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4.0 out of 5 stars A TRIUMPH UNDER ADVERSITY
The portents were not good. The departure of Joe Perry and Brad Whiteford in conjunction with a serious motorcycle accident that had left Steve Tyler hospitalised were the potentially disasterous circumstances surrounding 'Rock In A Hard Place'. Yet from this quagmire arose, Phoenix-like an album of such swagger, sassiness and funk fuelled dirty rock and roll that defied...
Published on 29 Nov 2000 by barrie@btrong.fsnet.co.uk

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard in a Rock Place
Aerosmith's seventh album or alternatively, the Jimmy Crespo one or the one without Joe Perry, either way it's still recognisably Aerosmith - the bluesy riffs, Tyler's distinctive vocals, the risque lyrics, the solid Kramer/Hamilton rhythm section etc. Rather satisfyingly, nothing much has changed since A Night In the Ruts was released in 78' despite the arrivals and...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A TRIUMPH UNDER ADVERSITY, 29 Nov 2000
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barrie@btrong.fsnet.co.uk (Hockley, Essex, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Rock in a Hard Place (Audio CD)
The portents were not good. The departure of Joe Perry and Brad Whiteford in conjunction with a serious motorcycle accident that had left Steve Tyler hospitalised were the potentially disasterous circumstances surrounding 'Rock In A Hard Place'. Yet from this quagmire arose, Phoenix-like an album of such swagger, sassiness and funk fuelled dirty rock and roll that defied all odds as the 'Smiths hit back at their detractors with an album that sits proudly alongside their best work. Tyler revels in his 'new band' as his full on vocals are punctuated by Hamilton's insistant bass lines and the freneticism of Kramer's drum work. But the stars of this show are undoubtedly new boys, Rick Dufay and Jimmy Crespo filling the mantle vacated by Perry and Whiteford. The void, by all accounts should have been unsurmountable, yet they are hardly missed as Dufay and Crespo promulgate every track with incisive choppy licks making 'Rock In A Hard Place' as vibrant and fresh today as when it hit the racks back in '82. The opening salvo that is 'Jailbait' exemplifies the 'Smiths intentions with guitars screaming across the speakers as the scarfed mike of Mr. Tyler melts under a most intense vocalisation. The barrage of supercharged funky rock grooves of 'Bolivian Ragamuffin' and 'Jig Is Up' titillate the sinews of the body as the listener is submerged under a wave of rhythmic bombs.The pulsating title track and the teutonic 'Bitches Brew'serve up a feast of gigantium proportions that invade every pore of the body with hard driving tempos and infectious melodies. The slightly over ambitious 'Joanie's Butterfly, (or maybe i'm just cavilling), and the disposable 'Cry Me A River' fail to detract from the grade A material on offer as Tyler et all provide a myriad of musical pleasures The bowlderised and spurious sounds of present day Aerosmith have failed to expunge the memories of the Bostonians as a once loud'n'proud sassy all American band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Joe, but good show, 2 Jun 2000
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This review is from: Rock in a Hard Place (Audio CD)
Out of their minds and out of ideas? Right on the first, dead wrong on the second. Rock in a Hard Place was, and continues to be, dismissed as the discographical dregs of the Smiffs' catalogue, not least because geetars are by Rick Dufay and Jimmy Crespo rather than Brad Whitford and six-string deity Joe Perry. But but but... if you liked the rasping sleaziness of Night in the Ruts, check out the ultra-funky Jig Is Up and Bolivian Ragamuffin, and the vicious Lightning Strikes and Bitches Brew. Not all of it is grade A: Joanie's Butterfly is a flawed experiment and the Cry Me A River cover won't be to everyone's taste. But this is still an essential Aero accessory and, for my money, a whole lot better than Pump...
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5.0 out of 5 stars the most underated Aerosmith album ever!!!, 22 Feb 2010
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Mr Blackwell (scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rock in a Hard Place (Audio CD)
It seems to be that this album just has to be criticised,almost every history/discography feature on Aerosmith tells you that this is a poor album,not so,listen to the damn thing it rocks harder than they had done in years and is easily the best lp after TOYS/ROCKS.

Opening with a frantic 'Jailbait' with guitars sharper than razor wire,the mighty 'Lightning Strikes follows and you suddenly realise that Perry/Whitford arent missed,they play no part here,with the exception of Whitford providing some rythmn guitar on lightning strikes.'Bitches brew' follows before a funky 'Bolivian Ragamuffin'(great title) hits the spot then an emotion drenched cover version of 'Cry Me A River' brings the pace down,which leads us to the frankly weird 'Prelude To Joanie/Joanie Butterfly,weird but stunning all the same.The albums title track is next up and really should be talked about in revered tones as its a monster,thundering drums and bass with stunning guitar from Crespo/Dufay,easily one of the best tunes ever performed by the 'Smiths.
