Rock in a Hard Place (Vinyl)
Now available as a 180 gram audiophile vinyl with remastered audio, Rock in a Hard Place is the sound of Aerosmith at their most experimental. Not having Joe Perry and Brad Whitford present on guitars, Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay filled in for the departed duo, and it turned out to be the group's most studio-enhanced and experimental record up to this point. The albums peaked at #32 on the Album Charts and produced the hit single "Lightning Strikes".
To keep up with the then-current musical climate, vocoders and synthesizers can be subtly detected, as heard on the space-age "Prelude to Joanie" and in the beginning to the otherwise tough rocker "Lightning Strikes," which served as the album's lone single/video. "Jailbait," "Bitch's Brew," "Bolivian Ragamuffin," and the title track showed the band could still rock out despite their three-year layoff between albums, a cover of "Cry Me a River" showed their gentle side, while the psychedelicized "Joanie's Butterfly" was the album's surprise highlight.