O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits (2002)


Disc One
1.Mama Kin
2.Dream On
3.Same Old Song and Dance
4.Seasons of Wither
5.Walk This Way
6.Big Ten Inch Record
7.Sweet Emotion
8.Last Child
9.Back in the Saddle
10.Draw the Line
11.Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
12.Angel
13.Rag Doll
14.Janie's Got a Gun
15.Love in an Elevator
16.What it Takes

Disc Two
1.The Other Side
2.Livin' on the Edge
3.Cryin'
4.Amazing
5.Deuces are Wild
6.Crazy
7.Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)
8.Pink
9.I Don't Want To Miss a Thing
10.Jaded
11.Just Push Play
12.Walk This Way
13.Girls of Summer
14.Lay it Down

 

It really wouldn't surprise me if Aerosmith held some sort of record for "most compilation albums" ever to be put out by a major recording artist. Of course, these days, one can't fault the band for this, since the music industry is dying, record companies are doing whatever they can to stay afloat for just a bit longer, and, well, compilations are what seems to keep their heads above water. What also doesn't help is that Aerosmith were on two different labels during their career, so many of their "Best Of's" and/or "Greatest Hits" only represented one half of the band's output.

The reason this release is probably the best of the best-ofs, is that they're able to highlight the band's entire career, so if you're a fan of some, or all of the band's material depending on timeline, you'll get your favorites well represented here. Like most compilations, this isn't a complete set of everything the band has that was "big", but everything is well represented never the less. I can't figure out, for example, why they would include Big Ten Inch Record from the early part of their career while leaving out Kings and Queens. I'm also not a big fan of the RUN DMC song that Aerosmith "plays" on (fortunately the original Walk This Way is here as well).

The two new songs Girls of Summer and Lay it Down are well done and compliment the other material well. This is the one to buy if you only have one Aerosmith CD in your collection.

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