Get a Grip


Get a Grip
Get a Grip
Studio album by Aerosmith
Released April 1993 (1993-04)[1]
Recorded January - February 1992 at A&M Studios in Los Angeles, California
September - November 1992 at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, B.C., Canada[2]
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 64:12
Label Geffen
Producer Bruce Fairbairn[2]
Aerosmith chronology
Pump
(1989)
Get a Grip
(1993)
Nine Lives
(1997)
Singles from Get a Grip
  1. "Livin' on the Edge"
    Released: 1993
  2. "Eat the Rich"
    Released: 1993
  3. "Cryin'"
    Released: 1993
  4. "Amazing"
    Released: 1993
  5. "Fever"
    Released: 1993
  6. "Shut Up and Dance"
    Released: 1994
  7. "Crazy"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (A−)[4]
Blender 3/5 stars[5]

Get a Grip is the 11th studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released in April 1993 by Geffen Records.[1] Get a Grip was the band's last studio album to be released by Geffen before they returned to Columbia Records.

Get a Grip featured guests including Don Henley, who sang backup on "Amazing", and Lenny Kravitz, who offered backup vocals and collaboration to "Line Up". As on Permanent Vacation and Pump, this album featured numerous song collaborators from outside the band including: Desmond Child, Jim Vallance, Mark Hudson, Richie Supa, Taylor Rhodes, Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw.

Get a Grip became Aerosmith's best-selling studio album worldwide, achieving sales of over 20 million copies, and is tied with Pump for their second best-selling album in the United States, selling over 7 million copies as of 1995. This also made it their third consecutive album with US sales of at least five million. Two songs from the album won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, in 1993 and 1994.

Contents

Reception

In his Allmusic review for Get a Grip, Stephen Thomas Erlewine said the album failed compared to Pump because he thinks the band was trying too hard to have a hit and it didn't have any depth to it, but he feels the album still "sounds good".[1] Mark Coleman, for his Rolling Stone magazine review of Get a Grip, said he liked the title track and he compared the album's introduction, titled "Intro", to Steven Tyler and Joe Perry's collaboration with Run–D.M.C. on "Walk This Way", but feels that most of the album lacks "adventure" and is too "somber". In his interview he compared "Livin' on the Edge" to a Bon Jovi song and feels that a problem with the album comes from the outside songwriters/collaborators.[3] Robert Christgau, however, feels on Get a Grip that they are trying many different things on the album and that they are really good at trying something new, like the song "Cryin'" and he gave it their best review since 1980's Greatest Hits.[4] Ben Mitchell called the album "soft" and "shallow" but considered "Eat the Rich" and "Crazy" standout tracks.[5]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jim Vallance 0:23
2. "Eat the Rich"   Tyler, Perry, Vallance 4:09
3. "Get a Grip"   Tyler, Perry, Vallance 3:58
4. "Fever"   Tyler, Perry 4:15
5. "Livin' on the Edge"   Tyler, Perry, Mark Hudson 6:07
6. "Flesh"   Tyler, Perry, Desmond Child 5:56
7. "Walk on Down"   Perry 3:37
8. "Shut Up and Dance"   Tyler, Perry, Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw 4:55
9. "Cryin'"   Tyler, Perry, Taylor Rhodes 5:08
10. "Gotta Love It"   Tyler, Perry, Hudson 5:58
11. "Crazy"   Tyler, Perry, Child 5:16
12. "Line Up"   Tyler, Perry, Lenny Kravitz 4:02
13. "Amazing"   Tyler, Richard Supa 5:56
14. "Boogie Man" (Recorded by Tony Lentini) Tyler, Perry, Vallance 2:16

Immediately after "Amazing," a snippet of "Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well," by Lucky Millinder, is heard as if being tuned in on an old radio. Tyler says, "So from all of us at Aerosmith to all of you out there, wherever you are, remember: the light at the end of the tunnel may be you. Good night." The music then fades out.

