Format: CD, Album, Remastered deluxe packaging original release liner notes, photos, artwork. The original first pressing artwork was used.
Style: Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock
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 their debut album.
Recorded at Intermedia Sound, Boston, Mass.
Original album release in 1973.
1 Make It 3:38
2 Somebody 3:45 [Written-By S. Emspack*]
3 Dream On 4:27 [Remix Ray Colcord]
4 One Way Street 7:00
5 Mama Kin Saxophone David Woodford 4:27
6 Write Me A Letter 4:10 [Remix Ray Colcord, Saxophone David Woodford]
7 Movin’ Out Written-By J. Perry* 5:02
8 Walkin’ The Dog 3:12 [Written-By R. Thomas*]
Bass Tom Hamilton
Drums Joey Kramer
Guitar [Lead], Backing Vocals Joe Perry
Guitar [Rhythm] Brad Whitford
Mastered By [Digital Mastering] Vic Anesini
Producer Adrian Barber
Producer [20-bit Digital] Don DeVito
Producer [Assistance] Buddy Verga
Vocals [Lead], Harmonica, Flute [Wood] Steven Tyler
Written-By S. Tyler* (tracks: 1 to 7)
Check all 8 songs as this album has 8 out of 8 great songs. Fact!
Check all 8 songs as this album has 8 out of 8 great songs. Fact!
When Aerosmith’s eponymous debut slipped unassumingly onto record stores in January 1973, most critics could barely tell them apart from fellow long-haired upstarts the New York Dolls.
But while the Dolls’ influential debacle of a first album preceded a precipitous glitter-cloud implosion amid platform heels, mascara and hard drugs, Aerosmith’s comparatively modest first sighting paved the way to one of the most successful, if likewise upheaval-filled careers in rock and roll history.
First drawn together in 1970 through a mutual appreciation for the late ‘60s British blues bands, and the Yardbirds’ seminal cover of Tiny Bradshaw’s “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” in particular (as immortalized on Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 picture Blow-Up), Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer hammered their sound into shape over many months before signing with Clive Davis’ Columbia Records.
The resulting first LP only reached No. 166 on the Billboard chart; but its most unusual track – the uncharacteristically melodic and bombastic second single, “Dream On” – climbed to No. 59 (and No. 1 in their hometown of Boston, and No. 6, three years later, when reissued by Columbia.) Not unlike Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” several years earlier, it helped entrench the “power ballad” strategy employed by countless future hard rock bands.
This singular anomaly aside, though, the album was otherwise packed to the gills with altogether tougher, Spartan numbers that, though unevenly executed at times (see “Somebody,” “Write Me a Letter” and “Movin’ Out” – all signs of the young group’s relative inexperience), laid down the basic, blues-based hard rock blueprint Aerosmith would continually explore and finesse for years to come.
Penned largely by Tyler (indeed, the Tyler/Perry songwriting partnership wouldn’t flourish until the following year’s Get Your Wings), additional rough nuggets ranged from the audacious mission statement of “Make It,” to the precocious jamming on “One Way Street,” to the white boy street jive of “Mama Kin” (famously covered by Aerosmith disciples Guns N’ Roses, later on),
to the groove-tastic, LP-closing romp across Rufus Thomas’ “Walkin’ the Dog.”
In sum, while Aerosmith’s great potential would only be fully realized by the incredible learning curve showcased on subsequent albums like Toys in the Attic and Rocks, this first LP already held all of the fundamental ingredients needed to get the band where it was going – and is still going today.
here is a lesser-known classic – one of the 10 best deep cuts by this legendary band: Aerosmith’s first album was one of a number of classic American hard rock debuts released in 1973, alongside those by Montrose and the New York Dolls and Lynyrd Skynyrd. For Aerosmith, the ballad Dream On became a signature song. Another,Mama Kin, was later covered by Guns N’ Roses. And among the deeper cuts is Write Me A Letter, a funky rock song rooted in rhythm and blues. With Steven Tyler blowing harmonica, it is, in the parlance of the times, a blast.
Song by song analysis:
Aerosmith were always destined to Make It, and this song is raw to the bone with enough guitar twang to last a lifetime. Certainly an excellent introduction of things to come.
Somebody continues the twang that reminds me of a country song with a rock influence. Maybe rockabilly is a more appropriate genre for this track. Either way, it is an enjoyable song and the first time we hear the Aerosmith trademark cowbell. While Aerosmith doesn’t overuse the cow bell in this song, or in their other songs that feature it, it matches their music style perfectly. It is like when Steven Tyler uses the harmonica. Pure brilliance!
Dream On. It doesn’t get any better than this, yet it didn’t chart well upon the initial release. Despite that, it is perhaps one of the best rock ballads ever written and has been covered and sampled extensively. Speaking of interpretations, you have to check it
One Way Street introduces that trademark harmonica. Simply awesome! The song has a great foot tapping beat and Tyler’s vocals crack like an adolescent schoolboy. It certainly has some very special elements that make it enjoyable to listen to.
