Aerosmith-Aerosmith (Columbia) 1973
2. "Somebody" (3:45)
3. "Dream On" (4:27)
4. "One Way Street" (7:00)
5. "Mama Kin" (4:27)
6. "Write Me" (4:10)
7. "Movin' Out" (5:02)
8. "Walkin' the Dog" (3:12)
I searched for years to find the original vinyl release with the misspelling ("Walking the Dig") and the orange sky cover. One day I walked into a used record store in NY and found a copy for 50cents. The album was beat to crap but I was really interested in the cover art. Every other copy had A-E-R-O-S-M-I-T-H featuring "Dream On." and no longer had the sunset at the top. Wouldn't you know that just a few short years later Sony re-issues this cd with the original artwork, making the vinyl worth less money. Good thing I sold my copy to a store in NM for $20 before that happened. Ha, suckers! The re-mastered disc was $8.99 NEW.
Aerosmith's first album is not as aggressive, heavy, or as well produced as the rest of their albums, but it is still a classic rock album, not unlike the first Led Zeppelin album, that is alse very different from the rest of their catalogue. Very bluesy, Aerosmith attempting to sound like their English heros.
Ratt did a great cover of "Walkin' the Dog," Aerosmith style on their first ep, but actually "Walkin' the Dog" was originally written by Rufus Thomas. Dio and Yngwie Malmsteen do a fabulous rendition of "Dream On" on the "Not the Same Old Song & Dance" Aerosmith tribute.
Aerosmith-Get Your Wings (Columbia) 1974
1."Same Old Song and Dance" (3:53)
After the commercial failure of Aerosmith's self-titled album , they were almost dropped from their record label. Good thing that did not happen. Constant touring and practicing made Aerosmith's songwriting and chops so tight that their next album "Get Your Wings" was like night and day compared with their first album. Steven Tyler's howl had been almost perfected and the songwriting became so much more aggressive. A year after it's release, "Get Your Wings" went gold, which was a great accomplishment in 1974. Either way, this release was way ahead of it's time. "Train Kept A Rollin," became a concert favorite that is still played to this day. The Yardbirds, who's version is the one Aerosmith copied, had a hit with this song, Motorhead covered it, but neither did it quite like Aerosmith, who made the song their own. Two of the albums best, "Woman of the World" and "Seasons of Wither" are also the albums two mellower tracks. "Same Old Song & Dance," a cool blues based heavy metal song, also became a minor hit for the band. This is another of those songs that continued to be played by the band live into the next decades. This is an essential album in the history of Aerosmith. It was actually the next album, "Toys in the Attic," that made me a fan in 1975 (I was 7), but it wasn't long afterwards that I discovered this gem of a record. I replaced the vinyl with this remastered cd for $9.99. The cd insert of the re-mastered version has all sorts of cool photos and information that was not in the original cd release.
Aerosmith-Toys in the Attic (Columbia) 1975
1."Toys in the Attic" (3:06)
2."Uncle Salty" (4:10)
3."Adam's Apple" (4:34)
4."Walk this Way" (3:40)
5."Big Ten Inch Record" (2:14)
6."Sweet Emotion" (4:34)
7."No More, No More" (4:34)
8."Round and Round" (5:05)
9."You See Me Crying" (5:12)
The make it or break it album for Aerosmith. As I'm sure anyone knows, they made it. "Toys in the Attic" is pure rock and roll brilliance! One of the greatest rock and roll records of all time! "Toys in the Attic," "Walk This Way," "Big Ten Inch," and "Sweet Emotion" are radio staples and concert favorites even to this day. "Toys" is one of the first ever speed metal tunes. "Uncle Salty" is an uncharacteristicly serious blues based tune. "Round & Round" could have rivaled Black Sabbath and Judas Priest in the heaviness department. The entire record is just phenomenal. This was one of the first records that I had ever bought and is one of the reasons I became obsessed with heavy rock & roll. Actually my parents bought it for me, so I guess in a way it's their fault. Still own my original cd copy, will adventually pick up the re-mastered copy as it sounds a bit better and has all those cool photos.
