A Little South of Sanity

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A Little South of Sanity
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Live album by
ReleasedOctober 20, 1998
Recorded1993–1994 (Get a Grip Tour)
1997–1998 (Nine Lives Tour)
GenreHard rock, blues rock
LabelGeffen, Columbia
ProducerJack Douglas
Aerosmith live chronology
Classics Live I and II
A Little South of Sanity
Rockin' the Joint
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment WeeklyB [2]
NME(4/10) [3]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars [4]

A Little South of Sanity is a live album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released on October 20, 1998 as a combined effort of Geffen Records and Columbia Records. The two-disc album featured recordings taken while the band was on the Nine Lives Tour, which began in 1997 and was still ongoing at the time of the live album release, and the Get a Grip Tour, which the band was on in 1993 and 1994.

This album was the only Aerosmith album to receive the Parental Advisory sticker, primarily due to lead singer Steven Tyler shouting profanities in between songs and modifying some song lyrics to racier ones, although some other song lyrics had profanity in their original studio versions as well (even their next studio album, Just Push Play, contained profanity).

The release of the album enabled Aerosmith to complete their contract with Geffen Records that helped lead to their newfound success in the 1980s and early 1990s. Shortly after the band reunited in 1984, they signed a contract to generate six albums for Geffen. Seven years later, they signed with Columbia Records after only having produced three albums for Geffen. Aerosmith would add one studio album (Get a Grip) and a compilation album (Big Ones) before their departure with a live album, presumably this one, still in the works.

On the seal, the album title is misnamed as A Little South of Insanity.

There are no listings to support where or when each performance was culled from - only the listing that all tracks are from either the Get A Grip or Nine Lives World Tours. However, the recordings of "Love In an Elevator", "Same Old Song and Dance", and " Sweet Emotion" each have Tyler calling out to the live crowd; the first song has him mentioning the crowd in State College, Pennsylvania, the second a crowd in West Palm Beach, Florida, and the third a crowd in Seattle, Washington. A bootleg called Yokohama Arena 3/12/98 has "Last Child" being recorded at the same time as the title revealed to where the song was performed, also, Tyler says, "Motherfucker" out loud as if it were edited in this live album.[5] Eat the Rich is recorded from Costa Rica in November, 1994.[6]

At the beginning of disc 2, before starting "Back in the Saddle", Tyler shouts, "I've got blisters on my sisters!", referencing a similar thing Ringo Starr shouted at the end of The Beatles song "Helter Skelter".

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
1."Eat the Rich" (San Jose, Costa Rica, 10 November 1994)Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jim Vallance5:14
2."Love in an Elevator" (University Park, PA, 19 January 1998)Tyler, Perry5:55
3."Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" (West Palm Beach, FL, 5 October 1997)Tyler, Perry, Glen Ballard3:20
4."Same Old Song and Dance" (West Palm Beach, FL, 5 October 1997)Tyler, Perry5:57
5."Hole in My Soul"Tyler, Perry, Desmond Child5:40
6."Monkey on My Back"Tyler, Perry,4:08
7."Livin' on the Edge"Tyler, Perry, Mark Hudson5:24
8."Cryin'"Tyler, Perry, Taylor Rhodes5:10
9."Rag Doll"Tyler, Perry, Vallance, Holly Knight4:13
10."Angel" (Tokyo, Japan, 8 March, 1998)Tyler, Desmond Child5:35
11."Janie's Got a Gun"Tyler, Tom Hamilton5:15
12."Amazing" (Castle Donington, UK, 4 June 1994)Tyler, Richard Supa5:23
Disc 2
1."Back in the Saddle"Tyler, Perry6:10
2."Last Child" (Yokohama, Japan, 12 March, 1998)Tyler, Brad Whitford5:04
3."The Other Side" (Las Vegas, NV, 7 December 1997)Tyler, Vallance, Eddie Holland, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier4:40
4."Walk on Down"Perry3:40
5."Dream On"Tyler4:50
6."Crazy"Tyler, Perry, Child5:44
7."Mama Kin" (Boston, MA, 16 January 1998)Tyler4:12
8."Walk This Way"Tyler, Perry4:08
9."Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"Tyler, Perry, Child4:21
10."What It Takes"Tyler, Perry, Child5:15
11."Sweet Emotion" (Seattle, WA, 22 October 1997)Tyler, Hamilton5:57


Additional musicians
  • Russ Irwin – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Thom Gimbel – keyboards, backing vocals


  • Engineer: Jay Messina
  • Assistant engineers: Lawrence Manchester, John Wydrycs
  • Mixing: Jack Douglas
  • Mastering: Greg Calbi
  • Monitor engineer: Mike Sprague
  • Director: Jim Chapman
  • Photography: Moshe Brakha
  • Lighting design: Jim Chapman
  • Clothing/wardrobe: Sherry Willshire


Chart (1998) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[7] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[9] 10
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[10] 6
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 24
French Albums (SNEP)[12] 39
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[13] 21
Japanese Albums Chart[14] 3
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[15] 34
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[16] 47
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 24
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 16
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 36
US Billboard 200[20] 12


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold December 3, 1998
CIA – Canada Gold Oct 20, 1998
Platinum Oct 20, 1998


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