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  • This 3 cd set is one of my most often played rock box sets which I own. It is comprised mostly of material from their classic Columbia years 1972-82. It includes unissued and live material, alternate takes and material from various side and solo projects. Hailing from Boston, Aerosmith was the best hard rock band from the United States during the seventies. They took their influences from the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, the blues, and funk and created a great sassy sound. Steven Tyler’s high energy vocals compliment the bluesy riffing of guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford perfectly. Their influence can be heard in such bands as the “Black Crowes”, and “Guns & Roses”. The set includes such hits as “Dream On”, “Sweet Emotion”, “Walk This Way”, “Back In The Saddle”, and others. Rarities include great cover versions of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rattlesnake Shake”, Otis Rush’s “All Your Love”, and The Beatles “Helter Skelter”. Live cuts from the classic 1976-78 era are also included. Some may be outtakes from the “Live Bootleg” recordings, but the performances sound more inspired than their work on that album. The set also includes a lot of my personal favorites like “Movin’ Out”, “Mama Kin”, “Write Me A Letter”, “Rats In The Cellar”, “Milkcow Blues”, “Cheese Cake”, and “Chip Away The Stone”. However there are still some cuts which should have been included such as “S.O.S. (Too Bad), “Sick As A Dog”, “Lightning Strikes”, “Get The Lead Out”, “Lick And A Promise”, “Get It Up”, “Woman Of The World” and Joe Perry’s solo version of “Let The Music Do The Talking”. That being said, this is a great bargain for those who can not afford all their individual albums. It does a better job of summarizing the band from this period than “Greatest Hits”, “Gems”, “Live Bootleg”, and “Classics Live Vols 1 & 2″. It is a shame that except for their live work on this compilation, the live work on their other albums doesn’t capture the energy of their concerts. I have seen them a few times and they put on a great show! Maybe sometime they will release a compact disc of their performances at “Texxas Jam”, some of which are included here and on the video. If you want a single disc compilation you might try to seek out an import copy of “Greatest Hits” with the 6 bonus cuts.

    Posted on January 8, 2010