Nine Lives (Aerosmith album)
Nine Lives is the twelfth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released March 18, 1997. The album was produced by Aerosmith and Kevin Shirley, was the band's first studio album released by Columbia Records since 1982's Rock in a Hard Place, it peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. One of the album's singles, "Pink", won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Early recordings took place at Criteria Studios in Miami, where the band worked with producer Glen Ballard. There, Steven Tyler and Ballard co-wrote the lyrics for "Falling in Love", "Taste of India" and "Pink". Other collaborators, including Desmond Child and Taylor Rhodes, joined Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry to write songs. Child collaborated with Aerosmith on such hits as "Angel," "Crazy" and "Dude." Only a week before rehearsals, drummer Joey Kramer was suffering from depression, having grieved the loss of his father a few years prior. With Kramer unavailable, rumors began to circulate. Steve Ferrone was brought in to play drums.
"I came back with a nice perspective on what I bring to the table in Aerosmith," Kramer reflected. "That was healthy for me. We ended up rerecording because people were listening to the tracks and were saying some negative stuff about it and saying the band didn't sound the same."Originally set for a summer release in 1996, the album was delayed, because Columbia Records felt dissatisfied with the nine tracks that Aerosmith and Ballard had produced. Further issues occurred in July that year, when the band asked their manager Tim Collins to step down after twelve years of partnership. In his 2014 autobiography Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, Perry recounted that Aerosmith felt betrayed by Collins, as he would pit the members against one another. With their longtime manager gone, the band decided to hire in-house producer Kevin Shirley, set up at Avatar Studios in New York City. Shirley, who had worked with Journey, helped with the album's overtones and instruments the guitar sounds. In a 1997 MTV special promoting the making of Nine Lives, Tyler declared: "He's got it somewhere stuck between Toys in the Attic and Rocks."The new sessions began in September 1996, continued to November.
Following the shift in production, Kramer recovered from his depression, returned to the studio. Instead of playing his tracks over Ferrone's, the band rerecorded from scratch on all of the completed tracks with Kramer. John Kalodner, Columbia's A&R executive was brought back to supervise the project, after he had been pushed off the production in Florida by Collins, he helped trim the twenty-four songs, written to thirteen. The band called the album "Vindaloo" after adding in elements of Indian music throughout some of the songs, including a sarangi intro by Ramesh Mishra on the song, "Taste of India", but upon completing the track "Nine Lives", the band felt that would make the perfect title, serving as a metaphor for the album's troubled conception. In his AllMusic review, Stephen Thomas Erlewine compared Nine Lives to previous Aerosmith albums stating, “Nine Lives, in contrast, is overlabored, with Aerosmith making a conscious effort to sound hip and vibrant, which simply makes them sound tired."
He criticised the album's troubled production saying, "Not only are the performances perfunctory, but the songs aren't catchy no matter how hard it tries, "Falling in Love" never develops a hook, it is not an exception". Elysa Gardner from Rolling Stone was more favourable in her 1997 review concluding, "For those who can't abide a collection of Aerosmith tunes without its share of power ballads, Nine Lives doesn't disappoint"; the booklet for Nine Lives contains 12 pieces of album art. Each picture contains a smaller version of the previous picture within itself; the final picture is included in the first. It was designed by Stefan Sagmeister; the original cover art, inspired by a painting in a book by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, featured Lord Krishna dancing on the head of the snake demon, Kāliyā; the Hindu community protested. The band had been unaware of the source of the artwork, the record company apologized, leading to the next prints removing the art from the cover and booklet.
The new cover featured a cat tied to a circus knife-thrower’s wheel. Some releases of Nine Lives feature different track listings, most notably the two Japanese editions which both feature the song "Fall Together"; the song was included as a B-side on the album's first single "Falling in Love". The European re-release of the album's third single "Pink", features the B-side "What Kind of Love Are You On"; the song was titled "What Kind of Lover You Want", was one of many outtakes left from the recording sessions in Florida. The song was re-titled "What Kind of Love Are You On" and featured in the 1998 movie Armageddon, as well as its associated soundtrack. Another outttake titled "When the Monkeys Come" was reworked by the band in 2000 to promote the release of Charlie's Angels; the song's original title was changed to "Angel's Eye", with some of the lyrics being rewritten to suit the movie's style. Other unfinished tracks that were discarded during the recording sessions in Florida include, "Bacon Biscuit Blues", " Bridges Are Burning", "Heart of Passion", "Loretta" and "Trouble".
