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The Ultimate Hard Rock Album Ever!
on 3 October 2000
On cold winter evenings when the wind howls around the house and leaves blow against the window trying to seek shelter from the storm, across the country rock fans gather around the warm glow of the fire, beer in hand, to discuss which album was the greatest hard rock album ever released. Was it the first Montrose album..possibly...Van Halen's?..maybe Zep 3? All worthy contenders until the mention of Aerosmith Rocks is whispered and all heads nod in appreciation. When it was released back in 1976 Aerosmith were arguably at their commercial and artistic height over in the old US of A. The band could do no wrong. This album is a fine testimony to that fact. Tie Gramps to the rocking chair coz when you put this baby on the sheer power is gonna make him fly up the chimney! Kicking off with the now legendary Back in the Saddle, the pace never lets up. The funky sass of Last Child is next followed immediately by Rats in the Cellar which will just blow you away with its frentic riffing and spat out lyrics, a classic. This is one album with atitude and it shoves it down your throat from start to finish. With hindsight we see today that Aerosmith, after a rocky (sic) time have again climbed back to the heights of success they so rightfully deserve and many Aerosmith fans may argue that maybe the album before this, Toys in the Attic, or later albums such as Pump,Permanent Vacation or Nine Lives are better...that'll always be debatable. But for sheer unbridled aggression and white knuckle thrills there is no other album like it. Buy and grin inanely.