"Young Lust - The Aerosmith Anthology" chronicles Aerosmith's Geffen-years from the mid-eighties onward, and once you've gotten their early hits, this is where you go for the rest.
Gathering 34 singles, album tracks and live cuts, "Young Lust" offers a fine retrospective, managing to include almost all of the best songs from Aerosmith's last six studio albums. And if you're a casual fan, this is pretty much all you need.
I would have preferred a leaner version of "Amazing" to the orchestrated one included here, but the acoustic rendition of the hit "Livin' On The Edge" is really good, and Run-DMC's take on the sublime hard rock song "Walk This Way" is included, too.
The live versions of "Dream On" and "Sweet Emotion" are sort of pointless, though, and those two should have been left off in favour of two or three more songs from the band's Geffen years ("Fever" and "Pink" would have been nice), but if you can overlook small flaws like those I just mentioned, the selection is generally very good.
The MTV-staples "Dude (looks like a lady)" and "Love In An Elevator" are here, as well as the power ballads "Angel", "Cryin'", and "Crazy", the underrated blues shuffle "Hangman Jury", the melodious "Janie's Got A Gun", "The Other Side", and "What It Takes", and the hard rockers "Eat The Rich", "Head First", "Let The Music Do The Talking", "Rag Doll", and "My Fist Your Face". And "Young Lust" also includes "Deuces Are Wild", "Blind Man" and "Walk On Water", the three new songs from the band's previous Geffen compilation, "Big Ones", and their excellent version of the Doors' "Love Me Two Times".
All in all, this is by far the best available collection of Aerosmith's latter-day output. Get this one, and the excellent box set "Pandora's Box" for their seventies classics, and you're set!