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Permanent Vacation (Rm) [Original recording remastered]

Aerosmith Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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1. Hearts Done Time
2. Magic Touch
3. Rag Doll
4. Simoriah
5. Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
6. St John
7. Hangman Jury
8. Girl Keeps Comin' Apart
9. Angel
10. Permanent Vacation
11. I'm Down
12. Movie

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While Done with Mirrors marked the beginning of Aerosmith's remarkable career comeback (and a gratifying return to rollicking '70s form), this is the album that both reclaimed their widespread fame and made even longtime cynics take notice. Fresh from rehab, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry lead the band through a strong collection that rivals such previous high points as Toys in the Attic and Rocks, though in a much more pop-oriented vein. That's largely the province of producer Bruce Fairbairn and hired-gun songwriters Desmond Child and Jim Vallance (hired upon Mirrors' commercial disappointment). But on this record, those outside influences are still largely invisible, even if Fairbairn's production sheen now seems '80s generic. Fueled by the playful staples "Rag Doll" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," and seasoned with the Delta blues fetish of "Hangman Jury" and, of course, a patented Big Power Ballad ("Angel"), it's an album that's become all but ubiquitous. Thankfully, the band's own gritty sensibility still informs tracks like "St. John" and "Girl Keeps Coming Apart," as well as a rambunctiously reverent take on the classic Beatles B-side, "I'm Down." --Jerry McCulley

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3.0 out of 5 stars still boggies June 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
As Aerosmith's second album after their 1984 reunion, which spawned the critically panned DONE WITH MIRRORS, PERMANENT VACATION succeeds becuase it retains some of the rootsy grit of their seminal 1970's work (see AEROSMITH, GET YOUR WINGS, TOYS IN THE ATTIC and ROCKS. Vacation succesfully updates the sound of America's greatest riff machine without loosing site of their bare-knuckles core--a hallmark of all relaeses to follow. For some reason, when Steven Tyler sings about sex here it doesn't sound like the trite adolescent shtick of a married man desperately trying to be "one of the lads" (see PUMP, GET A GRIP, NINE LIVES etc.) PERMANENT VACATION unabashedly rocks. That is not to say that it is a complete classic. Although Rag Doll, Hearts Done Time, Simoriah, Hangman Jury and the title track salvage the album, the sacharine popiness of Angel and Dude!(Looks Like a Lady)--not to mention the buffed-to-a-sheen production values courtesy of Bruce Fairbairn--darg it down. It is obvious why PUMP is the critical favorite of "late Aerosmith's" big three (PERMANENT VACATION, PUMP and GET A GRIP). It's stylistcally advenurous, socially concious and sexual in a totally non-threatening manner. However, Aerosmith fans should ask themselves if this type of experimentalism is really what we want from Aerosmith (unless it involves new drug concoctions). One of Aerosmith's trademarks in their heyday was their eschewing of the pomposity of 70's progressive rock (Yes, ELP etc.) and metal (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple) for leaner, stonsier sound. PERMANENT VACATION retains much of this despite it sizable--and soon to explode--pop concessions. There can obviously be no full return to true Aerosmith (although Honking on Bobo takes a stab), but of their more recent material, this is about as good (and consistant) as it gets.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I LAUGH AT THESE KIDS WHO THINK THIS IS GOOD April 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
KIDS: If you want good Aerosmith, buy (or let your parents buy you) following Aerosmith CDS:
1. AEROSMITH (FEATURING DREAM ON)
2. GET YOUR WINGS
3. TOYS IN THE ATTIC
4. ROCKS
5. LIVE:BOOTLEG
Unfortunately thats the only Aerosmith cds that are worth talking about. Permanent Vacation sucks.... Way too commercial.... My friends think the same think, not just I.... SO BUY THESE 5 CDS AND STOP LISTENING TO PERMANENT VACATION, PUMP, AND NINE LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album! April 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
I like every song on here with the exception of "Girl coming
apart" what a stupid song. Everything else I like even the
much hated "Angel" that so many on here seem to hate. Rag
Doll/Angel/Dude looks like a lady might get all the credit.
But "Hearts done Time" and "Magic Touch" are just as good.
I also love St John and Hangman Jury. This album mixes
things up pretty good and I think that helps make it as
good as it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars back in the saddle again! April 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
Aerosmith's ultimate comeback album is full of their recognisable rock, peppered with a little bit of pop in songs such as "Ragdoll" and "Dude". And there is the unavoidable power ballad "Angel". If it wasn't for this album, Aerosmith might not be around today so enjoy.
I just wish the "Permanent Vacation" tour would get released on DVD
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3.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Aerosmith album March 9 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great rock album, boasting some fantastic tracks - the title track in particular. It's my favourite Aerosmith album, and as a comeback is even better than their debut. It's one of those CDs that you can play over and over from start to finish without tiring of it, and is perfect for background music for work or driving. If you're just getting into Aerosmith, get it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This album had that "Magic Touch". March 7 2004
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
I'm sure others would disagree, but if I kept only one album of theirs, it would easily be "Permanent Vacation". Front to back this is just excellent "Aerosmith". I don't really care if it was a comeback album or not, it rocks either way. Of course it had the big hits "Rag Doll", "Angel", and "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)", but I like "Heart's Done Time", "Simoriah", and "Hangman Jury" just as much. I also really like the cover of "I'm Down", which is a "Beatles" song. Maybe I like this so much because I was in high-school at the time, but I think it's just because it's awesome. I have it on cd, cassette, and vinyl.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith Sold Out to the Man March 1 2004
By Mike
Format:Audio CD
Aerosmith created an album called Done With Mirrors that was really good, but nobody bought it. So they brought in a bunch of writers to help write popular songs. The song "Angel" resulted. To sell this album they used such an awful radio friendly song that was nothing like real Aerosmitha and they also made a huge deal about how they had recovered from all of their heavy drug useage. This IS a great story but it's stupid how they used it to sell the album. Also interesting is that they still call Joe Perry and Steven Tyler the "Toxic Twins" in the midst of telling everyone that they were clean! Still "Rag Doll" is likeable and "Dude! Looks Like A Lady" is funny because it was written about Vince Neil of Motley Crue and is cool in Wayne's World 2.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith or Air Supply ???????? Feb. 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
If this what you get when you stop doing drug's, I've got one thing to say. I'M BUYING!!!!!! This cant be the same Aerosmith from the '70's. Maybe they should go on tour with the backstreet boys. GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!!
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