O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits, released in July 2002, is an Aerosmith compilation.
Aerosmith is, with out a doubt, “America’s Greatest Rock “N” Roll Band.” There are many other great classic rock bands, but they were from different countries. Pink Floyd (England), Led Zeppelin (England), Queen (England), The Beatles (England), The Rolling Stones (England), and Rush (Canada). Do we see a pattern here? There are many legendary classic rock bands from England. So Aerosmith isn’t the best ever, just in America they are.
Kicking this album off is ‘Mama Kin’ and ‘Dream On’, both from Aerosmith’s debut album, “Aerosmith.” I’m always happy to see ‘Mama Kin’ on a compilation, because it’s an excellent song. ‘Dream On’ is also here, but that’s no surprise, since it’s one of Aerosmith’s top five songs of all time.
From “Get Your Wings” come the songs ‘Same Old Song And Dance’ and ‘Seasons Of Wither’. This is the full version of ‘Same Old Song And Dance’ and not the heavily edited copy found on “Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits.” (Note: I’m going to bash Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits, because it has major editing problems.) ‘Seasons Of Wither’ is a nice song, but not the second best song on “Get Your Wings.” ‘Train Kept A Rollin’ holds that title, but it’s not here. Why? Who knows? It’s an excellent cover but it’s not found on “O, Yeah!”.
‘Walk This Way’, ‘Big Ten Inch Record’, and ‘Sweet Emotion’ are the songs from Aerosmith’s best album, “Toys In The Attic”. This is the full, four-and-a-minute version of ‘Sweet Emotion’ and not the edited version found on Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits. Two excellent songs missing from “Toys In The Attic” are ‘No More No More’ and ‘Toys In The Attic’. It’s nice to see ‘Big Ten Inch Record’ appear on an Aerosmith compilation, but ‘Toys In The Attic’ would have been a better choice.
From the album “Rocks” come the songs ‘Last Child’ and ‘Back In The Saddle’. ‘Back In The Saddle’ is one of Aerosmith’s best songs, along with ‘Last Child’. But where’s ‘Rats In The Cellar’, one of Aerosmith’s most underrated gems?
‘Draw The Line’ is the only song on “O, Yeah!” from the album “Draw The Line”. ‘Draw The Line’ has an excellent riff, and it’s a very catchy song. But where in the world is ‘Kings and Queens’. It’s just one more missing gem, not making the cut for “O, Yeah!”.
Now the compilation skips three albums, “Night In The Ruts”, “Rock In A Hard Place”, and “Done With Mirrors”. These definitely are not Aerosmith’s best albums, but they still had a few good songs. Songs like ‘Remember (Walking In The Sand)’, ‘Jailbait’, and ‘Let The Music Do The Talking’. It’s not a huge disappointment, but they should have at least put ‘Remember (Walking In The Sand)’ on “O, Yeah!”.
“Permanent Vacation” kicked off Aerosmith return to the spotlight, with songs like ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady)’, ‘Angel’, and ‘Rag Doll’. All three of these songs deserve to be here. ‘Permanent Vacation’ would have been nice, but it’s no big deal. ‘Angel’ was Aerosmith’s first major ballad and they would have many more ballads in the albums to come.
Next we come to one of my personal favorites, “Pump”. It’s just one of those albums where every song is excellent. Making the cut for “O, Yeah!” are ‘Janie’s Got A Gun’, ‘Love In An Elevator’, ‘What It Takes’, and ‘The Other Side’. Other excellent songs on Pump that didn’t make it were ‘Young Lust’, ‘F.I.N.E.’, and ‘Monkey On My Back’. No huge disappoint about those songs not making the cut.
Now on to the so-called ballad album, “Get A Grip.” The album’s not all ballads, there are still rock songs, but they are not as well known as the ballads. The songs from “Get A Grip” include ‘Livin’ On The Edge’, ‘Cryin’, ‘Amazing’, and ‘Crazy’. All but ‘Livin’ On The Edge’ are ballads. The non-ballad songs that didn’t make O, Yeah! were ‘Eat The Rich’, ‘Fever’, and ‘Walk On Down’.
From the album “The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience” comes the song ‘Deuces Are Wild’.
‘Falling In Love’ and ‘Pink’ from “Nine Lives” made their way onto O, Yeah. ‘Falling In Love’ was a good choice, but I’d rather have ‘Hole In My Soul’ over ‘Pink’.
Next, from the “Armageddon Soundtrack” is Aerosmith’s only Billboard Hot 100 number one hit, ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’. This is easily one of my favorite Aerosmith songs of all time, and it deserves to be here with other Aerosmith classics.
From their 2001 album “Just Push Play”, come two songs, ‘Jaded’ and ‘Just Push Play’. “Just Push Play” is one of their worst albums ever, and these two songs are no exceptions.
To close the album off, you have two bonus tracks and a rap version of ‘Walk This Way’. That’s terrible. Rap and Aerosmith just don’t go together. It was a bad idea to recorded the song in the first place, let alone place it on an Aerosmith greatest hits compilation. The bonus tracks are ordinary songs, and nothing to get excited over.
In the end, you get an Aerosmith compilation loaded with 30 unedited songs, for a sale price of under 20 bucks. That’s not a bad deal considering it’s the best Aerosmith compilation out there. I’ll end my review with a list of missing songs and a list of excellent Aerosmith albums to start a collection with.
1. Train Kept a Rollin’
2. Toys In The Attic
3. No More No More
4. Rats In The Cellar
5. Kings And Queens
6. Remember (Walking In The Sand)
7. Permanent Vacation
8. Monkey On My Back
9. Eat The Rich
11. Hole In My Soul
The Six Albums Every Aerosmith Fan Must Have:
1. Get Your Wings
2. Toys In The Attic
5. Get A Grip
6. A Little South Of Sanity (Two-disc live album)