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Aerosmith's Greatest Hits

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  • Yes, it packs a punch – but a very short punch. Aerosmith had so many great songs and radio staples in this era, collecting a mere ten of them for a ‘greatest hits’ compilation just doesn’t do the band justice. And a few selections simply don’t belong:”Come Together” was a nice, sleazy cover of the Beatles’ classic but not one of the band’s better recordings; and “(Remember) Walking in the Sand” is just plain weak. “Kings and Queens” is a good – though not particularly great – song that loses some of it’s charm in this edited version.Of course, there are some downright essential 70s hard rock tunes here, such as “Dream On”, “Walk This Way”, “Sweet Emotion”, “Last Child”, & “Back in the Saddle”.But the fact that other well-known gems like “Mama Kin”, “Train’ Kept a Rollin’ and “Toys in the Attic” are left off is particularly disappointing given the inclusion of lesser songs and the extremely short running time. For Aerosmith, an album band that produced so many great tunes, a ‘best of’ compilation should have at least more than thirty minutes of stellar material.’Greatest Hits’ is a disappointment and casual fans looking for a decent overview of the band’s early career should not purchase it without also picking up “Gems”, a collection of more great vintage Aerosmith. For an even better experience you may want to delve into the actual albums (‘Toys in the Attic’ and ‘Rocks’ are outstanding, and their others are quite solid as well).

    Posted on March 7, 2010