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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2002
I think everybody who lives in America and owns a radio or television has heard an Aerosmith song, it's near impossible not to have. Like many, I knew of a handful of catchy, rockin' songs from classic rock radio and mp3 downloads. I was also somewhat confused as why not one retrospective had songs from their early and latter days on it, then I found out it was due to them changing labels in the mid-80s. This is the only Aerosmith compilation to feature songs from their Columbia and Geffen days on it and it makes a great buy for people who are interested in exploring their back catalogue, or just want those famous radio hits.
A seasoned Aerosmith fan might want this for the bonus tracks, the Run D.M.C. version of 'Walk This Way' and the two new songs, the single, 'Girls Of Summer' and the ballad 'Lay It Down. This also features the single from the Armageddon movie, 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing.' A diehard might already have the soundtrack for that song or even the Run D.M.C. cd too but they're always nice to have grouped with other Aerosmith material. The remastered sound is loud and clear, a definite plus for audiophiles. The only glaring errors I see off-hand are the omissions of the popular 'Eat The Rich,' 'Toys In The Attic,' and their cover of 'Come Together,' songs even a beginner like me has heard on the radio. The latter two appear on the European import of this same compilation, but unfortunately you have to pay that European import price. Why the domestic release left those two songs off is beyond me. Aside from those minor negatives, this is the definitive Aerosmith compilation for beginners interested in America's ultimate rock 'n roll band.
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195 of 224 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2002
What a waste. Columbia/Sony could've compiled 2 discs worth of all of the great songs from Aerosmith's first seven studio albums and paired them with stuff from "Nine Lives", "Just Push Play", and the "Armageddon" soundtrack (all on the Columbia/Sony label), and by putting that against Geffen's "Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology", you would've had four CD's worth of truly ALL the Aerosmith hits. But Columbia had to cop out and partner with Geffen, the label responsible for navigating the band's triumphant late-80's comeback, to shoehorn in the usual array of hits that had already been covered on "Big Ones" and again on "Young Lust".
So instead of the "ultimate" collection, you are left with plethora of missing tracks: "Toys In The Attic", "No More, No More", "You See Me Crying", "Train Kept A-Rollin", "Sick As A Dog", "Lightning Strikes", "Kings And Queens", "Come Together", "Remember (Walking In The Sand)", "What Kind of Love Are You On", "Hole In My Soul", "Fly Away From Here", etc.
If you want to come as close as you can to collecting all of Aerosmith's hits without having to get all of the original albums, pick up "Greatest Hits", "Gems", and "Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology". The latter collects pretty much everything you could ask for from their Geffen years, and the first two are decent overviews of their first six classic albums (severely edited versions of "Same Old Song And Dance", "Sweet Emotion", and "Kings And Queens" aside). Me personally - I've just got all of the studio albums.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2006
O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits, released in July 2002, is an Aerosmith compilation.

Aerosmith is, with out a doubt, "America's Greatest Rock "N" Roll Band." There are many other great classic rock bands, but they were from different countries. Pink Floyd (England), Led Zeppelin (England), Queen (England), The Beatles (England), The Rolling Stones (England), and Rush (Canada). Do we see a pattern here? There are many legendary classic rock bands from England. So Aerosmith isn't the best ever, just in America they are.

Kicking this album off is 'Mama Kin' and 'Dream On', both from Aerosmith's debut album, "Aerosmith." I'm always happy to see 'Mama Kin' on a compilation, because it's an excellent song. 'Dream On' is also here, but that's no surprise, since it's one of Aerosmith's top five songs of all time.

From "Get Your Wings" come the songs 'Same Old Song And Dance' and 'Seasons Of Wither'. This is the full version of 'Same Old Song And Dance' and not the heavily edited copy found on "Aerosmith's Greatest Hits." (Note: I'm going to bash Aerosmith's Greatest Hits, because it has major editing problems.) 'Seasons Of Wither' is a nice song, but not the second best song on "Get Your Wings." 'Train Kept A Rollin' holds that title, but it's not here. Why? Who knows? It's an excellent cover but it's not found on "O, Yeah!".

'Walk This Way', 'Big Ten Inch Record', and 'Sweet Emotion' are the songs from Aerosmith's best album, "Toys In The Attic". This is the full, four-and-a-minute version of 'Sweet Emotion' and not the edited version found on Aerosmith's Greatest Hits. Two excellent songs missing from "Toys In The Attic" are 'No More No More' and 'Toys In The Attic'. It's nice to see 'Big Ten Inch Record' appear on an Aerosmith compilation, but 'Toys In The Attic' would have been a better choice.

