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Joe Perry Dual Disc

3.7 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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Recorded at the Boneyard, Perry's basement home studio in Boston. Joe Perry achieves a smoldering intensity via Perry's signature guitar riffs and unmistakable deep vocals. The album's 13 tracks include 11 new Joe Perry original compositions as well as covers of the Doors' 'The Crystal Ship' and Woody Guthrie's 'Vigilante Man'. Columbia. 2005.

For his first solo album in over 20 years, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry isn't exactly tearing up the blueprint. He may not have Diane Warren faxing over the power-ballads but this eponymous release is pretty much what you would expect from the man who has provided the sleazy, powerhouse riffs for everything from "Walk This Way" to "Dude Looks Like A Lady." He's no Steven Tyler but Perry holds his own on the vocal tracks here, including respectful covers of the Doors' "Crystal Ship" and Woody Guthrie's "Vigilante Man." But it's the bluesy instrumental material like "Twilight" and "Mercy" that shows the guitar hero (who also plays bass, keyboards and co-produces) at his amplifier blowing best. --Aidin Vaziri

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Shakin' My Cage
  2. Hold On Me
  3. Pray For Me
  4. Can't Compare
  5. Lonely
  6. Crystal Ship
  7. Talk Talkin'
  8. Push Comes To Shove
  9. Twilight
  10. Ten Years
  11. Vigilante Man
  12. Dying To Be Free
  13. Mercy
  14. Making Of The Album
  15. Push Comes To Shove
  16. Mercy
  17. Shakin' My Cage
  18. Hold On Me
  19. Pray For Me
  20. Can't Compare
  21. Lonely
  22. Crystal Ship
  23. Talk Talkin'
  24. Push Comes To Shove
  25. Twilight
  26. Ten Years
  27. Vigilante Man
  28. Dying To Be Free
  29. Mercy
  30. Shakin' My Cage
  31. Hold On Me
  32. Pray For Me
  33. Can't Compare
  34. Lonely
  35. Crystal Ship
  36. Talk Talkin'
  37. Push Comes To Shove
  38. Twilight
  39. Ten Years
  40. Vigilante Man
  41. Dying To Be Free
  42. Mercy
  43. Lonely
  44. Lonely
  45. Lonely
  46. Shakin' My Cage
  47. Shakin' My Cage
  48. Hold On Me
  49. Push Comes To Shove
  50. Hold On Me
  51. Talk Talkin'
  52. Talk Talkin'
  53. Talk Talkin'
  54. Talk Talkin'
  55. Hold On Me
  56. Hold On Me
  57. Pray For Me
  58. Pray For Me
  59. Pray For Me
  60. Push Comes To Shove
  61. Push Comes To Shove
  62. Push Comes To Shove
  63. Push Comes To Shove
  64. Push Comes To Shove

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 3, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Dual Disc
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 199 minutes
  • ASIN: B0007OTWS0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Brian D. Holland on May 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
'Joe Perry' is the first Perry solo project since his return to Aerosmith, which was quite a while ago now, the first without band bitterness as well. Maybe that has a lot to do with it because this CD/DVD is loaded with creativity, not to mention some of the greatest licks and strums rock'n'roll has heard in some time. You can tell Joe had some fun recording this, as he really gets into it, and it's all him. Yes, it's all Joe Perry. He proves that he really doesn't need anyone (except a drummer, of course) to help him do the talking, and he's definitely got the rock'n'rolls again.

His influences show, too, which is pretty cool. Don't mind if I point out a few.

Keep in mind it's a dual disc in one. There is no space wasted!

Here are some notes I took while listening:

The CD:

1) "Shakin' My Cage": What an opener! It's steamy, hard driving blues-rock. Contains great slide guitar in the intro, throughout the song as well. The midway lead is a real Perry guitar extravaganza, crisp and loud. What rattles your cage? If this is Joe being rattled, watch out!

