I don’t want to overwhelm anybody with a lot of unnecessary babbling, so please, bear with me: this is a REPACKAGING of a previous compilation called “Young Lust” released in 2001, which focused on the “Geffen Years 1985-1997″, meaning by that that the compilation includes songs from “Done with Mirrors” (1985), “Permanent Vacation” (1987), “Pump” (1989), “Get a Grip” (1993), “Big Ones” (1994, Greatest Hits package) and “A little south of sanity” (1997, live album). This one has THE EXACT SAME SONGS as “Young Lust”, but with a MAJOR difference (the change in the cover notwithstanding): the price. It’s probably half the price of the original. And please, please, bear in mind the following: THIS IS NOT, I REPEAT, NOT A GREATEST HITS PACKAGE!!!
It is an anthology, so it features A LOT of material that NEVER made it to the radio. If you’re looking for the “hits” and nothing but the hits of that era, you need to get “Big Ones”. But if you’re interested in digging deeper into that period of the band’s career, AND THAT PERIOD EXCLUSIVELY, then go ahead and get this: my guess is that you’ll be pleasantly surprised by some of the songs included here, most of which have been overlooked, such as the material from “…Mirrors” (some of my fav overall), some non-album tracks (the cover of The Doors “Love me two times”, tracks only previously available on singles and/or imports, such as “Can’t stop Messin’”, “Head First”, etc) and some live tracks (good renditions of “Dream On”, “Sweet Emotion”).
- if you’re a die hard, 70’s Aerosmith fan: sorry, this compilation is probably not going to cut it for you. Get “O Yeah Ultimate Hits!” instead.
- if you’re an Aerosmith completist: by all means, get this!! You’ll find all of their latter day hits, and a few nuggets as well.
- if you’re a casual fan: avoid this. It is probably a little too “complete” for you, since quite a bit of the material included will not be familiar to you. Get “Big Ones” or “O Yeah Ultimate Hits” instead.