Bonus track (international version)

No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Can't Stop Messin'"   Tyler, Perry, Blades, Shaw 3:30

"Can't Stop Messin'" is track 13 on the international version, bumping the remaining two tracks down to 14 and 15.

Additional B-sides and alternative versions

Don't Stop
Head First
Amazing (Orchestral Version)
Livin' On The Edge (Acoustic Version)

Personnel

[6]

Additional personnel

  • Paul Baron – trumpet
  • Desmond Child – keyboards on "Crazy"
  • Bruce Fairbairn – trumpet
  • Don Henley – background vocals on "Amazing"
  • Sandy Kanaeholo – log drums on "Eat the Rich"
  • Tom Keenlysidesaxophone
  • Lenny Kravitz – background vocals on "Line Up"
  • Melvin Liufau – log drums on "Eat the Rich"
  • Wesey Mamea – log drums on "Eat the Rich"
  • Ian Putz – baritone saxophone
  • Bob Rogers – trombone
  • Richard Supa – keyboards on "Amazing"
  • Liainaiala Tagaloa – log drums on "Eat the Rich"
  • Mapuhi T. Tekurio – log drums on "Eat the Rich"
  • Aladd Alationa Teofilo – log drums on "Eat the Rich"
  • John Webster – keyboards

Production

  • Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
  • Engineers: John Aguto, Ed Korengo, Ken Lomas, Mike Plotnikoff, David Thoener
  • Pre Production Engineer: Tony Lentini
  • Mixing: Brendan O'Brien
  • Mastering: Greg Fulginiti at Masterdisk
  • Mastering Supervisor: David Donnelly
  • Programming: John Webster
  • Production coordination: Debra Shallman
  • Guitar technician: Dan Murphy
  • Arranger: Steven Tyler
  • Art direction: Michael Golob
  • Cover design: Hugh Syme
  • Photography: Edward Colver, William Hames
  • John Kalodner : John Kalodner

Charts

Album
Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australia (Top 40)[7] 3
Austria (Top 75)[8] 3
Canada RPM 100 Albums[9] 2
France (InfoDisc)[10] 24
Netherlands (Top 100)[11] 2
New Zealand (Top 50)[12] 9
Norway (Top 40)[13] 3
Switzerland (Top 100)[14] 1
Sweden (Top 60)[15] 3
US Billboard 200[16] 1
UK (Top 100)[17] 2
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1993 "Amazing" US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[18] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 24
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[18] 9
UK Singles Chart[19] 57
"Cryin'" US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[18] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 12
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[18] 11
UK Singles Chart[19] 17
Norway Top 20[20] 1
Sweden Top 60[20] 3
Schweizer Top 75[21] 4
"Eat the Rich" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[18] 5
UK Singles Chart[19] 34
"Fever" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[18] 5
"Livin' on the Edge" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[18] 1
Billboard Hot 100[18] 18
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[18] 19
UK Singles Chart[19] 19
Australian Top 50[22] 21
Norway Top 20[20] 4
1994 "Crazy" Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
The Billboard Hot 100 17
Top 40 Mainstream 7

End of decade charts

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[23] 77

Certifications

Organization Level Date
IFPI – Sweden[24] Gold (20,000 units) 1987–1998
Platinum (40,000 units)
BPI – U.K.[25] Silver (60,000 units) May 1, 1993
Gold (100,000 units)
Platinum (300,000 units) October 1, 1994
RIAA – U.S.[26] Gold (500,000 units) June 23, 1993
Platinum (1,000,000 units)
2× Platinum(2,000,000 units) September 13, 1993
3× Platinum(3,000,000 units) January 12, 1994
4× Platinum(4,000,000 units) April 19, 1994
5× Platinum(5,000,000 units) September 15, 1994
6× Platinum(6,000,000 units) December 6, 1994
7× Platinum(7,000,000 units) November 7, 1995
CIA – Canada Gold(50,000 units) Apr 19, 1993
Platinum(100,000 units) Apr 19, 1993
2× Platinum(200,000 units) Jun 09, 1993
3× Platinum(300,000 units) Sep 29, 1993
4× Platinum(400,000 units) Nov 11, 1993
5× Platinum(500,000 units) Nov 30, 1993
6× Platinum(600,000 units) Feb 24, 1994
7× Platinum(700,000 uits) Jun 22, 1994
8× Platinum(800,000 units) Jul 25, 1994
Diamond(1,000,000 units) Nov 18, 1994
IFPI – Finland[27] Gold (10,000 units) 1994
ABPD – Brazil[28] 2× Gold(200,000 units) 1995, 1996

