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Rock in a Hard Place
Studio album by Aerosmith
Released August 1, 1982
Recorded 1981-1982
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal[1]
Length 40:16
Label Columbia
Producer Jack Douglas, Steven Tyler
Professional reviews
Aerosmith chronology
Night in the Ruts
Rock in a Hard Place
Done with Mirrors
Singles from Rock in a Hard Place
  1. "Lightning Strikes"
    Released: 1982
  2. "Bitch's Brew"
    Released: 1982

Rock in a Hard Place is the seventh studio album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released on August 1, 1982 on Columbia. It is the only Aerosmith album to not feature guitarist Joe Perry. The band spent 1.5 million dollars on the recording of this album.[2]

Rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford left the band during its recording in 1981. Whitford is billed as an "additional musician", and can be heard playing rhythm guitar on "Lightning Strikes." This was also Aerosmith's last studio album released on Columbia Records until 1997.

Despite the album's negative reviews, drummer Joey Kramer asserts in his 2009 autobiography, Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top: "the record doesn't suck. There's some real good stuff on it. But it's not a real Aerosmith record because it's just me, Steven, and Tom - with a fill-in guitar player. [...] It's Jimmy Crespo doing the guitar work."[2]


Track listing

# Title Music Length
1. "Jailbait"   Steven Tyler, Jimmy Crespo 4:38
2. "Lightning Strikes"   Richard Supa 4:26
3. "Bitch's Brew"   Tyler, Crespo 4:14
4. "Bolivian Ragamuffin"   Tyler, Crespo 3:32
5. "Cry Me a River"   Arthur Hamilton 4:06
6. "Prelude to Joanie"   Tyler 1:21
7. "Joanie's Butterfly"   Tyler, Crespo, Jack Douglas 5:35
8. "Rock in a Hard Place (Cheshire Cat)"   Tyler, Crespo, Douglas 4:46
9. "Jig Is Up"   Tyler, Crespo 3:10
10. "Push Comes to Shove"   Tyler 4:28



Additional musicians

Recording personnel

  • Jack Douglas - producer, additional engineer
  • Steven Tyler - producer
  • Godfrey Diamond - chief engineer
  • Tony Bongiovi - additional engineer
  • John Agnello - assistant engineer
  • Bruce Hensal - assistant engineer
  • Jim Sessody - assistant engineer
  • Gary Rindfuss - assistant engineer
  • Josh Abbey - assistant engineer
  • Malcolm Pollack - assistant engineer
  • Zoe Yanakis - assistant engineer
  • George Marino - mastering


  • Gerard Rozhek - photography, visual direction


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1982 The Billboard 200 37

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Lightning Strikes" Mainstream Rock Tracks 21


Organization Level Date
RIAA - USA Gold[3] November 10, 1989


External links

Rock in a Hard Place at MusicBrainz

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