Metal Church recently covered "Toys in the Attic." Run DMC did a rap version of "Walk this Way" with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry. R.E.M. recorded a cover of 'Toys in the Attic' on their 'Dead Letter Office' cd/
Aerosmith-Rocks (Columbia) 1976
1."Back in the Saddle" (4:40)
2."Last Child" (3:26)
3."Rats in the Cellar" (4:06)
5."Sick as a Dog" (4:11)
6."Nobody's Fault" (4:25)
7."Get the Lead Out" (3:41)
8."Lick and a Promise" (3:05)
9."Home Tonight" (3:16)
Aerosmith RULES! This album is AWESOME!!! Stinking heavy, bombastic, and way ahead of it's time. We get everything from heavy funk metal in "Get the Lead Out" and "Last Child," to speed metal in "Rats in the Cellar," to heavy blues based metal in "Sick as a Dog." Of course there is also the screaming, ear shattering vocals of Steven Tyler in "Back in the Saddle." "Lick and a Promise" is a heavy guitar romp that allows Joe Perry to smoke! Joe Perry and Brad Whitford just whip Jimmy Page at his own game with this, one of the greatest rock n roll/heavy metal albums ever made. Deluxe Aero-packaging complete with all original packaging, liner notes and some photos of Aero-collectables. What more can you ask for. Did I mention Aerosmith RULES!
Testament has covered "Nobody's Fault."
Aerosmith-Draw the Line (Columbia) 1977
1."Draw the Line" (3:22)
2."I Wanna Know Why" (3:08)
3."Critical Mass" (4:50)
4."Get it Up" (4:01)
5."Bright Light Fright" (2:19)
6."Kings and Queens" (4:53)
7."The Hand that Feeds" (4:21)
8."Sight for Sore Eyes" (3:51)
9."Milk Cow Blues" (4:10)
I remember I was in grade school bragging that I had the new Aerosmith-Draw the Line record. My friends didn't care, after all, it wasn't someone cool like the BeeGees, Sean Cassidy, Jackson 5 or the Bay City Rollers. Ahh, what did I know.
This album rocks! One of the best Aerosmith records ever released, and most of it was done while the band was in total turmoil in the midst of fighting, drugs and the excesses of the rock and roll lifestyle. Still a total masterwork. "Kings & Queens" is simply phenomenal. The banjo music mixed in with the heavy rock and roll is pure brilliance. "Draw the Line" is a classic rock and roll song. "Bright Light Fright" featured the vocals of Joe Perry for the first time, which would be sort of a scary prophecy of things soon to come. I dunno, when you grow up with an album, you either look back and wonder why or you cherish it for the rest of your life. Sure glad I wasn't listening to the Bay City Rollers.
Testament hascovered "Draw the Line."
Aerosmith-Live! Bootleg (Columbia) 1978
1. "Back In The Saddle"
The nice thing about this cd is that it is REALLY live. It is also really RAW. In a time when most band's "live" albums were mostly "studio" records with crowd noises, Aerosmith released "Live! Bootleg" which featured live material from the band's entire career up to this point. It even includes some early club material from before the record contracts-covers of the Yardbirds "I Ain't Got You" and James Brown's "Mother Popcorn." Of course, because it was really live, some of the material suffers sonically, but hey that's rock n roll. Live, raw, and in your face! Oh and one other thing, although it's not listed in the track listing, "Draw the Line" is also on this album at the end of track #15. The original gatefold record came with a poster.
"No Surprise" (4:25)
Aerosmith "Night in the Ruts" line-up:
Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer, Steven Tyler, Tom Hamilton, & Jimmy Crespo
Aerosmith was falling apart personally at this point but they still managed to put out one more smoking album. Still rocking heavy with the exception of the two ballads. "No Surprise" is a superb autobiographical song. "Three Mile Smile/Refer Headed Woman" is one of my favorite Aerosmith songs ever and is also one of the few "political" songs that Aersomith ever recorded. "No Surprise" and "Chiquita" are two of the heaviest songs Aerosmith had written since "Rocks." "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" was a minor hit. Found out through Aerosmith's biography that a Coney Island White Fish is a used rubber.
During the recording of this project, Joe Perry left the band to form the Joe Perry Project. While some of the tracks have Joe playing guitar, a majority of the lead work Joe would have done was completed by Jimmy Crespo. A video for the song "Chaquita" was recorded with Crespo on guitar.
