28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start
You gotta look at this CD as more of a "primer" to test the waters to see if you want more early Aerosmith CD's than as the end-all CD to replace all their other 70's albums. It only has ten songs, true, but bear in mind this is a 1980 release. 10 songs was pretty much the industry standard for any album back then. It contains severely edited versions of...
Published on March 26, 2001
167 of 174 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars AEROSMITH ROCKS! Shame On Columbia Records!
AEROSMITH'S GREATEST HITS is a 10 track collection of songs originally released in 1980, remastered in 1993, that included their biggest hits from 1973's AEROSMITH, 1974's GET YOUR WINGS, 1975's TOYS IN THE ATTIC, 1976's ROCKS, 1977's DRAW THE LINE, 1978's SEARGEANT PEPPER'S SOUNDTRACK, and 1979's NIGHT IN THE RUTS albums. PERMANENT VACATION, PUMP, etc. hadn't even been...
Published on November 6, 2001 by Michael G. King
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167 of 174 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars AEROSMITH ROCKS! Shame On Columbia Records!,
AEROSMITH'S GREATEST HITS is a 10 track collection of songs originally released in 1980, remastered in 1993, that included their biggest hits from 1973's AEROSMITH, 1974's GET YOUR WINGS, 1975's TOYS IN THE ATTIC, 1976's ROCKS, 1977's DRAW THE LINE, 1978's SEARGEANT PEPPER'S SOUNDTRACK, and 1979's NIGHT IN THE RUTS albums. PERMANENT VACATION, PUMP, etc. hadn't even been concieved yet. That having been said, let's focus on the material that is included here.
Track 1, DREAM ON, is really the only true worthy track from the AEROSMITH debut album. This is a classic that was re-released as a single in 1976 after the success of TOYS IN THE ATTIC. FM classic rock stations still play this one today.
Track 2, SAME OLD SONG AND DANCE, is the only track from the GET YOUR WINGS album. While this is a great song, TRAIN KEPT' A ROLLIN' would have been a better choice if they were only going to pick one for this album.
Track 3, SWEET EMOTION, from the TOYS IN THE ATTIC album has been butchered here. The track starts out already in progress. It's like switching the radio dial and finding an AEROSMITH song that had already started before you switched the dial. This track clocks in at 3:12, whereas the TOYS IN THE ATTIC version clocks in at 4:34.
Track 4, WALK THIS WAY, also from the TOYS IN THE ATTIC album, is essential on any AEROSMITH greatest hits collection. But just like SWEET EMOTION, it has been cut from it's original 3:40 to 3:12.
Track 5, LAST CHILD, from the ROCKS album is essential and is intact.
Track 6, BACK IN THE SADDLE, also from the ROCKS album is essential and is intact.
Track 7, DRAW THE LINE, from the DRAW THE LINE album, is one of two essential tracks from that album.
Track 8, KINGS AND QUEENS, also from the DRAW THE LINE album, is the other essential track. Like SWEET EMOTION, they've butchered it badly here - starting already in progress, and cut way short. Disappointing!
Track 9, COME TOGETHER, is essential from the band's participation in the SEARGEANT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND movie soundtrack. This was a very popular single that Aerosmith released in 1978.
Track 10, REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND), from the NIGHT IN THE RUTS album was a popular single in 1979.
All in all, AEROSMITH'S GREATEST HITS is a very good representation of Aerosmith's work in the 70's. My biggest complaint is about the butchering of SWEET EMOTION, WALK THIS WAY, and KINGS AND QUEENS.
Start with TOYS IN THE ATTIC and ROCKS, and then build your collection from there. It'll cost more than the AEROSMITH'S GREATEST HITS CD, but it'll be worth it.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start,
By A Customer
You gotta look at this CD as more of a "primer" to test the waters to see if you want more early Aerosmith CD's than as the end-all CD to replace all their other 70's albums. It only has ten songs, true, but bear in mind this is a 1980 release. 10 songs was pretty much the industry standard for any album back then. It contains severely edited versions of several songs, the most horrible example being "Sweet Emotion", which deletes the cool talk-box guitar intro and the coda section where it really kicks back in (this version just fades out). Once again, like it or not, this is typical of "greatest hits" albums (hey, the "hit" radio versions of songs typically ARE shortened versions of what you get on the albums). But for those of you only familiar with "Walk This Way", "Sweet Emotion", and "Dream On" from their 70's heyday, you'll find some nice surprises here. "Back In The Saddle", with its galloping rhythm and cool 12-string bass lines, is one of the best things they've ever done, and "Last Child" is a catchy funky number featuring some great Steven Tyler yelps at the end. "Same Old Song And Dance" is another riff-driven rocker with horns (Aerosmith had to be one of the pioneers of combining hard rock with horns). "Draw The Line" is a good noise-rocker that features a great slide guitar riff. People have griped about the inclusion of "Come Together" here, but keep it mind it's not available on any other Aerosmith albums other than the pricey "Pandora's Box" (and it WAS a Top 40 hit - therefore a GREATEST HIT). "Kings & Queens" and "Remember (Walking In The Sand)" don't do much for me, but they at least show a softer side of the band, leaning more towards art rock and 60's R&B respectively. Get this, let it grow on you, then pick up "Toys In The Attic" and "Rocks". And then ROCK!
