Aerosmith’s “Toys in the Attic” was probably the very first true rock album I heard. Before that, it was old 45 records and compilation albums that went on sale at your local Jamesway. (Sad, I know). Before this album, I was very musically naive, but hearing it was a total eye opener. From the first track, I was hooked and wanted to listen to the whole album and like every other teenager back then, I had a big snigger at the track, “Big Ten Inch Record.”
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
Of all the tracks, it was “Walk This Way” that stands out. That is because once I heard the album, I seemed to hear that particular song played everywhere. Therefore, the song holds a special place in my metal heart.
Now that I am much older and wiser (pause for laughter), I can fully appreciate the great musicianship by Aerosmith on this album. The clear vocals by Steven Tyler and the guitar solos by Joe Perry backed up by the others make this album a magnificent listen. Aerosmith hadn’t begun to destroy themselves with the excesses of success, which is another reason this album is so crisp.
Steve Tyler- vocals
Joe Perry- lead guitar
Brad Whitford- rhythm guitar
Tom Hamilton- bass
Joey Kramer- drums
Thirty six years after its first release, “Toys In The Attic” continues to stand the test of time. It is a standard bearer for many of the albums which have followed it and will always be ranked among my favourites.
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