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Artist: Aerosmith

Title: Permanent Vacation

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Aerosmith Permanent Vacation Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1987

Label: Geffen

Catalog Number: 9 24162-2


Steven Tyler lead vocals, piano, harmonica
Joe Perry guitars, backing vocals
Brad Whitford guitars
Tom Hamilton bass
Joey Kramer drums


1.  Heart's Done Time  4:42
2.  Magic Touch  4:40
3.  Rag Doll  4:21
4.  Simoriah  3:21
5.  Dude Looks Like A Lady  4:23
6.  St. John  4:12
7.  Hangman Jury  5:33
8.  Girl Keeps Coming Apart  4:12
9.  Angel  5:10
10.  Permanent Vacation  4:52
11.  I'm Down  2:20
12.  The Movie  4:00
Total Running Time:  51:46

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Bisho Date: July 31, 2001 at 11:14
This is the comeback album the boys should have done for GEFFEN records. Still, it does have some filler's though.

From: Samolice Date: May 31, 2002 at 14:05
THE great Aerosmith album since they are gone in 1985! Only killer songs and a great version of the Beatles tune "i'm down". And "Dude's look like a lady" : what a big fuckin rock song!!!!!!!! 10/10

From: Desslar Date: June 1, 2002 at 17:11
Good album, with plenty of rocking, unlike their most recent efforts. There are a few bland filler songs here, but it's mostly quite enjoyable.

From: Rockforever Date: June 27, 2002 at 9:34
This was the proper comeback album for Aerosmith.Hearts Done Time has a great bluesy riff and is a great leadoff;Rag Doll features some cool slide guitar;Dude Looks like a Lady is a great rock anthem;St.John is a great blues track;Girl keeps coming apart is funky;the title track has a great riff and cool harmonica;The Beatles cover swings and is full of energy;The Movie is an atmospheric instrumental;but Angel is too generic and lacks the soul of other Aerosmith ballads. Overall, great record.

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: June 28, 2002 at 18:07
I think that this was the album were Aerosmith turned the corner. There is classic Aerosmith and then there is new Aerosmith. This is were the turnaround began. From this album on I feel that there is something different about this band. Maybe this is were they became a sellout.

From: jason (FA - Q) Date: June 28, 2002 at 18:11
From this album on they began to pile up all kinds of slow songs. They found out that it sells real good so why not stick with it. The Red Hot Chile Peppers did the same damn thing! Did you know that Aerosmith's song "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" was their only #1 hit EVER!?

From: dokken6008 Date: July 5, 2002 at 6:42
No, but Aerosmith has made enough money throughout their career. Thanks for the trivia bit, though. Personally, one of my favorite Aerosmith tunes is "Avant Garden", 'Just Push Play's' closing song (too bad pretty much the rest of the album sucked). On the Best Buy special edition their is an extra tune called "Face". It isn't worth running out to the store and getting if you already own 'JPP' but in actuality is better than much of the rest of the cd.

From: Nift Date: September 6, 2002 at 22:34
Bisho is right again...did keep this in the collection though

From: TIM Date: September 6, 2002 at 22:50
They may have changed, but I don't consider this a sellout. I liked their older stuff but they added more flavor as they went along. I don't think they pulled a Wildside on us.

From: Baris Date: November 28, 2002 at 4:24
There may be commercial elements here but this doesn't necessarily mean a negative thing. My taste on Aerosmith started to go bad with "Get A Grip" and their later silly-schoolkids'-pop sound as "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing". This is one of my favourite albums and I like nearly every song here except "Angel". In general a quality party rock album with blues and funk tunes. The title song, girl keeps... and the mysterious last instrumental track are my most favourites.

From: robert Date: December 14, 2002 at 14:54
Que enormes!! Ese baladon ANGEL, es algo fuera d serie... un buenisimo disco, para una grandiosa banda. Aqui empezo para mi su etapa mas comercial y fantastica. El steven tyler es uno d los mas grandes showman's en un escenario, es la OSTIA!!

From: TheRipper Date: January 1, 2003 at 21:26
I agree, I hate it when people say bands like Dokken, Warrant, or any other hair type of bands really owe a lot to Aerosmith, and that they were all wannabe Aerosmiths... This is a band that always surprises me on how they were able to stick around? They're basically pop now. While they have more success than a lot of bands I like, it still doesn't matter to me, because in my opinion Aerosmith has never rocked like Hurricane or Ratt, nor will they ever.

