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Posted on Mon, 09/29/2014 - 5:45pm
by John MacMillan

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Album Overview

Aerosmith is the eponymous debut album by American rock band Aerosmith, released in January 1973 by Columbia Records. The song "Walkin' the Dog" is a cover song originally performed by Rufus Thomas. Also the single "Dream On" became an American top ten single when re-released in 1976. "Dream On" was first released as a single in 1973. The album peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 in 1976.


1Make It3:45

Written-By: Steven Tyler


Written-By: Steven Emspack
Written-By: Steven Tyler

3Dream On4:28

Written-By: Steven Tyler

4One Way Street7:12

Written-By: Steven Tyler

5Mama Kin4:25

Saxophone: David Woodford
Written-By: Steven Tyler

6Write Me4:11

Saxophone: David Woodford
Written-By: Steven Tyler

7Movin' Out5:03

Written-By: Joe Perry
Written-By: Steven Tyler

8Walkin' The Dog3:12

Written-By: Rufus Thomas

The photo at right is the original cover, which misprinted the song "Walkin' the Dog" as "Walkin' the Dig". When a second pressing of the album was released in 1976, this error was corrected, and the cover replaced with a modified one made up entirely of the photo of the band members. This second pressing is the more commonly available version of the LP. When reissued on CD in 1993 as a remastered version, the original first pressing artwork was used.


After entering a partnership with Frank Connelly, David Krebs and Steve Leber invited members of two record labels – Atlantic Records and Columbia Records – to view an Aerosmith concert at Max's Kansas City. Clive Davis, the president of Columbia, was impressed with the group and Aerosmith signed with Columbia in the summer of 1972.

The group then recorded their debut album at Intermedia Studios in Boston, Massachusetts with record producer Adrian Barber.

The album was not a success when it was released in January 1973. The song "Dream On" was released as a single, in a shortened version, on June 27, 1973 and reached #59 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would be re-issued, in its original album version, in 1976, becoming a hit and reaching #6 on the chart.


The album received generally positive reviews. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic stated that the album clearly showcases all the attributes of the band that would become the defining American hard rock band of the '70s.


  • Steven Tyler – lead vocals, keyboards
  • Joe Perry – guitar, backing vocals
  • Brad Whitford – guitar
  • Tom Hamilton – bass guitar
  • Joey Kramer – drums
  • David Woodford – saxophone on "Mama Kin" and "Write Me a Letter"


Co-producer [Production Assistant]: Buddy Verga
Cover, Design: Ed Lee
Cover, Design: Hiroshi Morishima
Engineer: Adrian Barber
Engineer: Caryl Weinstock
Engineer [Assistant]: Robert Stoughton
Liner Notes: Stu Werbin
Photography By [Front Cover Photo]: Robert Agriopoulos
Producer: Adrian Barber
Typography [Front Cover Lettering]: Joyce McGregor


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