The Essential Aerosmith

The Essential Aerosmith

by AerosmithAerosmith


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Almost all the heavy-hitters are hauled out for The Essential Aerosmith, from "Mama Kin" to "Jaded," and including both versions of "Walk This Way." Some of the songs are presented in a remixed form -- "Draw the Line," "Pink," "Just Push Play" -- but all of the new mixes are good, possibly even improvements, and the newer song, "Girls of Summer," is strong (its companion, "Lay It Down," isn't as noteworthy). So, all the parts are in place -- why doesn't it feel definitive, then? After all, there are no big songs or hits missing (apart from the cover of "Come Together," which isn't much of a loss), just fan favorites and album tracks like "Lick and a Promise," and "Chip Away the Stone." The reason it doesn't feel definitive is that the classic Columbia recordings are wrapped up by track ten, and then the best of their late-'80s comeback is wrapped up by the end of the first disc, which leaves disc two pretty much devoted to everything from Get a Grip on -- an era not widely considered their best, even though it had a number of hits, plus a couple of good songs along the way ("Crying," "Deuces Are Wild"). So, even though this delivers everything it should and will certainly be the one Aerosmith set most casual listeners will need, it doesn't quite capture the essence of the band the way their greatest albums do (whether they're Rocks or Pump).

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2011
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886979221024
catalogNumber: 792210
Rank: 162563

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aerosmith   Primary Artist
Don Henley   Background Vocals
Joe Perry   Background Vocals,Group Member
Joey Kramer   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Steven Tyler   Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Brad Whitford   Group Member
Tom Hamilton   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Aerosmith   Producer
Joe Perry   Composer,Producer
Desmond Child   Composer
Glen Ballard   Composer,Producer
Adrian Barber   Producer
Ray Colcord   Producer
Jack Douglas   Producer
Bruce Fairbairn   Producer
Marti Frederiksen   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Rick Rubin   Producer
Kevin Shirley   Producer
Russell Simmons   Producer
Steven Tyler   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Jim Vallance   Composer
Brad Whitford   Composer
Jason Mizell   Producer
Matt Serletic   Arranger,Producer
Sean Evans   Art Direction
Jim Survis   Instrument Technician
Will Kennedy   Logo
Joseph Simmons   Producer
Robert Knight   Composer,Cover Photo
Tom Hamilton   Composer

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