AEROSMTH - The First 4... (1973-1976)
Aerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1970. The group consists of Steven Tyler (vocals, keyboards), Joe Perry (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums), and Brad Whitford (guitar). Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop rock, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues and has inspired many subsequent rock artists. They are sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".
"Aerosmith" is the eponymous debut studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released on January 5, 1973 by Columbia Records. The song "Walkin' the Dog" is a cover of a song originally performed by Rufus Thomas. The single "Dream On" became an American top ten hit when re-released in December 1975; it had first been released as a single in June 1973. The album peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard 200 Chart in 1976.
"Get Your Wings" is the second studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released March 15, 1974. The album is the first to feature production from Jack Douglas, who produced the band's next four albums. Three singles were released from the album, but none of them made the pop charts. Although the official website for Aerosmith lists the release date for Get Your Wings as March 1, 1974, the USA copyright office lists the album as being released on March 8, 1974. The album was actually delayed one additional week from the copyright date and released on March 15, 1974, entering the music charts on March 30, 1974. The album has been released in stereo and quadraphonic, and certified triple platinum by the RIAA.
"Toys in the Attic" is the third studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released April 8, 1975 by Columbia Records. Its first single, "Sweet Emotion," was released on May 19 and "Walk This Way" followed on August 28 in the same year. The album is the band's most commercially successful studio LP in the United States, with eight million copies sold, according to the RIAA. The album was ranked No. 229 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album's title track and Run–D.M.C.'s version of "Walk This Way" are part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.
"Rocks" is the fourth studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released May 14, 1976. AllMusic described Rocks as having "captured Aerosmith at their most raw and rocking." Rocks was ranked No. 176 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It has greatly influenced many hard rock and heavy metal artists, including Guns N' Roses, Metallica, and Nirvana. The album was a commercial success, charting three singles on the Billboard Hot 100, two of which reached the Top 40 ("Back in the Saddle" and "Last Child"). The album was one of the first to ship platinum when it was released, and has since gone quadruple platinum. Although the official website for Aerosmith lists the release date for Rocks as May 3, 1976, the USA copyright office lists the album as being released on May 7, 1976.
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