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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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Let the Music Do the Talkin

Joe Perry's first solo album, but not the best... that is the next one. Raw and gritty tunes will satisfy any old school, pre-corporation jelly roll Aerosmith fan. Let the Music Do the Talking is better than the Done with Mirrors verison. You can hear the influence this record had on another Boston band (i.e. Extreme). Joe gets more funky and loose with tunes like Discount Dogs, Rockin' Train and Ready on the Firing Line. Play it loud like Joe suggests in the linear notes.

Joe Perry at his best

I glad that iTunes has downloaded The Joe Perry Project. I've searched for this before with no luck. Thanks Itunes!!! This album brings back a lot of memories. Listening to this album on my record player with the volume on 10, playing air guitar. Discount Dogs is one of my all time favorites!!! Break Song is where Joe just tears up the riffs!!! Buy this album, you won't be disappointed.


Easily and without a doubt the best Joe Perry solo album! ALL of the songs on this are great! Favorites? All of them! What a great album from start to finish! A favorite! Much, MUCH better than Aerosmith's "Rock in a Hard Place." I persoanlly love Joe singing "Shooting Star," but also love title track, and "Rockin' Train." Just listened to this the other day and loved it. Holds up well over time! A classic!


Genre: Rock

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...
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