10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Project's first singer, Ralph Mormon, was replaced in 1980 with the equally effective Charlie Farren, who also added rhythm guitar. Then the stage was set for the group making its best album. In interviews Perry had said he wanted to capture The Sex Pistols' energy, and the crash-and-burn power of "East Coast, West Coast" is evidence that Perry's brilliance had been a bit shackled at times within Aerosmith. There's a looseness here, and yet an inspired precision brings solid tunes like "No Substitute for Arrogance," "Soldier of Fortune," "TV Police," and "South Station Blues" to real life. "Buzz Buzz" is a playful jam. The sound is impeccable: grungy and warm, with Perry's blues influences being worked over into punkish hard rock. "Dirty Little Things" shuffles with a touch of The Rolling Stones. Where Perry's debut album, 1980's Let the Music Do the Talking, sounded like an Aerosmith album without Steven Tyler, Rock 'n' Rolls is the sound of a completely independent band clicking on all cylinders. Highly recommended.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Project's first singer, Ralph Mormon, was replaced in 1980 with the equally effective Charlie Farren, who also added rhythm guitar. Then the stage was set for the group making its best album. In interviews Perry had said he wanted to capture The Sex Pistols' energy, and the crash-and-burn power of "East Coast, West Coast" is evidence that Perry's brilliance had been a bit shackled at times within Aerosmith. There's a looseness here, and yet an inspired precision brings solid tunes like "No Substitute for Arrogance," "Soldier of Fortune," "TV Police," and "South Station Blues" to real life. "Buzz Buzz" is a playful jam. The sound is impeccable: grungy and warm, with Perry's blues influences being worked over into punkish hard rock. "Dirty Little Things" shuffles with a touch of The Rolling Stones. Where Perry's debut album, 1980's Let the Music Do the Talking, sounded like an Aerosmith album without Steven Tyler, Rock 'n' Rolls is the sound of a completely independent band clicking on all cylinders. Highly recommended.

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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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