Tyler mentioned a song called "Where the Sun Never Shines" during an MTV interview shortly after the album's release. Steven Tyler – lead vocals, hand organ, harmonica, hammer dulcimer, perc
Pump is the tenth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released on September 12, 1989. The album was remastered and reissued in 2001. Pump incorporates the use of keyboards and a horn section on many of the singles, contains straightforward rockers, the ballad "What It Takes", songs about issues such as incest and murder and drug and alcohol abuse, as well as a variety of instrumental interludes such as "Hoodoo" and "Dulcimer Stomp." The album has certified sales of seven million copies in the U. S. to date, is tied with its successor Get a Grip as Aerosmith's second best-selling studio album in the U. S.. It produced a variety of "firsts" for the band including their first Grammy Award. "Love in an Elevator" became the first Aerosmith song to hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Additionally, it is the only Aerosmith album to date to have three Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and three #1 singles on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart; the album was the fourth bestselling album of the year 1990.
In the UK, it was the second Aerosmith album to be certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in September 1989. Pump was the second of three sequentially recorded Aerosmith albums to feature producer Bruce Fairbairn and engineers Mike Fraser and Ken Lomas at The Little Mountain Sound Studios. A video documentary on the recording, The Making of Pump, was released in 1994. In December 1988, Aerosmith got together at Rik Tinory Productions in Cohasset, Massachusetts to rehearse and compose new songs, as the band members thought the isolated nature of the studio would help their creativity. Over 19 songs were written, split between an "A-list" with songs considered possible hits, such as "Love in an Elevator" and "What It Takes", the "B list" having songs yet to be developed such as "Voodoo Medicine Man". Producer Bruce Fairbairn focused on getting as many hooks on the songs as possible; some songs proposed for the album, though never released, include "Girl's Got Somethin'", "Is Anybody Out There", "Guilty Kilt", "Rubber Bandit", "Sniffin'", "Sedona Sunrise".
Many songs had alternate titles, for example, "Voodoo Medicine Man" was titled "Buried Alive" and "News For Ya Baby". The majority of these songs can be seen in photos of the studio's whiteboard and in footage from "The Making Of Pump". In January 1989, the band went to Vancouver to again record at Fairbairn's Little Mountain Sound, where the producer had helmed Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet and New Jersey. "I don't listen to Bon Jovi," Steven Tyler protested, "so we didn't say,'Oh, they had a great album,' and go up there."The intention with the album was exploring a rawness, glossed over for a commercial sound in Permanent Vacation. Joe Perry declared that "When we went to do this album, we knew what we wanted, we wanted to strip off a little fat we felt on our last one. We didn't say'We need a drug song or a child abuse song,' but when they fit, we used them. That's Aerosmith: we aren't bound by any rules." This escape from the rules lead to the instrumental interludes between the songs. The interludes were done with the collaboration of musician Randy Raine-Reusch, brought to the studio after Perry and Tyler visited his house to search for unusual instruments to employ.
Many of the lyrics employ sexual themes, which Tyler attributed to having "making up for the lost time" he spent using drugs instead of having sex in the 1970s. On a 1989 MTV special entitled "Aerosmith Sunday," Brad Whitford explained the album title with "Now that we're off drugs, we're all pumped up."Steven Tyler regretted not putting lyrics in the album booklet, something that happened because Geffen was afraid the Parents Music Resource Center would protest over lyrical content with many sex and drugs references. To remedy this omission, the lyrics were included in the tour programme; the album cover features a black and white photo of a smaller International K Series truck on top of a larger International KB Series truck, with the letters F. I. N. E in place of the chrome International markings on the side of both hoods. Aerosmith found themselves in law school textbooks after a small rock band named Pump sued Aerosmith's management company for service mark infringement. Aerosmith won the case.
