- An excellent pressing of Aerosmith’s 1975 down-and-dirty blues-rock hit release, with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish – exceptionally quiet vinyl too
- Our favorite Aerosmith album in every way, and a true Must Own for fans of the band
- We guarantee there is dramatically more Tubey Magic, size and rock and roll energy on this vintage copy than others you’ve heard, and that’s especially true of whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl disaster is out there now
- It’s been YEARS since we’ve been able to offer this title but once you drop the needle on “Sweet Emotion” or “Walk This Way” you’ll hear it was worth the wait – they rock like they have never rocked before
- 5 stars: “Aerosmith finally perfected their mix of Stonesy raunch and Zeppelin-esque riffing with their third album. The success of the album derives from a combination of an increased sense of songwriting skills and purpose.”
If you’re looking for great sound for this fun album, you’ve come to the right place. This is raw, down-and-dirty blues-rock in the tradition of the Stones and the Faces, and when it sounds this good it sure is a blast to listen to.
I never really cared much for this band until recently, when I heard “Sweet Emotion” on my local classic rock station (The Octopus!) and realized that it would probably sound pretty amazing on a Hot Stamper vinyl version. Boy, was I right! It took quite a few copies and a whole lot of work, but the best sounding tracks on this album sound amazing. “Sweet Emotion” and “Walk This Way” are going to rock like they have never rocked before.
Of course, not every copy sounds like this one. We pick these up when we find them and I’m sorry to report that most of them leave much to be desired. If your copy is dull or smeary as so many of them are, you won’t get the full effect of this raw, ballsy rock ‘n’ roll. All you have to do is drop the needle on the intro to “Sweet Emotion” and you’ll see why we decided to roll with our shootout.
That’s not to say this is an amazing, top-shelf recording, but it certainly beats most of the dreck out there that passes for Audiophile-style classic rock. (If you disagree, I’ve got a nice copy of the Sheffied Track Record to sell you.)
- A stunning copy of Aerosmith’s debut — Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
- With plenty of energy, killer rock bass, and clear, present vocals, this pressing has all the key qualities we look for in an Aerosmith record
- Dream On sounds incredible on this one – worth the price of admission alone
- “In retrospect, it’s a bit shocking how fully formed the signature Aerosmith sound was on their self-titled 1973 debut… Aerosmith clearly showcases all the attributes of the band that would become the defining American hard rock band of the ’70s… “
KILLER sound for this copy of Aerosmith’s debut album! Mama Kin, a perennial staple of the band’s live performances and arguably the best rocker on the album, sounds fantastic here, huge and open with some serious presence. As you might expect from a debut, the sound here is a bit rougher and rawer than later albums like Toys in the Attic, but that’s not altogether a bad thing for this kind of loose, greasy hard rock! (more…)