Aerosmith - Big Ones

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by John MacMillan

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Release Type

Compilation

Release Year

1994

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Label

Geffen Records

 

Album Overview

Big Ones is one of the many compilation albums by the American rock band Aerosmith, released on November 1, 1994 by Geffen Records (see 1994 in music). Big Ones featured twelve hits from the band's three consecutive multi-platinum albums, Permanent Vacation (1987), Pump (1989), and Get a Grip (1993), as well as the hit "Deuces are Wild" from The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience (1993), and two new songs, "Blind Man" and "Walk on Water", which were recorded during a break in the band's Get a Grip Tour. These songs were also included on the band's 2001 compilation album Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology. Big Ones is the band's second bestselling compilation album, reaching #6 on the Billboard charts, and selling four million copies in the United States alone. The album quickly became a world-wide hit reaching the Top 10 in nine countries before the end of the year.

Tracks

TrackTitleDuration
1Walk On Water4:54
Notes

Engineer: Adam Kasper
Engineer [Second]: Chris Albert
Mixed By: Mike Fraser
Producer: Michael Beinhorn

2Love In An Elevator5:22
Notes

Backing Vocals: Bob Dowd
Backing Vocals: Joe Perry
Backing Vocals: Tom Hamilton
Backing Vocals, Trumpet: Bruce Fairbairn
Baritone Saxophone: Ian Putz
Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone: Tom Keenlyside
Engineer: Mike Fraser
Engineer [Second]: Ken Lomas
Keyboards: John Webster
Mixed By: Mike Fraser
Other [Elevator Operator] : Catherine Epps
Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
Trumpet: Henry Christian

3Rag Doll4:24
Notes

Baritone Saxophone: Ian Putz
Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone: Tom Keenlyside
Engineer: Bob Rock
Engineer: Mike Fraser
Engineer [Assistant]: Ken Lomas
Horns: Tom Keenlyside
Mixed By: Mike Fraser
Organ: Jim Vallance
Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
Trombone: Bob Rogers
Trumpet: Bruce Fairbairn
Trumpet: Henry Christian

4What It Takes5:10
Notes

Baritone Saxophone: Ian Putz
Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone: Tom Keenlyside
Engineer: Mike Fraser
Engineer [Second]: Ken Lomas
Keyboards: John Webster
Mixed By: Mike Fraser
Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
Trumpet: Bruce Fairbairn
Trumpet: Henry Christian

5Dude (Looks Like A Lady)4:23
Notes

Baritone Saxophone: Ian Putz
Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone: Tom Keenlyside
Engineer: Bob Rock
Engineer: Mike Fraser
Engineer [Assistant]: Ken Lomas
Horns: Tom Keenlyside
Mixed By: Mike Fraser
Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
Trombone: Bob Rogers
Trumpet: Bruce Fairbairn
Trumpet: Henry Christian

6Janie's Got A Gun5:29
Notes

Baritone Saxophone: Ian Putz
Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone: Tom Keenlyside
Engineer: Mike Fraser
Engineer [Second]: Ken Lomas
Keyboards: John Webster
Mixed By: Mike Fraser
Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
Trumpet: Bruce Fairbairn
Trumpet: Henry Christian

7Cryin'5:07
Notes

Engineer: David Thoener
Engineer: Ken Lomas
Engineer [Second]: Ed Korengo
Engineer [Second]: John Aguto
Engineer [Second]: Mike Plotnikoff
Mixed By: Brendan O'Brien
Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
Saxophone: Tom Keenlyside
Trombone: Bob Rogers
Trumpet: Bruce Fairbairn
Trumpet: Paul Barron

8Amazing5:55
Notes

Backing Vocals: Don Henley
Baritone Saxophone: Ian Putz
Engineer: David Thoener
Engineer: Ken Lomas
Engineer [Second]: Ed Korengo
Engineer [Second]: John Aguto
Engineer [Second]: Mike Plotnikoff
Keyboards: Richie Supa
Mixed By: Brendan O'Brien
Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
Saxophone: Tom Keenlyside
Trombone: Bob Rogers
Trumpet: Bruce Fairbairn
Trumpet: Paul Barron

9Blind Man3:57
Notes

Engineer: Adam Kasper
Engineer [Second]: Max Carola
Mixed By: Mike Fraser
Producer: Michael Beinhorn

10Deuces Are Wild3:33
Notes

Engineer: Mike Fraser
Engineer [Second]: Ken Lomas
Mixed By: Brendan O'Brien
Producer: Bruce Fairbairn

11The Other Side4:03
Notes

Baritone Saxophone: Ian Putz
Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone: Tom Keenlyside
Engineer: Mike Fraser
Engineer [Second]: Ken Lomas
Keyboards: John Webster
Mixed By: Mike Fraser
Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
Trumpet: Bruce Fairbairn
Trumpet: Henry Christian

12Crazy5:14
Notes

Baritone Saxophone: Ian Putz
Engineer: David Thoener
Engineer: Ken Lomas
Engineer [Second]: Ed Korengo
Engineer [Second]: John Aguto
Engineer [Second]: Mike Plotnikoff
Keyboards: Desmond Child
Mixed By: Brendan O'Brien
Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
Saxophone: Tom Keenlyside
Trombone: Bob Rogers
Trumpet: Bruce Fairbairn
Trumpet: Paul Barron

