This is a great box set. It’s the “hodge-podge” format which as you already know it includes live cuts, demos, originals, previously unreleased, etc. ANYONE could enjoy these 3 Aerosmith albums but mostly this is an album for die-hard Aerosmith fans or someone that’s already into the band atleast on some level.
Are the newer releases remastered? NO! But the 1991 set sounded great to begin with. Like Led Zeppelin’s box set in 1990 it was done right to begin with.
That being a given, this set is quite excellent. It focuses on the first 7 albums from 1973 to 1982. Most of the greatest hits sets out there (2 disc sets) focus on the 1985 – 2001 era such as “Gold” does. O Yeah! The Ultimate Aerosmith set has about 1/3 pre-1985 stuff on it. They dedicate about 1/3 to each decade. If the early stuff is your favorite, then this set is the true gold. There are a couple of single discs (Greatest Hits and Gems) which focus on the 70’s, but as some of us know there are edited versions of some songs on Greatest Hits.
If you want to get into the early 70’s stuff I suggest getting each album, especially now that those are remastered. And they really are. 20 bit. But if you don’t want to buy all six or seven of those, this set is the next best thing and you can get it very inexpensively used/new here on Amazon.com Even if you have all of the 70’s albums there are 20 previously unreleased tracks on Pandora’s Box. So, there is plenty there for the collector or the new fan of 70’s material.