2) "Hold On Me": It has that Keith Richards sound to it, especially the vocals. Rock, rock, rock, with drivin' rhythm guitar. Fuzz lead with nice tone. Some tasty Aerosmith-like riffs and fills. It rocks!

3) "Pray For Me": Joe goes India in the intro! Then, a nice Alice In Chains sound when the song gets going, even throughout the bridge changes. Nice acoustic guitar; the mid lead did it for me, too. Nice modern-indie sound, very different from anything Aerosmith. Other bands are the influence in this one. It not only shows, it shines nicely.

4) "Can't Compare": Joe punks it up a bit. Very melodic in the chorus, sounds a bit like STP or Velvet Revolver.
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If you look at Joe Perry's newest solo effort as a SOLO EFFORT, it is pretty damn good! A far cry from Just Push Play and the softer, more commercial side of Aerosmith over the last 10-12 years or so. The riffs are along the lines of the roots that started Aerosmith and influenced not only Joe, but his guitar partner in crime Brad Whitford...straight up rock and roll and blues. I know that Joe wanted it to be as much as a solo effort as possible (he says so on the DVD) but it would have been cool to have Brad step up to the plate with Joe a for at least two tracks. After all, they're styles are quite similar and that would have made for some great licks!

People miss the point about Joe singing on his record. He wanted a solo record. His voice may not be the best, but it's not the worst either. Some of the problem might be what key the tunes are in. Some singers have a hard time with certain keys and are limited, which sounds like the case here.

So, if you like classic Aerosmith...I mean the stuff you WON'T hear on the radio...pick up Joe Perry. It's pretty damn good! If you are into commercial Aerosmith like Crazy, Cryin', Don't wanna Miss A Thing...etc...FORGET ABOUT IT! Don't bother, cause you WILL be disappointed.

Also, one of the review writers recommended that watching the DVD side (its a dual disc) first is best...and it's true, Watch the DVD first so that you can get an idea of what to expect.

Great job Joe. Now talk Brad into doing a solo album.
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The first time I heard the record I was a bit disappointed... specially for the vocals because I wanted Steven to be singing on the record, but this is no Aerosmith, this is Joe Perry!

The Second, and specially the third time I heard the record I loved it. It's as good as honkin' on bobo, with the main difference that most of this songs are original except from crystal ship and vigilante man.

This is an AWESOME record but it has no sticky melodies as many commercial records have nowadays, so listen to it at least 3 times and you will see what I mean.

*Best Songs: Can't Compare, Shakin' my cage, Lonely, Crystal Ship, Twilight, Vigilante Man

*Could have been better: Mercy and Talk talkin'
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One of the reviews I read mentioned that Joe Perry is "no Steven Tyler," which is, unfortunately, a reminder that practically no one has any idea how much work is involved in creating something like this.

Joe Perry sang lead and background vocals, played all of the guitars, bass, keyboards, and even produced this album. Yet, everyone seems to be focusing, almost exclusively, on Joe's vocals. Get over it. It's an honest album! Something that's very hard to find these days.

I can't help but wonder what Steven Tyler would sound like if he had to sing, play lead and rhythm guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, and produce his own solo album. Sure, Steven likes to tinker with different instruments, but let's face it; his album probably wouldn't be that good.

Having said that, I really like the fact that the album was released as a dual disc. The behind-the-scenes footage, and surround sound mix are definitely worth checking out.

Actually, I'm surprised Joe Perry decided to release the opening track, "Shakin My Cage," as the first single. "Vigilante Man" is, by far, the best performance on the album, and would be a welcome addition to an upcoming Aerosmith set list.

Of course, it would be even better to see Joe Perry tour in support of the album. I've always regretted not seeing the Project live. Maybe it's not too late to see Joe perform songs like "Let the Music Do the Talking," "Break Song," "East Coast, West Coast," and "South Station Blues."

"Joe Perry" is a must if you're an obsessive Aerosmith fan, or if you're at all familiar with The Joe Perry Project. Joe's an excellent guitarist, and he's playing extremely well on this album.
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