Let the Music Do the Talking

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Let the Music Do the Talking
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Studio album by The Joe Perry Project
Released March 1980
Genre Hard rock
Length 36:39
Label Columbia
Producer Joe Perry and Jack Douglas
The Joe Perry Project chronology
Let the Music Do the Talking
(1980)
I've Got the Rock'n'Rolls Again
(1981)I've Got the Rock'n'Rolls Again1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars Review

Let the Music Do the Talking is the first of four albums by The Joe Perry Project.[1] It was their most successful, selling approximately 250,000 copies in the United States.[2] The title track was re-recorded by Joe Perry's more successful band Aerosmith on their album Done With Mirrors, albeit with a slightly different melody and Steven Tyler penned lyrics.[3]

Background[edit]

Fed up with the glacial pace of the recording of Night in the Ruts and frustrated with the band’s precarious financial circumstances, Perry left Aerosmith in the spring of 1979. He recruited Aerosmith’s former producer Jack Douglas and shared vocal duties with Ralph Morman, who Perry had previously heard in a band called Daddy Warbux. The group was rounded out with bassist Danny Hull and drummer Ronnie Stewart. “The contrast between the tortuous ordeal of recording Aerosmith and the seamless groove that characterized the Project was remarkable,” Perry later recalled.”[4]

Recording and Composition[edit]

Considering Aerosmith’s struggles, Columbia was initially hesitant to give Perry a solo deal, but he assured them he could turn in an album in “five or six weeks.”[4] In his 2014 autobiography Rocks, the guitarist states that the songs were largely autobiographical:

“Let the Music Do the Talking” – the title track – spoke for itself. It was just how I was feeling. I didn’t need to talk. Didn’t need to explain how much I wanted to be on my own timetable, free to work at my own speed, which was pretty fast. “Conflict of Interest” was inspired by my feelings about the shady side of the record business. I was going straight back to my roots, as demonstrated by the R&B-heavy “Rockin’ Train.” Songs like “Life at a Glance” and “Ready on the Firing Line” were constructed around riffs that had been bouncing around my brain for months.[4]

Reception[edit]

Let the Music Do the Talking received generally favourable reviews from critics. Greg Prato of AllMusic writes: “Maybe because he wanted to show his former bandmates that he could succeed without them, the performances were extremely inspired, while the songwriting was sharp and focused... A truly great and underrated record, Let the Music Do the Talking could have been a classic Aerosmith release if the drugs hadn't split the band apart.”

Track listing[edit]

  • All Songs Written By Joe Perry, except where noted.
  1. "Let The Music Do The Talking" - 4:42
  2. "Conflict Of Interest" - 4:43
  3. "Discount Dogs" - 3:42 (Perry, Ralph Morman)
  4. "Shooting Star" - 3:39
  5. "Break Song" - 2:06 (Perry, David Hull, Ronnie Stewart)
  6. "Rockin' Train" - 6:02 (Perry, Morman)
  7. "The Mist Is Rising" - 6:30
  8. "Ready On The Firing Line" - 3:54
  9. "Life At A Glance" - 2:41

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Arranged By The Joe Perry Project
  • Produced By Joe Perry and Jack Douglas
  • Engineered & Mixed By Lee DiCarlo

References[edit]