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Classics Live! Complete

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  • 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.

    Posted on March 2, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album is a live collection of the songs that made Aerosmith famous (except for Three Mile Smile, Reefer Headed Woman and Major Barbara) and, as everyone knows, Aerosmith rules live! Sometimes Aerosmith’s songs are best when recorded live. If you want real good live material get this and Live! Bootleg.

    Posted on March 1, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I don’t think any band does better live than Aerosmith[the best band in the world.]They do well on all of the songs[ecspecially ''train kept a rollin'']Aero ROCKS so get this Cd[or cassette]now!

    Posted on March 1, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I’ll give this one 4 stars just based on the songs but that’s about as far as it goes. You get classic tunes like “Dream On” as well as lesser known masterpieces such as “Kings and Queens.” However, for a band that has such a high reputation on the stage, they can do better than this. And they have. “Live Bootleg” as well as all other live albums since have surpassed “Classics Live 1″ just based on the energy put into it. The problem with the production of this record was that it was recorded msotly during the band’s dark years of the early 80s. As a result, you don’t get the classic lineup on most of the tunes. Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay are no match for Perry/Whitford. You really feel the difference on this record. It shows you what the basis of Aerosmith’s sound is all about and how this album doesn’t contain it.This is definitely a valuable purchase if for no other reason than that it contains “Major Barbara”, which is aware nowhere else. But in the end, this should not be your last stop for live Aerosmith.

    Posted on March 1, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I Like this album… the only thing that is bad about it is that it was too short for a live album… also it didn’t have alot of the really good songs… though it did have some good ones like Dream On, Sweet Emotion, and Kings and Queens. Dream on is my favorite Aerosmith song and for some reason i liked the way it counded on this album… I actually like the way it sounds on this album better than the origional recording… same thing goes for kings and queens… anyway.. it sounds good but it’s too short.

    Posted on March 1, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now