Aerosmith-Greatest Hits (Columbia) 1980
2."Same Old Song and Dance" (3:02)
3."Sweet Emotion" (3:12)
4."Walk This Way" (3:30)
5."Last Child" (3:26)
6."Back in the Saddle" (4:38)
7."Draw the Line" (3:21)
8."Kings and Queens" (3:46)
9."Come Together" (3:44)
10."Remember (Walking in the Sand)" (4:03)
The only reason to own this, other than you are an Aerosmith freak like me, is "Come Together," which was formerly only available on the terrible "Sgt. Peppers Soundtrack." The version of "Sweet Emotion" on this cd is short and missing the cool intro. Also, I can't believe "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" was put on instead of "No Surprise" or "Three Mile Smile/Reefer Headed Woman." And were is "Train Kept A Rollin?" As of August 1996, this album has sold an amazing 9x Platinum.
Soon after the release of "Greatest Hits," Brad Whitford quit to form Whitford/St. Holmes with Ted Nugent vocalist Derek St. Holmes.
Jimmy Crespo & Steven Tyler
A bizzare record for Aeromith as neither Brad or Joe are present on this disc at all. Jimmy Crespo is a great guitar player and was a suitable replacement for Joe Perry, but of course, no one could ever totally replace him. Rick Duffay definetely did not fit the bill replacing Brad Whitford. "Rock in a Hard Place" is a bit unfocused as Steven Tyler was heavily involved in substance abuse. The cover art took a beating due to the movie Spinal Tap. (Actually, much of the movie mirrored Aerosmith's career at this point.) Still, the music is distinctly Aerosmith. "Jailbait" and "Lightning Strikes" are two great Aero-songs, the later being written by Richie Supa (who also wrote "Chip Away at the Stone"). Unfortunately, unless you were fortunate like me to see them on this tour, they never play any of this stuff live. (Saw them with Pat Travers at the Spectrum in Philadelphia) Rock in a Hard Place-The forgotten Aerosmith record.
With Mirrors (Geffen) 1985
1."Let the Music Do the Talking" (3:48)
2."My Fist Your Face" (4:23)
3."Shame on You" (3:22)
4."The Reason a Dog" (4:13)
6."Gypsy Boots" (4:16)
7."She's on Fire" (3:47)
8."The Hop" (3:45)
I was in college when this disc came out. The day it was released I hitch hiked to the mall to buy my copy. My favorite band, who had just come off their very successful reunion tour, had just released their new studio album. I had heard bits of the album on a radio special, so I knew what to expect. 100% rock and roll. I bought the cassette version of the album. The cover art was cool-all the type was backwards, including the track listing on the back. (Done with Mirrors, get it?) The newer versions of the album no longer have the backwards print as I guess it was to confusing to people who didn't get it. In any case, I loved this tape and played it until I wore it out. It took me forever to find a copy with the original backwards cover and printing on the disc. (see picture above.) In retrospect, this is probably not Aersomith's finest disc, but there are still some fine songs contained on it. Joe Perry's "Let the Music Do the Talking" is an excellent song. "Darkness," the album's closer, is another fine Aero-tune. This disc is available everywhere as a Geffen Gold Line series. Good luck finding a copy with the backwards cover. More recent pressings also have the wings logo ghosted over the AEROSMITH block letters.
With the return of Joe Perry, of course, Jimmy Crespo was given his walking papers. He went on to record one album with Adam Bomb.
Kept a Rollin'" (3:20)
Nice live set, albeit a bit to short. Joe and Steven are pictured on the back of this disc but in reality most of these live performances feature Jimmy Crespo on guitar. I also read somewhere that he was hired to do some overdubs in the studio while Aerosmith were out touring on their "Back in the Saddle Tour." I was fortunate enough to see Aerosmith with Jimmy and while he could never replace Joe Perry, he was an excellent performer and guitar player. It was very cool that Sony decided to picture Jimmy Crespo and Rick Duffy on the inside of the jacket as they played a major roll in Aerosmith in the late 70's and early 80's. As a selling point to long time fans, "Major Barbra" an unreleased studio track from the "Get Your Wings," session was added. I would have bought this disc without the track but a new studio track makes the deal even sweeter. OK, this disc was obviously just a money maker for Sony, but heck, I ain't complainin'. It's AEROSMITH LIVE and in my opinion, Aerosmith are at their best in a live setting. The two Classics discs have a better sound quality than "Live! Bootleg."