Mama Kin kicks the album up a notch with a killer guitar riff. It is blues rock and roll at its best. I’ve always enjoyed this song and have felt the urge to sing-a-long and play my famous air guitar. The temporary pauses throughout the song are perfectly placed and add to the overall pace of the song, without slowing it down.
Write Me is a solid rock and roll song. As with all the songs on this album, they complement each other perfectly.
Movin’ Out starts off with yet another Perry classic guitar riff that sets the tone for the song. It is one of my favourite tracks on the album with a chorus that belongs in rock and roll heaven. That said, you can tell the band is still finding their sound on this track.
Walkin’ The Dog is an awesome bluesy rock and roll tune. The introduction may confuse you a little with the use of the Wood Flute, but stick with the song as I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. The song ends the album like all good final tracks should, with me wanting to put the record on again.
Aerosmith’s debut album is a must own for any Aerosmith fan, but if you’re interested in blues inspired rock and roll, from the late 60s and early to mid-70s period, then you are going to love this album.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a rocker!,
I love this album. It still twiddles all the right bits in my brain!
I’ve seen some fairly scathing reviews of some of these album tracks and cannot understand why. The comparisons to the Stones are unfair, and betray laziness. Yes, Tylers mouth bears a passing resemblance in size to Jaggers, and he was a fan of the Stones but he was also a big fan of James Brown, whose funky, blues influence is, if anything, felt more than anyone else’s on this album. Certainly the lyrics were more amusing and more inventive than the Stones’ever were, laced with crazy American slang and drenched with a sleaze that can only be described as funny. Well, what else would you expect from a good time, rhythm and blues rock band? Aerosmith deliver this and more.
My personal favourites have, and always will, include Somebody, Write Me A Letter and One Way Street. The vocals on this latter track are quite simply fabulous, with Tyler at his most feline. This is formative listening for all rockers… put it on and boogie ’round the bedroom before you leave the house… you’ll feel better for it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith ROCK,
This is one of my favourite Aerosmith Albums to date. It is not as popular as many of the others, but the heavy guitar songs are contrasted with the slow stuff. When I heard this I thought WOW, and I’ve like Aerosmith ever since. I would recommend this to anyone
5.0 out of 5 stars The first Aerosmith work of art!!,
This is the record where you can experience young and not raucous Tyler’s vocals, as well as the Joe’s average guitar knowledge. It is a great rock album from the young rock band that plays various songs from ballad “Dream on” to amazing “Mama kin”. Definitely the record you must have if you like rock genre.
5.0 out of 5 stars A raw sound and a great combination of rock and blues…,
10/10 – 5 stars
The first album of Aerosmith, named as the band itself, shows us a group of musicians with clear tendencies towards Rock and Roll, Hard Rock and Blues. However, its truly sound, or the one which would remain for more than a decade, would start to become stronger since the next album, Get your Wings. From beginning to end, the proposal of the Aerosmith album is not only varied -from the very-well-elaborated power ballad ‘Dream On’, to the enjoyable and realistic rocker track ‘Mama Kin’, passing through the electrified blues of ‘One Way Street’, among others- but also cheeky, and that is because we can easily perceive, more than once, the double entendre included in some of its messages throughout the lyrics -a typical characteristic of the Rock genre, but wisely used by Aerosmith.
Its important to mention that the band goes directly to the point in this first album, not only because of its sound, but also (again) its lyrics, which mainly talk about life experiences that ended up in disappointments and the subsequent attempt to go on, always including realistic or sarcastic elements, or a mixture of both. Furthermore, the rhythms of the songs tend to be catchy: once you’ve heard them, they stick in your mind and you feel like wanting to keep the tempo.
The record opens with ‘Make it’, a song whose first paragraph tells us that people, in the end, will use their instincts to survive (or, simply, to go on living normally). The rest of the song talks about someone who has to pay their dues for having chosen the wrong path in life since the beginning, which can be due to the corrupt use of their instincts all the time.
The following track is somebody’, a song with a marked and catchy riff, and lyrics to which lots of lustful people can feel identified with. Slightly perverted, the song tends to be sarcastic in a general sense and can make you smile if you are in a good mood, or even cheer you up if you are not but willing to relax a little.
Then comes a song that would establish a very important point of influence on the Hard Rock scene (in fact, on the whole music scene): ‘Dream On’. The message is clear, concise and direct: seize every instant of your life since it might end at any moment. You can learn from any experience, don’t waste your time doing endless calculations. Now, the way the song has been elaborated makes us think of a band that has a lot of experience, even though their members were very young at the moment the record was released. Furthermore, their melodies, full of suspense, melancholy and feelings of freedom, create an atmosphere that adds intensity to the song.
Suddenly, the intro of the best song in the album, in my opinion, begins: ‘One Way Street’. Seven minutes under the same tempo, highly soaked in blues, which creates the sensation of wanting to snap your fingers at the same rhythm during the whole track. The lyrics are at the same time a complaint, a warning and a declaration. Her indecorous and irritating behaviour causes him to rethink his life and make important decisions.
