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Permanent Vacation [Remastered] [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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  • Audio CD (November 20, 2001)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B00005QEO0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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While Done with Mirrors marked the beginning of Aerosmith's remarkable career comeback (and a gratifying return to rollicking '70s form), this is the album that both reclaimed their widespread fame and made even longtime cynics take notice. Fresh from rehab, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry lead the band through a strong collection that rivals such previous high points as Toys in the Attic and Rocks, though in a much more pop-oriented vein. That's largely the province of producer Bruce Fairbairn and hired-gun songwriters Desmond Child and Jim Vallance (hired upon Mirrors' commercial disappointment). But on this record, those outside influences are still largely invisible, even if Fairbairn's production sheen now seems '80s generic. Fueled by the playful staples "Rag Doll" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," and seasoned with the Delta blues fetish of "Hangman Jury" and, of course, a patented Big Power Ballad ("Angel"), it's an album that's become all but ubiquitous. Thankfully, the band's own gritty sensibility still informs tracks like "St. John" and "Girl Keeps Coming Apart," as well as a rambunctiously reverent take on the classic Beatles B-side, "I'm Down." --Jerry McCulley

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
BAND: Steven Tyler (vocals, piano, harmonica), Joe Perry (guitars), Brad Whitford (guitars), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums & percussion).

THE DISC: (1987) 12 songs clocking in at approximately 52 minutes. The digitally remastered version released in 2001. Included with the disc is a 10-page booklet containing band photos, song titles/credits, song lyrics, and thank you's. Recorded at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver BC, Canada. Label - Geffen.

COMMENTS: Two years prior, "Done With Mirrors" (1985) marked a comeback of sorts for Aerosmith. The Toxic Twins were supposedly sober and ready to take America by storm, again. Decades later, the band is still on top of the world - giving us fresh music and selling millions of albums. Looking back, the late 70's and early 80's were a rough period for Aerosmith. Jack Daniels was the beverage of choice for band members, drugs, infighting, and ultimately guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford went their separate ways. 1985 saw them back in the studio - wanting to cut an album, wanting to rock & roll... and "Done With Mirrors" proved they could still do it. With "Permanent Vacation", Aerosmith proved they were still a hit making rock machine. "Vacation" was professional, slick, and polished. 12 fabulous songs filled with catchy hooks, modest tongue-in-cheek humor was present again, and a few huge hits to boot - "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)", "Rag Doll" and "Angel" - marking their return to form! As much as the hits received major airplay, the deeper album cuts were simply gems... the 1-2 punch of openers "Heart's Done Time" and "Magic Touch" get the album off to a rocking start. Perry's blistering guitar work on "Simoriah" and the title track. Ultra cool swaggering songs "St.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars-For bringing the Bad Boys from Boston back. November 11, 2002
By Stretch
Format:Audio CD
This album is almost as good as Done with Mirrrors. As is it ranks as the third best of Aerosmith's comeback records.
If you're wondering, in order they are:
3)Permanent Vacation
2)Done with Mirrors
It was all downhill after Pump. With 1993's Get A Grip they became a corporate hit-making machine, churning out Sappy MTV inspired drivel. And one ends up asking themself "Are these the same guys who sang Back in the saddle?" As a native Bostonian it's sad to say, I used to be proud of these guys, now I see 'em on stage with Britney Spears and just shake my head in shame. Although I will say this, they're still a pretty decent live-act.
Oh yeah! (No pun intended) I forgot, I was reviewing Permanent Vacation. Following the unjust commercial failure of Done with mirrors, the boys headed up to Vancouver to work with Bon Jovi Producer Bruce Fairbairn (R.I.P) to help give their sound more apeal. And they used outside writers to spruce up their songs. It works for the most part, this album here is still undoubtedly Aerosmith at the Core, yet it had a slight commercial twist. And the band members at least co-wrote all the tunes, in other words you won't have syrupy garbage like "I don't wanna miss a thing."
The album starts off with "Hearts done time" one of the all-time great Aero openers. Some have called this song boring, but I disagree, it's got Joey Kramer's bombastic drumming and Steven Tyler's patented screams at the end. The next track "Magic Touch" features a prominent Twin Guitar crunch with a nice Joe Perry Solo. I believe these songs are vastly overlooked and underrated in the Aerosmith catalog, they never show up on the compilations. "Ragdoll" is the hit we all know by heart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Comeback January 24, 2007
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The first album from the now "sober" Aerosmith and the beginning of their huge comeback that has continued to this day. Some people look at this album as a sell-out due to the influx of outside writers and the general polished sound of the album. Personally I think it rocks. The band sounds rejuvenated and there is a lot of great material to be found on this disc. The album spawned the huge hits "Rag Doll", "Dude Looks Like A Lady", and the lame "Angel". Overall most of the rest of the songs are good to great Aerosmith. "Hangman Jury" is cool. "Girl Keeps Coming Apart" has a nice Joe Perry guitar solo. The title track is a nice rocker and they even throw in an instrumental called "The Movie" which works quite well too. Overall I think this was a great comeback album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly, Aerosmith at their very best December 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Since this album was released in 1987 I have loved it, but the old tape of it was lost maybe 10 years ago and I only upgraded to CD yesterday. I was quite shocked by how this album exceeded my already high expectations. Firstly I feared an out-dated 80's production - but this is simply not true. The sound is classic blues-based rock practically from start to finish. I've struggled through the disapointment of 9 Lives, Just Push Play and even the big let down of Honkin' in recent years and somehow this band lost its appeal for me. But on PV the songs from start to finish are full of energy, great in your-face production, superb band performance and well crafted, often catchy songs.

I'm quite amazed to say it, but this is probably one of the greatest albums ever recorded, and certainly Aerosmiths'.

If you like me used to own it and wonder if it's worth reinvesting. Do so. It's as good as it was in '87.
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