Done with Mirrors

Done with Mirrors

Done with Mirrors is the eighth studio album by American hard rock band Aerosmith and marked the return of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford to the fold. It was also their first album released by Geffen Records. It was intended as their "comeback" album, but it didn't live up to commercial expectations.

In keeping with the title, all the text on the album, except for the catalog number and UPC, was written back-to-front and could be read normally by holding it up to a mirror. All but the original CD pressing flip the artwork, so it can be read without a mirror, and replaced the photo of an illusionist bending forks with one of the band. As a result, the original CD is considered desirable by fans. The title is a double entendre, referring both to illusions that are "done with mirrors", as well as the band quitting their drug use (such as cocaine, which is traditionally snorted off of a mirror).

"Let The Music Do the Talking" was a new recording of the title track of the first album by The Joe Perry Project, with altered lyric and melody.

Track listing

All songs by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer, except where noted

  1. "Let the Music Do the Talking" (Perry) – 3:44
  2. "My Fist Your Face" – 4:21
  3. "Shame on You" – 3:22
  4. "The Reason a Dog" – 4:13
  5. "Shela" – 4:25
  6. "Gypsy Boots" – 4:16
  7. "She's on Fire" – 3:47
  8. "The Hop" – 3:45
  9. "Darkness" – 3:43

Personnel

Production

  • Producer: Ted Templeman
  • Engineer: Jeff Hendrickson
  • 1st Assistant Engineer: Tom Size
  • 2nd Assistant Engineer: Gary Rindfuss
  • 3rd Assistant Engineer: Stan Katayama
  • Analog Mastering Engineer: Howie Weinberg
  • Digital Mastering Engineer: Ken Caillat
  • Production Coordinator: Joan Parker
  • Band Equipment installation assembler #1: Jay Fortune
  • Band Equipment installation assembler #2: Toby Francis
  • Band Equipment installation assembler #3: Patrick O'Neil
  • Album Cover Concept: Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff
  • Art Direction and Design: Norman Moore
  • Photography: Jim Shea

Charts

Album

Billboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
1985 The Billboard 200 36

Singles

Billboard (North America)
Year Single Chart Position
1985 "Let the Music Do the Talking" Mainstream Rock Tracks 18
1985 "Shela" Mainstream Rock Tracks 20

Certifications

Organization Level Date
RIAA - USA Gold July 21, 1993

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