No matter what you do in your life -or with it-, regardless if good or bad -of course its better if you do it the right way-, don’t ever lose contact with your family. This seems to be the message that ‘Mama Kin’ leaves us, another milestone of the album. Having a riff clearly marked, this song would turn itself into another important point of influence on the nearby future (and it is still today). It also includes passages of saxophone.
The next one is another song with blues influences, but with a happier general rhythm, a characteristic that is also reflected in the lyrics even though they talk about a serious theme. This person finds himself lost in its way, drowned in loneliness and in the distance, his soul is far away -it looks as if his current state were due to having been left by his girlfriend-, and asks for someone to write him a letter! (Therefore, the title ‘Write Me’.) -Apparently, that `someone’ is the woman he loves.
‘Movin’ Out’, one of the best tracks of the album, begins with a guitar melody in its purest and most fundamental rock and roll sense, which reflects all that the band was at that moment: rock from the bottom to the top. The lyrics present two scenes: on one side, it shows the stage that Aerosmith was living at the time -mostly, metaphorically-, or what their members were expecting due to their own effort. On the other hand, but in a related way, it says that, to see the light, you must take the right path from the beginning and be honest, never go astray.
Finally, the last track on the record is ‘Walkin’ the Dog’, a Rufus Thomas cover, whose music belongs to the Rhythm & Blues genre. The song includes passages of nursery rhymes. When played by Aerosmith, its musical style is comparable with that of ‘Write Me’, but its lyrics go in another direction. This time it seems to be shown a comparison between two women: first, a lady of high society with certain limitations when doing the daily chores is introduced; then, quite the opposite, there is a girl who belongs to a lower socio-economic class (apparently), but completely different in terms of abilities to do the same tasks. Curiously, both girls are named the same.
When the album begins, the intro itself (from ‘Make it’) makes you think that something big is about to happen. To this, the phrase ‘You got to think of what its gonna take to make your dreams’ is added, which was used by Aerosmith to say, in a few words, that you are going to have to make a concerted effort if you want to see your dreams realized. Their members have gone through a lot of pernicious difficulties along their career, but they have known how to get over them. At present, Aerosmith is widely regarded as one of the best bands in history. However, and many would think the same, it was so from the beginning.
5.0 out of 5 stars welcome to the show!,
This is where it all began for Aerosmith and is light years away from the coated pap that the band would indulge in in the 90s and 00s.
Always spuriously compared to the stones by lazy journos,this disc could have just as easily been compared to the mid 70s sounds of Quo/Nazareth.
Opening with a raunch n roll double wammy of ‘Make It & Somebody’ the album is off and running before the sublime ‘Dream On’ ramps up the quality meter, wouldnt be a hit this time but eventually was a few years later,arguably the best track on the disc,possibly their career ‘One Way Street’ is up next and rocks from start to finish every member on top form,listen to to the rythmn section holding it down whilst Brad and Joe dazzle you with solo after solo and Tyler hollering on top,fabulous stuff.
In concert fave ‘Mama Kin ‘ bursts out of the speakers before ‘Write Me’ out Quos Quo with that riff,the disc closes with the quirky ‘Movin Out’ and inspired cover of ‘Walkin The Dog.
This is an undiscovered nugget in the Aerosmith back catalogue,from a time when the band meant it and weren’t just going thru the motions.Buy it and see why the band made it to the top in the first place.
5.0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith Rocks, Steven Tyler is a Legend.,
Aerosmiths first album. I love it. Dream On is one of the greatest songs of all time. One Way Street is also amazing. All the songs are great, Aerosmith Rocks.
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY NOW! Rocking and fantastically compelling!,
After purchasing ‘9 lives’, I found myself truly inspired, and in need of another Aerosmith fix. And I am pleased to say that Aerosmiths self-titled début completely and utterly did the job! This is an album that I would, without hesitation, describe as simply one of the very best I have heard.
I would definitely say that this album is one of Aerosmiths very best – up there with ‘Toys in the Attic’, ‘Permanent Vacation’, ‘Get a grip’ and, of course ‘9 lives’.
In terms of the tracks on this particular album many of us would immediately (and justifiably) be drawn to the classic rock anthem “DREAM ON”. Such a track can blow you away in an instant, with Tylers inspired voice – which is carefully, and perfectly restrained in places, and all out blasting in others! The breathtaking effect of this track continues throughout the album to create a record so full of gems it would be a detrimental mistake not to buy this album immediately!
Other tracks that really stand out for me include the rocking and rhythmical “MAMA KIN”, the bluesy, harmonica-ridden “ONE WAY STREET” and the uncontrollably catchy “WALKIN’ THE DOG”.
This album is not just a fantastic début with great tracks, but is an album that has a collective sound that will rattle through you and make you need more and more of Aerosmiths Blues-kissed, Funk-tinted Rock!
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