Aerosmith-Classics Live 2 (Columbia) 1987
in the Saddle" (4:38)
2. "Walk This Way" (4:22)
3. "Movin' Out" (5:44)
4. "Draw the Line" (4:47)
5. "Same Old Song & Dance" (5:45)
6. "Last Child" (3:43)
7. "Let the Music Do The Talking" (5:44)
8. "Toys in the Attic" (4:04)
Classics II is mostly a live recording from a New Year's Eve gig in Boston 1984. "Let the Music Do the Talking" is from a show in 1986 and "Draw the Line" is from the California Jam II 1978. (Wish Columbia would re-release California Jam II on cd!) Having been privileged to see both the Back in the Saddle Tour and the "Done With Mirrors" tour, this short disc is a nice souvenir of those shows. I could never find fault in Aerosmith live, as they are just a great live band. Even when they were wasted and totally sloppy, it still worked in a live setting. This performance, however, is tight and shows that the band had a newly rekindled fire. My only complaint about this cash cow is, once again, it's much too short. Why didn't Sony included the entire New Years eve show? Why not include more songs from the California Jam II? How about including "Red House," a Jimi Hendrix song that Aerosmith played at every show on these tours? Guess I am just never satisfied.
Aerosmith-Permanent Vacation (Geffen) 1987
Done Time" (4:42)
2. "Magic Touch" (4:40)
3. "Rag Doll" (4:21)
4. "Simoriah" (3:21)
5. "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" (4:23)
6. "St. John" (4:12)
7. "Hangman Jury" (5:33)
8. "Girl Keeps Comin' Apart" (5:33)
9. "Angel" (4:12)
10. "Permanent Vacation" (4:25)
11. "I'm Down" (2:20)
12. "The Movie" -instrumental (4:00)
This is the album that put Aerosmith back on the map. MTV was loving the videos for "Angel" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," both chart busting songs. I was still in college when this one came out. I bought the first pressing cassette release of. It was pretty unique in that it had the wings logo and album title foil embossed right on the plastic jewel case. Anyhow, I drove my roommates nuts with it. I bought all the 12" singles, which unfortunately, I don't have any more. Of course, I had to see them on this tour and was fortunate enough to see them in both Rochester, NY and Philadelphi, PA.
The music on this album was much less gritty than all their past albums, relying more on horns and keyboards. (It was the 80's) The production was sqeeky clean which actually stripped Aerosmith of much of their raw sound. Still, when Joe & Brad's guitars did kick in, it made it all that much better. Steven Tyler's unique vocals made the songs come to life and let you know that this was Aerosmith!. (Can you tell I'm a fan?) This album featured the first ever Aerosmith instrumental-"The Movie" and their second Beatles cover "I'm Down." "Permanent Vacation" went 5x Platinum by February 10, 1995.
Ted Nugent pulled off a smokin' version of "Rag Doll" on the "Not the Same Old Song & Dance" Aerosmith tribute.
Aerosmith-Gems (Columbia) 1988
in the Cellar" (4:06)
2. "Lick and a Promise" (3:05)
3. "Chip Away the Stone" (4:01)
4. "No Suprize" (4:26)
5. "Mama Kin" (4:27)
6. "Adam's Apple" (4:34)
7. "Nobody's Fault" (4:38)
8. "Round and Round" (4:52)
9. "Critical Mass" (5:03)
10. "Lord of the Thighs" (4:14)
11. "Jailbait" (4:39)
12. "Train Kept a Rollin'" (5:41)
effort to cash in on the newly reformed and revitalized Aerosmith. What makes
this a worthwhile investment, besides the fact that every song is essential
Aerosmith, is the inclusion of the studio version of "Chip Away at the
Stone." Previously it was only released as a live song on "California
Jam 2" and "Live Bootleg." The cover art and title are a play
on the monumental album "Rocks." Have a small gripe about this one,
why wasn't "Lightning Strikes" included?
