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Rock In A Hard Place

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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.
© Greg Prato /TiVo

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1
Jailbait (Album Version)
00:04:38

Malcolm Pollack, 2nd Engineer - John Agnello, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Vocal - Steven Tyler, Producer - Steven Tyler, Percussion - Steven Tyler, Harmonica - Jack Douglas, Percussion - Josh Abbey, 2nd Engineer - Jimmy Crespo, Guitar - Godfrey Diamond, Engineer - J. Crespo, Composer - J. Crespo, Lyricist - Bruce Hensal, 2nd Engineer - Tom Hamilton, Bass - Rick Dufay, Guitar - Aerosmith, Performer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - S. Tyler, Composer - S. Tyler, Lyricist - Tony Bongiovi, Producer - Tony Bongiovi, Engineer - Jack Douglass, Producer - Jack Douglass, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Zoe Yanakis, 2nd Engineer - Jim Sessody, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Keyboards - Joey Kramer, Drums - Gary Rindfuss, 2nd Engineer -

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Lightning Strikes (Album Version)
00:04:26

Malcolm Pollack, 2nd Engineer - John Agnello, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Vocal - Steven Tyler, Producer - Steven Tyler, Percussion - Steven Tyler, Harmonica - Jack Douglas, Percussion - Josh Abbey, 2nd Engineer - Jimmy Crespo, Guitar - Godfrey Diamond, Engineer - Bruce Hensal, 2nd Engineer - Tom Hamilton, Bass - Rick Dufay, Guitar - Aerosmith, Performer - R. SUPA, Composer - R. SUPA, Lyricist - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Tony Bongiovi, Producer - Tony Bongiovi, Engineer - Jack Douglass, Producer - Jack Douglass, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Zoe Yanakis, 2nd Engineer - Jim Sessody, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Keyboards - Joey Kramer, Drums - Gary Rindfuss, 2nd Engineer -

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Bitch's Brew (Album Version)
00:04:13

Malcolm Pollack, 2nd Engineer - John Agnello, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Vocal - Steven Tyler, Producer - Steven Tyler, Percussion - Steven Tyler, Harmonica - Jack Douglas, Percussion - Josh Abbey, 2nd Engineer - Jimmy Crespo, Guitar - Godfrey Diamond, Engineer - J. Crespo, Composer - J. Crespo, Lyricist - Bruce Hensal, 2nd Engineer - Tom Hamilton, Bass - Rick Dufay, Guitar - Aerosmith, Performer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - S. Tyler, Composer - S. Tyler, Lyricist - Tony Bongiovi, Producer - Tony Bongiovi, Engineer - Jack Douglass, Producer - Jack Douglass, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Zoe Yanakis, 2nd Engineer - Jim Sessody, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Keyboards - Joey Kramer, Drums - Gary Rindfuss, 2nd Engineer -

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Bolivian Ragamuffin (Album Version)
00:03:32

Malcolm Pollack, 2nd Engineer - John Agnello, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Vocal - Steven Tyler, Producer - Steven Tyler, Percussion - Steven Tyler, Harmonica - Jack Douglas, Percussion - Josh Abbey, 2nd Engineer - Jimmy Crespo, Guitar - Godfrey Diamond, Engineer - J. Crespo, Composer - J. Crespo, Lyricist - Bruce Hensal, 2nd Engineer - Tom Hamilton, Bass - Rick Dufay, Guitar - Aerosmith, Performer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - S. Tyler, Composer - S. Tyler, Lyricist - Tony Bongiovi, Producer - Tony Bongiovi, Engineer - Jack Douglass, Producer - Jack Douglass, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Zoe Yanakis, 2nd Engineer - Jim Sessody, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Keyboards - Joey Kramer, Drums - Gary Rindfuss, 2nd Engineer -

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Cry Me A River (Album Version)
00:04:07

Malcolm Pollack, 2nd Engineer - John Agnello, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Vocal - Steven Tyler, Producer - Steven Tyler, Percussion - Steven Tyler, Harmonica - Jack Douglas, Percussion - Josh Abbey, 2nd Engineer - Jimmy Crespo, Guitar - Godfrey Diamond, Engineer - Bruce Hensal, 2nd Engineer - Tom Hamilton, Bass - Rick Dufay, Guitar - Aerosmith, Performer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - A. Hamilton, Composer - A. Hamilton, Lyricist - Tony Bongiovi, Producer - Tony Bongiovi, Engineer - Jack Douglass, Producer - Jack Douglass, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Zoe Yanakis, 2nd Engineer - Jim Sessody, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Keyboards - Joey Kramer, Drums - Gary Rindfuss, 2nd Engineer -

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Prelude To Joanie (Album Version)
00:01:20

