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Get a Grip

Get a Grip is the eleventh studio album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released in 1993. It was the band's last studio album released by Geffen Records.

Get a Grip contains five hit singles, four of which charted in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, between 1993 and 1994: "Livin' on the Edge", "Eat the Rich", "Cryin'", "Amazing" and "Crazy". The promotional videos for the three latter songs helped launch the careers of actress Alicia Silverstone and vocalist Steven Tyler's daughter Liv.

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.

Get a Grip won the band two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

The promo CD version had a simulated-cowhide cover, reportedly of a unique pattern on each one.

Track listing

  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) – 6:20
  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" (Tyler, Perry, Vallance) – 2:16

Bonus track (international version)

  1. "Can't Stop Messin'" (Tyler, Perry, Blades, Shaw) - 3:30

Personnel

Additional personnel

  • Paul Baron - trumpet
  • Desmond Child - keyboard
  • Alison Dyer - voices
  • Bruce Fairbairn - trumpet
  • Don Henley - background vocals
  • Sandy Kanaeholo - log drums
  • Tom Keenlyside - saxophone
  • Lenny Kravitz - vocal ad-lib on "Line Up"
  • Melvin Liufau - log drums
  • Wesey Mamea - log drums
  • Ian Putz - baritone saxophone
  • Bob Rogers - trombone
  • Richard Supa - keyboard
  • Liainaiala Tagaloa - log drums
  • Mapuhi T. Tekurio - log drums
  • Aladd Alationa Teofilo - log drums
  • John Webster - keyboard

Production

  • Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
  • Engineers: John Aguto, Ed Korengo, Ken Lomas, Mike Plotnikoff, David Thoener
  • 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: Ed Colver, William Hames
  • John Kalodner : John Kalodner

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
1993 The Billboard 200 1

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1993 "Amazing" Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
1993 "Amazing" The Billboard Hot 100 24
1993 "Amazing" Top 40 Mainstream 9
1993 "Cryin'" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1993 "Cryin'" The Billboard Hot 100 12
1993 "Cryin'" Top 40 Mainstream 11
1993 "Eat the Rich" Mainstream Rock Tracks 5
1993 "Fever" Mainstream Rock Tracks 5
1993 "Livin' on the Edge" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1993 "Livin' on the Edge" The Billboard Hot 100 18
1994 "Crazy" Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
1994 "Crazy" The Billboard Hot 100 17
1994 "Crazy" Top 40 Mainstream 7

Certifications

Organization Level Date
RIAA - USA Gold June 23, 1993
RIAA - USA Platinum June 23, 1993
RIAA - USA 2x Platinum September 13, 1993
RIAA - USA 3x Platinum January 12, 1994
RIAA - USA 4x Platinum April 19, 1994
RIAA - USA 5x Platinum September 15, 1994
RIAA - USA 6x Platinum December 6, 1994
RIAA - USA 7x Platinum November 7, 1995
ABPD - Brazil Gold 1995

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

In pop culture

  • The track "Walk on Down" features lead vocals from Perry instead of Tyler.
  • The track "Fever" would later be covered by Garth Brooks, with new lyrics, and retitled "The Fever," in 1995.
  • The track "Line Up" was featured in the film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

Miscellanea

"Livin' on the Edge" is a playable song on Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.

See also

External links

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