Aerosmith-Pump (Geffen) 1989
2. "F.I.N.E." (F**cked, Insecure, Neurotic, and Emotional) (4:08)
3. "Going Down/Love in an Elevator" (5:38)
4. "Monkey on My Back" (3:56)
5. "Water Song/Janie's Got a Gun" (5:40)
6. "Dulcimer Stomp/Other Side" (4:56)
7. "My Girl" (3:10)
8. "Don't Get Mad, Get Even" (4:48)
9. "Hoodoo/Voodoo Medicine Man" (4:41)
10. "What It Takes" (6:28)
OK, so" Permanent Vacation" seemed a little overwhelmed in pop sheen, and did not concentrate as much on the hard rock that Aerosmith were known for. Pump reveled in the same pop sounds yet without ever losing sight of Aerosmith's dirty metallic sound. In other words, I don't see this album as a sellout, although it did sell millions of copies and had a few top ten singles in "Jamie's Got a Gun" and "Love in an Elevator.' "What It Takes" may be a power ballad but it has more emotion and grit than any of their other recent ballads; "The Other Side" and "Love in an Elevator" rocked hard, no matter how many horns and synths fight with the guitars. Pump is an eclectic album but I think it ranks up there with Rocks and Toys in the Attic. This was the first album I bought new on CD format. Pump sold over 7 million copies. Yikes!
Aerosmith-Get A Grip (Geffen) cow fur digi-pack 1993
2. "Eat the Rich" (4:10)
3. "Get A Grip" (3:58)
4. "Fever" (4:14)
5. "Livin' on the Edge" (6:07)
6. "Flesh" (5:56)
7. "Walk on Water" (3:38)
8. "Shut Up And Dance" (4:56)
9. "Cryin' (5:08)
10. "Gotta Love It" (5:58)
11. "Crazy" (5:17)
12. "Line Up" (5:17)
13. "Amazing" (5:56)
14. "Boogie Man" (2:15)
"Get a Grip" is one of the most successful Aerosmith albums going multi-platinum. Being a fan since 1976, it's difficult for me to say any of the new discs are quite as good as the 70's albums that I grew up listening to. That said, however, "Get A Grip" is far from a slacker. Songs like "Shut Up & Dance" are pure Aero-metal. Since the band is no longer writing all their own material, this disc has its share of radio ready hits. "Amazing" and "Crazy" are just crying out for airplay, and they received plenty of it. "Amazing" was co-written with Richie Supa who has worked with Aersomith since the 70's and has written such great songs as "Chip Away At the Stone" and "Lightning Strikes." Regardless of the radio hits, this is a great disc by a band that is no where near sounding old and outdated. The cover are is very cool. I guess it fueled some fire when animal rights activists thought the picture of the cow with a pierced utter was real. (It was obviously just a Photoshop trick. Geez, get a life ,will ya!) Pretty funny cover in any case. My copy is in a nifty little cow fur digi-pack. I picked it up for $12. Now it sells for stupid amounts of money. (For all you animal rights people, it's FAKE fur, so chill!) This album sold gang busters. Get A Grip has sold somewhere in the neighborhood of 7x Platinum.
