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Night in the Ruts

Review by Gary Hill

I know a lot of people have some pretty low views of this album. I’d say that’s a shame. I loved this one the day it was released and I still maintain that it’s a classic Aerosmith disc all the way. This is well in the top portion of their catalog. It’s got everything that always made Aerosmith great and there’s not a weak song to be had. If you haven’t spun this one in a while, dig it out. You’ll love it. Never picked this up? What are you waiting for?

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Track by Track Review
No Surprize

This is a great opening number. It reminds me a lot of Draw The Line. There’s a definite Joe Perry signature on this.


The riff that leads off here makes me think of Presence era Led Zeppelin. As the bass guitar joins, though, we are in the midst of a classic Aerosmith jam. We get that horn section sound on this one that was such a big part of much of Aerosmith’s delivery in those days.

Remember (Walking in the Sand)

This cover is just plain awesome! I’ve always loved this track. It’s slow and moody and incredibly tasty.

Cheese Cake

Here we get a tasty slide blues jam that’s classic Aerosmith. I have always liked this one a lot, too. The high energy chorus serves as a great counterbalance to the slower jam of the verse.

Three Mile Smile

Aerosmith bring us a rather funky riff on this jam. It’s another tasty slab of vintage Aerosmith and a great tune.

Reefer Head Woman

Classic blues jamming here showcases this song about a woman who seems to fire them up too much. This is old school blues all the way and a great bit of variety. It includes both some smoking guitar work and some killer harmonica.

Bone to Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy)

This is the hardest rocking number on show here. It’s a frantic powerhouse and could easily have come off of Toys in the Attic. This is classic Aerosmith.

Think About It

There are no molds broken here, but rather they bring us another smoking jam in the classic Aerosmith mold. The powerhouse instrumental section on this is just plain awesome.

The disc is closed with the piano based balladic piece “Mia.” This is a haunting piece of music and one of the best of this type of Aerosmith number. It’s quite a satisfying way to end things. They bring in the whole band for some great anthemic treatments of the songs themes. The mood is just plain cool.
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