Aerosmith found themselves in legal trouble when the songwriting team Holland–Dozier–Holland threatened to sue the band over the main melody in Aerosmith's song "The Other Side" which sounded similar to the melody in the song "Standing in the Shadows of Love". As part of the settlement, Aerosmith agreed to add "Holland–Dozier–Holland" in the songwriting credits for "The Other Side". AerosmithSteven Tyler – lead vocals, keyboards, harmonica Joe Perry – guitar:second solo on "Love in an Elevator", slide guitar on "Monkey on My Back", backing vocals Brad Whitford – guitar: lead guitar on "Hoodoo/Voodoo Medicine Man" and first solo on "Love in an Elevator" Tom Hamilton – bass, backing vocals on "Love in an Elevator" Joey Kramer – drumsAdditional personnelBob Dowd – backing vocals on "Love in an Elevator" Catherine Epps – spoken intro on "Love in an Elevator" Bruce Fairbairn – trumpet, backing vocals on "Love in an Elevator" The Margarita Horns – brass instruments, saxophones John Webster – keyboards Randy Raine-Reusch - Musical interludes (Appalachian dulcimer on "Dulcimer Stomp," didgeridoo on "Don't Get Mad, Get Even," Thai naw on "Hoodoo," and glass harmo
Classics Live I and II
Classics Live and Classics Live II are a set of albums by the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, released in 1986 and 1987, respectively. Together, they constitute the band's second live offering, after Live! Bootleg. Classics Live. Classics Live! is made up of concert recordings from 1978 and 1984. Some of the recordings include guitarists Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay, who had temporarily replaced Joe Perry and Brad Whitford respectively. Different live versions of most of these songs had been released on Live! Bootleg in 1978. Venues and dates are not listed on the sleeve, there is only the all-encompassing and vague statement "These songs were recorded at various concerts between 1977 and 1983." It is not listed. The studio track "Major Barbra" was recorded for the album Get Your Wings but remained unreleased. An alternate version is available on Pandora's Box. All Songs recorded at the Orpheum Boston, MA, February 14, 1984, except where noted. All tracks written except where noted. Classics Live! II features tracks recorded at a New Year's Eve show in 1984, with all five original members once again reunited.
The other two tracks were the first track of 1985s Done with Mirrors, "Let the Music Do the Talking", a rendition of 1977s "Draw the Line" from California Jam II. Aerosmith photography by Paul McAlpine All Songs recorded at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, December 31, 1984, except where noted. All tracks written except where noted. In 1998, Classics Live Complete was released outside the U. S, compiling the two albums on one CD. Classics Live! at MusicBrainz Classics Live! II at MusicBrainz
Aerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970. The group consists of Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Brad Whitford, their style, rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to incorporate elements of pop rock, heavy metal, rhythm and blues, has inspired many subsequent rock artists. They are sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band". Perry and Hamilton in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with Tyler and guitarist Ray Tabano, formed Aerosmith. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Whitford, the band began developing a following in Boston, they were signed to Columbia Records in 1972, released a string of gold and platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 eponymous debut album, followed by Get Your Wings in 1974. In 1975, the band broke into the mainstream with the album Toys in the Attic, their 1976 follow-up Rocks cemented their status as hard rock superstars. Draw the Line and Night in the Ruts followed in 1977 and 1979 respectively.
Their first five albums have since attained multi-platinum status. Throughout the 1970s, the band toured extensively and charted a dozen Billboard Hot 100 singles, including their first Top 40 hit "Sweet Emotion" and the Top 10 hits "Dream On" and "Walk This Way". By the end of the decade, they were among the most popular hard rock bands in the world and developed a following of fans referred to as the "Blue Army". However, drug addiction and internal conflict took their toll on the band, which led to the departures of Perry and Whitford in 1979 and 1981, respectively; the band did not fare well between 1980 and 1984, releasing the album Rock in a Hard Place, certified gold but failed to match their previous successes. Perry and Whitford returned to Aerosmith in 1984 and the band signed a new deal with Geffen Records. After a comeback tour, the band recorded Done with Mirrors, which won some critical praise but failed to match commercial expectations, it was not until the band's collaboration with rap group Run–D.
