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Aerosmith's Greatest Hits

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  • You gotta look at this CD as more of a “primer” to test the waters to see if you want more early Aerosmith CD’s than as the end-all CD to replace all their other 70’s albums. It only has ten songs, true, but bear in mind this is a 1980 release. 10 songs was pretty much the industry standard for any album back then. It contains severely edited versions of several songs, the most horrible example being “Sweet Emotion”, which deletes the cool talk-box guitar intro and the coda section where it really kicks back in (this version just fades out). Once again, like it or not, this is typical of “greatest hits” albums (hey, the “hit” radio versions of songs typically ARE shortened versions of what you get on the albums). But for those of you only familiar with “Walk This Way”, “Sweet Emotion”, and “Dream On” from their 70’s heyday, you’ll find some nice surprises here. “Back In The Saddle”, with its galloping rhythm and cool 12-string bass lines, is one of the best things they’ve ever done, and “Last Child” is a catchy funky number featuring some great Steven Tyler yelps at the end. “Same Old Song And Dance” is another riff-driven rocker with horns (Aerosmith had to be one of the pioneers of combining hard rock with horns). “Draw The Line” is a good noise-rocker that features a great slide guitar riff. People have griped about the inclusion of “Come Together” here, but keep it mind it’s not available on any other Aerosmith albums other than the pricey “Pandora’s Box” (and it WAS a Top 40 hit – therefore a GREATEST HIT). “Kings & Queens” and “Remember (Walking In The Sand)” don’t do much for me, but they at least show a softer side of the band, leaning more towards art rock and 60’s R&B respectively. Get this, let it grow on you, then pick up “Toys In The Attic” and “Rocks”. And then ROCK!

    Posted on March 7, 2010