Among the finest hard rock albums of all time. Aerosmith fans from the post-Run DMC era who have yet to discover what the fuss was all about should look no further. Nothing Aerosmith has done since `Rocks’ shakes my tree, but `Rocks,’ `Toys,’ and especially this monster disc comprise some of the most stirring and potent hard rock in the era where it became the industry standard (you know, pre-disco, pre-punk, pre-new wave).The production took a quantum leap from their debut LP (`Aerosmith’), and the songs flow effortlessly (catch the amazing brain-fogged transition between `Lord of the Thighs’ and `Spaced’). Every song is powerful in its own right, but this is most undeniably an “album,” and needs to be heard in its entirety to be fully appreciated (unlike, say, `Toys’, which is more of a singles collection). The Tyler libido was in full flower, long before the `80’s and `90’s when it became self-parody. `Lord of the Thighs’ and `Pandora’s Box’ are prime (primed!) examples. `Train Kept a Rollin’ still stands as the best version (by miles) of this song I’ve ever heard. This and `S.O.S.’ give a curiously “live” feel, while `Spaced’ and `Wither’ are definitely very studio, very insular tracks (probably best suited for the headphone aficionado – “under the influence,” of course).Why are you still reading this? If you don’t have it, all you have to do is click a little button. You will be rewarded many times over.