Saturday, August 25, 2012

PUMP UP THE VOLUME (wantagh 1993)

Format: 2 CDs, 29 tracks, (Disc 1: 71:29, Disc 2: 73:40)
Label: Metal Crash MECD 2139/40

Disc 1:
1. Eat The Rich
2. Toys In The Attic
3. Love In An Elevator
4. Back In The Saddle
5. Joe Perry Solo
6. Draw The Line
7. What It Takes
8. Rag Doll
9. Brad Solo
10. Last Child
11. Stop Messin' Around
12. Amazing
13. Joe Perry Solo
14. Boogie Man
15. Shut Up And Dance
16. Janie's Got A Gun

Disc 2:
1. Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
2. Dream On
3. J. Kramer Drum Solo
4. Walk This Way
5. Livin' On The Edge
6. Sweet Emotion (Bass solo & Joe Perry Solo)
7. Train Kept A Rollin'
8. Toys In The Attic
9. Sweet Emotion
10. Cryin'
11. Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
12. Livin' On The Edge
13. Train Kept A Rollin' 

Recorded at:
Jones Beach Amphitheather, Wantaugh, NY on September 4, 1993 except Tracks 8-13 on Disc 2, Foxboro Stadium, Foxboro, MA, September 6, 1993

Jones Beach is a very good to excellent audience recording. The tracks from the Foxboro concert a few days later were part of the Walden Woods benefit concert that were broadcast on FM radio, These recordings were three months into their USA tour at the start of the Get A Grip World Tour.
The CD likes to list the solos although it lists the solo before Last Child as Joe's when it is Brad's.

JAILBAIT 1982 (chicago 1982)

Format: 2 CD,  19 tracks, ~ 83 min
Label: Lost And Found 444/445

01.  Back In the Saddle
02.  Big Ten Inch Record
03.  Mama Kin
04.  Three Mile Smile
05.  Reefer Head Woman
06.  Rock In A Hard Place
07.  Lord Of The Thighs
08.  Lick And A Promise
09.  Jig Is Up
10.  Jailbait

Disc 2:
01.  Sweet Emotion
02.  Dream On
03.  Lightning Strikes
04.  Walk This Way
05.  Same Old Song And Dance
06.  Milk Cow Blues
07.  Toys In The Atiic
08.  Train Kept A Rollin'

Recorded at:
Rosemount Horizon,
Chicago,ILNovember 24,1982

Complete Stereo Sounboard Recording

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Format: 2CD, 19 tracks,  110 min  18 sec
Label: Atomics PD082-1 / PD082-2

Disc 1:  61:43
1. Intro/Eat The Rich
2. Train Kept A Rollin'
3. Rag Doll
4. Fever
5. Same Old Song And Dance
6. What It Takes
7. Mama Kin
8. Cryin'
9. Guitar Solo/Draw The Line
10. Stop Messin' Around
11. Walk On Down

Disc 2: 48:45
1. Water Song/Janie's Got A Gun
2. Love In An Elevator
3. Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
4. I Can't Quit You
5. Bass Solo/Sweet Emotion/"Peter Gunn"
6. Dream On
7. Livin' On The Edge
8. Walk This Way

Recorded at:
Sun-Plaza Hall, Hiroshima, Japan, May 3, 1994

Very good audience recording. A fairly standard GAG set and not too many surprises for the Japanese audience - the 4th date of the Japan leg. Includes whole of Yeastie Girl's You Suck song which was played just prior to the band coming on stage. I Can't Quit You is actually Reefer Head Woman.


Format: CD, 11 tracks, 55 min 03 sec
Label: OH BOY 1-9101

1. Same Old Song And Dance
2. Toys In The Attic
3. Milk Cow Blues
4. Train Kept A Rollin'
5. S.O.S. (Too Bad)
6. Mama Kin
7. Dream On
8. Write Me
9. Walk This Way
10. Train Kept A Rollin'
11. Toys In The Attic

Recorded at:
Tracks 1-4, Tower Theater, Upper Darby,
Philadelphia, PA, March 26, 1978
Tracks 5-11, Detailed as being Central Park,
NYC 1978 but is Shaeffer Music Festival,
Central Park NY, August 29, 1975.