The funk laden 'Jig Is Up' and blues soaked 'Push Comes To Shove' bring proceedings to a close.In conclusion,hard as it may seem,this album rocks and Perry & Whitford knew it,Tyler seems re-energised on this disc,a complete success,given the floundering of solo careers,it was no surprise to see the guitarists return to the fold a couple of years later.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard in a Rock Place, 16 Dec 2013
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Aerosmith's seventh album or alternatively, the Jimmy Crespo one or the one without Joe Perry, either way it's still recognisably Aerosmith - the bluesy riffs, Tyler's distinctive vocals, the risque lyrics, the solid Kramer/Hamilton rhythm section etc. Rather satisfyingly, nothing much has changed since A Night In the Ruts was released in 78' despite the arrivals and departures of punk, post-punk, new wave, NWOBHM and the onset of thrash. It gets off to a terrific start with 'Jailbait' which has some excellent drumming from Joey Kramer and it carries on in the same vein, 'Lightning Strikes', 'Bitch's Brew' and 'Bolivian Ragamuffin' giving Rock in a Hard Place one of the best beginnings to any Smith' album. Unfortunately, things go rapidly downhill with the Julie London cover 'Cry Me A River' and it never really recovers. The only real highlights from the second half are the title track 'Rock In A Hard Place (Cheshire Cat)' and 'The Jig Is Up' is OK. Not nearly as bad as some of the critics would have you believe but, saying that, it ain't no Toys In The Attic either. 3 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars serosmith still in the game., 5 Aug 2012
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Michael Dobey (colorado springs) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rock in a Hard Place (Audio CD)
aerosmith was still in the game. JOe perry was absent though and this one did have some radio play with the song 'lightening strikes' but it wasn't focused in some ways. The guitarist here is a very good one. ( Crispo) and the genre is melodic metal, this did sell but at the time , it seemed like a band still struggling hard to get back on track. At least this one rocks. And it's not a bad disc but just a more average release from a great band. this did sell enough to go gold though, but a stronger effort was needed and the band would deliver on that to make them rise to the top and beyond when 'permanant vacation' came out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Rock in a Different Place, 28 Aug 2005
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A wonderfully hard rockin' Aerosmith album that fails to suffer from the temporary departure of Perry and Whitford, in fact the new blood raises the ante for the band and this remains a great Aerosmith album to this day. Perry is oft quoted as wishing he'd been there to co-write the fabulous Lightning Strikes. Me thinks he was more than a little peeved at the competence of his replacement! As a great Perry fan (Aerosmith and solo) I still find this album chock full of the usual swagger, yanky slang and searing guitar that the band's fans adore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very under-rated album, 12 Dec 2012
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Aerosmith without Joe Perry and Brad Whitford should in theory be the ultimate demise, but somehow this album proves to be one under-rated joy! The songs are crisp. Steven Tyler is on top form and its a thoroughly good listen from start to finish!
One for any Aerosmith fans collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith masterpiece, 3 Sep 2005
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Forget what everyone else is saying. This is a great album, it may not be the most popular with the (conservative) fans but for me and I'm sure many others this is a career high- Tyler said himself this was one of the best.
After 'draw the line' it is probably the most experimental/progressive album they made, ok it doesn't have Joe Perry what we have with is less bluesy more "straight" hard rock sound on 'Jailbait' and 'Lightning strikes'; cool Jazzy bar rock hybrid sound in Julie London cover 'Cry me a River'-very convincing one of my favorite Aerosmith recordings; 'Joanie's Butterfly' is one of the highlight's with it's folksy sound and Zeppelin like lyric. 'Push comes to shove' finishes the album in style, well Tyler sound's like he's going to collapse or explode when he spits all over the microphone- the essence of Rock'n'Roll.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good album,but no ones mentioned the best track!!, 17 Mar 2011
This review is from: Rock in a Hard Place (Audio CD)
Right I agree with most of the rest of the stuff on here,it's a great album underated.But to my mind the best track on here has to be the awesome Rock in ahard place aka Cheshire Cat that is a great and I mean truly great track just listen to the groove.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith Rocks, Stevn Tyler is a Legend., 3 May 2009
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This was the last Aerosmith album I bought. Not sorry I bought it, but it is far from being the best Aerosmith album. Aerosmith doesn't work without Joe Perry. Few good songs though, and I wouldn't skip past any.
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