Let the Music Do the Talking

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Let the Music Do the Talking
Studio album by The Joe Perry Project
Released March 1980
Recorded December 1979 - January 1980
Studio The Hit Factory, New York City
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 36:39
Label Columbia
Producer Jack Douglas and Joe Perry
The Joe Perry Project chronology
Let the Music Do the Talking
I've Got the Rock'n'Rolls Again
(1981)I've Got the Rock'n'Rolls Again1981

Let the Music Do the Talking is the first of four albums by The Joe Perry Project, released in 1980.[1] It was their most successful, selling approximately 250,000 copies in the United States. The title track was re-recorded by Joe Perry's more successful band Aerosmith on their album Done With Mirrors, albeit with a slightly different melody and Steven Tyler-penned lyrics.[2]


Fed up with the slow pace of the recording of Night in the Ruts and frustrated with the band’s precarious financial situation, Perry left Aerosmith in the spring of 1979. He recruited Aerosmith’s former producer Jack Douglas and shared vocal duties with Ralph Morman, who Perry had previously heard in a band called Daddy Warbux. The group was rounded out with bassist Danny Hull and drummer Ronnie Stewart. "The contrast between the tortuous ordeal of recording Aerosmith and the seamless groove that characterized the Project was remarkable," Perry later recalled.”[3]

Recording and Composition[edit]

Considering Aerosmith’s struggles, Columbia Records was initially hesitant to give Perry a solo deal, but he assured them he could turn in an album in "five or six weeks."[3] In his 2014 autobiography Rocks, the guitarist states that the songs were largely autobiographical:

"Let the Music Do the Talking" – the title track – spoke for itself. It was just how I was feeling. I didn’t need to talk. Didn’t need to explain how much I wanted to be on my own timetable, free to work at my own speed, which was pretty fast. "Conflict of Interest" was inspired by my feelings about the shady side of the record business. I was going straight back to my roots, as demonstrated by the R&B-heavy "Rockin’ Train". Songs like "Life at a Glance" and "Ready on the Firing Line" were constructed around riffs that had been bouncing around my brain for months.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[4]

Let the Music Do the Talking received generally favourable reviews from critics. Greg Prato of AllMusic wrote that "maybe because he wanted to show his former bandmates that he could succeed without them, the performances were extremely inspired, while the songwriting was sharp and focused... A truly great and underrated record, Let the Music Do the Talking could have been a classic Aerosmith release if the drugs hadn't split the band apart."[2] Canadian journalist Martin Popoff remarked how in comparison with Aerosmth albums Let the Music Do the Talking has "a greater emphasis on both control and funkiness, yet still exuding tons of warmth and larger-than-life riffery", and praised Perry for his "eccentric, concentric interpretations of the blues."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Joe Perry, except where noted.

Side one
1."Let the Music Do the Talking"4:42
2."Conflict of Interest"4:43
3."Discount Dogs" (Perry, Ralph Morman)3:42
4."Shooting Star"3:39
5."Break Song" (Perry, David Hull, Ronnie Stewart)2:06
Side two
6."Rockin' Train" (Perry, Morman)6:02
7."The Mist Is Rising"6:30
8."Ready on the Firing Line"3:54
9."Life at a Glance"2:41


The Joe Perry Project
Additional musicians


  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Joe Perry Project Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 25, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c Prato, Greg. "Joe Perry Project/Joe Perry - Let the Music Do the Talking review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 25, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c Perry, Joe; Ritz, David (October 7, 2014). Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith. New York City: Simon & Schuster. p. 199. ISBN 978-1-476-71454-7. 
  4. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 259. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.