Rock in a Hard Place
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|Rock in a Hard Place|
|Studio album by Aerosmith|
|Released||August 1, 1982|
|Recorded||1981-1982 at The Power Station and Criteria Studios|
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal|
|Singles from Rock in a Hard Place|
|Rolling Stone||(unfavorable) |
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Rock in a Hard Place is the seventh studio album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released on August 1, 1982 on Columbia. It is the only Aerosmith album not to feature guitarist Joe Perry, following his departure from the band in 1979. The band spent $1.5 million on the recording of this album.
Following the departure of Joe Perry in 1979, Aerosmith went on hiatus for the next two years before beginning work on a new album. In the interim, the rock landscape began changing considerably with many of the band's 70s contemporaries disbanding or changing personnel. Playing styles underwent a minor revolution as the melodic blues rock riffs pioneered by Led Zeppelin had given way to hard, flat power chords. Aerosmith thus had to adopt the new 80s production style to remain contemporary.
Lightning Strikes was the album's biggest hit and the only one to be retained in the live setlist after the Rock In A Hard Place Tour in 1982-83, being played regularly until 1990.
Rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford left the band during its recording in 1981. Whitford is billed as an "additional musician", and can be heard playing rhythm guitar on "Lightning Strikes." This was also Aerosmith's last studio album released on Columbia Records until 1997.
Despite the album's negative reviews, drummer Joey Kramer asserts in his 2009 autobiography, Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top: "the record doesn't suck. There's some real good stuff on it. But it's not a real Aerosmith record because it's just me, Steven, and Tom - with a fill-in guitar player. [...] It's Jimmy Crespo doing the guitar work."
|1.||"Jailbait"||Steven Tyler, Jimmy Crespo, Rick Dufay||4:38|
|2.||"Lightning Strikes"||Tyler, Crespo, Richard Supa||4:26|
|3.||"Bitch's Brew"||Tyler, Crespo||4:14|
|4.||"Bolivian Ragamuffin"||Tyler, Crespo||3:32|
|5.||"Cry Me a River"||Arthur Hamilton||4:06|
|6.||"Prelude to Joanie"||Tyler||1:21|
|7.||"Joanie's Butterfly"||Tyler, Crespo, Jack Douglas||5:35|
|8.||"Rock in a Hard Place (Cheshire Cat)"||Tyler, Crespo, Douglas||4:46|
|9.||"Jig Is Up"||Tyler, Crespo||3:10|
|10.||"Push Comes to Shove"||Tyler||4:28|
The track "Cry Me a River" is a cover written by Arthur Hamilton.
The last track of the album, "Push Comes to Shove" is about Tyler's then-girlfriend and future wife Teresa Barrick and her twin sister Lisa.
- Steven Tyler - lead vocals, producer
- Jimmy Crespo - guitar, backing vocals
- Rick Dufay - guitar
- Tom Hamilton - bass
- Joey Kramer - drums
- Additional musicians
- Paul Harris - piano ("Push Comes to Shove")
- John Turi - saxophone ("Rock in a Hard Place (Cheshire Cat)")
- Reinhard Straub - violin ("Joanie's Butterfly")
- John Lievano - acoustic guitar ("Joanie's Butterfly")
- Recording personnel
- Jack Douglas - producer, additional engineer
- Godfrey Diamond - chief engineer
- Tony Bongiovi - co-producer, additional engineer
- John Agnello - assistant engineer
- Bruce Hensal - assistant engineer
- Jim Sessody - assistant engineer
- Gary Rindfuss - assistant engineer
- Josh Abbey - assistant engineer
- Malcolm Pollack - assistant engineer
- Zoe Yanakis - assistant engineer
- George Marino - mastering
- Gerard Rozhek - photography, visual direction
Album - Billboard (North America)
|1982||The Billboard 200||32|
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1982||"Lightning Strikes"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||21|
|RIAA - USA||Gold||November 10, 1989|
- Rock in a Hard Place at AllMusic
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- Joey Kramer, Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top, pg.134, 2009
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