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Aerosmith's Greatest Hits
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2005
I'm a huge Aerosmith fan, in fact, they're my favorite band, and I do own this CD. It's absolutely great, besides the two tracks edited down, but it's just not the best place to start for a new fan. If you're a new fan, get "Rocks" and/or "Aerosmith," if you want to truly get the Aerosmith experience. If you want to get the greatest hits, I think that "Oh Yeah!" would be the best choice. The Geffen Years (sorry for lack of title) would also be a good choice for late 80's, early 90's Aerosmith as well, but as we all know, that's a completely different Aerosmith.

Aerosmith is, in my opinion, the greatest Rock & Roll band to ever grace the face of the Earth, so I'd highly recommend you listen to them. Just not with this. It's not worth the money when you could get these tracks and so much more many other ways.

I'd only recommend it for collectors.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2004
Just so you know, there are shortened versions of songs like "Same Old Song and Dance" and "Sweet Emotion" on this disc. You absolutely should buy "O, Yeah Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" instead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 1999
Aerosmith's "Greatest Hits" is a compilation of all their best material of the seventies. The album's first song "Dream On" is a rock n' roll opus that was released on their self titled debut. The second track "Same Old Song And Dance" off of the Get Your Wings album is a horn filled heaven. Containing a extremley catchy riff and equally catchy lyrics by Steven Tyler. The third and forth tracks, "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way" were the band's first top forty singles and are still considered to be rock anthems. Both can also be found on the Toys In The Attic record. Next are "Last Child" and "Back In The Saddle" off of 1976's album Rocks. "Last Child" is guitarist Brad Whitford's stand-out song even to this day. And "Back In The Saddle" is the ultimate hard rock song with it's haunting opening and Tyler's screeching vocals. The song is sometimes used to open shows even to this day. "Draw The Line" is the title track to their 1977 release and the hardest song they had done to that point. "Kings And Queens" the eighth track is also of the Draw The Line record. This song show the boys venturing off into new territory and not losing an ounce of their rock sound. The song features a strange, but great, piano and bass solo performed perfectly by Tyler and Tom Hamilton. The next track "Come Together" is a cover of the Beatles hit, and was used in the Sgt. Pepper's Lonley Hearts Club Band movie. The movie bombed but the song did very well on the charts almost reaching the top twenty. The last song,"Remember (Walking In The Sand)", is a true ballad found on the Night In The Ruts album. The song was origanaly recorded by The Shangri-La's in the 1950's. Aerosmith's "Greatest Hits" would go on to sell over nine million copies and would be the first in a line of greatest hits albums (1988's Gems, 1991's Pandora's Box, and 1994's Big Ones).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2005
ok people, the reason for the edited versions of "same old song and dance", "sweet emotions" and "kings and queens" is BECAUSE, they were released as SINGLES. why they (columbia) didn't use the album versions i don't know? but thse are the single versions. so now you know.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2001
As a greatest hits collection, it is indeed pretty complete - these are the band's biggest radio hits of the 70's. But it is not a particularly great overview of classic Aerosmith. The only break from the simple and familiar classics is a bland cover of "(Remember) Walking in the Sand", which has no place on a record that is supposed to feature the band's biggest or best material. Besides that, this is from a time when Aerosmith was not really a singles-oriented band - they actually released very strong and consistant complete albums, and their best stuff never saw any radio airplay. You're much better off picking up one of their early masterpieces like "Toys in the Attic" or "Rocks" for an enjoyable example of the group at their best. If you must settle for a compilation, try "Gems", "Pandora's Toys" (a sampler of the 'pandora's box' collection) or a live record like "Bootleg" or "Classics Live II". Greatest Hits just isn't very satisfying, though it may be enough for the casual fan who merely wants 'Walk This Way' on CD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2005
The previous reviewer is correct. In fact, the compilation as a whole favors 'single edits.' That is, album versions of songs were edited to make them shorter and then released as singles, and that's what they use here.

Problem is, back in the 1970's, to make a 'single edit,' you didn't cut the master - that would've been VERY bad. Instead they would dub the master on to a new tape and make the edit on the copy. The cut-up copy would then become the master for the single. Sometimes they even throw in some compression and bad EQ during the dubbing when making the 'single edit.'

So why should anyone care? Because it explains why the sound quality on this compilation is inferior to the CDs of the actual albums.