Aerosmith-Big Ones (Geffen) 1994
On Water" (4:54)
2. "Love In An Elevator" (5:22)
3. "Rag Doll" (4:34)
4. "What It Takes" (5:10)
5. "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" (4:23)
6. "Janie's Got A Gun" (5:29)
7. "Cryin'" (5:07)
8. "Amazing" (5:55)
9. "Blind Man" (3:57)
10. "Deuces Are Wild" (3:33)
11. "Other Side" (4:03)
12. "Crazy" (5:14)
13. "Eat The Rich" (4:09)
14. "Angel" (5:04)
15. "Livin' On The Edge" (6:20)
Man, those guys at Geffen know how to market a band. Two new songs on this best of made it a must buy. As usual with Aerosmith, the new songs were not throw aways. Since everybody already knows about the hits, I shall focus on these new songs. "Walk on Water" is a masterpeace, that is engullfed in hook, rhythm, and complexity. This song was co-written with Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades (Damn Yankees) along with Joe and Steve. "Blind Man" is an equally strong song-a melodic, bluesy ballad. Best part about these two songs, and what makes them stand out, is that they are not overproduced like many of the other songs. Also included is the slinky "Dueces are Wild" from "Beavis & Butthead Experience." The packaging is OK but lacks in photos, or a REAL discography as only the Geffen releases were included. Would have been cool to have some sort of song by song commentary by the band as well. (Like in the book inside "Pandora's Box")
"Nine Lives" (4:01)
Aerosmith-Little South of Sanity (Columbia) 1998
Aerosmith-Little South of Sanity (Columbia) (limited edition patch cover tri-fold digi-pack)
1. "Intro/Eat the Rich" (5:15)
2. "Love in an Elevator" (5:55)
3. "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" (3:35)
4. "Same Old Song and Dance" (5:57)
5. "Hole in My Soul" (5:41)
6. "Monkey on My Back" (4:09)
7. "Livin' on the Edge" (5:24)
8. "Cryin'" (5:11)
9. "Rag Doll" (4:14)
10. "Angel" (5:36)
11. "Janie's Got a Gun" (5:14)
12. "Amazing" (5:23)
13. "Back in the Saddle" (6:10)
14. "Last Child" (5:05)
15. "Other Side" (4:40)
16. "Walk on Down" (3:41)
17. "Dream On" (4:51)
18. "Crazy" (5:45)
19. "Mama Kin" (4:12)
20. "Walk This Way" (4:12)
21. "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" (4:22)
22. "What It Takes" (5:15)
23. "Sweet Emotion" (5:57)
"Little South of Sanity" is much cleaner than "Live! Bootleg" but still shows Aerosmith doing what they do best! Aerosmith have always been an excellent live band, especially in the more recent years after they cleaned up their act. "L.S.O.S." is a great career retrospective, which I hope still has a long life ahead of it. Aerosmith RULE!
Aerosmith-Just Push Play (Columbia) 2001
1. "Beyond Beautiful" (4:45)
2. "Just Push Play" (3:51)
3. "Jaded" (3:34)
4. "Fly Away From Here" (5:01)
5. "Trip Hoppin'" (4:27)
6. "Sunshine" (3:37)
7. "Under My Skin" (3:45)
8. "Luv Lies" (4:26)
9. "Outta Your Head" (3:22)
10. "Drop Dead Georgeous" (3:42)
11. "Light Inside" (3:34)
12. "Avant Garden" (4:53)
13. "Face" (3:02)
14. "Under My Skin" -hidden at the end of track 13 (1:01)
First of all, I have to thank Rock this Way.com for alerting me to the fact that Best Buy stores have a special edition copy of this disc with the added bonus track "Faces." I normally do not buy music there, but this time I was there at opening on March 5 to grab my copy of the new Aero-platter. Before I even opened the shrink wrap, I already liked the cover to the disc. The cover has a very 80's feel, however the music contained within is not. "Just Push Play" is a actually a balance of vintage hard rocking Aerosmith and some more contemporary stylings. There are a few surprises as well, like the two songs ("Just Push Play" & "Outta Your Head") with hip-hop beats and scratching ala the Red Hot Chili Peppers. "Outta Your Head" even has Steven Tyler rapping. YIKES! Well, those two songs aside, there is plenty of infectious rock and roll on this disc like the first single "Jaded," and the hard rocking "Trip Hoppin'." Perhaps my favorite track, and also one of the heaviest, is album opener "Beyond Beautiful." This particular song is drenched in old school hard rock hooks yet the song retains a very modern vibe. Joe Perry once again does some lead vocals on this album on "Drop Dead Georgeous." "Sunshine" has a very psychedelic feel. All of this is wrapped up beautifully with album closer "Face" which is a bluesy, acoustic number. There is also a hidden track at end of track thirteen after about a minute of silence. Overall, another stellar effort from the Bad Boys from Boston.
Aerosmith-LIVE Texas Jam '78 (CMV)
Aerosmith-Video Scrapbook (CBS/FOX)
Aerosmith-Things that Go Pump in the Night (Geffen)
Aerosmith-Hole in My Soul (Columbia)
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