Aerosmith’s self tittled debut is one of their best albums. The band is young and fresh, ready to take the world by storm. They accomplished that of course.1. Make It 8/10. Good rockin start.2. Somebody 8/10. Good riffing.3. Dream On 10/10. Classic power ballad. Steven wrote this at the age of 17. Very impressive.4. One Way Street 8/10. At 7 minutes long this was their longest song for over 20 years until a song on 9 Lives was longer.5. Mama Kin 10/10. Hard rocking classic. This song could represent the very essence of rock and roll.6. Write Me a Letter 8/10. I like the swagger and groove on this one.7. Movin Out 8/10. Joe and Steven’s first song written together. Great start.8. Walkin the Dog 8/10. Cover of a blues song. They cranked the amps and had fun on this one.If you are new to Aerosmith and want to get into their old stuff you won’t be disappointed. Or if you’re an old fan who hasn’t quite gotten around to pickin up Aerosmith’s substantial catalog do yourself a favor and pick it up now.
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Aerosmith’s self titled debut gave fans a glimse of things to come. It’s opening track “Make It” was the song they had been using to open shows as you can tell by the lyrics, “Good evening people welcome to the show”. The next track “Somebody” was written by Tyler and one of his former bandmates when he was in a group called Chain Reaction. It’s got great guitar lick from both Perry and Whitford. The song’s highlight is a vocal/guitar harmony in the middle. The next track is a rock n’ roll opus. “Dream On”( a song written by Tyler at the age of 17) has had as much if not more importance to the development of rock than Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven”. “One Way Street” the band’s next song has heavy jazz influences as well as heavy harmonica solos. Next, another classic, “Mama Kin”, the first song Steven Tyler ever wrote, contains one of the most memorable guitar riffs in history thanks to Brad Whitford and the heavy rythym beats of bassist Tom Hamilton and Drummer Joey Kramer. In fact Steven believed in the song so much he had it’s name tatooed on his arm. The next song “Write Me” is just your average aerosmith rocker. For anyone that’s familar with their music “Write Me” is in the same stable as songs like “No More, No More” and “Chiquita”. The following track, “Movin’ Out”, is the first Tyler/Perry songwriting combination. Done with mostly accoustic guitars, the song is great. Especially when the drums start to kick in. The final track is a cover song od the old Rufus Thomas, “Walkin’ The Dog”.
This is my favorite Aerosmith album. Everything is just so good. I really don’t think there is anything bad on this album. “Dream On” is probably the greatest rock ballad, ever. “Somebody” has a great solo. “Ony Way Street” and “Movin’ Out” groove like nothing else.
Aerosmith has made great albums… Rocks, Toys in the Attic, Draw the Line, etc. They’re all great… no doubt about that, but without their debut album, they might not have recieved that push they needed to be stars. This is a very raw and gritty album. If you want proof, listen to Steven Tyler’s vocals. He never sounded like that again after Get Your Wings. Along with its importance, their debut album provides the listener with a barrage of catchy, bluesey rock. Aerosmith doesn’t give up until you reach the end of the album.
1. Make It: Great opener, period. There is truly nothing wrong with this song. It’s catchy and it rocks. 8.5 stars (out of ten.)
2. Somebody: The opening riff is original, the vocals soar above the istrumentals, and the guitar is killer. 8.5 stars.
3. Dream On: The only song that gains enough recognition it deserves. This is the second-definitive Aerosmith song, next to Walk This Way. Perfect. 10 stars.
4. One Way Street: An epic blues-rock bonanza. Love the guitar Love the harmonica. Love the vocals. Aw, heck, I love it all. 9 stars.
5. Mama Kin: Some of the best riffs Joe Perry ever made are displayed on this track. I’m so glad they added it to the latest greatest hits album (Oh Yeah!) 10 stars.
6. Write Me: One of their most underrated songs ever. The beat is rocking, and there isn’t any better harmonica-wailing anywhere. It’s a personal favorite of mine. 9 stars.
7. Movin Out: This is a very moody and out-of-place song here. It’s not bad by a long shot. It just doesn’t fit with all of the fast paced flurries the preceed it. It’s still a keeper that I think would have been better on Get Your Wings. 8 stars.
8. Walkin’ The Dog: One of their best cover songs. The only thing that falters is the odd opening, but once you get through it, it’s such a great song. The guitars rock, and so do the vocals. What a way to close it. 9.5 stars.
Tha comes to a grand total of 9 stars.In short: What are you waiting for, an invitation? Get this if you like music PERIOD.
After two decades of not being quite sure what my opinion of Aerosmith was, I finally broke down and bought this CD two weeks ago.I can’t stop listening to it.There are some odd things here–for example, how come “Make It” is so good, even though Joe Perry’s guitar solo is not quite in tune and is totally out of time? Is he playing along with a different song? And who did the lousy overdubbed lead guitar on “Somebody”? It’s played bad and edited even worse. And what’s with the goofy intro to the great “Walkin’ The Dog”?The real revalation, after years of hearing nothing but talk of coke addictions and internal squabbling associated with Aerosmith, is how fun and downright optimistic this band can be. “Make It,” “Dream On,” even “Mama Kin,” all sound to me like declarations of independence and musical freedom from Steven Tyler. In it’s best moments, this album doesn’t just rock; it SWINGS.”Dream On” is pure magic–and inspired, too, because there is nothing else here with the same level of musical sophistication–and it hasn’t been rendered impotent by radio overkill the way that contemporaries like “Stairway To Heaven” or “Smoke On The Water” were.I’m shocked to find that this record is carried NOT by Joe Perry–most gorups of the genre lean so heavily on lead guitarists–but by by bassist Tom Hamilton and (I spent years trying to avoid saying these words) the GREAT Steven Tyler.I’ve spent two weeks listening to this, two weeks searching for the word to describe Tylers vocals, and I keep coming back to my initial adjective: MUSCULAR.My god the guy can sing. He makes me feel strong and macho just listening to him. Trust me, that’s saying a lot.I loved the Rocks LP years ago, but even that album didn’t display the guys throat like this CD. He could do ANYTHING at this point, and they were fresh off the bar circuit. He was what–20?–and gave Jagger a run for his money, right out of the box.I hate to admit it, but you can now count me among the Aerosmith clan.Rats.