From: SPOTLIGHT Date: May 30, 2003 at 19:09
Cool album. When I hear DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY, I can't help but think of Vince Neil, who the song was written about. I always liked ST. JOHN and HANGMAN JURY. They had/have a special place in my heart. ANGEL was a good song if you wanted to impress a girl.

From: keebler Date: October 4, 2003 at 14:40
i never got into this cd it had alot of hits on it i just could'nt get into it.

From: Fat Freddy Date: January 5, 2004 at 16:56
Aerosmith sort of tagged onto the Hair Metal train here, to great effect. Sold tons of records and shot them back to the top. I could've done without "Angel" though... when you've already written the defining power ballad in rock history (Dream On!), it's really not a good idea to try and do it again. Although it was a hit single, so what the hell do I know?

From: James Date: February 8, 2004 at 14:08
I really liked this album. i can listen from start to finish and not skip a track.

From: Date: February 22, 2004 at 2:26
A very good album with a few filler tracks. It isn't nearly as good as ROCKS but it does have some great tunes. This album was NOT a sell out. It's still a hard rockin' album with some bluesy elements. It's their 2nd or 3rd best album.

From: Twitch Date: April 29, 2004 at 0:45
Yes, a couple filler tracks (could really lose the Beatles tune)but their last real LP before the downward scroll to commercial pap...

From: dave Date: May 7, 2004 at 2:07
This is a good record, Most of the songs are good. Angel is in my blood for the rest of my life, I think it's better than dream on, some people will want to shoot me for it, but to each his own right. The last track is the movie Which is a great instrumental, very melodic. One great aerosmith record, buy it.

From: jack Date: May 31, 2004 at 4:39
Hey,steven tyler voice sounds just like taime downe of faster pussycat. Who do you guys reckon have the better voice?

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From: Jez Date: May 31, 2004 at 6:34
Jack - now go wash your mouth out with soap!!!!!!!!

From: fallen angel Date: June 10, 2004 at 0:35
kien puede negar ke este grupo hace lo ke kiere.totalmente fuera de orbita(en relacion a otras bandas),pero una gran produccion y muy buena vibracion.y esa balada angel,de las mejores de esta epoka.sin duda ke steven le pone todo lo kje hay ke poner.diego_firehouse@hotmail.com

From: Big Papa K Date: July 13, 2004 at 17:29
This is a much better comeback album than "Done With Mirrors". Yes, with Desmond Child and Bruce Fairbairn ivolved they come off sounding at times like Bon Jovi ("Magic Touch", "Angel"), but this is a fairly consistent release and is pretty varied in styles. 8/10

From: Jack Orlbstone Date: July 15, 2004 at 15:36
THIS ALBUM ROCKS!!MY FAVORITE SONGS ARE Heart's Done Time Dude Looks Like a Lady St. John Hangman Jury Permanent Vacation and The Movie WAS GOOD TO

From: Jack Orlbstone Date: July 15, 2004 at 15:43
THIS ALBUM ROCKS!!MY FAVORITE SONGS ARE Heart's Done Time Dude Looks Like a Lady St. John Hangman Jury Permanent Vacation and

From: Kryiis Karl Date: November 5, 2004 at 13:00
Brilliant Cd. The most clear thing is that you can feel the band is having fun, adults bathing in a childish mood in the good way. Though Pump is enormous release you won't ever feel that "happiness" no more.

From: Propane Date: December 2, 2004 at 12:32
This one was ok, but I am looking for the fire under their asses, not quite on this one. Good release, however.

From: poderoso yiro Date: February 2, 2005 at 20:07

From: Geoff Date: March 17, 2005 at 1:51
I am not an Aerosmith fan by any stretch of the imagination, but 'Dude looks like a lady' is good value, and 'Angel' is nothing short of a spectacular ballad and easily worth the price alone. I guess there are some okay rockers here and there too...

From: PeterS Date: March 26, 2005 at 14:26
I remeber Kerrangs rating of this they gave it 10 for side A , 10 for Side B and 10 for the hole in the middle! Perhaps a little over the top but still my favourite Aerosmith Album. I hate Angel though.

