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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.
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.
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'.Read more ›
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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I have two comments concerning this disc; (1) The collection of 'ultimate hits' is ok. The Pandora's box set does a much better job covering the band's best and most creative work... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Daniel N. Herstad
a vert complete collection. A good review of Aerosmith! Remember me my youth and school daysPublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
So great to hear my favorites in crystal clear sound! Not as warm as an LP, but the highs scream. I'm so sad that SACD never really took off - but this is a great addition to your... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Thomas J. Chavez