4. Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic


4. Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic (1975)

1. Toys in the Attic
2. Uncle Salty
3. Adam’s Apple
4. Walk This Way
5. Big Ten Inch Record
6. Sweet Emotion
7. No More No More
8. Round and Round
9. You See Me Crying

Who are Aerosmith?

I looked at Wikipedia and Twitter for the last post, so I turned elsewhere for this one;

According to their Facebook page; “Aerosmith are America’s Greatest Rock N’ Roll Band with over 150 million records sold worldwide”. Not sure what happened to the capitals in that sentence…

According to Google, Aerosmith are a “Rock Band”. Thanks Google.

Why did you buy this album?

In the previous post, about Aerosmith’s debut album, I mentioned how I’d heard this album whilst at university. The primary reason for listening to this album then was to hear the original version of the title track ‘Toys in the Attic‘ after hearing (and enjoying) R.E.M.’s cover version on ‘Dead Letter Office‘.

That’s right, R.E.M. covered Aerosmith…

What’s it like?

After the bad pub-rock of debut ‘Aerosmith‘, ‘Toys…‘ is a lot better. After two albums, and two years plus of touring, the band’s playing has improved, and Steven Tyler no longer sounds terrified of the studio mic in front of him.

There are more memorable tunes and catchier hooks too, plus a symphony orchestra on the last track.

Altogether it’s much more assured than their début.

After listening to it now, do you still like this album?

For the most part, I do. It’d still be fairly low down on my list of favourite albums, but quite high on my list of favourite 1970s-American-rock albums…

Any stand-out tracks?

A few familiar tunes on this album, with ‘Sweet Emotion‘ and ‘Walk This Way‘ (pre-Run DMC) being particularly noticeable.

I still prefer R.E.M.’s version of ‘Toys in the Attic‘ though.

Rating out of 10?

A solid 7/10.

Next up: Afro Celt Sound System – Volume 1: Sound Magic


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