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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Rock in a Hard Place is the sound of Aerosmith at their most "out of it." Not to say it's a horrible album by any means -- in fact, there are more than a few pleasant surprises -- but without the guitar team of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, it didn't possess the magical chemistry of their '70s classics. Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay filled in for the departed duo, and it turned out to be the group's most studio-enhanced and experimental record up to this point. To keep up with the then-current musical climate, vocoders and synthesizers can be subtly detected, as heard on the space-age "Prelude to Joanie" and in the beginning to the otherwise tough rocker "Lightning Strikes," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Rock in a Hard Place is the sound of Aerosmith at their most "out of it." Not to say it's a horrible album by any means -- in fact, there are more than a few pleasant surprises -- but without the guitar team of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, it didn't possess the magical chemistry of their '70s classics. Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay filled in for the departed duo, and it turned out to be the group's most studio-enhanced and experimental record up to this point. To keep up with the then-current musical climate, vocoders and synthesizers can be subtly detected, as heard on the space-age "Prelude to Joanie" and in the beginning to the otherwise tough rocker "Lightning Strikes," which served as the album's lone single/video. "Jailbait," "Bitch's Brew," "Bolivian Ragamuffin," and the title track showed the band could still rock out despite their three-year layoff between albums, a cover of "Cry Me a River" showed their gentle side, while the psychedelicized "Joanie's Butterfly" was the album's surprise highlight. But it didn't take an expert to know that Aerosmith was not the same after the loss of the aforementioned members. And so did the band, who welcomed Perry and Whitford back into its ranks two years after Rock in a Hard Place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972422824
  • Catalog Number: 724228
  • Sales rank: 31,250

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jailbait (4:38)
  2. 2 Lightning Strikes (4:26)
  3. 3 Bitch's Brew (4:14)
  4. 4 Bolivian Ragamuffin (3:32)
  5. 5 Cry Me a River (4:06)
  6. 6 Prelude to Joanie (1:21)
  7. 7 Joanie's Butterfly (5:35)
  8. 8 Rock in a Hard Place (Cheshire Cat) (4:46)
  9. 9 Jig Is Up (3:10)
  10. 10 Push Comes to Shove (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aerosmith Primary Artist
Tom Hamilton Bass, Guitar
Jimmy Crespo Guitar
Jack Douglas Percussion
Rick Dufay Guitar
Paul Harris Piano
Joey Kramer Drums, Vocals
John Lievano Guitar
Reinhard Straub Violin
John Turi Saxophone
Steven Tyler Bass, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Brad Whitford Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Tom Hamilton Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
Josh Abbey Engineer
John Agnello Engineer
Tony Bongiovi Engineer
Godfrey Diamond Engineer
Jack Douglas Producer, Engineer
Malcolm Pollack Engineer
Garry Rindfuss Engineer
Steven Tyler Producer
Zoe Yanakis Engineer
Jim Sessody Engineer
Richie Supa Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    their best album

    despite no perry and whitford, and being completely strung out on drugs, this is aerosmith's best album - intense, hard, layered guitars. my absolute favorite!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD Rocks!!!

    If you are only thinking about getting this CD, STOP! Go ahead and get it! For this price, you won't regret it. Although, if you are a Joe Perry loyalist, you might not care for this one since he's not on it (as far as I know). But the version of Cry Me A River is EXCELLENT! It is enough to make Diana Krall want to CRAWL! This old classic with the heavy guitars and Tyler's rock voice make this the best version I've ever heard. GET IT!

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