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please don't waste your money,
I have no problem with greatest hits packages, but when they butcher the songs with 45 editing, you get half-ass versions of songs that were meant to be heard in their entirety.
Add to this poor decision that they included two songs that need not be here, Kings and Queens and the ridiculous Remember (Walking In The Sand). There are at least a dozen others songs that deserve to be included here.
All that aside, if you really want to introduce yourself to this band, buy Toys In The Attic or Rocks or one of the other scads of hits packages they've greedily dumped on the consumer over the years.
Save your money.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short & Uneven Collection,
By A Customer
Yes, it packs a punch - but a very short punch. Aerosmith had so many great songs and radio staples in this era, collecting a mere ten of them for a 'greatest hits' compilation just doesn't do the band justice. And a few selections simply don't belong:
"Come Together" was a nice, sleazy cover of the Beatles' classic but not one of the band's better recordings; and "(Remember) Walking in the Sand" is just plain weak. "Kings and Queens" is a good - though not particularly great - song that loses some of it's charm in this edited version.
Of course, there are some downright essential 70s hard rock tunes here, such as "Dream On", "Walk This Way", "Sweet Emotion", "Last Child", & "Back in the Saddle".
But the fact that other well-known gems like "Mama Kin", "Train' Kept a Rollin' and "Toys in the Attic" are left off is particularly disappointing given the inclusion of lesser songs and the extremely short running time. For Aerosmith, an album band that produced so many great tunes, a 'best of' compilation should have at least more than thirty minutes of stellar material.
'Greatest Hits' is a disappointment and casual fans looking for a decent overview of the band's early career should not purchase it without also picking up "Gems", a collection of more great vintage Aerosmith. For an even better experience you may want to delve into the actual albums ('Toys in the Attic' and 'Rocks' are outstanding, and their others are quite solid as well).
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of money.,
The subject line says it all. Avoid this CD at all costs, especially if you're an Aerosmith fan.
Don't get me wrong - the songs are great, but the album is a ripoff.
One simple word: butchering.
Here are some examples: "Kings and Queens" and "Back in the Saddle" are both snipped slightly, while "Walk this Way" fades early.
The most noticeable of the editing, however, is that the memorable intro and equally outstanding finale of "Sweet Emotion" are both gone.
Columbia/Sony owes fans a better best of collection of the first Columbia Records tenure of Aerosmith, especially now that the band is back on the label.
Again, if you're a fan of Aerosmith, don't get this album. You'll be better off getting the albums from whence these songs came.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportuity - should've been 2 discs worth,
If most disc's can hold up to 80 minutes of music, why only 37 minutes on this greatest hits collection? Then I have to think back to 1980, and cd's really weren't around yet. The album was still short tho. 37 minutes might be okay if it's a regular studio album, but a band as HUGE as Aerosmith can't be served justice with a best-of package containing 10 fairly short songs. I own everything Aerosmith has ever done with the exception of 1994's "Box of Fire". Aerosmith has some great albums to draw songs from for their 1st and most important "Greatest Hits" package. Possible songs from their debute: "Mama Kin" & "Make It". From "Get Your Wings": "Season's Of Wither" and "Train Kept A Rollin'". How about the title track from "Toys in the Attic"? Possible tunes from perhaps the greatest hard rock album EVER.... "Rocks": "Nobody's Fault", "Sick as a Dog", or "Home Tonight". They grabbed the right tunes from "Draw The Line" - no problems there. And they missed from "Night in The Ruts" the two best tunes, "No Surprize" and "Three Mile Smile". Everyone's tastes are different and you can't please everyone... my thinking is that for the most part this is a pretty good play list of songs, BUT, it is way too short -and- some Aero tunes were more deserving than others. Remember this - all Aerosmith is CLASSIC.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars for completists only,
The original Aerosmith compilation has become nothing more than a relic for completists. Originally released as a single LP record in 1980, there are only 9 songs from their first six records (with two of them, "Sweet Emotion" and "Kings and Queens", substantially edited) and the Beatles cover, "Come Together" (originally featured on the 'Sgt. Pepper's' movie soundtrack - you know, the one with the Bee Gees). For the casual fan, you can get just as many unedited songs from that era on the newest compilation, 'Oh Yeah!"