From the album "Rocks" come the songs 'Last Child' and 'Back In The Saddle'. 'Back In The Saddle' is one of Aerosmith's best songs, along with 'Last Child'. But where's 'Rats In The Cellar', one of Aerosmith's most underrated gems?

'Draw The Line' is the only song on "O, Yeah!" from the album "Draw The Line". 'Draw The Line' has an excellent riff, and it's a very catchy song. But where in the world is 'Kings and Queens'. It's just one more missing gem, not making the cut for "O, Yeah!".

Now the compilation skips three albums, "Night In The Ruts", "Rock In A Hard Place", and "Done With Mirrors". These definitely are not Aerosmith's best albums, but they still had a few good songs. Songs like 'Remember (Walking In The Sand)', 'Jailbait', and 'Let The Music Do The Talking'. It's not a huge disappointment, but they should have at least put 'Remember (Walking In The Sand)' on "O, Yeah!".

"Permanent Vacation" kicked off Aerosmith return to the spotlight, with songs like 'Dude (Looks Like A Lady)', 'Angel', and 'Rag Doll'. All three of these songs deserve to be here. 'Permanent Vacation' would have been nice, but it's no big deal. 'Angel' was Aerosmith's first major ballad and they would have many more ballads in the albums to come.

Next we come to one of my personal favorites, "Pump". It's just one of those albums where every song is excellent. Making the cut for "O, Yeah!" are 'Janie's Got A Gun', 'Love In An Elevator', 'What It Takes', and 'The Other Side'. Other excellent songs on Pump that didn't make it were 'Young Lust', 'F.I.N.E.', and 'Monkey On My Back'. No huge disappoint about those songs not making the cut.

Now on to the so-called ballad album, "Get A Grip." The album's not all ballads, there are still rock songs, but they are not as well known as the ballads. The songs from "Get A Grip" include 'Livin' On The Edge', 'Cryin', 'Amazing', and 'Crazy'. All but 'Livin' On The Edge' are ballads. The non-ballad songs that didn't make O, Yeah! were 'Eat The Rich', 'Fever', and 'Walk On Down'.

From the album "The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience" comes the song 'Deuces Are Wild'.

'Falling In Love' and 'Pink' from "Nine Lives" made their way onto O, Yeah. 'Falling In Love' was a good choice, but I'd rather have 'Hole In My Soul' over 'Pink'.

Next, from the "Armageddon Soundtrack" is Aerosmith's only Billboard Hot 100 number one hit, 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing'. This is easily one of my favorite Aerosmith songs of all time, and it deserves to be here with other Aerosmith classics.

From their 2001 album "Just Push Play", come two songs, 'Jaded' and 'Just Push Play'. "Just Push Play" is one of their worst albums ever, and these two songs are no exceptions.

To close the album off, you have two bonus tracks and a rap version of 'Walk This Way'. That's terrible. Rap and Aerosmith just don't go together. It was a bad idea to recorded the song in the first place, let alone place it on an Aerosmith greatest hits compilation. The bonus tracks are ordinary songs, and nothing to get excited over.

In the end, you get an Aerosmith compilation loaded with 30 unedited songs, for a sale price of under 20 bucks. That's not a bad deal considering it's the best Aerosmith compilation out there. I'll end my review with a list of missing songs and a list of excellent Aerosmith albums to start a collection with.

Missing Songs:

1. Train Kept a Rollin'

2. Toys In The Attic

3. No More No More

4. Rats In The Cellar

5. Kings And Queens

6. Remember (Walking In The Sand)

7. Permanent Vacation

8. Monkey On My Back

9. Eat The Rich

10. Fever

11. Hole In My Soul

The Six Albums Every Aerosmith Fan Must Have:

1. Get Your Wings

2. Toys In The Attic

3. Rocks

4. Pump

5. Get A Grip

6. A Little South Of Sanity (Two-disc live album)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2004
First let's address the album's atrocious title. On top of being a mouthful, "O Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" is one of the lamest names for a Greatest Hits collection ever. But to be fair, Aerosmith have put out so many hits collections that they're running out of good titles to use. That said, this is definitely the Aerosmith hits collection you'll want to get. "Greatest Hits" and "Big Ones" were both snapshots of a certain point in Aerosmith's career, but "O Yeah!..." encapsulates their entire career (through 2002). All their bigs are here, conveniently in chronological order, except for the Run-DMC version of "Walk This Way" which is wisely put at the end of Disc 2 (the original is on Disc 1). Listening to the songs in order, it's easy to track Aerosmith's career from rock underdogs to the comeback kids to '90s ballad kings. And since everybody has a favorite Aerosmith track, or five, you can be guaranteed that the album will have something for everybody.
On top of 28 of their hits, the albums includes two new numbers: "Girls of Summer" and "Lay It Down". The former is something of a miss: it's basically just generic top 40 summer rock. The latter is a should-have-been-a-hit ballad in the vein of "Angel".
Inevitably Aerosmith will continue to release albums, and by extension, greatest hits albums. But for right now, this is the one with all their hits, and it's worth every penny you'll spend.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2002
This CD collection definitely improves on its predecessors: "Aerosmith's Greatest Hits" and "Big Ones". The first ten songs are classic tunes from the 70's, but the song selection in an improvement upon the Greatest Hits collection. "Mama Kin" is an excellent choice as an opener, "Seasons of Wither" is much better than "Kings and Queens" as an example of Aerosmith's power ballad style. "Big Ten Inch Record" is kind of corny but gets a lot of radio play, so I guess I can understand its inclusion. Also, the songs that were included on Greatest Hits are the superior (and complete) original album versions, not pared down single versions. The other selections are obvious ones - hit singles from the "Permanent Vacation" CD to the "Get a Grip" CD that duplicate the "Big Ones" list. On top of all this, you get two songs each from the "Nine Lives" and "Just Push Play" CD's as well as the single from the "Armageddon" soundtrack. The sound is top notch throughout. All in all, the best Aerosmith collection you can buy.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2002
When you heard about this release, you were probably thinking "another day, another Aerosmith greatest hits package." And in many ways you were correct to think that. However, let me start by saying that this is their best Greatest Hits compilation to date. Using two discs instead of just one allows for a good deal more material to be covered (this covers nearly a thirty-year timespan!) Now for the actual material. Needless to say, just about every major hit of the band's is here (Dream On, Same Old Song And Dance, Sweet Emotion, Walk This Way, Back In The Saddle, Rag Doll, Cryin', Jaded, and pretty much any other well-known song by the band.) And then we get a few tracks that aren't on any actual albums (I Don't Want To Miss A Thing from the Armageddon soundtrack, remix versions of Pink and Just Push Play, and, of course, the Run DMC version of Walk This Way.) There are two new tracks as well (Girls Of Summer, Lay It Down), and we even get an EXTREMELY early track from the band entitled Mama Kin which sounds TOTALLY different from anything else they have done over the years. For the most part Disc 1 covers the band's hard rock years (1970's-mid 1980's) and Disc 2 covers their more pop-rock oriented stuff (mid 1980's-present.) The hard rock to pop rock transformation is similar to Def Leppard in a way, but Aerosmith, unlike Def Leppard, can make pop songs that are even better than a good deal of their rock songs! Listen to Falling In Love and you'll see what I mean. The songs on this compilation are also in order of original release for the most part, something not many greatest hits albums do. Unfortunately, some cool tracks from the compilation simply entitled Aerosmith's Greatest Hits were not included here (Kings And Queens, and their cover of The Beatles' Come Together.) If you have any other Aerosmith greatest hits album (or all of their studio albums), there is really no reason to buy this. However, this is THE BEST Aerosmith Greatest Hits album to date without question, so if you get one of their hits compilations, make it this one. The price is a bit higher due to it being two disc, but the extra cash is worth it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2007
Aerosmith have released over the years nine "Greatest Hits" Compilations!!! Outside their first and best back in 1980, this one, dubbed Ultimate Hits, is perhaps the best purchase a casual fan who was not around in their 70's hey day should pick up. It covers their entire output save the 77-86 period thus representing better value and wider appeal. Die hard fans should already have the original albums.

Disc One boasts one of the best collection of hard rock/blues recorded in the 70's. Each song is a classic representing the band on top of their game. Hungry, raw, rocking, sleazy and fun. There are a few tracks that should be included from this period but you can't fit them all in can you?

"Walk This Way" "Sweet Emotion" and "Dream On" all the big ones are here. "Season's Of Wither" is one underrated song, a highlight really.

The bands commercial comeback and commercial peak weaves into disc one and dominates disc 2 with well known material from their albums "Permanant Vacation" through to "Just Push Play", the latter providing the minor hit "Jaded" and a cool remix of the title track of that album. A couple of bonus tracks don't add much but "Come Together" and "Toys In The Attic" are good additions.

#1 smash hit, "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" the most well known of their latter, albeit uninspiring period. These days Aerosmith still have it in concert, but besides a decent middle of the road rock album half a decade ago, are in a flat spot as a recording entity and the release of another Hits compilation really highlights their lost muse for creating music.

