|Studio album by Aerosmith|
|Released||January 5, 1973|
|Recorded||1972 at Intermedia Studios|
|Genre||Hard rock, blues rock|
|Singles from Aerosmith|
Aerosmith is the eponymous debut album by American hard 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.
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 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.
All songs written and composed by Steven Tyler, except where noted.
|2.||"Somebody" (Tyler, Steven Emspack)||3:45|
|4.||"One Way Street"||7:00|
|2.||"Write Me a Letter"||4:11|
|3.||"Movin' Out" (Tyler, Joe Perry)||5:03|
|4.||"Walkin' the Dog" (Rufus Thomas)||3:12|
- Steven Tyler – lead vocals
- Joe Perry – guitar, backing vocals
- Brad Whitford – guitar
- Tom Hamilton – bass
- Joey Kramer – drums
- Additional musicians
- David Woodford – saxophone on "Mama Kin" and "Write Me a Letter"
Album – Billboard (North America)
|1973||The Billboard 200||21|
Singles – Billboard (North America)
|1973||"Dream On"||The Billboard Hot 100||59|
|1976||"Dream On" (re-issue)||The Billboard Hot 100||6|
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|RIAA - U.S.||Gold||September 11, 1975|
|Platinum||November 21, 1986|
|CIA – Canada||Gold||Nov 01, 1976|
|Platinum||May 1, 1979|
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- Aerosmith (1973) at Allmusic