13Eat The Rich4:09
Notes

Arranged By: Steven Tyler
Baritone Saxophone: Ian Putz
Engineer: David Thoener
Engineer: Ken Lomas
Engineer [Second]: Ed Korengo
Engineer [Second]: John Aguto
Engineer [Second]: Mike Plotnikoff
Mixed By: Brendan O'Brien
Percussion [Polynesian Log Drums]: Aladd Alatina Teofilo Jr.
Percussion [Polynesian Log Drums]: Liainaiala Tagaloa
Percussion [Polynesian Log Drums]: Mapuhi T. Tekurio
Percussion [Polynesian Log Drums]: Melvin Liufau
Percussion [Polynesian Log Drums]: Sandy Kanaeholo
Percussion [Polynesian Log Drums]: Wesey Mamea
Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
Saxophone: Tom Keenlyside
Trombone: Bob Rogers
Trumpet: Bruce Fairbairn
Trumpet: Paul Barron

14Angel5:04
Notes

Engineer: Bob Rock
Engineer: Mike Fraser
Engineer [Assistant]: Ken Lomas
Mellotron: Drew Arnott
Mixed By: Mike Fraser
Producer: Bruce Fairbairn

15Livin' On The Edge6:20
Notes

Baritone Saxophone: Ian Putz
Engineer: David Thoener
Engineer: Ken Lomas
Engineer [Second]: Ed Korengo
Engineer [Second]: John Aguto
Engineer [Second]: Mike Plotnikoff
Mixed By: Brendan O'Brien
Producer: Bruce Fairbairn
Saxophone: Tom Keenlyside
Trombone: Bob Rogers
Trumpet: Bruce Fairbairn
Trumpet: Paul Barron

History

In March 1987, Aerosmith began working at Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for the album that became Permanent Vacation. The recordings were completed in May, the album was released in August, and reached #11 on the Billboard 200. The album released several singles including "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" (#4 on the Mainstream Rock Charts, #14 on the Billboard Hot 100), "Rag Doll" (#12 Mainstream Rock Charts, #17 Hot 100), and "Angel" (#2 Mainstream Rock, #3 Hot 100).

Then in April 1989, the band went back to Little Mountain Sound Studios to record songs for their next studio album, Pump. The recordings were completed in June 1989, the album was released in September, and reached #5 on the Billboard 200. Several other singles were released from Pump including "Janie's Got a Gun" (#2 Mainstream Rock, #4 Hot 100), "Love in an Elevator" (#1 Mainstream Rock, #5 Hot 100), "The Other Side" (#1 Mainstream Rock, #22 Hot 100) and "What It Takes" (#1 Mainstream Rock, #9 Hot 100). In May a song was recorded during the sessions for Pump called "Deuces Are Wild", however it was not released on the album and was not released until the 1993 compilation album, The Beavis and Butt-head Experience.

In January 1992, the band began recording at A&M Studios in Los Angeles, California. The recordings at A&M ended in February and in September the band began recording again at Little Mountain Sound Studios. The recordings at Little Mountain ended in November, and Aerosmith's next studio album, Get a Grip was released in April 1993 and went to #1 on the Billboard 200. The singles released from Get a Grip included "Amazing" (#3 Mainstream Rock, #9 Top 40 Mainstream, #24 Hot 100), "Cryin'" (#1 Mainstream Rock, #11 Top 40 Mainstream, #12 Hot 100), "Eat the Rich" (#5 Mainstream Rock), "Livin' on the Edge" (#1 Mainstream Rock, #18 Hot 100, #19 Top 40 Mainstream), and "Crazy" (#7 Mainstream Rock, #7 Top 40 Mainstream, #17 Hot 100).

In April 1994 the band went to The Power Station in New York City, New York and started recording the songs "Walk on Water" and "Blind Man". The group then completed the songs in June at Capri Digital Studios, Capri, Italy. "Blind Man" reached #3 on the Mainstream Rock Charts, #23 on the Top 40 Mainstream, and #48 on the Hot 100 in 1994. "Walk on Water" reached #16 on the Mainstream Rock Charts in 1995.

Reception

For his review of Big Ones for Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album a high rating because the album captured the comeback of Aerosmith. However, he feels the songs were not up to the rawness of the band's earlier material and seems a little too "mainstream", with over-production and too many power ballads but there are still a handful of good songs. Robert Christgau does not think the album has enough songs from the album Get a Grip and does not like how it doesn't have the song "My Fist, Your Face" on it, but he does like the two new tracks, "Walk on Water" and "Blind Man", and "Janie's Got a Gun". Tom Sinclair thought well of the album in his review of the album for Entertainment Weekly because it showed that they could mix hard rock, funk-based blues and that they were more than just the American version of The Rolling Stones, the album would have gotten a higher review had it not been for the song "Angel".

Track listing

NB: "Love in an Elevator," "Janie's Got a Gun," and "The Other Side" are presented without their original lead-ins as heard on Pump ("Going Down," "Water Song," and "Dulcimer Stomp," respectively). All songs featured on disc two and the "Dude Looks Like a Lady (Live)" on the European Edition were taken from the live album A Little South of Sanity.

Credits

Drums, Percussion: Joey Kramer
Electric Bass: Tom Hamilton
Guitar: Brad Whitford
Guitar, Dulcimer, Backing Vocals: Joe Perry
Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Mandolin, Harmonica: Steven Tyler
 

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Big Ones (Aerosmith album) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia : taken from - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Ones_(Aerosmith_album)
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