even though Night In The Ruts isn’t their greatest release, in part due to the internal conflicts and the band’s excessive drug use at the time, there are definitely killer tunes to be heard.
20-Bit digital mastering from the original source tapes using SBM technology. The 20-bit Digital Mastering SBM showcases the album with a faithful sound that will be appreciated for generations to come. The mastering is treated respectfully and as it was done prior to the ‘loudness wars’ the dynamic range is in the vicinity of 12 out of 20. Don’t touch any other remastering! It has an average dynamic range of 09. Seriously, I’m all for audiophile releases, but low dynamic range isn’t fit for anyone, let alone an audiophile consumer. There is no doubt whatsoever, that the 1993 remastered CD is the pinnacle for when obtaining a copy of Night In The Ruts Aerosmith’s sixth studio album (released in 1979). If you’re wondering just how that title came about, as I was, look no further than Steven Tyler’s explanation from his autobiography. He stated that he was fascinated with the switching of initial letters of names and words and that Night In The Ruts should have been called Right In The Nuts. Of course, as Tyler further explains, album titles, of such a nature, were forbidden at the time but it’s a fun play on words nonetheless.
Night in the Ruts is the sixth album by American rock band Aerosmith.
Joe Perry left the band midway through the recording of the album. The album was initially produced at the Bands Warehouse/Rehearsal space by Jack Douglas who had produced Aerosmith’s previous four albums, but later, Columbia Records brought in Gary Lyons to replace Douglas as the producer.
About halfway through the recording of the album, due to mounting debt and the need for the band to generate an income, the record label and management set Aerosmith out on another tour without extra time to finish the album, which pushed the album to being released later in the year. Joe Perry left the band mid-way through the tour, after a violent feud involving the band members and their wives, and as drug abuse intensified within the band. Prior to his departure, Perry had completed guitar parts for “No Surprize”, “Chiquita”, “Cheese Cake”, “Three Mile Smile” and “Bone to Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy)”. The guitar parts for the remaining songs were recorded by Brad Whitford, Richie Supa, Neil Thompson, and Jimmy Crespo (who later became Perry’s official replacement from 1979 to 1984).
Despite some critical acclaim and early success, the album quickly fell down the charts. The album has since achieved platinum status. Promo videos for “No Surprize” and “Chiquita” were filmed (featuring Perrys replacement Jimmy Crespo); however, these videos received little television airplay.
The title is an intentional spoonerism of the phrase “right in the nuts”, which was subsequently the title of the tour, and was shown on the back artwork for the album.
USA Gold March 13, 1980
USA Platinum October 28, 1994
Even with Perry gone, and Tyler so far gone, this album, while jokingly named, turned out to be one of Aerosmith’s very best. A press release dated October 10, 1979 had put an end to speculation: “Joe Perry and Aerosmith announced today Perry’s plans to depart the group to purse a solo career.” The statement concluded with a barefaced lie: “His departure is described as amicable.”
And while the cover for Night In The Ruts featured Perry – in a photo of the band dressed as coal miners, shot in March 1978 – any talk of reconciliation was ended on November 16, the date of the album’s release. That night, with a sense of comic timing, the guitarist’s new group, The Joe Perry Project, played their debut show at Boston College. Six songs on Night In The Ruts had been co-written by Perry, and five featured his playing: Chiquita, Cheese Cake and Three Mile Smile, all lean-and-mean rockers in the classic Aerosmith tradition; No Surprize, the ballsy opening track, in which Tyler told the story of the band’s salad days; and Bone To Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy), a frantic number named by Tyler after slang for a used rubber.
But in Perry’s absence, Jimmy Crespo and another guitarist, Richie Supa, gelled pretty much seamlessly with Brad Whitford. And while the album was filled out with three cover versions, they all worked brilliantly: The Yardbirds’ Think About It played at maximum overdrive, the old blues song Reefer Head Woman pulling raw emotion out of Tyler, and Remember (Walking In The Sand), a hit for 60s girl group The Shangri-Las, handled with finger-clicking panache. But in the album’s final track, a beautiful ballad named Mia, there was, as Tyler later admitted, heavy significance.
“It was a lullaby I wrote on the piano for my daughter,” he said. “But the tolling bell notes at the end of the song and the end of the album sounded more like the death knell of Aerosmith for people who knew what was going on.”
In January 1980, when Night In The Ruts reached No.14 on the US chart, it seemed that Aerosmith might pull through without Joe Perry.
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “No Surprize” Steven Tyler, Joe Perry 4:25
2. “Chiquita” Tyler, Perry 4:24 Chiquita has a grungy musical aspect that works really well as the guitar element has a groove I can connect with. A solid song from a musical aspect, Tyler’s vocal delivery is amazing here. The horns are a nice and very very very necessary addition.
3. “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” Shadow Morton 4:03 [cover] Remember (Walking In The Sand) is a great tune and should have been the opening song for the album as it pays homage to the The Shangri-Las’ original version and becomes an instant Aerosmith classic as a result of their chosen interpretation.
4. “Cheese Cake” Tyler, Perry 4:15 Cheese Cake has a killer rhythm and is one of the best songs on Night In The Ruts. I’d suggest it would be perfect on a deep cuts compilation
5 “Three Mile Smile” Tyler, Perry 3:40 Three Mile Smile opens the “second side” of the album far better than No Surprize did for Side 1. It’s a solid Aerosmith tune and sometimes that is all you need.
