The four stars on this review are directed solely at the songs contained on this album. The album itself is only worthy of three stars. It contains a couple of edited tunes ("Sweet Emotion" and "Kings And Queens") and a brief collection of some solid Aerosmith tunes. This album, like many before have stated, is for completionists and casual fans only. If you really want early Aerosmith, I suggest you seek out the original albums or if all you want is their greatest hits, look for some of the newer collections.
Once again, the songs themselves are brilliant, but the album's cheap price comes with a deserved cheap feel to it. Save up your money and buy a better set.
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Even before their second fling with the pop mainstream, Aerosmith were one of Top 40's favorite hard-rock bands, so ubiquitous--and so funky--that Run-D.M.C. were vociferous fans. Their '70s output included at least three classic albums (Aerosmith,Toys in the Attic, andRocks). This disc collects unstoppable singles into a horny, howling little piece of archaeology that makes even weak links like "Kings and Queens" sound great. And the truly great stuff here--"Sweet Emotion," "Last Child," "Dream On"--runs the gamut of style and feeling from swaggering freak-flag-flying to power-ballad roots that display a genuine ache. Your Aerosmith collection shouldn't end here, but this red-and-white bomb is a great place to start.--Rickey Wright