RECORD STORE TALES MkII: Getting More Tale
#406: All of the Aerosmith…
The following challenge was posted to me by reader chrisjcombs:
“I humbly request an entry that ranks —- in order of your preference —- Aerosmith’s entire discography. I would love to see where you’d place albums like Rock in Hard Place and Night in the Ruts when lined up against the likes of Just Push Play, Nine Lives, Get A Grip, etc.”
Having recently re-listened to virtually all of the Aerosmith, in order for my Box of Fire series of reviews, I had to oblige.
In order to give some ground rules to Chris’ request, I will have to stick to studio albums. I don’t own A Little South of Sanity, so for the purposes of this list, I will exclude live releases. I also don’t have all the different greatest hits, so I’ll leave those out too. What’s left is 15 studio albums. Since I’ve reviewed most of these albums already, I won’t be adding too much in terms of commentary. Let’s give’r!
After some deliberation here’s all of the Aerosmith, from worst to best:
15. Just Push Play (2001)
14. Honkin’ On Bobo (2004)
13. Music From Another Dimension! (2012)
12. Rock in a Hard Place (1982)
11. Done With Mirrors (1985)
10. Permanent Vacation (1987)
9. Get A Grip (1993)
8. Night in the Ruts (1979)
7. Nine Lives (1997)
6. Aerosmith (1973)
5. Draw The Line (1977)
4. Get Your Wings (1974)
3. Pump (1989)
2. Rocks (1976) (TIE)
1. Toys in the Attic (1975) (TIE)
I think Nine Lives is a real underdog of an album — a latter-day gooder, that often gets lumped in with shit like Just Push Play. Pump, in my opinion, is Aerosmith as close to a peak as possible, and very close indeed to the top of the pyramid. Sonically and song-wise, I think Pump is as F.I.N.E. fine as anything the did in the 1970’s!
I hope you enjoyed this list, and thanks to Chris for the suggestion!