Joe Perry – Joe Perry (2005)

Anthony Joseph Pereira (born September 10, 1950), better known by his stage name Joe Perry, is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the American rock band Aerosmith. He was ranked 84th in Rolling Stone‘s list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Joe Perry is the first solo album by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, released on May 3, 2005 on Sony BMG. Joe Perry is his first solo album without The Joe Perry Project. The album peaked at #110 at the Billboard charts.
Joe Perry performed all guitars, bass, keyboards and vocals on the record leaving only the drums and percussion to the album’s co-producer, Paul Caruso. This album contains a cover of “The Crystal Ship“, a song by “The Doors“.

It’d been over 20 years since Joe Perry released a solo album, and for good reason — ever since he rejoined Aerosmith in 1985, the group had been ferociously busy, determined to not squander away their fame like they did the first time around. They didn’t take a break until the mid-2000s, slowing down a bit after the release of their 2001 album Just Push Play, which was followed three years later by Honkin’ on Bobo, their return to bloozy, sleazy hard rock, in 2004. Evidently, that walk on the wild side inspired Perry to continue playing in the same vein, whether Aerosmith was by his side or not. Actually, it didn’t matter whether he had a band at all, actually, since his 2005 solo excursion, modestly titled Joe Perry, is a solo project through and through, with Joe handling all the guitars, all the bass, all the keys, all the vocals — everything except the drums and percussion, which are the responsibility of his co-producer, Paul Caruso. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Joe Perry is a bit insular and indulgent, the sound of a guitarist running wild in a studio and indulging his whims. He pretty much devotes the album to straight-ahead, full-tilt rockers, and when he does change the mood, it’s for a brief trip into vaguely Eastern, trippy psychedelia (as on the original “Pray for Me” and a cover of the Doors‘ “Crystal Ship”). Perry plays a lot of guitar here, more than he had on any recent Aerosmith album outside of Bobo, and while it’s nice to hear him cut loose, the pleasure is undercut a little bit by his flat, characterless vocals, which tend to keep the music from sounding as exciting as it could. Apart from that rather noticeable flaw, Joe Perry is a pretty good little record, rocking harder than most latter-day Aerosmith records and rarely sounding like the one-man band project it is. All the same, the record ultimately brings into sharp relief the fact that Perry needs Steven Tyler exactly as much as Tyler needs him — but since Tyler can always strut his stuff all over Aerosmith records, it is kind of nice that Perry does have the opportunity to let it rip on records like these, for those who care. And that may be enough for some die-hard Perry fans, since they get to hear their hero acting like a full-fledged guitar hero in a way he hadn’t in years. [Joe Perry has been released only as a DualDisc, a double-sided disc containing a CD version of the album on one side, and a DVD with a 5.1 Surround mix and extra video material on the other. The documentary on the DVD is actually pretty interesting, thanks to a talkative Perry, but it’s still not something that would be played more than once. The DVD also contains two tracks that you can mix yourself — provided that you install the CakeWalk Umixit program provided on the disc, which is a bit much to ask for the dubious pleasure of turning Perry‘s vocals way, way down on your own personal mix.]

Tracklist

1.  Shakin’ My Cage – 4:14
2.  Hold On Me – 4:42
3.  Pray For Me – 4:07
4.  Can’t Compare – 3:53
5.  Lonely – 4:50
6.  Crystal Ship  (Written-By – J. Morrison, J. P. Densmore, R. D. Manzarek, R. A. Krieger – 2:42
7.  Talk Talkin’  (Backing Vocals – The Bonaires) – 3:33
8.  Push Comes To Shove – 3:40
9.  Twilight – 3:37
10.  Ten Years  (Synthesizer [Analogue Synth] – Chris Noise) – 4:35
11.  Vigilante Man  (Written-By – W. Guthrie) – 3:32
12.  Bying To Be Free – 3:40
13.  Mercy – 4:23

Credits

  • Joe Perry: Guitars, bass guitar, synth guitar, keys, Lead and backing vocals (except in “Talk Talkin'”)
  • Paul Caruso: Drums, hand percussion, drum programming
  • The Bonaires: Backing vocals on “Talk Talkin’ (The Bonaires are Billie Paulette Montgomery Perry (Joe’s wife), Roman Perry (Joe’s younger son), Paul Caruso and Jim Survis)
  • Chris Noyes: Analog synth on “Ten Years”
  • All lyrics by Joe Perry except “Crystal Ship” (The Doors) and “Vigilante Man” (Woody Guthrie)
  • Produced by Joe Perry
  • Co-Produced by Paul Caruso
  • Recorded and engineered at The Boneyard by Paul Caruso
  • Cover picture by Ross Halfin

Three of the songs from the album (“Mercy”, “Shakin’ My Cage” and “Talk Talkin'”) are included as playable bonus tracks in Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.

Notes
Released: May 3, 2005
Genre: Rock
Length: 51:22

Label – Roman Records

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