The MP3 songs sound great, but my copy of this on cassette has long since vanished, so I couldn’t tell you how the digitized versions compare (at least until my purchase of the old vinyl version arrives). I remember picking this one up in the $3 bargin bin back in ‘86, and it’s one of those tapes that stuck with me until cassette players became obsolete in the early 90’s.
As far as I know, you can’t find the amazingly good song that is “Kings And Queens” anywhere else. And if you’re at least a 70’s Aerosmith fan, how sad for you, that you’ve been denied that tune for this much of your life, if you haven’t heard it.
I’m not so sure I’d consider their performance here “sloppy,” other than some hard to hit notes and off-key singing briefly at times, by Steve.
The versions here are excellent, energetic, raw, and recorded in their prime when these songs were at the peak of their popularity, versus the over-done classic rock radio staples they are today (at least as far as Sweet Emotion and Dream On are considered).
Joe Perry and Brad make this album what it is, they are tight and perform to their usual standards. But here you get to actually listen to them play, versus listening to them being funneled through various digital effects and dubs you do today in their older age.
I guess I’m a big fan of Mama Kin, Lord Of The Thighs, and prefer the older classics like Dream On and Sweet Emotion, so this one appeals to me. And there is nothing wrong with Three Mile Smile/Reefer Headed Woman, or Major Barbara either, fun, catchy, but complex hard rock-blues at it’s finest. Again just some rare tunes you don’t hear very often, or can’t find anywhere today by them, from their best era.
It sounds great and like most Live Aerosmith, a great party album.