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EDITORS’ NOTES

Aerosmith’s self-titled debut is a remarkably assured collection of ‘70s-style hard rock. While the band would greatly expand and refine their sound from these raw beginnings, there is an incredible power to their early recordings. “Dream On” was a monster, a rock epic that’s still a showstopper all these decades later. The R&B roots are strongly evident in a killer cover of Rufus Thomas’ “Walkin’ the Dog” and the electric-boogie groove of “Somebody,” while the quick-lipped shuffle of “Mama Kin” already showcases singer Steven Tyler’s inimitable rapid-fire style. The band drew frequent comparisons to the Rolling Stones in those early days, as much for Tyler’s lips and guitarist Joe Perry’s dark horse demeanor as for the tight mesh guitars of Perry and second guitarist Brad Whitford. Even the lesser-known tracks here, the explosive opener “Make It,” the extended workout of the harmonica-driven “One Way Street” and the hilarious “Movin’ Out,” are all first rate tracks.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Aerosmith’s self-titled debut is a remarkably assured collection of ‘70s-style hard rock. While the band would greatly expand and refine their sound from these raw beginnings, there is an incredible power to their early recordings. “Dream On” was a monster, a rock epic that’s still a showstopper all these decades later. The R&B roots are strongly evident in a killer cover of Rufus Thomas’ “Walkin’ the Dog” and the electric-boogie groove of “Somebody,” while the quick-lipped shuffle of “Mama Kin” already showcases singer Steven Tyler’s inimitable rapid-fire style. The band drew frequent comparisons to the Rolling Stones in those early days, as much for Tyler’s lips and guitarist Joe Perry’s dark horse demeanor as for the tight mesh guitars of Perry and second guitarist Brad Whitford. Even the lesser-known tracks here, the explosive opener “Make It,” the extended workout of the harmonica-driven “One Way Street” and the hilarious “Movin’ Out,” are all first rate tracks.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
154 Ratings

154 Ratings

Me =) ,

Overlooked, yet Essential Aerosmith Album

This is one of their most terribly underrated albums. It’s not their best album by any means, but it’s definitely a hard rock classic.

Highlights of the album include:
- Dream On - Here’s the original version, finally available on iTunes. You have to buy the entire album to get it, but it is present. This is the one song from this album that received its fair share of airplay. It's one of rock's best ballads as well as one of their best songs.
- Mama Kin – This is one of the band’s best tracks. It’s terribly underrated, but it’s a fantastic song. But make sure to check out the live version of this song as well, I think it’s even better than this one. Anyways, this is an essential Aerosmith track.
- Write Me a Letter – This is another virtually unknown Aerosmith song that I’m trying to promote. If you buy the album, make sure to check this one out.

Once again, this is a good album. It’s not their best, but it does have its moments with three or four killer tracks. The album is a bit overpriced on iTunes, but at least it’s available. The individual songs are available only with purchase of the entire album because that was one of the conditions that let iTunes make the album available for purchase.

If I were you, I might just find songs like Dream On and Mama Kin on live albums and purchase them as singles, because it’s a much better deal. You probably won’t regret buying this album, though.

I also strongly recommend other essential Aerosmith albums such as Rocks and Toys in the Attic (which is sadly absent from iTunes).

Happy listening =)

FunnyTheWayItIs6 ,

Dream On...is there anything else to say????

iTunes: sell this song solo. i don't want to buy the whole album but I REALLY REALLY NEED Dream On. Plz...many people are with me, too.

yankeesrock ,

Nuff Said

Dream On and Mama Kin Nuff Said. +Great Cover of Walkin' the Dog. Worth every penny. Just wish you could buy individually.

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