This rough, tough and rowdy live album brings together 14 recordings from Aerosmith’s 1977-78 tour, plus a couple of rarities from 1973 in the form of James Brown’s “Mother Popcorn” and the Yardbirds’ “I Ain’t Got You”.
The sound is very much live, with the loud, crunchy guitars of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford at the forefront, but it is also relatively clear, and not as cluttered as “A Little South Of Sanity”. It is obvious that not a lot of overdubbing was involved to fix up the tracks, which results in a refreshingly authentic representation of Aerosmith at their best.
Almost every early Aerosmith classic is included: “Back In The Saddle” opens the CD, followed by “Sweet Emotion” and a seven-minute “Lord Of The Thighs”.
The band’s powerful version of John Lennon’s “Come Together” is here as well, as is the superb “Walk This Way”, the hard-rocking “Mama Kin”, and one of Aerosmith’s best and most overlooked songs, Richie Supa’s catchy “Chip Away At The Stone”.
And “Draw The Line” is here as well, although it is unlisted (probably to tie in with the casual “bootleg” design of the album, which includes fake coffee stains on the back).
There are a couple of lesser songs as well, but most of what is here is simply excellent. “Live Bootleg” is a must for fans of Aerosmith’s seventies output.
4 1/2 stars.