Let’s see 1982 and well me,Tbone,Muc and well that’s about it are the only ones that care about Aerosmith! Steve-o,Joey and Tom have replaced Brad Whitford and Joe Perry with two newbie guitarists in Rick Dufay and Joe Perry kinda lookalike Jimmy Crespo! For a band that is supposedly down for the count!(ha Y&T) The Aero express pulls out all the stops on this gem and hey who cares if back in 1982 that it took $1.5 million dollars to record these 10 tracks! Me and Tbone signed on and next to Live Bootleg and Draw The Line this was the third Aero album I owned and For Tyler Rock In A Hard Place I guess for him is the forgotten ex girlfriend that he doesn’t wanna Remember but for me……a different story……
Considering Aero was cooked by this point (I mean the Stonehengey type cover is kinda fruity to say the least ) this is a absolute scorcher….
Lets pool our cash and bail Steve out of the rock n roll Slammer cuz of….
JAILBAIT- Aero 1982 is off to the races right out of the gate. New guitar boys Rick Dufay and Jimmy Crespo set the grooves on fire here and the regular cast of characters Tyler/Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer set the tone and my young Rock ears can’t believe how quick Aero is giving er! The Aero Xpress must have loaded up on speed man as there’s no slowing this Xpress down! A bonafide classic!
LIGHTNING STRIKES- some crazy swirly keyboard sets the song afire and here comes some drums/guitars and Tyler and in that order! “Boys and there dukes are read to rumble!” Sez Steve-o and what a great song and vid and man I love this video as Aero is blasted off the rails and watching this as a 15 yr old! These are rock gods! Sez I. I bow at the trashed out temple of AeroRock!
BITCHES BREW-Strikes ends and the song segues into Tyler sounding a little (ahem)sinister and this is a great song as the chorus kicks into some demented sounding piano driving along the song and so far 3 tracks in and this new version is standing almost toe to toe with the old Aeroversion and that’s impressive! Another fantastic track. Don’t go fooling with the Bitches Brew! I still hear that demented piano sound going thru my head….fuckin love it! Crank the song above !
BOLIVIAN RAGAMUFFIN- Jimmy Crespo rocks out of the gate riffing on his strat and making just making us forget a little about Mr Perry well trying too anyways. His playing on here is awesome and it’s too bad that no one ever talks about Crespos infleuence(musical that is) on this album. He shreds and riffs and keeps Aerosmith true to form here! Tyler also must be credited with his lyrics very crafty here!
CRY ME RIVER-side 1 ends with Tyler at the piano and overall a very good track! Tyler I guess is tired of the people around him! His ex band mates/his ex wife/ management everyone can go Cry Him A River! I think it’s safe to,say Steve wasn’t tossing any life preservers overboard to save anyone!
PRELUDE TO JOANIE- is Aero bizarre and man it’s a minute and half of zany Tyler speaking almost thru Joes left behind talk box(you heard it at the beginning of Sweet Emotion) as a 15 year this screwed me up but it’s Tyler chirping about what’s to come and that’s…..
JOANIES BUTTERFLY-ah ha this makes sense now! Wowzers Tyler should be teaching sex education ahhh than again maybe not! But this song is driven by Joey Kramers drums and features some real cool acoustic picking until the electric guitars kick in! Love the part of the tune where Steve sings…’Oh ,no,no,no,no,no,no,Took off in flight,No,no,no than came the light ‘ Stevey sounds almost I don’t ever say this but it sounds Jaggerish! Cool though maybe I just hear it, do you?
ROCK IN A HARD PLACE-classic Aero! Big sounding drums as Joey is laying waste to his cymbals and the guitars of Dufay and Crespo are cranked and hey how about Steve and some harmonica and now some Sax! As a hardcore fan this tune is a Aerodelight!
JIG IS UP-this song is also typical Aero a real cool groove and Tyler once again at his lyrical best. The song starts with the guitars and bass in synch and Joey Kramer once again leads the charge and this song is a real good rocker but a rocker in like i noted earlier in a Aerogroove kinda way!
PUSH COMES TO SHOVE-think the late 1890s and some place in the Midwest named the Crazy Horse Saloon and some dude sitting at a piano and that dude would be Steve Tyler rumbling away on his keys and man this song is soooooo good! This is how I heard the song the first time I heard it and now gulp 33 years later…sheeeeeit I still hear it the same way! Awesome end! So unlike Aero kinda but so cool!
IN CONCLUSION-considering everyone in the world left this band for dead Ummm. Listen folks Jimmy Crespo steps up huge in Perrys place and delivers flashes of brilliance on his guitar. It’s never too late to discover or rediscover this forgotten gem! Except for me,Tbone and a few others never forgot about this one but Steve/Joey and Tom for some reason never talk about this one…me,I can’t shut up about it!