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. John” and “Hangman Jury”, their first Beatle’s cover “I’m Down”, as well as the closing instrumental “The Movie”. Thoroughly listenable – every track. As much as “Permanent Vacation” saw the band gelling again, it was a welcome comeback for one of America’s all-time legendary bands. Classic disc (5-stars).