A Little South of Sanity

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A Little South of Sanity
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Live album by Aerosmith
Released October 20, 1998
Recorded 1993–1994 (Get a Grip Tour)
1997–1998 (Nine Lives Tour)
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 112:06
Label Geffen, Columbia
Producer Jack Douglas
Aerosmith live chronology
Classics Live I and II
(1987)
A Little South of Sanity
(1998)
Rockin' the Joint
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly B [2]
NME (4/10) [3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [4]

A Little South of Sanity is a live album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released in 1998 as a combined effort of Geffen Records and Columbia Records. The two-disc album consisted of recordings of Aerosmith's two most recent tours, one of which they were still on when the album was released. Geffen's involvement in the production of the record enabled the band to fulfill its contract with the label; Aerosmith had signed with Columbia before its six-album contract with Geffen was completed, and began recording for Columbia with one more album left on the Geffen deal.

This album was the only Aerosmith album to receive the Parental Advisory sticker, primarily due to lead singer Steven Tyler shouting profanities in between songs and modifying some song lyrics to racier ones, although some other song lyrics had profanity in their original studio versions as well (even their next studio album, Just Push Play, contained profanity).

On the seal, the album title is misnamed as A Little South of Insanity.

There are no listings to support where or when each performance was culled from - only the listing that all tracks are from either the Get A Grip or Nine Lives World Tours. However, the recordings of "Love In an Elevator", "Same Old Song and Dance", and " Sweet Emotion" each have Tyler calling out to the live crowd; the first song has him mentioning the crowd in State College, Pennsylvania, the second a crowd in West Palm Beach, Florida, and the third a crowd in Seattle, Washington. A bootleg called Yokohama Arena 3/12/98 has "Last Child" being recorded at the same time as the title revealed to where the song was performed, also, Tyler says, "Motherfucker" out loud as if it were edited in this live album.[5] Eat the Rich is recorded from Costa Rica on November, 1994.[6]

At the beginning of disc 2, before starting "Back in the Saddle", Tyler shouts, "I've got blisters on my sisters!", referencing a similar thing Ringo Starr shouted at the end of The Beatles song "Helter Skelter".

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Eat the Rich"   Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jim Vallance 5:14
2. "Love in an Elevator"   Tyler, Perry 5:55
3. "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)"   Tyler, Perry, Glen Ballard 3:20
4. "Same Old Song and Dance"   Tyler, Perry 5:57
5. "Hole in My Soul"   Tyler, Perry, Desmond Child 5:40
6. "Monkey on My Back"   Tyler, Perry, 4:08
7. "Livin' on the Edge"   Tyler, Perry, Mark Hudson 5:24
8. "Cryin'"   Tyler, Perry, Taylor Rhodes 5:10
9. "Rag Doll"   Tyler, Perry, Vallance, Holly Knight 4:13
10. "Angel"   Tyler, Desmond Child 5:35
11. "Janie's Got a Gun"   Tyler, Tom Hamilton 5:15
12. "Amazing"   Tyler, Richard Supa 5:23
Disc 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Back in the Saddle"   Tyler, Perry 6:10
2. "Last Child"   Tyler, Brad Whitford 5:04
3. "The Other Side"   Tyler, Vallance, Eddie Holland, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier 4:40
4. "Walk on Down"   Perry 3:40
5. "Dream On"   Tyler 4:50
6. "Crazy"   Tyler, Perry, Child 5:44
7. "Mama Kin"   Tyler 4:12
8. "Walk This Way"   Tyler, Perry 4:08
9. "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"   Tyler, Perry, Child 4:21
10. "What It Takes"   Tyler, Perry, Child 5:15
11. "Sweet Emotion"   Tyler, Hamilton 5:57

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians
  • Russ Irwin – keyboards, backing vocals (CD1)
  • Thom Gimbel – keyboards, backing vocals (CD2)

Production[edit]

  • Engineer: Jay Messina
  • Assistant engineers: Lawrence Manchester, John Wydrycs
  • Mixing: Jack Douglas
  • Mastering: Greg Calbi
  • Monitor engineer: Mike Sprague
  • Director: Jim Chapman
  • Photography: Moshe Brakha
  • Lighting design: Jim Chapman
  • Clothing/wardrobe: Sherry Willshire

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[7] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[9] 10
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[10] 6
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 24
French Albums (SNEP)[12] 39
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[13] 21
Japanese Albums Chart[14] 3
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[15] 34
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[16] 47
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 24
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 16
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 36
US Billboard 200[20] 12

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold December 3, 1998
Platinum
CIA – Canada Gold Oct 20, 1998
Platinum Oct 20, 1998

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r379658/review
  2. ^ Browne, David (1998-11-27). "A Little South of Sanity Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  3. ^ "NME Album Reviews - A Little South Of Sanity". NME. 1998-09-14. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  4. ^ "Aerosmith: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Last Child - Yokohama Arena 3/12/98". 
  6. ^ "Eat the Rich from Costa Rica 1994". 
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  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Aerosmith – A Little South of Sanity" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Aerosmith – A Little South of Sanity" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  10. ^ "Aerosmith – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Aerosmith. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  11. ^ "Aerosmith: A Little South of Sanity" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Aerosmith – A Little South of Sanity". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  13. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Aerosmith – A Little South of Sanity". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  14. ^ "エアロスミスのCDアルバムランキング、エアロスミスのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Aerosmith – A Little South of Sanity" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  16. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Aerosmith – A Little South of Sanity". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Aerosmith – A Little South of Sanity". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Aerosmith – A Little South of Sanity". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  19. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  20. ^ "Aerosmith – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Aerosmith. Retrieved September 26, 2012.

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