M. C. in 1986, the 1987 multi-platinum release, Permanent Vacation, that they regained the level of popularity they had experienced in the 1970s. In the late 1980s and 1990s, the band scored several Top 40 hits and won numerous awards for music from the multi-platinum albums Pump, Get a Grip, Nine Lives, while they embarked on their most extensive concert tours to date, their biggest hit singles during this time included "Dude", "Angel", "Rag Doll", "Love in an Elevator", "Janie's Got a Gun", "What it Takes", "Livin' on the Edge", "Cryin'", "Crazy". The band became a pop culture phenomenon with popular music videos and notable appearances in television and video games. In 1998, they achieved their first number-one hit with "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from the Armageddon soundtrack and the following year, their own roller coaster attraction opened at Walt Disney World, their comeback has been described as one of the spectacular in rock history. Additional albums Just Push Play, Honkin' on Bobo, Music from Another Dimension!
Followed in 2001, 2004, 2012 and in 2008, they released Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, considered to be the best-selling band-centric video game. After 49 years of performing, the band continues to tour and record music, but is embarking on a farewell tour that will last several years; the band will be performing at a residency in Las Vegas in 2019. Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, including over 70 million records in the United States alone. With 25 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, 12 multi-platinum albums, they hold the record for the most total certifications by an American band and are tied for the most multi-platinum albums by an American band; the band has scored twenty-one Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine number-one Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, ten MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, were included among both Rolling Stone's and VH1's lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time at number 57 and number 30 respectively.
In 2013, the band's principal songwriters and Perry, were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in 2019, the band will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1964, Steven Tyler formed his own band called the Strangeurs—later Chain Reaction—in Yonkers, NY. Meanwhile and Hamilton formed the Jam Band, based on free-form and blues. Hamilton and Perry moved to Boston, Massachusetts in September 1969. There they met a drummer from Yonkers, New York. Kramer had always hoped to play in a band with him. Kramer, a Berklee College of Music student, decided to leave the school, joined Jam Band. In 1970, Chain Reaction and Jam Band played at the same gig. Tyler loved Jam Band's sound, wanted to combine the two bands. In October 1970, the bands considered the proposition. Tyler, a drummer and backup singer in Chain Reaction, adamantly refused to play drums in this new band, insisting that he would take part only if he could be frontman and lead vocalist; the others agreed, a new band was formed.
The band moved into a home together at 1325 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, where they wrote and rehearsed music together and relaxed in between shows. The members
Get Your Wings
Get Your Wings is the second studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released March 1, 1974. The album is the first to feature production from Jack Douglas, who produced the band's next four albums. Three singles were released from the album; the album has been released in stereo and quadraphonic, certified triple platinum by the RIAA. In 1973, Aerosmith released its debut album to little fanfare; as guitarist Joe Perry recalled in the 1997 band memoir Walk This Way, "There was no nothing at all: no press, no radio, no airplay, no reviews, no interviews, no party. Instead the album got ignored and there was a lot of anger and flipping out." The band had been somewhat nervous recording their first album, with vocalist Steven Tyler going so far to alter his singing voice, they had little chemistry with producer Adrian Barber. The band moved into an apartment in Brookline and began intensive rehearsals in a dungeon-like basement of a store called Drummer's Image on Newbury Street. By the time they began recording Get Your Wings, Jack Douglas had agreed to work with the band, beginning a long and successful studio collaboration.
According to Perry, Columbia had wanted the band to work with Bob Ezrin, a producer with Alice Cooper. It was Ezrin who introduced the band to Douglas, for "all practical purposes, Jack became our producer. Ezrin might have shown up three or four times, but only to make suggestions, like bringing in additional musicians to augment our sound." Get Your Wings was recorded at the Record Plant in New York City between December 1973 and January 1974. Jay Messina engineered the sessions. Douglas recalled, "To the best of my memory, the preproduction work for Get Your Wings started in the back of a restaurant, like a Mob hangout in the North End. I commuted there from the Copley Plaza Hotel and they started to play me the songs they had for their new album. My attitude was:'What can I do to make them sound like themselves?'"One of the most well-known tracks is a cover of "Train Kept A-Rollin'", made popular by one of Aerosmith's favorite bands, the Yardbirds. According to Douglas, the crowd noise at the end of the track was taken from a "wild track" from The Concert for Bangladesh, which he had worked on.
