts lean to the filler side, both the awkwardly Caribbean title track and the cover of the Beatles' "I'm Down" are well executed. Finally, the crowd-pleasing schmaltz of "Angel" showcases the band at the peak of its power ballad cheese. A valiant effort, this album proved to be the crucial catalyst in reintroducing Aerosmith to the masses, but if you're looking for an even better example of the band's renewed strength, check out Pump first. ~ John Franck & Ed Rivadavia, Rovi
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2001
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 606949309626
  • Catalog Number: 493096
  • Sales rank: 11,283

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heart's Done Time (4:42)
  2. 2 Magic Touch (4:37)
  3. 3 Rag Doll (4:25)
  4. 4 Simoriah (3:22)
  5. 5 Dude (Looks Like a Lady) (4:25)
  6. 6 St. John (4:10)
  7. 7 Hangman Jury (5:33)
  8. 8 Girl Keeps Coming Apart (4:13)
  9. 9 Angel (5:08)
  10. 10 Permanent Vacation (4:49)
  11. 11 I'm Down (2:20)
  12. 12 The Movie (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aerosmith Primary Artist
Tom Hamilton Electric Bass
Joe Perry Guitar, Background Vocals
Bob Rogers Trombone
Bruce Fairbairn Trumpet, Cello, Background Vocals
Scott Fairbairn Cello
Mike Fraser Plunger Mute
Tom Keenlyside Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Joey Kramer Drums
Margarita Horns Horn
Ian Putz Baritone Saxophone
Steven Tyler Harmonica, Piano, Vocals, Plunger Mute
Jim Vallance Organ
Brad Whitford Guitar
Drew Arnott Mellotron
Henry Christian Trumpet
Tom Kennlyside Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Morgan Rael Steel Drums
Technical Credits
Aerosmith Art Direction
Desmond Child Composer
Bruce Fairbairn Producer
Mike Fraser Engineer
Tom Keenlyside Arranger
George Marino Mastering
Bob Rock Engineer
Steven Tyler Composer, Collaboration
Jim Vallance Arranger
Tom Kennlyside Arranger
Andy Engel Illustrations
Kim Champagne Art Direction
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