And there are many out there. But Aerosmith has rarely let the standard drop over the years, and this two-disc set boasts strong remastered sound and a wealth of great tunes. The first ten on Disc One approximate the original Greatest Hits, including classic rockers like "Walk This Way," "Same Old Song and Dance," "Sweet Emotion" and "Back In The Saddle Again" as well as the oft-played "Dream On." There's also the humorous "Big Ten Inch Record," which you can't be without.
The last half dozen tracks on Disc One pick up with the 1987 LP "Permanent Vacation," and although there's more ballad and melody in the now-clean band (i.e. "Angel," "What It Takes"), there's plenty of finger-snapping rock and roll: "Rag Doll" echoes "Walk This Way," and "Janie's Got A Gun" displays a social conscience and is one of their most powerful songs. There are several big hits from the album "Pump" to open Disc Two, with memorable rockers like "The Other Side" and "Livin' On The Edge," and the more recent stuff is strong as well. Sure, "Don't Want To Miss A Thing" is a tad sappy, and "Just Push Play" nods obviously to hip-hop. But "Pink," "Jaded" and "Falling in Love Is Hard on the Knees" are classic Aerosmith.
The remake/hybrid of "Walk This Way" with Run DMC is included, and it's enjoyable in the spirit intended--Perry's guitar sizzles, by the way. The final tracks, "Girls of Summer" and "Lay It Down," were new at the time of release. "Girls of Summer" is a melodic rocker with just a hint of Eastern influence. "Lay It Down" is a fine ballad. Sure, there are countless compilations of this great band out there, and I'm sure Aerosmith diehards get tired of seeing them. But for the casual fan, this is an awfully good place to start.