Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pass it on Down

On the previous Southern Star, Alabama bounced out of their mid-'80s rut, and their winning streak continued on Pass it on Down. Like any of their albums, there is a fair share of filler, but that's outweighed by the best songs on the record, particularly the hit "Down Home."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

In the Beginning

A compilation of some of their early stuff...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Roll On

Released in 1984, Alabama "rolls on" literately with their fifth studio album, Roll On. This time four number one singles, "When We Make Love", "(There's a)Fire in the Night","Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)" and the fiddle heavy "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You've Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band).

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mountain Music

In 1982, Alabama released their first crossover smash, Mountain Music. Regarded by many as their as their best album. Contains the singles "Take Me Down", "Close Enough to Perfect" and the title track.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

My Home is in Alabama

I'm not a huge country fan, yet my girlfriend is. Every now and then we'll throw on an album from Alabama. For some reason, I this thing for Southern music and Alabama delivers! Their debut, released in 1980, generated interest with singles like "I Wanna Come Over", "Tennessee River", "Why Lady Why" and the title track.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Rockin' the Joint

Released in 2005, Rockin' the Joint is a CD/DVD documentation of a concert performed the Hard Rock Motel in Las Vegas. Good album!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Honkin' on Bobo

Aerosmith's much anticipated blues album. Twelve tunes covering blues greats like Sonny Boy Williamson and Willie Dixon. Aerosmith being a blues based band, this sounds like a grand idea! Somehow, this albums seems to fall just short of it's goal, lacking bite. Nevertheless, it's their best album since 1993's Get a Grip.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Just Push Play

Aerosmith experimenting with new sounds or just crass commercialism, that's arguable. What's reality is this 13th studio album was a big seller. More hits like "Jaded", "Beyond Beautiful" and "Just Push Play" made the airwaves (and television). Honestly, it's not one of my favorites.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Little South of Sanity

An excellent live album showcasing Aerosmith in concert on their Nine Lives Tour.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Rock Am Ring Nurburgring, Germany May 1997

I nailed this bootleg off a rebroadcast on a MTV special called "Live In Direct". Not a bad show!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Nine Lives

The 12th studio release from Aerosmith. The band incorporates Eastern influence into their music. Not a bad idea, yet they lost their bite that I admire the most from Aerosmith. Nevertheless, this album became another big seller, spawning more hits like "Hole in My Soul", "Pink" and "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)".

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Woodstock '94 Saugerties, New York 8/13/1994

Performing to an audience of an estimated 350,000 people, Aerosmith pulls off one their most spectacular shows in their entire career! Headlining Woodstock '94, Aerosmith showcases tunes spanning their entire career. As I was witnessing (and taping) all this on pay per view live, I was simply blown away by the raw energy and power! For the next two and half hours the band plows through killer tunes like "Toys in the Attic", "Draw the Line", Livin' on the Edge", "Love in the Elevator", "Walk this Way", "Dream On" and many more! There is even a smokin' ten minute version of "Sweet Emotion" that includes "Dazed and Confused" and "Peter Gunn"! Awesome!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Get a Grip

The Aerosmith train keeps a rollin'! Another big seller and all around great album! In this 1983 release, the boys from Boston rocks my world with exceptional rockers like "Livin' on the Edge", "Eat the Rich" and "Shut Up and Dance" My only compliant here that the ballads "Cryin'" and "Amazing" were starting to show signs of commercialization within the band.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pandora's Box

In 1991, Aerosmith released a three disc box set saluting their formative years at Columbia Records. This very informative compilation contains not only their greatest songs, but also outtakes, rarities and some live material. A must have for the serious Aerosmith fan!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Live 1990

I don't really have a clue to I got this bootleg from, nor the venues or dates. All I know, it a good collection of live tunes from Aerosmith's 1990 Tour.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Unplugged New York 8/11/1990

Stripping down to the nitty-gritty, playing the blues seems like a good idea for Aerosmith. Bringing their influences closer to the vest seemed natural for these guys. It's all good singin' and good playin'

