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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B0012GMYNC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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There is only one weak song.
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A new era saw them scale great heights of personal and professional success, but the band's music lost its wonderfully ragged edge.
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This is not a bad album, but not really anything that stands out either.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This gets my vote for Second Best Album Ever Made By A Big-Name Band Without Some Of Its Key Members (the first being AC/DC's "Back In Black", but then Brian Johnson pretty much established himself as a new "key member" of that group from day one). In that regard, it's much better than most anything Kiss or Van Halen did in their latter-day incarnations. No one can fault Crespo for ruining this album, other than he has the misfortune of not being Joe Perry, and dammit (sniff), he'll never BE Joe Perry (sob)! As for Dufay, news flash, folks - he barely PLAYED on this album. The "Walk This Way" biography claims he only played on "Lightning Strikes" (the liner notes also credit Brad Whitford playing on this song before he bailed from the group comepletely). As for the songs, there's not a bad one on here. "Jailbait" and "Lightning Strikes" are killer tunes that deserve to be Aero-classics but unfortunately suffer from the stigma of having been on this album. "Bolivian Ragamuffin", "Bitches Brew", "Rock In A Hard Place (Cheshire Cat)" (any reason why this song wasn't simply called "Cheshire Cat"?), and "Jig Is Up" are all great blooze-boogie rockers done in the classic Aerosmith mold, very well-produced. "Joanie's Butterfly" is a nice acoustic rocker that serves to change the overall mood nicely, The cover of "Cry Me A River" features an excellent Steven Tyler vocal, and "Push Comes To Shove" features some nice piano work. A great Aerosmith album in its own right, noteworthy for more than just being the infamous "middle album"!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr_No_Name on June 6, 2008
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Over the years, Many critics have wrote this album off as a failure for Aerosmith. But if ya ask me, This was the last good album Aerosmith would release for many years [Until 2004's unexpectedly good Honkin On Bobo]. This album, Being a rather obscure title in Aerosmith's long line of releases, Was made during the most troubled times of the band: Joe Perry and Brad Whitford left the band [Though Whitford plays guitar on ''Lightning Strikes''], The drug abuse within the band was at an all-time high, Record sales were falling, Things were just going bad for Aerosmith. In 1982, With new band members Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay, Aerosmith fleshed out this album. While it was not a best-seller like much of their albums from the 70's, This was a highly entertaining album. If you get past the fact that Joe Perry and Brad Whitford are not on this album, You will find that there is some great material on this album. The best songs on the album are ''Jailbait'' [Love the beginning of this song very much], ''Lightning Strikes'', ''B*tch's Brew'' [A highly entertaining song that is actually one of Aerosmith's best songs], and my personal favorite ''Bolivian Ragamuffin''. The title track and ''push comes to shove'' are both great songs too. From the first time i heard this album, I came to the conclusion that the very negative attention that this album has garnered over the years has been very unjustified. While this album may not be the bonafide classic that Rocks or Toys In The Attic or even Get Your Wings was, This is a great album from Aerosmith from a time when they used to rock. It's a shame that Aerosmith would completely sell out a few years after this and Done With Mirrors [Which actually was a horrible album]. I highly reccomend this to any Aerosmith fan that likes any of their pre-Mtv material. And you'll even be glad to know that this album is at its cheapest price ever at only $7.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kim Fletcher on September 6, 2005
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In 1979 Aerosmith released their sixth Studio album 'Night In The Ruts', the recording of the album had not run smoothly to say the least , in fact lead singer Steve Tyler ,and lead guitarist Joe Perry could not be left in the same room for fear of an instant fight starting up . The result was that Perry left the band half way through recordings, and Jimmy Crespo was brought in on suggestion of Aerosmith producer Jack Douglas to complete the recording. The results were patchy , although when the album was released to the public no mention was made of Perry not having completed the recordings, nor was Crespo given any credits .( So the album still went into the charts on advance sales alone such was the popularity of Aerosmith at the time.) It was not until the band actually went out onto the road that Crespo's position in the band was announced along with Joe Perry's new solo career with his new band Joe Perry's Project. The resulting concert from the new look Aerosmith were often disastrous mainly due to the bands excess's , Steve Tyler was often so out of it that he could not finish the set , the rest of the band old and new members were not exactly helping matters either . At the end of the tour second guitarist Brad Whitford left the band to go off and form a new band with ex-Ted Nugent guitarist/vocalist Derek St. Holmes ( One self titled album in 1981 , Not bad either) Now to lose one guitarist is unfortunate , to lose two is downright careless. Aerosmith fell into disarray, all of the band members were nearly broke through their own indulgences, even though all six previous albums had gone platinum and they could sell out any stadium in the United States Of America.Read more ›
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