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  • Audio CD (11 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000024BVL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,379 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rats In The Cellar
  2. Lick And A Promise
  3. Chip Away The Stone
  4. No Surprize
  5. Mama Kin
  6. Adam's Apple
  7. Nobody's Fault
  8. Round And Round
  9. Critical Mass
  10. Lord Of The Thighs
  11. Jailbait
  12. Train Kept A Rollin'

Product Description

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Nobody swaggers with quite the same level of savage assurance as Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. Aerosmith's titanic Toxic Twins have steadily gravitated from humble Boston beginnings to become the foremost rock & roll swashbucklers in the entire cosmos. Alongside their long-time partners in excess, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer, they've laid down some of the true classics of their chosen genre, and Gems is a sonic jewel case of delights. The band have always been well served with greatest hits packages, but Gems concentrates on oft-forgotten album tracks from their truly illustrious past. Consequently, alongside such feral garage-blasters as "Mamma Kin" you'll find their celebrated assault on "Train Kept A Rollin" and Tyler's semi-autobiographical, self-aggrandising AOR staple "Lord Of The Thighs". If you're in search of power ballad heaven, then look elsewhere, but if you're taste is for uncommonly salacious hard rock, you've just hit the jackpot. --Ian Fortnam

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The original Aerosmith Greatest Hits....Part two.

All the non commercial fan favourites adorn this total gem of a compilation. We are dealing with the top of the food chain here. If " Rats in the Cellar", " Mama Kin", " Lord of the Thighs" & " The Train Kept a Rolling" send out a real statement of intent then, " Critical Mass", " Round and Round", " Nobody's Fault" & " Lick and a Promise" hammer it home with real vengeance.

Forget the countless mediocre compilations brandishing the Aerosmith name, this, coupled with the first " Aerosmith's Greatest Hits" is by far the best of the bunch.

Iconic.
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If anyone ever accuses Aerosmith of being soft rock and sell outs all you have to do is play them this CD!Quality from start to finish! Joe Perry proves himself here that he definately has a claim to 'Greatest Riffer of all Time' on songs such as Rats In The Cellar and Lick And A Promise. This album also provides an easy explanation as to how they influenced so many bands, like Guns N' Roses, who even covered Mama Kin, which also appears on this album. Finally, anyone who claims that Perry can't play a decent solo should listen to Lord of the Thighs and Train Kept A Rollin' and hold their head in shame.
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This is a compilation of preaviously released material that focuses on the heavier stuff from Aerosmith as compared to "Greatest Hits". The single from this album was "Chip Away The Stone" which was actually recorded in 1978 but never made onto an album. It was, however, released as a B side to "Come Together".
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Released in '88 by old label (and now current again) to cash-in on the bands new-found success with the MTV-generation on rival label Geffen, this albums remains better than anything they have gone no to release in their new "clean" reincarnation. Showing a more varied, heavier style than the strictly hits atmosphere of greatest hits, this is the natural sequel, that updates with tracks from the '82 albums after GT and expands on all the gaps that were left open the first time around. Standout tracks are almost hard to isolate, it's so constant, but personal favourites include the obvious "Rats in the cellar" and slower funk-influenced "Round and round". Great, if you own GH and want more at limited expenditure, this is the logical, and indeed advised, step to take.
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Everything about this CD has class written all over it. "Gems" is a pure gem that I'm glad to say Aerosmith did, not some second rate band. "Rats In The Cellar", "No Surprize", "Mama Kin", "Adam's Apple" and "Critical Mass" are some of the best songs I've ever heard Aerosmith perform. I'm glad that they managed to pick themselves up after the horror that was "Done With Mirrors".
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