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Permanent Vacation (Rm) [Original recording remastered]

Aerosmith Audio CD
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Great Comeback Album Nov. 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
In the mideighties a reunited Aerosmith struggled to get back on the charts. Then in 1986 they teamed up with Run DMC for a reworking of their old hit Walk this Way. A new generation of kids loved the song and finally heard of this band and older fans looked back on them with fondness. Aerosmith entered the studio clean & sober and emerged with an album that delivered the goods. This album rocks, but is also fun & playful. It celebrates sex, having a goodtime, and being alive. Sure it has that 80s production making it sound sweet but it doesn't matter. The songwriting, lyrics, music, & singing all perfectly collide for a great Rock album.
1. Hearts Done Time. 9/10 Starts with some whale noises then the bad boys from Boston bash away and announce they are back.
2. Magic Touch. 8/10 This song keeps the energy up and has a good solo.
3. Rag Doll. 10/10 Big hit & great video. Very fun hard rocking song. One of their best songs ever and a concert stable.
4. Simorah. 7/10 Weird tittle and just an average rock song.
5. Dude (looks like a lady). 10/10 Inspired by Motley Crue's Vince Neil. This song delivers and was another big hit. I love the guitar solo and the nasty sexual tension it holds.
6. St. John. 8/10 Very good song about corruption in the church.
7. Hangman Jury. 9/10 Has a great swamp feel in the begining then morphs into really good rock song. Even my brother who doesn't like Aerosmith likes this one.
8. Girl Keeps Coming Apart. 7/10 Very fast song but just kinda average.
9. Angel. 10/10 This is a power ballad but don't let that fool you. The lyrics and musicianship are top notch and this is a masterpiece and best song from the album.
10. Permanent Vacation. 8/10 Good song that makes you feel like your on a Carribean island.
11. I'm Down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AEROSMITH PERMANENT VACATION Aug. 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
AEROSMITH REUNITED IN 1984 AND DID A NEW ALBUM CALLED "DONE WITH MIRRORS". ALTHOUGH THAT ALBUM WAS GOOD IT DIDN'T PROVE AEROSMITH WAS REALLY BACK. THIS ALBUM PROVES IT. IT HAD 3 TOP 20 HITS ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS. STEVEN TYLER AND JOE PERRY WROTE A BALLAD CALLED, "ANGEL" WICH MADE #3 ON THE CHARTS. THIS SONG IS SO PASSIONATE. THE LYRICS GO LIKE, "YOU'RE THE REASON I LIVE, YOU'RE THE REASON I DIE. YOU'RE THE I GIVE WHEN I BREAK DOWN AND CRY. BABY, BABY, BABY YOU'RE MY ANGEL. COME AND SAVE ME TONIGHT."
OTHER SMASHES LIKE "PERMANENT VACATION" WHICH FEATURES HARMONICA BY STEVE TYLER, SAXAPHONE, TANGO, ETC. EXCELLENT RIFFS, COOL TANGO BEATS. THIS SONG IS AN EXCELLENT PIECE. THEY DID A RE-MAKE OF THE BEATLE'S "I'M DOWN" WITH STEVEN DOING A HEAVY KEYBOARD SOLO IN THE MIDDLE AFTER JOE'S GUITAR SOLO. THE NEXT SMASH HIT WAS "DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY." NOW THIS SONG IS REALLY COOL. THE MUSIC VIDEO TO THIS ESPECIALLY. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SONG, JOE KICKS IN WITH AN AMAZING GUITAR SOLO WITH BRAD DOING AN EXCELLENT RYTHEM IN THE BACK. OTHER HITS LIKE "HANGMAN JURY", "GIRL KEEPS COMIN' APART" ARE ALL SONGS THAT PROVED AEROSMITH WAS BACK FOR GOOD.
BUY THIS ALBUM AND SEE AEROSMITH BACK IN ACTION FOR GOOD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AEROSMITH PERMANENT VACATION Aug. 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
AEROSMITH REUNITED IN 1984 AND DID A NEW ALBUM CALLED "DONE WITH MIRRORS". ALTHOUGH THAT ALBUM WAS GOOD IT DIDN'T PROVE AEROSMITH WAS REALLY BACK. THIS ALBUM PROVES IT. IT HAD 3 TOP 20 HITS ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS. STEVEN TYLER AND JOE PERRY WROTE A BALLAD CALLED, "ANGEL" WICH MADE #3 ON THE CHARTS. THIS SONG IS SO PASSIONATE. THE LYRICS GO LIKE, "YOU'RE THE REASON I LIVE, YOU'RE THE REASON I DIE. YOU'RE THE I GIVE WHEN I BREAK DOWN AND CRY. BABY, BABY, BABY YOU'RE MY ANGEL. COME AND SAVE ME TONIGHT."
OTHER SMASHES LIKE "PERMANENT VACATION" WHICH FEATURES HARMONICA BY STEVE TYLER, SAXAPHONE, TANGO, ETC. EXCELLENT RIFFS, COOL TANGO BEATS. THIS SONG IS AN EXCELLENT PIECE. THEY DID A RE-MAKE OF THE BEATLE'S "I'M DOWN" WITH STEVEN DOING A HEAVY KEYBOARD SOLO IN THE MIDDLE AFTER JOE'S GUITAR SOLO. THE NEXT SMASH HIT WAS "DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY." NOW THIS SONG IS REALLY COOL. THE MUSIC VIDEO TO THIS ESPECIALLY. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SONG, JOE KICKS IN WITH AN AMAZING GUITAR SOLO WITH BRAD DOING AN EXCELLENT RYTHEM IN THE BACK. OTHER HITS LIKE "HANGMAN JURY", "GIRL KEEPS COMIN' APART" ARE ALL SONGS THAT PROVED AEROSMITH WAS BACK FOR GOOD.
BUY THIS ALBUM AND SEE AEROSMITH BACK IN ACTION FOR GOOD.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I LAUGH AT THESE KIDS WHO THINK THIS IS GOOD
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
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Published on April 23 2004 by F. Rosalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
I like every song on here with the exception of "Girl coming
apart" what a stupid song. Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by rocker81
5.0 out of 5 stars back in the saddle again!
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". Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by M. Gary Buglass
3.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Aerosmith album
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. Read more
Published on March 9 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars This album had that "Magic Touch".
I'm sure others would disagree, but if I kept only one album of theirs, it would easily be "Permanent Vacation". Read more
Published on March 7 2004 by H3@+h
3.0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith Sold Out to the Man
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. Read more
Published on March 1 2004 by Mike
1.0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith or Air Supply ????????
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004 by James leslie
4.0 out of 5 stars Grade B-
Never been a fan of early Aerosmith, never listened to anything of theirs unless it was on the radio. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2003 by Eric J. Weik
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT garbage
Anyone who calls this album garbage needs to lighten up, or at least get a good girlfriend. "Heart's Done Time" is a great opener. Read more
Published on July 26 2003 by mjp81
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