20-Bit digital mastering from the original source tapes using SBM technology. The 20-bit Digital Mastering SBM showcases the album with a faithful sound that will be appreciated for generations to come. The mastering is treated respectfully and as it was done prior to the ‘loudness wars’ the dynamic range is in the vicinity of 12 out of 20. Don’t touch any other remastering! It has an average dynamic range of 09. Seriously, I’m all for audiophile releases, but low dynamic range isn’t fit for anyone, let alone an audiophile consumer. There is no doubt whatsoever, that the 1993 remastered CD is the pinnacle for when obtaining a copy of this album.
Classics Live! is made up of concert recordings from 1978 and 1984. Some of the recordings include guitarists Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay, who had temporarily replaced Joe Perry and Brad Whitford respectively. Different live versions of most of these songs had already been released on Live! Bootleg in 1978. Venues and dates are not listed on the sleeve, and there is only the all-encompassing and vague statement “These songs were recorded at various concerts between 1977 and 1983.” It is not listed which of the four guitarists played on which tracks.
The studio track “Major Barbara” was originally recorded for the album Get Your Wings but remained unreleased. An alternate version is available on the compilation, Pandoras Box.
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Train Kept A-Rollin'” (Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA, February 14, 1984) Tiny Bradshaw, Lois Mann, Howard Kay 3:22
2. “Kings and Queens” (Boston Music Hall in Boston, MA March 28, 1978 and re-recorded. Original recording appears on the compilation Pandoras Box) Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Jack Douglas 4:46
3. “Sweet Emotion” Tyler, Hamilton 5:13
4. “Dream On” (Capital Center, Largo, MD, Nov. 9, 1978) 4:50
5. “Mama Kin” (Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA, February 14, 1984) 3:41
6. “Three Mile Smile / Reefer Head Woman” (Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA, February 14, 1984) Tyler, Joe Perry / Lester Melrose, J. Bennett, Jazz Gillum 4:54
7. “Lord of the Thighs”” (Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA, February 14, 1984) 7:05
8. “Major Barbra” 4:02
All songs written and composed by Steven Tyler, except where noted.
5.0 out of 5 stars air guitar heaven,
All the classic Aerosmith licks are there with a kinda live feel. Theres no track spacings so it sounds like one long concert. Much better sound than ‘live bootleg’, a must get.
5.0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith, raw and awesome,
I highly recommend this album if your looking for some unpolished classic Aerosmith! Its hard to wade through all the Aerosmith Live stuff but for me this is one of the best. Match this with ‘Classics Live II’ and you have the complete Aerosmith Live collection and all you’ll ever need in my opinion.