10 Albums in 10 Days…
This Facebook chain has been circulating recently and I thought I’d add my selections to my blog as well.
The concept is simple. Post an album a day about your ten all-time favourite albums. Those records that really made an impact in your life and are still in heavy rotation today. No need to get into great detail if you don’t want to. Just post the album cover and nominate a person each day to do the same.
Favourite Albums 07/10: Aerosmith – Night In The Ruts (1979)
While everyone in school was listening to Elton John, Supertramp, Queen, etc, I was listening to Elvis Presley, Nazareth, Kiss, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Rush, Triumph… Typically harder stuff, that would only get harder as the years passed by. Another band was Aerosmith. Most of their early albums are classics.
But their most underrated album, not just from that era, but all-time, is Night In The Ruts (aka Right In The Nuts). The band was pretty messed up during the recording of this record. Their label was putting pressure on them to come up with a hit. They were fighting with their manager and producer. They were broke. There was rampant drug use. And of course, they were fighting amongst themselves. Even the wives and girlfriends were scraping! It got so bad that Joe Perry quit halfway through the recording sessions.
Despite all of this, the album is excellent. So raw. A little bluesy at times but still full of energy. “Bone to Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy)” is as good as anything else they had recorded in the past. Listen to the great guitar parts from Perry and Brad Whitford. This is followed by “Think About It”, a Yardbirds B-side from 1968. “No Surprize”, “Chiquita”, “Cheese Cake” and “Three Mile Smile” are other excellent tracks. I think I have listened to this Aerosmith album more than any other.
I know Ben F. listens to good music.