THE BAND: Steven Tyler (vocals, piano, harmonica), Joe Perry (guitars), Brad Whitford (guitars), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums & percussion).
THE DISC: (2005) 2 discs containing 34 tracks and approximately 158 minutes of music (78:56 on disc-1, 79:48 on disc-2). Included with the discs is an 18-page booklet containing some great band photos (studio and concert pictures), a 9-page brief history of the band, song titles & credits and what songs came from which albums. Songs on “Gold” range from material written from 1985 through their live album “A Little South Of Sanity” in 1998. Label – Geffen.
ALBUM REPRESENTATION: Done With Mirrors (3), Permanent Vacation (6), Pump (6), Get A Grip (6), Big Ones (2), A Little South Of Sanity (4), B-Sides/Misc (7).
COMMENTS: Like many other reviewers here, I too have to raise the question – how many Aerosmith compilations do we really need? As of 2005, I put Steven Tyler and Joe Perry right up there with Kiss’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley money hungry mits… simply too many (Greatest Hits, Gems, Box Of Fire, Big Ones, O Yeah!, Pandora’s Box, Made In America, Young Lust… and now Gold). Though many a negative review here, I’ll take the opposite route and point out the good. First and foremost is all the B-Sides and rarities all in one place… “Ain’t Enough” (from “Pump” – Japan only release), the Doors’ remake of “Love Me Two Times” (soundtrack of “Air America”), “Head First” (“Eat The Rich” – Germany only release), “Don’t Stop” (unreleased B-Side), “Can’t Stop Messin’ (unreleased B-Side), “Deuces Are Wild (soundtrack of “Beavis & Butt-Head Experience”), as well as the 2 previously unreleased songs from “Big Ones” (“Walk On Water” and “Blind Man”), and acoustic/orchestra versions of “Livin’ On The Edge” and “Amazing” respectively. “Gold” runs similar to “Young Lust – The Aerosmith Anthology” (2001), but I’ll take this one due to these special hard-to-find tracks. Keep in mind also – this is a GEFFEN release – anything they did with Columbia is not here (which is all their classic 70’s material and anything from “Nine Lives” or “Just Push Play”)… for contractual reasons. I have all of Aerosmith’s studio albums on disc, but never took the plunge on a compilation of theirs… simply because I loved all their albums so thoroughly. I looked over the other Aero compilations – and went with “Gold” fairly easily. If you want a best of package to compliment this one, go with “Greatest Hits” or “Gems” which is strictly their 70’s material. The only thing I disagree with is in the cd booklet where the author writes “Some things get better with age… Aerosmith rocks harder after 30 years in the business”… well, the band certainly still rocks, but I honestly don’t think they rock as HARD as they did in the 70’s. As far as track selection goes – the songs taken from the above mentioned studio albums are pretty much dead on (in my opinion missing only “Flesh”, “Magic Touch” and Hoodoo Voodoo – Medicine Man”) …overall great track selections (4.5 stars).