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Aerosmith - Live Texas Jam 78 [1978] [VHS]

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sony
  • VHS Release Date: 16 Feb 1998
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CI1G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,840 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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On the weekend of July 4th, 1978, Aerosmith headlined the original Texxas World Music Festival in Dallas. Over 150,000 rock fans attended the fair and concert at the Cotton Bowl to hear more than 15 hours of music. This video captures the Aerosmith performance.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good live band. 10 Nov 2001
Aerosmith are better live than on record, that's why I purchased this video. I have only 2 Aerosmith CD's (at the moment); 'Greatest Hits' and 'Classics Live Complete', I listen to the latter the most, It has all the best songs A-Smith
did in the 70's.
That is where I find fault with this video, songs like "Kings and Queens", "Last Child", "Back In The Saddle" and even my fave Aero song "Dream On"
aren't included.
There's too much footage over the earlier songs, It's like watching Top Of The Pops.
It's only 45 minutes long.
I don't like Ted Nugent.
But I do enjoy watchin' the classics "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion" being belted out, "Draw The Line" is a good song to watch live.
But on "Same Old Song And Dance" Steve Tylers' lips don't match with the soundtrack.
In conclusion if you have to watch as well as listen to Aerosmith this is a nice price for 45 mins of true swaggerin' Aerosmith style.
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On a boiling hot day in Texas the group play to an audience who know exactly the kind of people Aerosmith are really playing for. That is, in the band's own words, "the young, the young at heart, and anybody who can still make it raw!".
This is a true testament to what Aerosmith are all about. The set list is constructed so as to perfectly parallel the emotions of both the band and the crowd throughout the show. The careful yet rebellious mix of well-timed performances and let-rip guitar solos show the band's ability to both plan and execute a perfect rock melody and to just improvise. This is Aerosmith at the beginning of the road that led them to be the world class rock band they are today. Here, the band are in their element, along with their hard rock, mean blues roots.
Be sure to look out for a truly stunning performance of "Rats In The Cellar" as this is how the song is really meant to be played. If this does not make an Aerosmith fan of you, then I'm afraid you're a lost cause!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but still good... 17 Jan 2001
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Reading the review above you might get the impression that this video shows Aerosmith at their best, but unfortunately this is simply not the case. As has been well documented, this is the gig that Steven Tyler (lead singer) had to be carried on to the stage by roadies as he couldn't walk. Phenomenal drug abuse was to blame. One look at his and the band's performance and you can tell there is something horribly wrong. This is not the start of the road to global domintion - 1978 was the start of Aerosmith's dramatic and disturbing fall from grace.
Any half observant viewer can see that all five band members are glassy eyed, and in the words of bassist Tom Hamilton, "I look back at that show and cringe." The normal energy associated with Aerosmith's live shows is conspicuously absent, and Tyler looks like he's having trouble walking, let alone doing back-flips and somersaults! He forgets more lyrics than he remembers, the songs are played far too fast and his voice comes close to cracking on more than a few occasions.
However, this is still a good collection of songs, and worthy of special mention are 'Seasons of Wither', 'I Wanna Know Why', 'Walking the Dog', 'Get the Lead Out' and 'Milk Cow Blues'. Unfortunately, calssics like 'Walk This Way' are nothing short of appalling, ruined by sloppy guitar work and eye-wateringly bad vocals.
The best thing going for this video is that it is a very interesting insight to an era that is shrouded in mystery: it is like watching a train wreck in slow motion, and you can see that this is the point when Aerosmith comes off the rails. It was eight years after this video was recorded before Tyler and Perry (lead guitarist) finally gave up the Heroin that wrecked their life and corrupted their music.
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