- Angel (Aerosmith song)
Name = Angel
from Album = Permanent Vacation
B-side = "Girl Keeps Coming Apart"
Released = 1988
Format = Vinyl, Cassette, CD
Recorded = 1987
Length = 5:08
Label = Geffen
Steven Tyler, Desmond Child
Last single = "
This single = "Angel"
Next single = "Rag Doll"
(1988)"Angel" is a song performed by American
hard rockband Aerosmith. It was written by lead singer Steven Tylerand professional songwriting collaborator Desmond Child. It was released in 1988 as the second single from the band's massively successful 1987 album "Permanent Vacation." It quickly climbed to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, the second highest chart performance for any Aerosmith single.
A classic heavy metal
power ballad, it incorporates many of the stylings of rock ballads, including driving electrical guitar riffs by Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, pianos and violin sounds (from a keyboard), an emotional delivery of lyrics by Steven Tyler, a strong rhythm by bassist Tom Hamilton, and well-placed steady drum beats by Joey Kramer.
The music video for "Angel" focuses primarily on a character played by Steven Tyler who is hypnotized by an intangible angel, presumably his ex-lover. There are also scenes of him playing the piano.
The other band members can be seen playing their instruments on city streets, and there is a notable guitar solo by Joe Perry on a rural highway.
While Aerosmith tends to favor "What It Takes", "Dream On", and "
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" as their signature ballads in concert, "Angel" still gets the occasional rotation into the setlist.Fact|date=March 2007
"Angel" has been featured on a number of compilations including "
Big Ones" and " O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" as well as the live album " A Little South of Sanity". It also appeared on international versions of their "best of" 2006 album "Devil's Got a New Disguise", but not on the U.S. version.
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