Rock In A Hard Place
Released: Aug 1982
The only Aerosmith album recorded without Joe Perry (who was probably somewhere throwing darts at a picture of Steven Tyler at the time), Rock in a Hard Place is generally regarded as a low point for the band by most fans. That's not entirely fair; despite Perry's absence, there are some good songs. "Lightning Strikes" is about as close to classic-era 'Smith as one could ask for; the title cut almost sounds like "Same Old Song and Dance"; and propulsive opener "Jailbait" is anything but crappy. That said, the lack of Perry's guitar is major. It's a good thing they all made up.