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Editors’ Notes

The 1970s were a time of great debauchery and also a time when illegal “bootleg” live recordings were a common sight at many record stores. Always playful, Aerosmith decided to design their double live album, another ‘70s staple, in the spirit of a bootleg, by mislabeling the track listing, leaving off “Draw the Line” and sneaking it in at the end of the James Brown number, “Mother Popcorn.” “Popcorn” and “I Ain’t Got You” are taken from a Boston radio broadcast from March 1973, while the remainder of the album is culled from concerts in 1977 and 1978. The versions included here are fairly raw and refreshing from the usual over-perfected live albums that made it to market. Aside from band classics such as “Back In the Saddle,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Toys In the Attic,” “Dream On” and “Walk This Way,” the album also features a cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together” (the studio version is on the soundtrack to the 1978 movie Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) Future temporary Aerosmith guitarist Richard Supa’s excellent “Chip Away the Stone” makes it first album appearance.

Customer Reviews

One of the great 70's live albums.

This album is a great showcase of Aerosmith's 70's material from the first album through to Draw the Line. This album is beyond classic and shows why Aerosmith is such a great live act.

Captured live at their peak

As I entered my teens in the mid-70's, few bands defined American hard rock for me in their vain glorious ways more than Aerosmith. I admired their score of albums and their touring prowess, plus their focus on the music that was fun for me and my friends.

I wore this album out on my parents' stereo as it was my favorite Aerosmith album. Wired with reckless abandon, the band jams on its hits and covers with the recognizable guitar attack of Perry and Whitford trading lead roles.

Remarkably, it was Hamilton's solid bass playing off Kramer's beats here that would inspire me play bass later in college and beyond.

My favorite songs were "Lord of the Thighs", "Toys in the Attic", and "Sick as a Dog".

Their best live album

BEST LIVE ALBUM EVERRRRRRR. But seriously this is great, it takes you back to the 70s when Aero had that unmatchable sound. And this is literally amazing. Buybuybuy. Love it and I'll listen to it till the day I die.


Formed: 1970 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Aerosmith were one of the most popular hard rock bands of the '70s, setting the style and sound of hard rock and heavy metal for the next two decades with their raunchy, bluesy swagger. The Boston-based quintet found the middle ground between the menace of the Rolling Stones and the campy, sleazy flamboyance of the New York Dolls, developing a lean, dirty riff-oriented boogie that was loose and swinging and as hard as a diamond. In the meantime, they developed a prototype for power ballads with...
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