Aerosmith was a great hard rock band in the 1970's, their creative peak, but you're better off with other compilations. Better yet, get "Toys In The Attic" or "Rocks." "Toys In The Attic" has their biggest, best-known hits, and it's probably the one with the most mainstream appeal. "Rocks," though, is their best album. Both are essential Aerosmith.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2003
Great songs, but, come on! this is a Greatest Hits CD, and theres 37 minutes of music... There should be at least 15 songs on here. Not 10. Yeah, theres classics on here, Dream on, Same Old Song and Dance, Walk This Way, Remember (Walking in the sand), and a good Beatles cover of Come Together. But I'm reviewing the CD. Not enough songs. Look for other Best Of Aerosmith's.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2003
I dont have this album, but I'm a big enough Aeromsith fan to have know that they would come out with a greatest hits album covering the whole career. But I do know that Same Old Song And Dance is edited, and so is Sweet Emotion and Kings And Queens. If I had to change the songs for the album would be the list:
1. Dream On
2. Mama Kin
3. Same Old Song And Dance
4. Train Kept A Rollin'
5. Seasons Of Wither
6. Walk This Way
7. Sweet Emotion
8. Back In The Saddle
9. Last Child
10. Draw The Line
11. Kings And Queens
12. Chip Away The Stone (from Live! Bootleg)
13. Come Together
14. Remember (Walking In The Sand)
15. No Surprise
And there they can make it two discs (duh because they were records) but could have later changed it to one disc with the creation of CDs. Train Kept A Rollin' is the most obvious one thats missing and should be there. But if you want to save money, then buy this, but if you want it all, get O Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2006
Greatest Hits is Aerosmith's first compilation. It's also probably their best one, considering it had all the truly essential songs up to that point. Tracks like Mama Kin, Seasons of Wither, Train Kept a Rollin, Toys in the Attic, and Uncle Salty probably didn't appear on here cuz Aerosmith wanted to make a small compilation. It would be nearly perfect if it wasn't for the destruction of two great Aerosmith songs.

Dream On is great, with one of those riffs that makes you think of something important in your life when you hear it, the kind that made songs like Stairway to Heaven and Hotel California famous. Same Old Song and Dance was the best track from Get Your Wings, but it still isn't all that great. But it shows Aerosmith's funky side. Then comes the first destroyed track. The excellent Sweet Emotion has been destroyed, being cut off by more than a minute and with the best parts taken away. The way it is shown on here makes it sound a lot worse than it truly is. Walk This Way with its wonderful funk riff and lyrics has also been cut a little short, but at least the important parts remained intact. Last Child is completely intact and also shows off Aerosmith's funk rock. Then comes Back in the Saddle. One of the best western type tracks ever, this song has everything. Draw the Line has a great riff and great lyrics. Then comes the next great destroyed Aerosmith song. Kings and Queens has a minute take off of it as well and also sounds way worse in this version. At least Remember(Walking in the Sand) is untouched. It's a great song with another great riff.

Overall, this is a good Aerosmith compilation and at least it has all the great songs on here. But only buy this if you don't mind Sweet Emotion and Kings and Queens sounding like they were made in 2 minutes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2002
I thouroughly enjoyed this CD, but I think that they could definately have put more on it than ten songs. Some of their songs that they wrote before this CD came out definately constitured their 'greatest hits', such as 'No Suprize' and 'Toys in the Attic'. As for the songs that were on the CD, I was split 50-50 on my ratings.
1) Dream On- A classic song which helped to kickstart their career. I have yet to see someone rival Tyler's falsetto.
2) Same Old Song and Dance- I like this song's rhythm, but I seem to be one of the few.
3) Sweet Emotion- A very nice song. It requires a lot of talent to be able to hold a note that long without gasping for breath. (By this I mean the "swe-e-e-e-e-et emo-o-o-o-o-o-otion" chorus)
4) Walk This Way- I've never liked this song all that much, but it seems to be a favorite among most Aerosmith fans.
5, 6) Last Child and Back in the Saddle- Neither of these songs appealed to me at all.
7) Draw the Line- I didn't like this song at first, but I grew to enjoy it.
8) Kings and Queens- I love this song, especially at the end when you hear various lines all played at once.
9) Come Together- While I think that the lyrics leave a lot to be desired, you can't deny that this is a fun song to listen to.
10) Remember- Not a favorite to many, but it does classify as a hit.
I definately think that this CD is worth buying, but I expected something more out of it.
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