Monday, March 14, 2011


By 1989, Aerosmith was flying high on their road of success. So they turn up the heat, bringing the sleaze, the grit and the bite back into their music. The ending result for Pump was the most their hyper-maniac record since 1976's Rocks! Arena anthems like "Love in the Elevator", "Young Lust", "F.I.N.E." and "The Other Side" are sure fire scorchers! The even expanded their song writing skills as seen on tunes like the dramatic "Janie's Got a Gun" and the drug busting hellion "Monkey on My Back" It's a must get album!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Permanent Vacation

The tide has finally turned for the better for Aerosmith. Exiting drug rehab, the Toxic Twins make a shift from the heavy metal like sounds to a more of a blues based album gives the band the comeback of a lifetime! With help from outside writers and MTV, Permanent Vacation shoots up the top of the charts, spawning hit singles like "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)", "Rag Doll", "Angel", and "Hangman Jury". The rest of the album rocks as well!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Classics Live! Volume 2

A reunited Aerosmith in concert on New Year's Eve in 1984, showing a much improved band.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Done With Mirrors

A valiant effort by the reunited Aerosmith! With Joe Perry and Brad Whitford back in the fold, the band puts out a solid and underrated album. Although it's weak at spots, it's their best work since 1977's Draw the Line. Their time will come...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Classics Live!

A live album from Aerosmith documenting them in concert from 1978 to 1984. It also contains the tune "Major Barbara", an outtake from Get Your Wings.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rock in a Hard Place

With guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford gone and vocalist Steven Tyler all smacked up on heroin, Aerosmith was a mess. Aside from two mediocre tunes, this album is garbage. Not even replacements Rick Dufay and Jimmy Crepso could have saved this album.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Greatest Hits

Although a gigantic seller of 11 million copies in the US alone, this compilation is rather half assed. Edited versions of their most popular songs doesn't sit too well with me. C'mon now, "Sweet Emotion" without the ending guitar solo? Plaeese!! The only reason to get this album is get Aerosmith's cover of the Beatles' "Come Together".

Monday, March 7, 2011

Night in the Ruts

Burnt out from constant touring and their excessive life style, Aerosmith soldiered on into the studio only to be back on the road before the album was finished. The band was literally falling apart. Guitarist Joe Perry quit during tour, leaving session guitar player to finish the album. It's my opinion that this album would have been a great one if only the band had gotten their act together.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Live! Bootleg

It's not a real bootleg album, but an official live release from Aerosmith documenting their 1978 tour. It is a must have for Aerosmith fans!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

At Texxas Jam, Dallas, Texas 7/1/1978

Aerosmith headlined one of the biggest concerts of 1978, the Texxas Jam. Steven Tyler and the boys kicked major ass in front of an audience of thousands. Ted Nugent guests stars in "Milk Cow Blues"

Friday, March 4, 2011

Draw the Line

The lines on the mirror are starting to show...literately. The excessive lifestyle has up the band
who calls this album unfocused. I think it's a great album! It may be a dark album, yet when the album shines, it glows brightly. Aerosmith takes no prisoners on the killer cuts like"The Hands that Feeds" and the title track. The Lord of the Rings like "Kings and Queens" and the blues jam "Milk Cow Blues" are some of my favorite tunes from Aerosmith.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

At Budokon Tokyo, Japan 1977

A spectacular show from Aerosmith on tour in Japan supporting their Rocks album. Aerosmith is just as down and dirty in concert as there are in the studio. This is the earliest known bootleg I have from Areosmith.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Probably the nastiest, the grittiest, the baddest assed record EVER! It's balls to to wall, first pumping, headbanging, mind blowing awesome! Aerosmith turns up the heat and delivers another classic album under the belt. If tunes like the anthemic "Back in the Saddle", the funky "Last Child" and feverish "Rats in the Cellar" won't melt your face with joy, nothing will!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Toys in the Attic

Aerosmith's 1975 classic breakthrough album, Toys in the Attic is a MUST for any collection! This landmark album pushes their Stones/Zep based hard rocking blues to their limits, matching up to their peers! Stand out tracks like the hyper-lyric "Walk this Way", the talk box guitar jibe of "Sweet Emotion" and the powerhouse title track jettisons the band into the stratosphere!