The single version omits the crowd noise. Notable for its start/stop groove, the song became the band's signature show-stopper, still ends concerts today. In 1997, drummer Joey Kramer explained to Alan Di Perna of Guitar World that its unique rhythmic feel originated "probably just from jamming on it at soundcheck and experimenting with putting a James Brown kind of beat behind it. I played with a lot of R&B-type groups before joining Aerosmith." In the same interview, Perry stated that "Train" was the one song "we all had in common when we came together."In 1997, Perry told Aerosmith biographer Stephen Davis: The tracks were the stuff we'd been working on at our apartment on Beacon Street in the summer of'73. I wrote the riff to "Same Old Song and Dance" one night in the front room and Steven just started to sing along. "Spaced" happened the same way with a lot of input from Jack. "S. O. S." Meant "Same Old Shit" and came from the rehearsals at the Drummer's Image... "Lord of the Thighs" and "Seasons of Wither" were Steven's songs.
Of all the ballads Aerosmith has done, "Wither" was the one. In his autobiography, Tyler writes that "Seasons of Wither" had been "germinating in my head for a long time, but the other more sinister tracks, like'Lord of the Thighs', came from the seedy area where we recorded the album.'Lord of the Thighs' was about a pimp and the wildlife out on the street." Tyler plays the piano on "Lord of the Thighs," the opening beat of which opening beat is similar to the one Kramer would tap out a year in "Walk This Way." He stated that the title was a pun on the famous William Golding novel Lord of the Flies, "the critics hated us for this. We weren't supposed to be smart enough to use literary references."The original lyric for "Same Old Song and Dance" –'Got you with the cocaine, found with your gun' – was altered for the single version to'You shady looking loser, you played with my gun'. The closing "Pandora's Box" was written by Kramer, who recalled in 1997: "The summer before, we'd rented a farmhouse in East Thetford, while we were rehearsing in New Hampshire, that's where I wrote the melody of'Pandora's Box.'
Steven wrote the lines about women's liberation, a big new issue in those times." According to Douglas, the clarinet at the start of the track is a union engineer playing "I'm in the Mood for Love". In 2014 Perry reflected, "We all put in endless hours, fueled by whatever substances were available... I knew. We were better than the record, and yet I didn't know. I didn't know how to get from good to great."On the second album," Tyler noted, "the songs found my voice. I realized that it's not about hitting all the notes. Contemporary reviews were positive. In his article for Rolling Stone, Charley Walters praised the LP, writing that "the snarling chords of guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford tautly propel each number, jibing neatly with the rawness of singer Steven Tyler, whose discipline is evident no matter how he shrieks, growls, or spits out the lyrics." Billboard reviewer called the music "derivative", but added that the band's "tough and nasty rock'n'roll vision" could be successful with the help of the right producers.
Music critic Robert Christgau found the band "inheritors" of Grand Funk in dumbness, but considered them "loud and cunning enough to provide a real treat" for the public of su
Aerosmith is the eponymous debut studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released on January 5, 1973 by Columbia Records. The song "Walkin' the Dog" is a cover of a song performed by Rufus Thomas; the single "Dream On" became an American top ten single when re-released in 1976. The album peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard 200 Chart in 1976. On the original cover, the song "Walkin' the Dog" was misprinted as "Walkin' the Dig"; when a second pressing of the album was released in 1976, this error was corrected and the cover replaced with a modified one made up of the photo of the band members. This second pressing is the more available version of the LP; when reissued on CD in 1993 as a remastered version, the original first pressing artwork was used. After entering a partnership with Frank Connelly, David Krebs and Steve Leber invited members of two record labels – Atlantic Records and Columbia Records – to view an Aerosmith concert at Max's Kansas City. Clive Davis, the president of Columbia, was impressed with the band and Aerosmith signed with Columbia in the summer of 1972.