From: Lovedrive Date: June 10, 2005 at 14:19
Mi favorito de su Úpoca ochentera, no tiene desperdicio!

From: Metal Pete Date: June 10, 2005 at 19:07
First, to theRipper--I respect the hair metal defendance. :thumbsup: My favorite band is Kix, so I am with you brother. But we DO owe a tremendous amount to Aerosmith, even if they SHOULD start getting high again and ride the crazy train so they can make some good music again-- 'Permanent Vacation' is a classic though, sans 'Angel'... Lovedrive, well put! And a fine Scorpions title you chose for a name! :-)

From: Lynchomaniac Date: August 20, 2005 at 13:23
In my opinion their best album since the comeback - this thing Rocks seriously ;-)

From: ghettonation73 Date: March 29, 2006 at 22:51

From: headbanger4life Date: January 31, 2007 at 3:24
This one has some fillers, but it also has two of my favorite Aerosmith tracks. 'Dude Looks Like A Lady', which had John Kalodner:John Kalodner in the video dressed as the bride. The other track being 'Angel'. What an awesome ballad. I love this song so much. It's the perfect wedding song for a bride and groom. Yes this album did mark a change for the band and established them in the Hair Metal genre. I know this upset the fans of their 70's-early 80's sound, but it was ok with me.

From: Azza Date: May 29, 2008 at 12:02
Well, I've had this album for years, didn't really give it a proper listen till recently when I decided I have been neglecting Aerosmith for far too long. This time it really hit me how good this album is! This was their first with outside songwriters, though funnily enough some of my fave tracks off this have no outside influence. Highlights for me include: Magic Touch, Rag Doll, Girl Keeps Coming Apart (one of my fave Aerosmith songs) and Permanent Vacation.

From: hair metal again Date: May 23, 2010 at 1:55
one of the most important AEROSMITH releases ,cause this one is the first one of their second career era.after their previous poor release ,they got so lucky cause a hard rock explosion happened and they got a high budget,they hired the right people (desmond child,jim vallance,bruce fairbairn) and the result was huge."permanent vacation" had everything from the mega rocker hits "rag doll" and "dude(looks like a lady)" till the amazing ballad "angel".i also like the excellent "magic touch".important release once again

From: edwithmj Date: January 17, 2011 at 13:37
This one starts of with a whimper with Heart's Done Time; Magic Touch is excellent hard rock; Rag Doll is OKish; Dude Looks Like A Lady is a classic but too commericial; St. John is one of the worst songs ever written (bleh! trying to forget it is like trying to spit a nasty taste out of my mouth); Angel is a great ballad and Permanent Vacation is decent hard rock. The others were so forgettable I can't remember how they sound and I've given this album a fair few spins as it was one of the first that I ever acquired. 80s Aerosmith is better than 70s Aerosmith that's for sure but I could never get into most of their music.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: January 17, 2011 at 13:55
Seems like most folks love to trash anything Aerosmith did after Night In The Ruts, and the ones that prefer later albums like Get A Grip are usually chicks. But I've always liked Permanent Vacation. The title track, "Magic Touch" and 'Girl Keeps Comin' Apart" are great hard-rock tracks, and "Rag Doll" has a cool swagger to it and nice slide-guitar. They do their pretend-blues thing on "Hangman Jury," which comes off as too affected. "Dude Looks Like A Lady" is one of those songs (and Aerosmith did a bunch of them) that were big hits at the time, but haven't stood the test of time very well at all, and on a bad day, can sound downright moronic. As for "Angel," the song everyone loves to hate, I've always really liked it, and considered it better than almost all of the gooey bullshit they felt the need to clog up subsequent releases with. People like to paint this one as the death knell of the band, but I find it fairly enjoyable.

From: ghettonation73 Date: December 14, 2012 at 16:31
Aerosmith's resurgence album. Love the three big radio hits. However, "Hangman Jury" is the best song on here.

From: Buitre Date: June 10, 2013 at 9:58
Dude looks like a lady...now you know it Vince. Ok, we all know that. As far as the record goes It was done in the late 80's and it fitted exactly the taste & expectations of that time. If you think that this is Aerosmith going mainstream wait 'till you hear Pump, Get a grip, Just push play,Hooked... so, lean back, relax, listen and enjoy...or play Rocks, Toys, Wings...that's up to you.

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