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Perry, Joe (Project) - 1980 Let The Music Do The Talking

ARTIST: Perry, Joe (Project)
ALBUM: Let The Music Do The Talking
LABEL: Columbia
SERIAL: JC 36388
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 1989, Columbia, CK 36388


LINEUP: Joe Perry - guitars * Ralph Mormon - vocals * David Hull - bass * Ronnie Stewart - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Let The Music Do The Talking * 02 Conflict Of Interest * 03 Discount Dogs * 04 Shooting Star * 05 Break Song * 06 Rockin' Train * 07 The Mist Is Rising * 08 Ready On The Firing Line * 09 Life At A Glance


Scanning Joe Perry's work with Aerosmith from 1987 onwards show that there are few indications that he was once a no-nonsense rock and roller, such is the blandness and commerciality of the band's material and his own solo album of 2005. This from a man who titled a solo album 'Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker', something that seems rather unbelievable now. With his debut solo album in 1980, Perry was quite the opposite, recording an album that justified his departure from Aerosmith in 1979, especially when you consider the tired efforts that were 'Draw The Line' and 'Night In The Ruts', the latter album recorded at the same time as this far superior endeavour. Assembling a fine supporting cast, Perry returned to the straight forward rock of Aerosmith's early years, and to my ears even more convincingly.

The Songs
The title track was of course used by Aerosmith years later for their 'Done With Mirrors' album of 1985, but the original version displayed here surpasses it for overall dynamics, with the impressive Mormon providing stern opposition for Steven Tyler and Perry unleashes fiery riffs at will. There's not one moment of serenity throughout, 'Conflict Of Interest' drawing comparisons to vintage Rolling Stones (if there ever was such a thing) opposed to the funk ridden hard rock of 'Discount Dogs', which has real swagger. As this was 1980, melody is present amongst the barrage of solid riffs, mainly during 'Shooting Star', which without the riffs might qualify as near AOR. The brief instrumental 'Break Song' sees Perry simply on fire, at his best without question. This momentum carries over to the album highlight 'Rockin' Train', a six minute classic of boogie proportions that emphasise Mormon's born ability as a hard rock growler! This one is sure to get you moving and further goes to prove what a dud Perry became down the road. 'The Mist Is Rising' runs at six minutes also, a brooding epic with sinister tones, overshadowed by 'Ready On The Firing Line' and its blues menace. 'Life At A Glance' is a furious way to end the album, good time old fashioned rock 'n' roll with massive similarities to what Savoy Brown were doing in their 'Rock 'N' Roll Warriors' period.

In Summary
Unrelenting and uncontained, this is a rock classic. Perry dumped Mormon for some reason on 1981's 'I've Got The Rock 'N' Rolls Again', but the music was still first rate, before the journey finally came to an end when Perry rejoined Aerosmith and happily pursued a career of ever decreasing rock riffs, replaced instead by ballads, keyboards and 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing'. Would the Joe Perry of 1980 have recorded such a limp track? Judging from this wall of noise that is highly unlikely. For those who have no idea why Perry is regarded as a guitar great, this is the place to start.You'll probably then be left shaking your head as well!

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#1 | sabace on December 25 2007 19:48:30
great lp
#2 | vinyldinosaurus on February 14 2008 14:26:00
This album is not only the best Joe Perry solo project - it's better than anything Aerosmith has done since Rock In A Hard Place (1982).
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