Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 at 12:00 pm
As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 Album Deals, Aerosmith’s 1975 breakthrough rocker Toys in the Attic is on sale for only $5. (You can also purchase Toys in the Attic on CD for just $6.88.)
Released in April 1975 by Columbia Records, Toys in the Attic was the Boston band’s third album, and it would soon go on to become the biggest-selling album of their four decade recording career, unless you count their eleven-times-platinum Greatest Hits compilation from 1980. The record spawned two hit singles that would become the band’s most iconic tunes – “Walk This Way,” written by lead singer Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry and inspired by a viewing of Mel Brooks’ comedy classic Young Frankenstein, and their whiskey-smooth paean to young lovin’ and hell raisin’ “Sweet Emotion,” penned by Tyler with bassist Tom Hamilton. In a way Toys is the definitive Aerosmith album: each song is a classic rock radio perennial and a brilliant demonstration of the band at the peak of their blues-rock fusion powers.
Toys in the Attic would come to serve as a personal peak for the band in later years. Though they continued to pump out primo tunes for the majority of their career (up until they resigned with Columbia Records in the early ’90s), Aerosmith never again put out a record that roared and raged with every ounce of their sleazy, unrestrained musical fury as Toys did. You can hear Tyler’s trademark puffy gums wrapped around every lyric like the Devil himself was working the singer like his personal hand puppet, Perry’s sinewy guitar licks pulsating with the rawest of raw power, Joey Kramer‘s drumming and Brad Whitford‘s harmonic rhythm guitar working in collusion like the tribal beat of a post-apocalyptic gang of murderous bikers roaming the wasteland. Even when the album threatens to get a little saccharine on “You See Me Crying” Aerosmith transforms it into a potent power ballad of sweet emotion that makes you wonder how they ever ended up churning out rancid tunes like “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing.”
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
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