I’ve never been what you would call a huge Aerosmith fan, but over the years, I’ve owned several of their albums and I consider “Pump” to be one of my favorite rock-albums of all time. In my opinion, that was their most consistent album and I can still never get tired of playing the thing. Songs like “the other side”, “what it takes”, and “love in an elevator” never wear out their welcome and always manage to bring back memories of my child-hood. Permanent Vacation also had some good tunes, as well as Get a Grip and Nine Lives, but I never made the effort to buy ALL of them. I guess this set was put together for casual fans like me and I’m really glad for having picked it up. On here, are 34 songs culled from their Geffen years and, in all honesty, there really isn’t a weak track. I liked the double-live set “A Little South of Sanity” and I find it a little puzzling that they would include the live version of “Hole in My Sole”. But, then again, that’s just me. Also, we get “Deuces Are Wild” from the Beavis and Butthead Experience and “Blind Man” from the 1994 greatest hits “Big Ones”. This is a fantastic “hits” package and my only complaint is that there wasn’t more stuff from Nine Lives. But oh well, can’t have everything. All in all this is a solid buy that even the rabid fans may want to have. It’s good times.
Aerosmith’s reign as America’s greatest hard-rock heroes seemed all but over at the end of the ’70s, the victim of internal squabbles, drug abuse, and a cocooned, decadent environment. Set against that backdrop, their ’80’s label switch and resurgence–and an eventual iconic, widespread acceptance even more pervasive than during their ”prime”–was initially as gratifying as it was unlikely. This double-disc, 34-track compilation of the Geffen years chronicles a not-so-young band clawing their way back to the top with a hungry frenzy that shamed many upstarts half their age. With all the high points intact (including their groundbreaking rock-rap redux of ”Walk this Way” with Run D.M.C., ”Rag Doll,” ”Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” ”Love In an Elevator,” ”Janie’s Got a Gun,” ”The Other Side,” Cryin’” et al.), this compilation offers up the expected live extras (a handful of old hits and ’90’s staples), soundtrack cuts (”Deuces Are Wild” and the Doors’ ”Love Me Two Times”) and sundry rarities (including the non-album cuts ”Don’t Stop” and ”Can’t Stop Messin’,” B-side ”Head First,” and Japan-only ”Ain’t Enough”)–though, sadly, no ”Theme to Wayne’s World.” But by its waning tracks, it also documents the encroaching influences of hired-gun tunesmiths like Desmond Child and Glen Ballard, and the band’s troubling tendency to hew ever closer to the middle-of-the-road as its fame burgeoned. Younger listeners may well treasure this album as a history of Aerosmith’s golden years, B.D.–as in before Diane (Warren). –Jerry McCulley
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because of the b-sides collected, but this is not a great compilation for those who don’t have all the Geffen releases (‘Done with Mirrors’ (1985), ‘Permanent Vacation’ (1987), ‘Pump’ (1989), ‘Get a Grip’ (1993), and ‘A Little South of Sanity’ (1998)). From the perspective of a diehard fan, the song choice from ‘Permanent Vacation’ and ‘Pump’ is excellent, but the same can not be said of the much underrated ‘Done with Mirrors’ and the much overrated ‘Get a Grip’. The tracks from the 1998 live record should be viewed in the same context as the record itself – a lackluster fulfillment of the band’s contractual obligation to Geffen.The real gems here are the collection of b-sides, of which all but a couple are included here. Particularly good is the reworking of The Doors’ “Love Me Two Times” (from the ‘Pump’ era). (NOTE: I wish Geffen had just put these as bonus cuts on the remastered original records, as has been done with many other bands.) For this reason alone, I would recommend this record for the serious Aero-fans. For those just getting started, I recommend purchasing the remastered versions of ‘Permanent Vacation’ and ‘Pump’ (which are being released simultaneously).
For whom exactly is this double-disc set intended? Is it a hits compilation for casual fans who don’t want to delve into the albums? Well, seeing as Geffen only owned the band during the second stage of their career, it couldn’t be definitive, and the single-disc best-of “Big Ones” covered the Geffen years quite nicely already. Is it a rarities collection? There are quite a few b-sides and previously unreleased tunes here, but it’s mostly re-packaged material from their Geffen albums. Even the live tunes are straight from their recent live record, A Little South of Sanity. So the hardcore fans will have to have it, even if their paying mostly for material they already own – and a few casual fans might pick it up confusing it for a greatest hits collection. Still, it’s little more than another contractual obligation of marginal value.
“Young Lust – The Aerosmith Anthology” chronicles Aerosmith’s Geffen-years from the mid-eighties onward.
Gathering 34 singles, album tracks and live cuts, it offers a fine retrospective, and it manages to include almost all of the best songs from Aerosmith’s last six studio albums. This is pretty much all that the casual fan will need.
Having said that, I would have preferred a leaner version of “Amazing” to the orchestrated one included here, but the acoustic rendition of the hit “Livin’ On The Edge” is really good, and Run-DMC’s take on the sublime hard rock song “Walk This Way” is included, too.
The live versions of “Dream On” and “Sweet Emotion” are sort of pointless, though, and those two should have been left off in favour of two or three more songs from the band’s Geffen years, but the selection is generally very good, and small flaws like those I just mentioned don’t really ruin the overall impression.
The MTV-staples “Dude (looks like a lady)” and “Love In An Elevator” are here, as well as power ballads like “Angel”, “Cryin’”, and “Crazy”, the underrated blues shuffle “Hangman Jury”, the melodic (and disturbing) “Janie’s Got A Gun”, and several other smashes like “The Other Side”, “What It Takes”, and the hard rockers “Eat The Rich”, “Head First”, “Let The Music Do The Talking”, “Rag Doll”, and “My Fist Your Face”.
“Young Lust” also includes and excellent version of the Door’s “Love Me Two Times”, as well as “Deuces Are Wild”, “Blind Man” and “Walk On Water”, the three previously unreleased songs from Aerosmith’s earlier Geffen compilation, “Big Ones”.
This well-annotated double disc compilation is the best available overview of Aerosmith’s latter-day output. Get this one, and the excellent box set “Pandora’s Box” for the ‘Smith’s seventies classics, and you’re set!
This is not a bad collection by any means. The remastering is excellent as both discs sound terrific, even better than I remember them sounding on the original albums. One reviewer questioned as to whom this collection was intended for? I have to agree. Die-hard fans will likely have most of this material already. The bulk of the collection is taken from the albums, “Permanent Vacation, Pump, Get A Grip, Big ones” and “A Little South of Sanity.” If you already have these albums, then you really don’t need this collection. There’s a couple of B-sides, rarities and the Run-DMC version of Walk this Way, but not enough to warrant getting this set if you have the above-mentioned albums. If you are new to Aerosmith, or on a budget, then you can’t go wrong with this collection. For myself, it was perfect as I did not want to spend the money on all the albums that the tracks in this collection come from. So, if economics are a concern for you, this is the best Aerosmith album to get as it’s a nice summary of the band’s work from the 80’s through the 90’s.