Aerosmith – Big Ones (1994)

FrontCover1Big Ones is one of the many compilation albums by the American rock band Aerosmith, released on November 1, 1994. Big Ones featured 12 hits from the band’s three consecutive multi-platinum albums, Permanent Vacation (1987), Pump (1989), and Get a Grip (1993), as well as the hit, “Deuces are Wild” from The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience (1993), and two new songs, “Blind Man” and “Walk on Water”, which were recorded during a break in the band’s Get a Grip Tour. These songs were also included on the band’s 2001 compilation album, Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology. Big Ones is the band’s second best-selling compilation album, reaching #6 on the Billboard charts, and selling four million copies in the United States alone. The album quickly became a worldwide hit reaching the Top 10 in nine countries before the end of the year. (by wikipedia)


Big Ones serves up the hits and nothing but the hits; Aerosmith’s excellent debut for Geffen, Done with Mirrors, is conveniently overlooked. So what’s left is some of the finest mainstream hard rock of the late ’80s and early ’90s — the fruits of one of the most remarkable comebacks in rock & roll history. Unfortunately, there’s precious little of the classic Aerosmith raunch; in fact, the two new tracks are the hardest, slinkiest tracks here.


Otherwise, the up-tempo tracks bog down in over-production (“Love in an Elevator”), and the frequently embarrassingly overwrought power ballads (“Angel” and “Crazy”) dominate too much of the album. So what’s left? The band’s best stab at social commentary (“Janie’s Got a Gun”), a sublime slinky throwaway (“Deuces Are Wild”), deliciously sleazy blues-rockers (“Rag Doll,” “[Dude] Looks Like a Lady”), and their best ballads (“What It Takes” and “Cryin'”). (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)


Tom Hamilton (bass, background vocals on 02.)
Joey Kramer (drums)
Joe Perry (lead guitar, backgroun vocals, pedal steel guitar)
Steven Tyler (vocals, keyboards, harmonica)
Brad Whitford (guitar)
Drew Arnott (mellotron on 14.)
Paul Baron (trumpet)
Desmond Child (keyboards on 12.)
Henry Christian (trumpet)
Bob Dowd (background vocals on 02.)
Bruce Fairbairn (trumpet, background vocals on 02.)
Don Henley (background vocals on 08.)
Tom Keenlyside (saxophone, clarinet)
Ian Putz (saxophone)
Bob Rogers (trombone)
Richard Supa (keyboards on 08.)
Jim Vallance (organ on 03.)
John Webster (keyboards)
Polynesian log drums on 13.:
Mapuhi T. Tekurio – Melvin Liufau – Wesey Mamea – Liainaiala Tagaloa – Sandy Kanaeholo – Aladd Alatina Teofilo, Jr.


01. Walk On Water (previously unreleased) (Tyler/Perry7Blades/Shaw) 4.57
02. Love In An Elevator (from the album Pump) (Tyler/Perry) 5.23
03. Rag Doll (from the album Permanent Vacation) (Tyler/Perry/Vallance/Knight) 4.25
04. What It Takes (from the album Pump) (Tyler/Perry/Child) 5.12
05. Dude (Looks Like A Lady) (from the album Permanent Vacation) (Tyler/Perry/Child) 4.26
06. Janie’s Got A Gun (from the album Pump) (Tyler/Hamilton) 5.30
07. Cryin’ (from the album Get a Grip) (Tyler/Perry/Rhodes) 5.10
08. Amazing (from the album Get a Grip) (Tyler/Supa) 5.59
09. Blind Man (previously unreleased) (Tyler/Perry/Rhodes) 4.02
10. Deuces Are Wild (from the album The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience) Tyler/ Vallance) 3.37
11. The Other Side (from the album Pump) (Tyler/Vallance) 4.04
12. Crazy (from the album Get a Grip) (Tyler/Perry/Child) 5.17
13. Eat The Rich (from the album Get a Grip) (Tyler/Perry/Vallance) 4.13
14. Angel (from the album Permanent Vacation) (Tyler/Child) 5.08
15. Livin’ On The Edge (from the album Get a Grip) (Tyler/Perry/Hudson) 6.19
16. Dude (Looks Like A Lady) (Live) (Tyler/Perry/Child) 5.10