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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a rocker!
I love this album. It still twiddles all the right bits in my brain twenty years on from my purchase and nearly thirty years on from it's inception!
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, Tyler's mouth bears a passing resemblance in size to...
Published on 15 Oct 2001 by corduroyangel@aol.com

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad album at all
If, like me, you are just beginning to explore the work of Aerosmith this is a good cd to get. Having enjoyed "Permanent Vacation", I decided to start at the beginning and bought this album. I was not disappointed, it's a good solid rock lp in the classic sense. Although some tracks stand out, e.g. Mama Kin, the album as a whole has inegrity and is one of those cds that...
Published on 1 Mar 2004 by Gerry


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5.0 out of 5 stars What a rocker!, 15 Oct 2001
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I love this album. It still twiddles all the right bits in my brain twenty years on from my purchase and nearly thirty years on from it's inception!
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, Tyler's mouth bears a passing resemblance in size to Jagger's, 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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars still rockin' today, 15 Oct 2012
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Well here is where they started, Aerosmith's first flirtation with the world and you know what it is a nice solid bluesy, rock n roll album which you can get a lot of fun out of. Sure it is no `Toys in the Attic' but you can go out and buy `Toys in the Attic' for that. As debuts go it isn't even very scruffy, everything chugs along with a nice beat that is sure to get you jiving, there are plenty of gems on here that is for sure.

If you only know Aerosmith via greatest hits albums you really should give them away and look at getting their albums properly, hearing the songs you know in context and discovering hidden gems of your own, it is a win win situation considering how cheaply you can often find the CDs. Still worth buying even today.

Track List:
Make It
Somebody
Dream On
One Way Street
Mama Kin
Write Me
Movin' Out
Walkin' the Dog
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith: Aerosmith - First time out Aerosmith `Make it' and prove that they are `Somebody', 1 April 2011
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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Before recording their 1973 debut, Aerosmith had been playing for a few years together and were already a tight outfit. And it shows here. This is a classic debut, in which they make their stake in the hard blues rock territory. The band show great writing ability, Joe Perry proves to be a classic guitar hero and Steve Tyler's vocals are perfectly suited.

A few of the tracks from here (walking the dog, Mama Kin) have become live favourites for the band, a testament to the strength of the album. Even greater things were to come before the band derailed through substance abuse, but this is a classic album of rock that can stand up there with the best of them.

This remaster is pretty good, and a vast improvement on the slighty murky sounding previous CD release. 4 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Album, 26 Jun 2014
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This album by Aerosmith is superb. It's really got a bluesy feel to it with rip roaring guitar riffs that made me learn guitar. I would recommend this album to any rock fans. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great one!, 9 July 2012
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Michael Dobey (colorado springs) - See all my reviews
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When you look at the year this came out , this was one of the better rock discs of the year. That being said it's from a different era , a era of music I love with bands like the faces and stones etc pounding out hard rockers. this is early 70's hard rock. If you love that era then this is amung the best of it. If you only love later hard rock and metal then this is going to be one that you need to learn to love. It's a hard rock style that is more basic perhaps but it's alot of fun. And this is a classic one from that era. It has the big hit 'dream on' on it. As well as other songs like 'mama kin' , 'movin out' , "walkin the dog'. If you don't like older rock then this may confuse metal fans. It's early metal, which is very blues rock orientated. With bouncy songs and good rythym. NOt later metal which is attack guitar work. But it's still a classic of early 70's rock and roll.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first Aerosmith work of art!!, 29 Sep 2010
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Renato Medurecan (Zagreb, Croatia) - See all my reviews
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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 ballade "Dream on" to amazing "Mama kin". Definetly the record you must have if you like rock genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A raw sound and a great combination of rock and blues..., 20 Mar 2010
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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.

It's 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 it's 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 socioeconomic 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 it's 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars welcome to the show!, 21 Feb 2010
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This is where it all began for Aerosmith and is lightyears away from the sachrin coated pap that the band would indulge in in the 90's and 00's.

Always spuriously compared to the stones by lazy journos,this disc could have just as easily been compared to the mid 70's 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 Quo's 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith Rocks, Stevn Tyler is a Legend., 3 May 2009
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Weird album cover right?
Aerosmith's 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aerosmith ROCK, 11 Oct 2000
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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
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