6. “Reefer Head Woman” Joe Bennett, Jazz Gillum, Lester Melrose 4:03 [cover]
Reefer Head Woman flows seamlessly from Three Mile Smile and is a bluesy-based tune that you will thoroughly enjoy. While it was originally recorded and released by Jazz Gillum, I’ve never fully appreciated the original version and subsequently find that Aerosmith knocked this cover out of the park.
7. “Bone to Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy)” Tyler, Perry 2:58 Bone To Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy) has some killer guitar elements and a beat that will get you toe-tapping and head-bopping
8. “Think About It” Keith Relf, Jimmy Page, Jim McCarty 3:31 [cover] Think About It is a ripper tune and a perfect cover of The Yardbirds’ original; an epic song in its own right.
9. “Mia” Tyler 4:15 Mia closes out the album beautifully and is one of the best songs on this release. It is arguably a redeeming quality as it encourages me to flip back to the beginning of this great album and remain within Aerosmith’s extensive catalogue of music. Each time that you will play the album, you will find something new that compels your interest.
Steven Tyler – Lead Vocals
Joe Perry – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Brad Whitford – Guitar
Tom Hamilton – Bass
Joey Kramer – Drums
Jimmy Crespo – additional guitars
Richie Supa – additional guitars – “Mia”
Louis del Gatto – baritone saxophone – “Chiquita”
Lou Marini – baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone – “Chiquita”
Barry Rogers – trombone, tenor saxophone – “Chiquita”
Neil Thompson – electric guitar – “Chiquita”
George Young – horn, alto saxophone – “Chiquita”
Producers: Aerosmith, Gary Lyons
Album Chart Position: 1979 The Billboard 200 at number 14
Singles Chart Position: 1979 “Remember (Walking in the Sand)” The Billboard Hot 100 at number 67 the song “Remember (Walking in the Sand)“, a song written by George “Shadow” Morton. It was originally recorded by the girl group The Shangri-Las, who had a top five hit with it in 1964. There have been many other versions of the song. A cover by Aerosmith in 1980 was a minor hit. A more rock oriented cover version of the song featuring uncredited backing vocals by Mary Weiss of the Shangri-Las.
Here is the another cover version (6th song) in it’s original form
And a 3rd one: The song Think About It was written by Jimmy Page, Keith Relf, Jim McCarty and was first released by The Yardbirds in 1968
5.0 out of 5 stars Reefer Headed Woman,
Chip Away The Stone should have been included on this album, rather than on the cutting room floor. I compare this album to my favorite Aerosmith album, Get Your Wings. Every song here is true Aerosmith, rotten to the core. Check out Three Mile Smile, No Suprise, Cheese Cake and of course, REEFER HEADED WOMAN. This album rocks and was almost completely overlooked. There was a slight hit with Remember (Walking In The Sand) an old Shangra-Las song.
Do yourself a favor, don’t think about it, just buy this album. You’ll love it.
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Aerosmith Album,
Just good old-fashioned American hard-driving rock & roll, powerful and true. Even their cover of Remember (Walking In The Sand) on this disc had a good edge to it. I love every song, my personal favorites are the first two, No Surprize and Chiquita. Chiquita features a tough, gritty Joe Perry guitar riff, and Joey Kramer hits ’em so hard it sounds like he’ll put the sticks thru ’em. If you want to hear the REAL Aerosmith, before they went Hollywood, give this one a listen.
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Aerosmith’s best albums,
From top to bottom, I consider this one of Aerosmith’s best albums and certainly up there with ‘Get Your Wings’, and their first, underrated self-titled album ‘Aerosmith’ (Dream On).
Because of when in Aerosmiths history this record was made, it doesn’t get enough credit.
Though bluesy with a few slow, tasty numbers like “Reefer Headed Woman”, the expressive “Mia”, and the surprise hit “(Remember) Walking in the Sand”, this is a rockin’ album with some straight ahead rock tunes like “Think About It”, “Chiquita”, “Cheese Cake”, “Three Mile Smile”, and “Bone to Bone”. The latter two sound like they could have easily come off the excellent “Rocks” album.
Even “No Surprize” is catchy in its own way. And while it doesn’t appeal to all Aerosmith fans, “Think About It” is actually my favorite song on the record. For fans of Aerosmith at their hardest, most aggressive, it doesn’t get any better than this.
For those of you who only know this album because of the hit “(Remember) Walking in the Sand”, there is so much more to this album than that song. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that it is the weakest song on the record. Its also a cover of an old Shangri-Las song and not even an Aerosmith original!
In summary, fans of early vintage Aerosmith should check this record out if they haven’t already. Its up there with ‘Rocks’, the first self-titled record, and ‘Get Your Wings’, and its better than the rest of them.
5.0 out of 5 stars Aerosmiths last album, before breaking up,
This is their last album that has a true garage-door band nitty-gritty sound.
5.0 out of 5 stars Switch the “N” and the “R” for the real album title.,
Like Draw The Line, this is another Aerosmith gem that often gets overlooked. This is a solid slab of straight-up rocking (with a few funky moments per usual). People also think of this as the first album without Joe Perry. But hes actually on most of the tracks and a driving force behind the albums best moments (“No Suprize”, “Chiquita”, “Cheese Cake” and “Three Mile Smile”). Hell, even the few cuts without him are decent. I like their staggering, weary version of “Remember (Walking In The Sand)”. Overall, the album has a smoky, dark and majestic quality I really dig. These late ’70s albums of Aerosmith are exactly the kind the Stones should have been recording after Exile.
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