Awards

Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1993 "Livin' on the Edge" Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
1994 "Crazy" Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Get a Grip - Aerosmith > Overview". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/album/get-a-grip-r168816. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b (1994) Album notes for Big Ones by Aerosmith [CD insert]. U.S.A.: Geffen Records (GEFD-24716).
  3. ^ a b Coleman, Mark. "Get a Grip by Aerosmith - Album Review". Rollimg Stone. Jann S. Wenner. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/reviews/album/7076/36551. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Aerosmith". Robert Christgau. http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=Aerosmith. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Mitchell, Ben (September 14, 2004). "Get a Grip - Album Review". blender.com. Alpha Music Group. http://www.blender.com/guide/back-catalogue/52486/get-grip.html. 
  6. ^ Aerosmith- Get a Grip @Discogs.com Retrieved 7-13-2011.
  7. ^ http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Aerosmith&titel=Get+A+Grip&cat=a
  8. ^ http://austriancharts.at/showitem.asp?interpret=Aerosmith&titel=Get+A+Grip&cat=a
  9. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.1761&type=2&interval=20&PHPSESSID=m89iq841abagb37ld9c0fdc1f3
  10. ^ http://www.infodisc.fr/Album_A.php
  11. ^ http://dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Aerosmith&titel=Get+A+Grip&cat=a
  12. ^ http://charts.org.nz/showitem.asp?interpret=Aerosmith&titel=Get+A+Grip&cat=a
  13. ^ http://norwegiancharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Aerosmith&titel=Get+A+Grip&cat=a
  14. ^ http://hitparade.ch/showitem.asp?interpret=Aerosmith&titel=Get+A+Grip&cat=a
  15. ^ http://swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Aerosmith&titel=Get+A+Grip&cat=a
  16. ^ "Get a Grip - Aerosmith". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/#/album/aerosmith/get-a-grip/131647. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  17. ^ http://www.chartstats.com/albuminfo.php?id=12324
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Aerosmith - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/aerosmith-p3508/charts-awards/billboard-singles. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  19. ^ a b c d "Aerosmith". Chart Stats. http://www.chartstats.com/artistinfo.php?id=4956. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  20. ^ a b c http://norwegiancharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Aerosmith&titel=Livin%27+On+The+Edge&cat=s
  21. ^ http://hitparade.ch/showitem.asp?interpret=Aerosmith&titel=Cryin%27&cat=s
  22. ^ http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Aerosmith&titel=Livin%27+On+The+Edge&cat=s
  23. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. http://books.google.co.kr/books?id=9w0EAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1&lr&rview=1&pg=RA1-PA4#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  24. ^ http://www.ifpi.se/wp/wp-content/uploads/guld-platina-1987-1998.pdf
  25. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx Type in "Aerosmith"
  26. ^ "Gold and Platinum Database Search". http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=Get%20a%20Grip&artist=Aerosmith&format=&debutLP=&category=&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=&level=&label=&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=&before=&startMonth=1&endMonth=1&startYear=1958&endYear=2009&sort=Artist&perPage=25. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  27. ^ http://www.ifpi.fi/tilastot/kultalevyt/haku/?q=Aerosmith&national=0&type=album
  28. ^ Aerosmith certifications at ABPD

External links

Preceded by
The Bodyguard (soundtrack)
by Various artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 8–14, 1993
Succeeded by
The Bodyguard (soundtrack)
by Various artists

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