Although lead singer Steven Tyler had been in several previous groups, most of the band members had never been in a studio before. The band was influenced by many of the British blues/rock bands of the 1960s, including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Yardbirds, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac; the album opens with "Make It" and the appropriate opening line, "Good evening, welcome to the show, got something here I want you all to know." The song, composed by Tyler, who had struggled in a slew of local bands before Aerosmith, encourages listeners to succeed in achieving their dreams and not letting anything stop them, much like Aerosmith in their early club days performing up to three shows a day trying to get a record deal. "Somebody" is driven by a basic blues guitar riff and Tyler's lyrics tell the story of a character trying to search for the woman of his dreams. Written by Tyler and his friend Steven Emspak, "Somebody" was released in June 1973 as the B-side to the "Dream On" single.
"Dream On" was written by Tyler and became Aerosmith's first major hit and classic rock radio staple. The single peaked at number 59 nationally but hit big in the band's native Boston, where it was the number 1 single of the year on the less commercial top 40 station, WVBZ-FM, number 5 for the year on rated Top 40 WRKO-AM, number 16 on heritage Top 40 WMEX-AM; the album version of "Dream On" was re-issued early in 1976, debuting at number 81 on January 10, breaking into the Top 40 on February 14 and peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 national chart on April 10. Columbia chose to service Top 40 radio stations with a re-issue of the 3:25 edited version, many 1976 Pop Radio listeners were exposed to the group's first Top 10 effort through the 45 edit; the song is famous for its building climax to showcase Tyler's trademark screams, is notable for being the only track on the album that displays Tyler's real singing voice. It was written on piano but the recording contains a two-guitar arrangement, with guitarist Brad Whitford explaining to Guitar World's Alan Di Perna in 1997, "The idea was just to transcribe what Steven was doing with his left and right hands on the piano."
The song is composed in the key of F minor. In the authorized Stephen Davis band memoir Walk This Way, Tyler speaks at length about the origins of the songs: "Make It" - "I wrote'Make It' in a car driving from New Hampshire to Boston. There's that hill you come to and see the skyline of Boston, I was sitting in the backseat thinking, What would be the greatest thing to sing for an audience if we were opening up for the... Stones? What would the lyrics say?" "Somebody" - "'Somebody' grew out of a lick that our roadie Steve Emsback used to play on his guitar during the days of William Proud. I grabbed it and wrote the lyrics." "Dream On" - "The music for'Dream On' was written on a Steinway upright piano in the living room of Trow-Rico Lodge in Sunapee, maybe four years before Aerosmith started. I was seventeen or eighteen... It was just this little thing I was playing, I never dreamed it would end up as a real song or anything... It's about dreaming until your dreams come true." "One Way Street" - "'One Way Street' was written on piano at 1325, with rhythm and the harp coming from'Midnight Rambler.'"
"Mama Kin" - "One day I grabbed this old guitar Joey Kramer found in the garbage on Beacon Street, an acoustic with no strings. It was so warped you could shoot arrows with it. I let it dry for a week. I looked at it for about two days, put four strings on it, all it would take because it was so warped... I stole the opening lick from an old Blodwyn Pig song." "Write Me a Letter" - "'Write Me' was originally'Bite Me,' something we'd been working on for five or six months starting in the Bruins' dressing room at the Boston Garden, but it just didn't make it. One day I said,'Fuck this,' said something to Joey, who started playing like a can-can rhythm thing, there it was." "Movin' Out" - "'Movin' Out' was the first song I wrote with Joe, the first experience of coming up with something and saying,'See? I can do it.'" The group recorded their debut album at Intermedia Studios in 331 Newbury Street, Massachusetts with record producer Adrian Barber. For the most part, the production is sparse and dry – two guitars, drums, a singer, piano – but the most remarkable feature of the album is how different Tyler sounds compared to the albums that followed.
In his autobiography Tyler recalls, "The b