Aerosmith – Toys In The Attic

The title track comes out guns a-blazin’, Aero-barroom rawk, let’s go go go! That slinky descending riff/vocals is so sweet. Uncle Salty saunters and swings bluesily and it’s glorious. Adam’s Apple is a chugging blues that bands like Poison took for themselves a decade later.

Walk This Way, of course, right? I’m so used to hearing it with Run DMC, though, so it was nice to hear the original again! Big Ten Inch Record takes a left turn towards classic 50s rock shuffle, with hilarious lyrics very much in the tradition of those old blues tracks on that vintage comp I covered a while back.

And then it’s Sweet Emotion. We’ve all heard it a million times and never tired of it, what a classic track. No More No More is a solid rocker, I give a tip of the hat most to that piano part that draws the ear towards barrelhouse fun, well done. Round And Round is a muddy bluesy Zeppelin stomper, the vocals buried way back. Kind of the odd man out, here, but it still thumps along mightily. And finally, You See Me Crying, showing that Tyler had a penchant for piano-led ballad-like tracks even in the mid-70s. It’s a decent track, probably a set-closer before the encore, at the time. I found it a bit plodding, but I don’t go in much for Aero-ballads.

And can I just say holy shit Joe Perry on every track on this record. Wow!

Great times, listening to this. Solid record with few (if any) flaws. Get you some!


For better reads on this one than my own drivel (above), check out DEKE and MIKE.

22 thoughts on “Aerosmith – Toys In The Attic

      1. cincinnatibabyhead says:

        I had to get over certain prejudices (CB had to grow up a bit) with this band and a few others. Let the music do the talking. Never became a huge fan but dug this album and a couple others,


  1. J. says:

    Yas! Man, as I said over at Deke’s place, this is as good as Aerosmith get. Sweet Emotion, Walk This Way and Uncle Salty mean this gets the nod over Rocks. Just.


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Aw man, Deke, I’ll ALWAYS link to your site! Especially on this stuff, as you’re the expert rawker! Mike too, of course! ‘Friggin’ brilliant’ about covers it!


  2. 2loud2oldmusic says:

    One of my favorite Aerosmith albums. I remember my brother had it on vinyl and I would get to listen to it and that really got me turned on with the band. Sweet Emotion is one of the best songs. Awww…Memories!


  3. steveforthedeaf says:

    Sweet Emotion is the high water mark for sure. A perfect record. My only criticism is I want an extended mix where that solo doesn’t fade out at the end so I can hear where that solo goes. But that’s a fundamental rule of showbiz right? Leave ’em wanting more.

    I love love love this album and I really dig all the love it’s getting on peoples blogs right now. Draw the Line was always my personal fave because of how wired it sounds. Toys, Rocks, DTL. I can’t really separate them in my minds eye.

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