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ! Greatest hits from the Greatest Band!,
First of all, i love this album because it's the first album i bought from 70's Aerosmith (Altough it being released in 1980) and introduced me to the classic A-songs (I have all their albums); Second: I am agree with the guys who reviewed before that "Sweet Emotion" and "Kings and Queens" are edited and i think that the original versions are better because the riffs that missed in the edited version are so powerfull. Third: Someone said 'Why to put a cover of "come together" (a Beatles song)?', Well i'll tell you it's because they recorded it for a soundtrack of 1978 film 'Sgt Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band' and didn't put it on 'Night in the Ruts' and because it's a great cover. Fourth: Why to put only 10 tracks? , What about the other greatest hits like "Mama kin", "Train kept a rolling", "Seasons of wither", "No surprize" just to name a few. If you didn't get enough of the clasical Aerosmith, buy the real gem of their greatest hits: 'PANDORA'S BOX'
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete and Outdated,
Despite the fact that this particular album sold 10 million copies, it contains many flaws. While I enjoy all the songs here, much of the tracks have lost their magic due to unnecessary editting.
Here's the track list:
Dream On - Great song that helped jumpstart their successful career.
Same Old Song And Dance - Yikes! This song was editted to last only 2 minutes on this album. Some guitar solos are missing.
Sweet Emotion - Eek! This time, the bass riff and ending solos have been cut out. Those were the best parts of the song!
Walk This Way - Classic song! But it's been cut down 30 seconds shorter than the original.
Last Child - Awesome funky tune. No edits here. Thank goodness!
Back In The Saddle - A song that is so cool that it turns around and kicks you straight up the .... No edits here either.
Draw The Line - The song uses simple riffs but manages to really groove! Only minor problem is its horrible sound quality.
Kings And Queens - Not the best choice for a greatest hits album but nevermind. At least make it stand out by including the guitar and piano solo! Those got editted out here!
Come Together - A cover song taken from the Beatles. Aerosmith do a better job playing it.
Remember (Walking In The Sand) - Another poor choice for a greatest hits album. There are far better song on Night In The Ruts than this one. This was taken from Shangri-Las and doesn't sound any better. Steve sounds drugged out.
Overall, a disappointing album. Now don't get me wrong, I have been a proud and loyal Aerosmith fan for many years. I own practially every single Aero album available.
Today, Aerosmith's catalogue contains far better greatest hits compilations to purchase from. My suggestion would be "O, Yeah! Ultumate Aerosmith Hits" since it includes most of their 70's hits included on 'Greatest Hits' as well as many others. In addition, it also features their modern hits making O, Yeah! a far more complete album.
Unless you're trying to make a complete Aerosmith collection, skip this album.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith's Greatest Hits 1973-1979....well, maybe.,
To give an accurate description of this album, it is a compilation of Aerosmith's top 10 hits from their "first career" from 1973 to 1979. After their Night In The Ruts album, they broke up for what they thought would be for good, because of drug problems, interpersonal group problems, baby on the way, etc. However they did regroup again for what I would like to call a "second coming". This is the first section of Aerosmith hits, and it's counterpart is the "Big Ones" compilation made in 1994 which featured all of the material from 1987 to 1993.
This compilation, although well put together, lacks many things which degrade it completely. For instance, it lacks many fan favorites of that era. Mama Kin, Seasons Of Wither, Train Kept A Rollin', You See Me Cryin', No More No More, Major Barbara, etc. were left off of the compilation, and believe it or not, many of the originals were cut for time, making them almost unlistenable. Sweet Emotion, originally a 5 minute song, was cut down to an unbelievable 3 minutes. Same Old Song And Dance was given the same treatment. Also, many songs that are on this "Greatest Hits" compilation definately didn't deserve to be included, i.e. "(Remember) Walking In The Sand", "Come Together". First of all, they were both covers...and second of all, they were quite bad covers. This album is okay for the first eight tracks, but it lacks quite a bit to consider it anything wonderous. If you want a Greatest Hits compilation, burn one yourself, or go buy "Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology".
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