Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Aerosmith- Rocks

Aerosmith could not have put out a better album to follow up on the highly successful and popular “Toys in the Attic” album. “Rocks” does exactly what it says on the label, it rocks! Many albums have what I call great opening tracks and this is definitely with the opener here. “Back in the Saddle” can be listed as one of those first tracks that say “You’re gonna listen to this album and like it.” Of course, the other tracks on the album like “Last Child” and “Nobody’s Fault” along with all of the others back up the first track and make “Rocks” a truly memorable album.

One track which also must be mentioned here is “Rats in the Cellar” for two reasons. As with the rest of the album it is a great track, but not only that, Tom Hamilton states that it was originally written as a counterpart to the title track “Toys in the Attic.” I can see a little bit of humour on this. But more importantly for me, Hamilton says the track was inspired by the death of the band’s drug dealer. This, to me, is kind of ironic because it has been said that after “Rocks,” Aerosmith began their descent from musicians dabbling in drugs to druggies dabbling in music and began, to quote Joe Perry, “Make albums in order to pay their dealers.”

Track Listing:

1. Back in the Saddle

2. Last Child

3. Rats in the Cellar

4. Combination

5. Sick as a Dog

6. Nobody’s Fault

7. Get the Lead Out

8. Lick and a Promise

9. Home Tonight


Steven Tyler- vocals

Joe Perry- lead guitar

Brad Whitford- guitar

Tom Hamilton- bass

Joey Kramer- drums

Many great metal acts from the 80s and since have sited Aerosmith’s “Rocks” album was one of their greatest influences. Acts from Metallica to Kurt Cobain to Slash and more all pay homage to this great offering in music. Furthermore, many tracks, especially “Nobody’s Fault” has been covered by many times. As great classic rock albums go, this is one of the best.

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4 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Aerosmith- Rocks”

  1. Metal Odyssey Says:

    I dig this Aerosmith album a great deal! “Back In The Saddle” never fails to psyche me out… a true classic song from as you put it “one of the best” (albums).

    Rock Steady 80’s Metalman and keep writing! \m/


    • Thanks Metalodyssey, Back in the Saddle is one of those song that I find uplifting whenever I hear it. I will be finally progressing to the next stage where I visit the great albums of 1978. In the meantime, I have a couple of albums left to visit, that is unless I remember so more.


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