9 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Aerosmith were falling apart. Substance abuse was taking it toll. Interpersonal relationships were disintegrating. Guitarist Joe Perry was already gone by the album’s release and fellow guitarist Brad Whitford would soon depart as well. Guitarists Richard Supa and Neil Thompson pick up the slack, and it’s a testament to just how skilled a band they were that even with all this difficulty, they were able to assemble an album as strong as 1979’s Night in the Ruts. The album lacks the diamond-hard precision of the band’s earlier works, favoring walls of massive overdubbed guitars to get its message across. This sonic bludgeoning adds heightened drama to the masterful opening cut (Aerosmith always knew how to make an entrance) and make “Chiquita” and “Cheese Cake” among the band’s densest hard rock. A cover of the Shangri-Las’ “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” allows singer Steven Tyler to sing to sweet desperation, while the Yardbirds’ “Think About It” again puts the guitarists into full-play. “Reefer Head Woman” is the closest the group had ever come to pure blues (and would remain so until their 2004 Honkin’ On Bobo release). “Mia,” a song for Tyler’s daughter, is another trip over to the piano for a sentimental closer (Tyler always knew how to make an exit).

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Aerosmith were falling apart. Substance abuse was taking it toll. Interpersonal relationships were disintegrating. Guitarist Joe Perry was already gone by the album’s release and fellow guitarist Brad Whitford would soon depart as well. Guitarists Richard Supa and Neil Thompson pick up the slack, and it’s a testament to just how skilled a band they were that even with all this difficulty, they were able to assemble an album as strong as 1979’s Night in the Ruts. The album lacks the diamond-hard precision of the band’s earlier works, favoring walls of massive overdubbed guitars to get its message across. This sonic bludgeoning adds heightened drama to the masterful opening cut (Aerosmith always knew how to make an entrance) and make “Chiquita” and “Cheese Cake” among the band’s densest hard rock. A cover of the Shangri-Las’ “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” allows singer Steven Tyler to sing to sweet desperation, while the Yardbirds’ “Think About It” again puts the guitarists into full-play. “Reefer Head Woman” is the closest the group had ever come to pure blues (and would remain so until their 2004 Honkin’ On Bobo release). “Mia,” a song for Tyler’s daughter, is another trip over to the piano for a sentimental closer (Tyler always knew how to make an exit).

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Uncle Elijah ,

UNDERRATED BUT SO GOOD

Very Underrated album, I don't know why people give up on it just because it has half Joe Perry and half Jimmy Crespo, but it is so much better than you think. If you have skipped this album before listen to the entire thing and think again. No Surprize tellsthe story of how Aerosmith gor a record deal in 1973, it is actually Steven Tyler's fav song. Chiquita is pure Aerosmith hard rock. Remember is a Shangri Las cover. cheese Cake is funny. Three Mile Smile is total bluesy swagger. Reffer Head Woman is Aerosmith's most bluesy song. Bone To Bone is the hardest rocking song on the album. Think about It is a Beatles cover. And Mia is a perfect example of Steven Tyler's love of the piano. This is album is better than you think

The Godless Fur Trapper ,

Last Gasp

A testament to the amoutn of gas still in the tank for this once mighty, mighty, American hard rock institution. This is the last one before they exorcise all the rock out of themselves and become a pop band for 12 year old girls and guys who think Motely Crue is better than Led Zeppelin.

novemberland1 ,

Killer Aerosmith...

"Night in the Ruts" is a part of Aerosmith's golden era and, in my opinion, it is much better than anything the band has released since they got clean and sober. Just my opinion...While I know that Joe Perry left the band during the recording sessions, you would not know it from the music, as it rocks hard. From what I understand, only one track actually contains a Jimmy Crespo guitar solo ("Three Mile Smile") the rest is Whitford and Perry.

"Bone to Bone", "No Surprise" and "Think About It" are as good as anything in the band's catalog. The album sounds great, the performances are strong and the tunes are cool. Any music by one of the finest and most consistent rock bands of the 1970's is a treasure.

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