Excellent stereo. Remaining 4 tracks of
Upper Darby concert featured on The Ultimate
Killer Show. Milk Cow Blues is mistitled as
Going Down. The Central Park 1975 concert
is a A King Biscuit Flour Hour FM Broadcast
and one of a number containing a different
selection of tracks. It has an excellent raw
sound with numbers from their new Toys in
the Attic album.


Format: CD, 13 tracks, 56 min 55 sec
Label: OH BOY 1-9069, 1991

1. Rats In The Cellar
2. I Wanna Know Why
3. Big Ten Inch Record
4. Walk This Way
5. Sight For Sore Eyes
6. Seasons Of Wither
7. Sweet Emotion
8. Lord Of The Thighs
9. Kings and Queens
10. Chip Away The Stone
11. Get The Lead Out
12. Get It Up
13. Draw The Line

Recorded at:
Tower Theater, Upper Darby,
Philadelphia, PA, March 26, 1978

Excellent FM stereo from the USA Draw The
Line Tour with much of the album being aired
including Kings & Queens, which had been
released in the last week as their new single.
One of several recordings taken a week in
March, 1978 (i.e. Boston, Chicago, Columbus).
Draw The Line from this concert is the same as
on the official Live! Bootleg release.
Big Ten Inch Record is listed as Milkcow Blues.
The remaining four tracks from the concert are on The Increasing Killer Show.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

THEY ARE BACK ! (oakland 2012)

Format: 2 CDR,  23 tracks, ~ 115 min
Label: Zone 51 Prod 059.01/02

Disc1 : 55.30
02.Draw The Line
03.Love In An Elevator
04.Same Old Song And Dance
05.Living On The Edge
06.Oh Yeah
07.Brad Solo/Last Child
08.Drum solo/Tyler joins
09.Rag Doll
10.Peter Gunn
11.Boogie Man

Disc 2 : 59.42
01.Stop Messin' Around (false take)
02.Stop Messin' Around
03.What It Takes
04.Legendery Child
05.Come Together
06.Rats In The Cellar
07.Sweet Emotion
08.Walk This Way
09.Dream On
10.Train Kept A Rollin
11.Tyler Talks

Recorded at:
Coliseum Arena
Oakland, California
August 4, 2012

Aerosmith has become quite the ensemble onstage. Aside from the usuual 5 guys and a keyboard player, the band is now augmented with two female backup singers (one playing a sax) and Joey Kramer's son playing congas on some tunes. Add to that Kramer's wife doing a strange dance at the end of "Combination" and you have as many as 10 people on stage, very Rolling Stones-like, I guess.
The band seemed pretty engergized and maybe the "slickest" I have seen them and that's not a bad thing. Tyler's run on "American Idol" brought new prominence to the band. I heard several people say "This is the first time I'm seeing them."
I always wrestle with this band..I loved there stuff from 1973 through 1986, well even through 1990, then they got hard to listen to for I'm making peace with them. You sorta take the good with the bad with these guys. It's not just me, Tyler is aware of the duplicity.."Do you like the old shit or the new shit?" he aks the crowd. The "old shit" was the crowd's choice...and with that they launched into "Rats In The Cellar" which was the highlight of the evening, just a cool, long drawn out rock and roll jam.
Other old tunes came off well too, "Draw The Line," "Same Old Song and Dance" and "Last Child." I heard they were doing "Combination," and while cool to hear, with only Perry's vocals it lacked some punch. When Perry starts "Stop Messin' Around" the band isn't ready and he has to re-start it, oops. The new tunes are kinda clunkers I thought, with "Legendery Child" riff sounding like Zep's "Wanton Song" without the balls. Luckily not too many of the late 1980/90s tunes on this night, with "What It Takes" being the most barfworthy. Overall I liked the show, they still have the ability to rock out and they are the last of a dying breed.Audience recording