In January 1973, the world of Rock music gained a new champion when the bad boys from Boston released their first eponymously-titled album, 'Aerosmith', and the world would never be the same again! Steven Tyler, lead vocals, harmonica, and anything else the band would let him get his hands on, was the seasoned veteran in this band of newbies, fresh punks right off of the streets, having already recorded a few singles with another band, 'Chain Reaction'. Joe Perry, his right-hand man, and six-string slinger ready to gun down enemy chords in a single riff. Fellow guitarist, and partner in crime, Brad Whitford, proving to be the perfect adversarial nemesis to keep the ball rolling in the right direction. Backed by one of the solidest backlines the Rock arena has proudly ever called its own - Tom Hamilton on the lower tones, otherwise known as the bass guitar, and Joey Kramer, one rock steady time-keeper who never, if ever, loses the beat while thrashing madly away at his skins of thunder. Together these five conquering heroes would collectively not only be known as the band, 'Aerosmith', but would over the course of the next 40 years come to be what is recognized as the epitome of Rock music, in general. Showcasing on this first record a pension for all things driven by a resounding guitar chord, the band set out from the word go to revolutionize the already benign existence that Rock music had become by rewriting the standards, and breaking many of the rules that seemed to stand in their way. From the first chords of 'Make It', the ride was indeed primitive, but always interesting. But, not one to rest on a simple riff alone, the band caressed their songs in prose and just enough melody to allow room for sanity in their world of insanity. 'Somebody' could have been written for any and everyone, but YOU really feel it was written just for YOU alone. That's another great quality the songwriting has always had the ability to make YOU feel right at home, comfortable with your own feelings, because someone out there is feeling them to. The mega-single, 'Dream On', was exactly that, the release that many of us needed. The wake-up call, if YOU will, for a generation, to get up off of its ass and realize those dreams that we had always been told we should not be dreaming. Yes, we are free to be ourselves, doing as we will, and not as others would have us do! Little did the band know, but what goes around certainly does come around. When Steven was singing about the hard times the band may have gone through in the beginning, one could bet he nor anyone else in the band was thinking ahead to the financial crisis of our times, but prophets be they or not, 'One-Way Street', could not be a more timely piece of work than today. 'Mama Kin', might have been a cry to get back, or remember ones roots, but that lead guitar simply speaks books of honesty, and will hook YOU in every time! Try 'Write Me' for a thought or two about relationships on the inside looking out with an excellent drum intro by Mr. Kramer. One of my personal favourites from this firstling has always been 'Movin' Out'. Not perfect by any means, but a song that goes straight for the jugular with some nicely attempted fret-work. By 1973, not many remembered Rufus Thomas, but the band's version of his 'Walkin' The Dig' (sic) aka 'Walkin' The Dog' was so good that many thought The Smithers had written it. A spotlight on guitar work well ahead of its time. This remaster adds a few of the trinkets that were recorded around the same time, but either didn't make it to vinyl, or were stashed away for a better day. Songs like the studio jam, 'On The Road Again', a practice version of 'Movin' Out', and four live songs - two from 1971 - 'Rattlesnake Shake', a superb cover of a Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac song done with a bass groove the band can call their very own, and the aforementioned 'Walkin' The Dog'; and two others from 1973, the year of this initial release, with 'I Ain't Got You' and the James Brown cover of 'Mother Popcorn', which some of YOU will remember from 'Live! Bootleg'. There is one final live version of 'Write Me' from 1976, as well as a short look at 'Chain Reaction' with 'When I Needed You', and the demo version of 'Major Barbara', which is released on the new remaster of the follow-up, 'Get Your Wings' in its finished version. All in all, this remaster tries its best to recapture the way it was, the way it is, and the way it shall ever be, because there really is no finer Rock then the sounds of 'Aerosmith'! Grab this one while it's hot! - Rick Wilson, former Rock Radio Journalist with Radio Canale Grandé.
01. Make It (1973) ***** An early single!
02. Somebody (1973) ***** Bryan Adams nicked this one a bit!
03. Dream On (1973) ***** The big Hit from 1976!
04. One-Way Street (1973) ***** Topical, timely piece!
05. Mama Kin (1973) ***** No guns, no roses, and certainly no poses!
06. Write Me (A Letter) 1973 ***** 'Prison Break'? lol
07. Movin' Out (1973) ***** No one knows but me!
08. Walkin' The Dog (1973) ***** Mary Mac dressed in black, silver buttons up and down her...!
09. Chain Reaction - When I Needed You (single, 1966; c: 1991) ***** Simple, yet impressive beginnings!
10. On The Road, Again (r:1972, c:1991) ***** No Willie Nelson here!
11. Major Barbara (demo version) (r:1971, c:1991) **** Let it grow, Meathead!
12. Movin' Out (alternate version) (r:1972, c:1991) ***** Check out that guitar solo!
13. I Ain't Got You: live '73 Boston (r:1973, c:1978) ***** No Maserati GT, but well worth a drive!
14. Mother Popcorn: live '73 Boston (r:1973, c:1978) ***** Some like 'em short, some like 'em tall...!
15. Rattlesnake Shake: live '71 Cincinnati (r:1971, c:1991) ***** Tom Hamilton's bass school, 101!
16. Walkin' The Dog: live '71 Cincinnati (r:1971, c:1991) ***** Mama, crack a smile for me! lol
17. Write Me (A Letter): live '76 (r:1976, c:1991) ***** Write Me (An E-Mail)? lol