Let the Music Do the Talking by The Joe Perry Project on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The mighty Aerosmith was in trouble by 1979, and its guitarist, Joe Perry, was out to prove himself. And so he formed The Joe Perry Project and recorded and released this passionate solo album in a fraction of the time it took Aerosmith to get anything done. Let the Music Do the Talking is an underrated and quite spectacular album, featuring some of Perry's most inspired playing and decent lead vocals from the usually reserved part-time singer. An additional vocalist, Ralph Mormon, is brought in to spike things up, and while he lacks Steven Tyler's elasticity, he rocks out tough funk to a convincing degree. Most importantly, the songwriting is strong throughout. The title track was eventually rerecorded by Aerosmith, and Perry took the reins for "Conflict of Interest" and "Shooting Star." "Break Song" is a fiery instrumental that shows what an enlightened power trio can do. (Mormon wouldn't last a full tour, but Perry found another capable bandmate in Charlie Farren, and the Project's winning streak continued with another energetic release in the following year's I've Got the Rock 'n' Rolls Again.) 

EDITORS’ NOTES

The mighty Aerosmith was in trouble by 1979, and its guitarist, Joe Perry, was out to prove himself. And so he formed The Joe Perry Project and recorded and released this passionate solo album in a fraction of the time it took Aerosmith to get anything done. Let the Music Do the Talking is an underrated and quite spectacular album, featuring some of Perry's most inspired playing and decent lead vocals from the usually reserved part-time singer. An additional vocalist, Ralph Mormon, is brought in to spike things up, and while he lacks Steven Tyler's elasticity, he rocks out tough funk to a convincing degree. Most importantly, the songwriting is strong throughout. The title track was eventually rerecorded by Aerosmith, and Perry took the reins for "Conflict of Interest" and "Shooting Star." "Break Song" is a fiery instrumental that shows what an enlightened power trio can do. (Mormon wouldn't last a full tour, but Perry found another capable bandmate in Charlie Farren, and the Project's winning streak continued with another energetic release in the following year's I've Got the Rock 'n' Rolls Again.) 

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About The Joe Perry Project

The Joe Perry Project was a short-lived band during the early '80s led by Aerosmith's founding guitarist (and obtained the dubious feat of featuring a different singer for each of their three albums). After Perry grew disenchanted with the indulgent, drug-consuming, time-wasting monster that Aerosmith had become (despite the fact that they were still one of the biggest rock outfits in the U.S.), Perry jumped ship and rang up a trio of acquaintances from the Boston area: singer Ralph Mormon, bassist David Hull, and drummer Ronnie Stewart. The quartet got off to a good start with the back-to-basics debut Let the Music Do the Talking, but not long afterwards, the same vices that plagued Aerosmith began to rear their ugly heads once more in Perry's latest band. By the Project's sophomore release, 1981's I've Got the Rock 'n' Rolls Again, Mormon was replaced with Charlie Farren, which proved to not be up to par with the quartet's debut. But their weakest release was yet to come, 1984's unfocused Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker, which saw the entire band (save Perry) replaced: as singer Cowboy Mach Bell, bassist Danny Hargrove, and drummer Joe Pet signed on. Realizing that he was on a sinking ship, Perry made up with his former Aerosmith bandmates and rejoined them full-time later the same year. 1999 saw the release of a 20-track Joe Perry Project retrospective, The Music Still Does the Talking: The Best Of, which contained a rare instrumental version of Aerosmith's "Bone to Bone," previously available only as a B-side. Mormon eventually surfaced briefly as a frontman for Savoy Brown (appearing on a pair of 1981 releases, Greatest Hits Live in Concert and Rock 'N' Roll Warriors), while Farren formed the group Farrenheit, and later issued a solo debut in 1999 (Deja Blue, the Color of Love). ~ Greg Prato

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