Rock in a Hard Place

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Rock in a Hard Place
Aerosmith - Rock in a Hard Place.jpg
Studio album by Aerosmith
Released August 1, 1982
Recorded 1981–1982
Studio The Power Station
Criteria Studios
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 40:16
Label Columbia
Producer Jack Douglas
Steven Tyler
Tony Bongiovi
Aerosmith chronology
Night in the Ruts
Rock in a Hard Place
Done with Mirrors
Singles from Rock in a Hard Place
  1. "Lightning Strikes"
    Released: 1982
  2. "Bitch's Brew"
    Released: 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1/5 stars [3]

Rock in a Hard Place is the seventh studio album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released on August 1, 1982 by Columbia Records. It was certified gold on November 10, 1989. [4] It is the only Aerosmith album not to feature lead guitarist Joe Perry, following his departure from the band in 1979. Rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford also left during the recording in 1981. The band spent $1.5 million on the recording of this album.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic explains that the band modernized their sound by including v-coders and synthesizers to fit the musical climate popular then. [6]

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."[5] Classic Rock Review stated, "It is a strong, edgy, and (most importantly) unique effort that captures a lot of dynamics surrounding the band’s situation perfectly." [7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Jailbait" Steven Tyler, Jimmy Crespo 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



Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1982 The Billboard 200 32

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Lightning Strikes" Mainstream Rock Tracks 21


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold[8] November 10, 1989


  1. ^ Rock in a Hard Place at AllMusic
  2. ^ J.D. Considine (1982-12-04). "Rock in a Hard Place". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Aerosmith: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  5. ^ a b Kramer, Joey (2010). Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top. New York: HarperOne. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-06-156662-2. 
  6. ^ "Rock in a Hard Place - Aerosmith | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  7. ^ "Aerosmith Rock in a Hard Place album review | Classic Rock Review". Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  8. ^ "Gold and Platinum Database Search". Retrieved 2009-11-24. 

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