Most would say Nine Lives, the clever title of the first Aerosmith album in four years, is an understatement -- this band has been through so much trouble it's quite surprising that this album was even released at all. Originally titled Vindaloo and set for a July 1996 release date, the album was pushed back a few times. Kevin Shirley replaced Glen Ballard in the producer's seat, and the band re-recorded every song until the album was as perfect as it could get. While the album may have more ballads than the average Aero recording, all the tunes are melodic, along the same lines of the first single, "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)." Instead of the usual hard-rocking music that the band has produced on their last two albums, the album returns to the classic '70s sound, combined with the bluesier sound of 1987's Permanent Vacation.
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Performance CreditsAerosmith Primary Artist
Joe Perry Dulcimer,Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
David Campbell Conductor
Joey Kramer Drums
Ramesh Mishra Sarangui
Steven Tyler Organ,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Hand Organ,Vocals,Hammered Dulcimer
John Webster Keyboards
Brad Whitford Acoustic Guitar
Tom Hamilton Bass,Stick,Chapman Stick
Technical CreditsAerosmith Producer
Joe Perry Composer,Engineer
Desmond Child Composer
Glen Ballard Composer
David Campbell Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Marti Frederiksen Composer
Mark Hudson Composer,Engineer
John Kalodner Producer
Taylor Rhodes Composer
Elliot Scheiner Engineer
Sander Selover Programming
Kevin Shirley Producer,Engineer
Richard Supa Composer
Steven Tyler Arranger,Composer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction,Photo Art Direction
Gail Marowitz Art Direction,Photo Art Direction
Rory Romano Engineer
Jim Survis Guitar Techician
Lisa Sharken Guitar Techician
Jeanne Greco Calligraphy
Stephen Tyler Composer
Andy Gilman Drum Technician
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nine Lives based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
This is hands down one of the best Aerosmith CDs ever. Any fan must have it.
i just finished nine lives,and in my opinion it is the best yet.It has all the power i've come to expect from Aerosmith,but the band has obviously matured.Every song has plenty of energy,but they each stand apart as great works of music.The tracks seem to explode as Joe Perry makes his guitar scream or Steven Tyler goes one note higher than before.Young or old, this album is sure to please,and is a wonderful addition to any Aerosmith collection.
because he doesn't know what he's talking about. As the saying goes, ''those who can play, do, those who can't, become bitter critics.'' ''9 Lives'' is a fantastic CD. The best of Aerosmith to date. Rock tunes aren't meant to be ''catchy'' that should be left for pop tunes. Rock tunes are supposed to get you out of your seat and energize you. ''9 Lives'' accomplishes that and more! This CD is about interesting twists and turns with lyrics and melodic lines. Seasoned players with killer chops = Aerosmith. What else is left to say?