Due out on his own Roman Records imprint (distributed worldwide by Amped Distribution), Sweetzerland Manifesto marks Perry’s sixth solo album overall, and is comprised of 10 new tracks. They were all written or co-written by Perry (many with the album’s guest vocalists), except for a cover of “Eve Of Destruction” with Joe on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums. The album features guest appearances from a long list of Perry’s friends, colleagues, and rock & roll icons.
Highlights include “Aye, Aye, Aye,” which Perry co-wrote with the track’s vocalist Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), and three collaborations with David Johansen (New York Dolls), who sings “I Wanna Roll,” “Haberdasher Blues,” and “I’m Going Crazy,” plus as many co-writes with Terry Reid, whose lead vocals light up “I’ll Do Happiness” (with Zak Starkey on drums), “Sick & Tired,” and “Won’t Let Me Go.” Notes Perry, “It’s going to be interesting to see what songs people gravitate to, because there’s such a wide variety of tunes.”
Knowing Perry’s penchant for hi-res 96/24 release options with Aerosmith, as well as his person passion for “great sound,” we here at HRAC expect Sweetzerland Manifesto to follow suit.
Sweetzerland Manifesto was recorded at Studio 1480 in Los Angeles and produced by Joe Perry and Bruce Witkin, with Johnny Depp serving as executive producer and additional help from Jack Douglas, who co-wrote and co-produced a number of tracks. The album was engineered by Witkin and Tony Perry and mixed by Tony Perry with Ari Blitz serving as assistant mix engineer at After Master in Los Angeles. On the album, Perry also teams up with sons Tony and Roman on “Spanish Sushi,” which was produced and arranged by The Perry Boys with Joe on guitars and bass, Roman adding synthesizer programming, and Tony handling drum programming.