|1. Walk On Water|
|2. Love In An Elevator|
|3. Rag Doll|
|4. What It Takes|
|5. Dude (Looks Like A Lady)|
|6. Janie's Got A Gun|
|9. Blind Man|
|10. Dueces Are Wild|
|11. The Other Side|
|13. Eat The Rich|
|15. Livin' On The Edge|
That out of the way, this was (in 1994, at least) the best way to get all their "new" era hits in one place. Even though the guys now probably have more hits collections than some bands have albums, this is the best place IMHO for a new fan of their 1987-1994 to start.
Starting with 87's PERMANENT VACATION, we have the hilarious, pop/metal classic tale of "Dude Looks Like A Lady"; the sweet but still rocking 80's power ballad "Angel"; and the somewhat old style bluesy hard rocker "Rag Doll."
1989's PUMP gets four songs. The funny office fantasy arena metal "Love in an Elevator"; the serious and edgy yet melodic "Janie's Got a Gun"; and the more stripped down power ballad "What it Takes"; and the somewhat Rolling Stones sounding rocker "The Other Side."
1993's GET A GRIP gets the biggest representation with five (!) songs. The cannibalism in-jokes of the underrated minor hard rock hit "Eat the Rich"; the mid tempo and more serious classic rocker "Living on the Edge"; and the three soundalike longer rock ballads "Cryin," "Amazing," and the emotional huge hit "Crazy" (with the Alicia Silverstone video).
There's also three songs that were recorded new for this collection. The hard rock swagger of the slightly 70's yet modern "Walk on Water," the more serious, also older sounding "Blind Man" and the poppy semi ballad "Deuces Are Wild."
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Being smart and knowing when to strike when the iron is hot, Aerosmith came back with Permanent Vacation in 1987 on Geffen (their first Geffen album, Done With Mirrors, was extremely underrated, check it out). Dude (Looks Like A Lady) was the first single and went to #14, becoming their biggest hit in a decade. However, this comeback single was not a fluke, it became the first of 11 straight singles (every single one collected on here) to make the top 30 (Eat The Rich and Deuces Are Wild were both smash hits on rock radio, and Blind Man and Walk On Water were the new tracks, Blind Man peaked in the 40's and Walk On Water barely got noticed when released in early 1995). Aerosmith were not only hot during 1987-1994, but they were actually hotter than they were in the 1970's!
Only 2 tracks (Rag Doll and Walk On Water) of the 15 recreate the gritty bluesy classic rock sound that Aerosmith perfected in the 1970's, so many fans of classic 70's Aerosmith aren't so fond of this "poppier" sound. However, for many of us who grew up in the 80's and early 90's, this is the Aerosmith we knew first.
I hope one day that there will be a comprehensive 1973-1982 collection (instead of a ten track) of the Columbia years, but when it comes to the Geffen years of Aerosmith, this is as good as it gets. The 2-disc "Young Lust" collection includes way too much from just 4 albums that it'd be cheaper to just go and buy the 4 albums seperately. BIG ONES is a Greatest Hits collection that delivers, every track on the album was a hit in some form or another, and there's nothing from 87-93 that's missing.
CD - BIG ONES
1. Walk On Water
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