Malcolm Pollack, 2nd Engineer - John Agnello, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Vocal - Steven Tyler, Producer - Steven Tyler, Percussion - Steven Tyler, Harmonica - Jack Douglas, Percussion - Josh Abbey, 2nd Engineer - Jimmy Crespo, Guitar - Godfrey Diamond, Engineer - Bruce Hensal, 2nd Engineer - Tom Hamilton, Bass - Rick Dufay, Guitar - Aerosmith, Performer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - S. Tyler, Composer - S. Tyler, Lyricist - Tony Bongiovi, Producer - Tony Bongiovi, Engineer - Jack Douglass, Producer - Jack Douglass, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Zoe Yanakis, 2nd Engineer - Jim Sessody, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Keyboards - Joey Kramer, Drums - Gary Rindfuss, 2nd Engineer -

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Joanie's Butterfly (Album Version)
00:05:35

Malcolm Pollack, 2nd Engineer - John Agnello, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Vocal - Steven Tyler, Producer - Steven Tyler, Percussion - Steven Tyler, Harmonica - Jack Douglas, Percussion - Josh Abbey, 2nd Engineer - Jimmy Crespo, Guitar - Godfrey Diamond, Engineer - J. Crespo, Composer - J. Crespo, Lyricist - Bruce Hensal, 2nd Engineer - Tom Hamilton, Bass - Rick Dufay, Guitar - Aerosmith, Performer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - S. Tyler, Composer - S. Tyler, Lyricist - John Lievano, Guitar - Tony Bongiovi, Producer - Tony Bongiovi, Engineer - Jack Douglass, Producer - Jack Douglass, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Zoe Yanakis, 2nd Engineer - Jim Sessody, 2nd Engineer - Reinhard Straub, Violin - Steven Tyler, Keyboards - Joey Kramer, Drums - J. DOUGLAS, Composer - J. DOUGLAS, Lyricist - Gary Rindfuss, 2nd Engineer -

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Rock In A Hard Place (Cheshire Cat) (Album Version)
00:04:45

Malcolm Pollack, 2nd Engineer - John Agnello, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Vocal - Steven Tyler, Producer - Steven Tyler, Percussion - Steven Tyler, Harmonica - Jack Douglas, Percussion - Josh Abbey, 2nd Engineer - Jimmy Crespo, Guitar - Godfrey Diamond, Engineer - J. Crespo, Composer - J. Crespo, Lyricist - Bruce Hensal, 2nd Engineer - John Turi, Saxophone - Tom Hamilton, Bass - Rick Dufay, Guitar - Aerosmith, Performer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - S. Tyler, Composer - S. Tyler, Lyricist - Tony Bongiovi, Producer - Tony Bongiovi, Engineer - Jack Douglass, Producer - Jack Douglass, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Zoe Yanakis, 2nd Engineer - Jim Sessody, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Keyboards - Joey Kramer, Drums - J. DOUGLAS, Composer - J. DOUGLAS, Lyricist - Gary Rindfuss, 2nd Engineer -

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Jig Is Up (Album Version)
00:03:10

Malcolm Pollack, 2nd Engineer - John Agnello, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Vocal - Steven Tyler, Producer - Steven Tyler, Percussion - Steven Tyler, Harmonica - Jack Douglas, Percussion - Josh Abbey, 2nd Engineer - Jimmy Crespo, Guitar - Godfrey Diamond, Engineer - J. Crespo, Composer - J. Crespo, Lyricist - Bruce Hensal, 2nd Engineer - Tom Hamilton, Bass - Rick Dufay, Guitar - Aerosmith, Performer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - S. Tyler, Composer - S. Tyler, Lyricist - Tony Bongiovi, Producer - Tony Bongiovi, Engineer - Jack Douglass, Producer - Jack Douglass, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Zoe Yanakis, 2nd Engineer - Jim Sessody, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Keyboards - Joey Kramer, Drums - Gary Rindfuss, 2nd Engineer -

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Push Comes To Shove (Album Version)
00:04:27

Malcolm Pollack, 2nd Engineer - John Agnello, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Vocal - Steven Tyler, Producer - Steven Tyler, Percussion - Steven Tyler, Piano - Steven Tyler, Harmonica - Jack Douglas, Percussion - Josh Abbey, 2nd Engineer - Jimmy Crespo, Guitar - Godfrey Diamond, Engineer - Bruce Hensal, 2nd Engineer - Tom Hamilton, Bass - Rick Dufay, Guitar - Aerosmith, Performer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - S. Tyler, Composer - S. Tyler, Lyricist - Tony Bongiovi, Producer - Tony Bongiovi, Engineer - Jack Douglass, Producer - Jack Douglass, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - Paul Harris, Piano - Zoe Yanakis, 2nd Engineer - Jim Sessody, 2nd Engineer - Steven Tyler, Keyboards - Joey Kramer, Drums - Gary Rindfuss, 2nd Engineer -

(P) 1982 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

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.
© Greg Prato /TiVo

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