BAND: Steven Tyler (vocals, piano, harmonica), Joe Perry (guitars), Brad Whitford (guitars), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums & percussion).
THE DISC: (1989) 10 songs clocking in at approximately 48 minutes. Included with the disc is a 6-page foldout containing band photos, song titles/credits, and thank you’s. Recorded at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver BC, Canada. Label – Geffen.
COMMENTS: “Pump” is Aerosmith’s finest album of the 80’s. Absolutely positively no filler. As good as the mega hits are (“Janie’s Got A Gun”, “Love In An Elevator”), the deeper album cuts are what makes this album great. The opening 1-2 punch of rockers “Young Lust” and “F.I.N.E. (F**cked up, Insecure, Neurotic & Emotional)” set the tone of the album. “Monkey On My Back”, “The Other Side”, “My Girl” are wonderful songs proving the Toxic Twins were able to separate themselves from their past demons (in the late 70’s and early 80’s). One of my favorite obscure Aero tunes is here… “Hoodoo/Voodoo Medicine Man”… great lyrics and layers upon layers of ultra heavy guitars. This latter day Aersomith feels the need to incorporate a power ballad into each album. Where its predecessor (“Permanent Vacation”) serenaded us with “Angel”, “Pump” scored an even bigger ballad hit with “What It Takes”. A good song, even if it is geared toward the female population. Later albums (i.e. “Get A Grip”, “Nine Lives”, “Just Push Play”) are simply saturated with the rock ballads… and I can’t and won’t rate them as high. Aerosmith is best when they’re rockin’ the house – bluesy raunch & roll style. Aerosmith got their act together after several sub-par albums (well, certainly not ‘classics’ anyway) in the late 70’s and early 80’s, and they’ve rebounded nicely. Dare I say they were almost starting from scratch after “Rock In A Hard Place” (1982). Thankfully Perry and Whitford rejoined the band and have been cranking out albums ever since. I don’t rank “Pump” as high as “Rocks” or “Toys In The Attic”, but it’s still in that special 1st tier of their albums. Classic Aerosmith 80’s style (4.5 stars).