Contains The Classics "Dream On" & "Mama Kin"!
The early masterpiece is, of course, "Dream On," the first full-fledged power ballad. There was nothing quite like it in 1973, and it remains the blueprint for all power ballads since.
Legends. Icons. Idols. These are the words used to describe those rare bands that have been adored for a lifetime and immortalized as distinct creators of rock and roll. But what these reverent words are missing is the notion of now. How do you reconcile a generation-spanning word like icon with the quick beat of the present? Aerosmith does it. The band members are legends, icons and idols, dynamic in the present; as cool and innovative now as they were thirty years ago. They are a phenomenon, a force of nature, trail-blazing, unstoppable, showing no signs of slowing down. Unique even among the select handful of rock bands who are still active after their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Aerosmith has sold over 100 million albums. Think for a second about how big a number that is and how many people have heard their music. Huge! Steven Tyler on vocals, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford on guitars, Tom Hamilton on bass, and Joey Kramer on drums. Theyve outdone the trends and fads of rock and roll to become one of the most powerful and electrifying forces in popular music.
Aerosmith is their eponymous debut album, released in January 1973 by Columbia Records. The song "Walkin' the Dog" is a cover song originally performed by Rufus Thomas. Also featured on the album is "Dream On" which became an American top ten single when re-released in 1976. "Dream On" was first released as a single in 1973. The album peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 in 1976.
"In retrospect, it's a bit shocking how fully formed the signature Aerosmith sound was on their self-titled 1973 debut... Aerosmith clearly showcases all the attributes of the band that would become the defining American hard rock band of the '70s. Here, the Stones influences are readily apparent, from the Jagger-esque phrasing of Steven Tyler to the group's high-octane boogie... They are truly an American band, sounding as though they were the best bar band in your local town, cranking out nasty hard-edged rock, best heard on 'Mama Kin,' the best rocker here, one that's so greasy it nearly slips through their fingers. But the early masterpiece is, of course, 'Dream On,' the first full-fledged power ballad. There was nothing quite like it in 1973, and it remains the blueprint for all power ballads since." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com
Remastered From Original Source Tapes
Pressed at RTI
Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
Steven Tyler, vocals, harmonica, piano, wood flute
Joe Perry, lead guitar, backing vocals
Tom Hamilton, bass
Joey Kramer, drums
Brad Whitford, rhythm guitar
David Woodford, additional player, saxophone
1. Make It
3. Dream On
4. One Way Street
1. Mama Kin
2. Write Me
3. Movin' Out
4. Walkin' the Dog