Let's hope Aerosmith are back with one more classic album if they can steer clear of the gimmicks and focus on delivering like they once did.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2006
Admittedly, the 70s were Aerosmith's raunchy heyday. From the runway tale of "Mama Kin" to the slow and dirty funk of "Back in the Saddle," the band just exhuded an unrepentant sleazyness that made them oh-so-great. This era is represented by about 10 tracks.

And then, the compilation takes us to 1987. After the rift between Perry and Tyler has been fixed, the band re-enters the public conciousness after the collaboration with Run DMC '86. The band goes on to create alright tunes for the rest of the decade. Alas, most of these tracks are subject to the overwrought productions values of the time. Well, at least the songs still have echoes of the old Aerosmith.

Disc 2, however, sees the band's sound utterly smothered. For some unknown reason, they opt to barrage us with the schlockiest ballads this side of Manillow. The compilation leads us to believe that the 1990s were entirely dedicated to the creation of such dross. Only in the new millenium does the band hit its stride again; "Jaded," "Just Push Play" & "Girls of Summer" see some bits of the old attitude re-emerge, albeit subdued and filtered through the banal production values of '00s.

The perspective offered on these discs is terrible. The first CD should have focused on the band's 70s peak, while the second should've accomodated the inferior 80s/90s/00s efforts. If anything, it should've also given us stuff from 77-86. Do you expect us to believe that the band was inert during that decade? Please.

Overall, the casual fan who wants the biggest hits should get this. However, he/she should be warned that this collection places to much emphasis on the "cleaner" era rather than on the raunchier 1970s.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2002
Yet another Aerosmith best-of-compilation has hit the shelves, although the last one ("Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology") was released not even one year ago. However, "O Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" (what a name!) is the first collection (after six best-of's and four live albums) which really covers Aerosmith's musical journey from the very beginning in 1973 to today.
Disc one takes you from 1973 to 1989, including their classic hits "Mama Kin", "Sweet Emotion", "Walk This Way" and the prototype powerballad "Dream On". It's a pleasant surprise to see "Seasons Of Wither" here, but other favorites like "Train Kept A Rollin'", "Toys In The Attic" or "Rats In The Cellar" are missing. Just two discs don't seem to provide enough space for all of Aerosmith's hits. And their 80s repertoire already follows, with popular songs like "Janie's Got A Gun", "Love In An Elevator" and "What It Takes".
Disc two shows us the slick, hit-producing Aerosmith of the 90s, including alltime-favorites like "Cryin'", "Crazy" and "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing". And there are two new songs: "Girls Of Summer", a catchy midtempo popsong and "Lay It Down", a emotional ballad, focused on Tyler's vocals.
So, who should buy this album. Die-hard fans might buy it for the two new songs (it's your decision). And it's definitively a good point to start an Aerosmith collection for "beginners", as say get quite a good overview of their music over four decades. But we have to realize, that a double-album is way to little to give a complete representation of this band. However, it's a well recommended buy for the casual listener.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HALL OF FAMEon December 7, 2002
Aerosmith is becoming one of those long-term bands with as many compilations as original albums. Examine the catalogs of The Who or The Rolling Stones for examples of this phenomenon. Aerosmith's problem is the three different major recording contracts during their career. Here is yet another collection of "greatest" hits, coming less than a year after the Young Lust collection. (For a great overview of the classic years, you still can't do better than the short and snappy Aerosmith's Greatest Hits from 1980.) Since then there have been numerous collections over the years, and you can take your pick based on your particular fave tracks. So what advantage does Oh Yeah have over all those others? This release does have the great advantage of collecting tracks from both of Aerosmith's record companies (the first compilation to do so), and it sure is nice to have classics like "Dream On" and later goodies like "Love in an Elevator" in one place. Here we also get the Run-DMC version of "Walk This Way." On the other hand, this collection has a blatant ten-year gap in the middle of disc 1, as the albums Night in the Ruts, Rock in a Hard Place, and Done with Mirrors are completely disregarded. Sure those albums were sub-par but they do contain some hidden gems of interest to hardcore fans. Meanwhile, remixes of "Pink" and "Just Push Play" are highly unnecessary, especially since those tracks weren't too exciting to start with. As a general overview covering all periods of Aerosmith's career, Oh Yeah is probably the most useful collection so far. However, in terms of the best song selection and coverage, the world is still waiting for the perfect Aerosmith compilation. I'm sure there will be many more attempts in coming years.
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