Rock in a Hard Place

Rock in a Hard Place

by Aerosmith


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Rock in a Hard Place

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972422824
catalogNumber: 724228
Rank: 25479


  1. Jailbait
  2. Lightning Strikes
  3. Bitch's Brew
  4. Bolivian Ragamuffin
  5. Cry Me a River
  6. Prelude to Joanie
  7. Joanie's Butterfly
  8. Rock in a Hard Place (Cheshire Cat)
  9. Jig Is Up
  10. Push Comes to Shove

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aerosmith   Primary Artist
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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Rock in a Hard Place 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!