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Originally released in 1988 at a time when Aerosmith were making their case as a revitalized 1980s hard rock band, Gems summarizes the band's harder-edged material from their first go-round, from the debut album in 1973 through 1982. The studio version of "Chip Away The Stone," only previously appearing as a single, is the one rarity, while "Jailbait" from 1982's Rock In A Hard Place is the one track featuring the line-up without guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. Three cuts ("Rats In the Cellar," "Lick and A Promise" and "Nobody's Fault") are taken from arguably the band's best album, Rocks. Their commercial breakthrough album, Toys In The Attic, is represented by "Adam's Apple" and  "Round and Round." It's an interesting collection that stays away from the obvious hits and focuses on hardcore fan favorites. It serves as a decent introduction for those curious to the true nature of the band throughout the 1970s. Just don't be surprised if you find yourself seeking out the original albums afterwards for even more.

Customer Reviews


Good song but it came out in 1988

Great Songs

this was a great album to get people listening to the lesser known tracks of Aerosmith's 70's music.

I love this album!

I have this album on vinyl original from 1988 and I listen to it as often as possible. If you're getting into the lesser known Aerosmith songs, this is the best place to start.


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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