Aerosmith – “Angel” (1988) – 7″ Single (The Aerosmith Collection – Bonus Edition)

The next single from the Permanent Vacation album we will discuss is the third single from the album, “Angel”. Again, we have another Promotional copy of the single which means “Angel” is the only song on each side. The song was written by Steven Tyler and Desmond Child and is one of the band’s biggest hits up to that time going all the way to #3 on the Billboard Charts.

Tyler feels this song was a big sell-out for the band he hated for Record Executive, John Kalodner, for forcing outside writers in to the band. Tyler felt the ballad made him look like he lost all his street cred. However, I am sure his bank account would disagree. And if you look at the next couple Aerosmith albums, there a few more ballads in the mix. It helped revitalize their career so it wasn’t all bad.

“Angel” is as cliched as any power ballad at the time with the obligatory guitar solo, the emotive vocals and the somewhat acoustic feel at times and going all rocker during the chorus…it checked every box. The only difference is that it was really great on top of that. Aerosmith could hang with the big boys at the time and they fully engrained themselves into the 80’s hair band scene. Desmond might have “Wussed-Out’ Tyler, but I think the fans saw a different side of the band and it wasn’t all bad.

And there you have it. Another one down and only one more Single to go for the ‘Permanent Vacation’ album. See you real soon.

UP NEXT: “RAG DOLL” (1988) – 7″ Single – Bonus Edition

THE AEROSMITH COLLECTION SERIES:

  1. ‘Aerosmith’ (1973)
  2. ‘Get Your Wings’ (1974)
  3. ‘Toys in the Attic’ (1975)
  4. ‘Rocks’ (1976)
  5. ‘Draw the Line’ (1977)
  6. ‘Live! Bootleg’ (1978)
  7. ‘Night in the Ruts’ (1979)
  8. ‘Greatest Hits’ (1980)
  9. ‘Rock in a Hard Place’ (1982)
  10. ‘Done With Mirrors’ (1985)
  11. Run DMC – “Walk This Way” 12″ Single (1986)
  12. ‘Classics Live!’ (1986)
  13. ‘Classics Live! II’ (1987)
  14. ‘Permanent Vacation’ (1987)
  15. “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” (1987) – 7″ Single & 12″ Maxi-Single (Bonus Edition)
  16. “Angel” (1988) – 7″ Single (Bonus Edition)

34 thoughts on “Aerosmith – “Angel” (1988) – 7″ Single (The Aerosmith Collection – Bonus Edition)

  1. I think this was the first song Desmond Child wrote with Steven. By 1987, if a band didn’t have a ballad on its album, it could forget about sales. I’m sure Geffen reminded the band about this.

    Given the sales of Permanent Vacation, I wonder if the band’s handlers kept some of the moeny away from the band so that they wouldn’t go back to their old ways?

    It’s a good song. I know I listened to Movie, Heart’s done time, Dude and Rag Doll way more back in the day.

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  2. Interesting. I was showing off my 3″ Angel single this morning and it has a different B-side. It has an AOR mix, the album version, Girl Keeps Coming Apart and Dude Looks Like a Lady. Not the edit version that you have!

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        1. I only have 6 more Aerosmith reviews to write and then I’m done. I will take a break from 3 series and just focus on two until Cheap Trick is done then maybe add a new one. Jeff’s will take a pretty darn long time, but his is so varied I don’t think I’ll get bored.

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  3. I find it amusing in a way to consider Tyler’s reluctance then vs seeming reluctance to do anything else but work with outside writers and try for a hit ballad even as recently as Music From Another Dimension. Those royalty cheques must’ve been a real mind-changer

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