Big Ones

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Big Ones
Greatest hits album by Aerosmith
Released November 1, 1994 (1994-11-01)[1]
Recorded March – May 1987, April – June 1989, September – November 1992 at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, Canada
January – February 1992 at A&M Studios, Los Angeles, California
April 1994 at The Power Station, New York City, New York
June 1994 at Capri Digital Studios, Capri, Italy[2]
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 73:04[1]
Label Geffen
Producer Bruce Fairbairn, Michael Beinhorn[2]
Aerosmith chronology
Pandora's Box
(1991)
Big Ones
(1994)
Box of Fire
(1994)
Singles from Big Ones
  1. "Blind Man"
    Released: 1994 (1994)
  2. "Walk on Water"
    Released: 1995 (1995)

Big Ones is one of the many compilation albums by the American rock band Aerosmith, released on November 1, 1994[1] 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.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

History[edit]

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,[2] the album was released in August,[12] and reached #11 on the Billboard 200.[13] 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).[14]

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,[2] the album was released in September,[15] and reached #5 on the Billboard 200.[13] 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).[14] 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.[2]

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.[2] The recordings at Little Mountain ended in November,[2] and Aerosmith's next studio album, Get a Grip was released in April 1993[16] and went to #1 on the Billboard 200.[13] 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).[14]

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.[2] "Blind Man" reached #3 on the Mainstream Rock Charts, #23 on the Top 40 Mainstream, and #48 on the Hot 100 in 1994.[14] "Walk on Water" reached #16 on the Mainstream Rock Charts in 1995.[14]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[17]
Entertainment Weekly A−[18]

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.[1] 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".[17] 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".[18]

Track listing[edit]

Big Ones
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Walk on Water" (previously unreleased) Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw 4:56
2. "Love in an Elevator" (from the album Pump) Tyler, Perry 5:22
3. "Rag Doll" (from the album Permanent Vacation) Tyler, Perry, Jim Vallance, Holly Knight 4:25
4. "What It Takes" (from the album Pump) Tyler, Perry, Desmond Child 5:11
5. "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" (from the album Permanent Vacation) Tyler, Perry, Child 4:25
6. "Janie's Got a Gun" (from the album Pump) Tyler, Tom Hamilton 5:31
7. "Cryin'" (from the album Get a Grip) Tyler, Perry, Taylor Rhodes 5:09
8. "Amazing" (from the album Get a Grip) Tyler, Richard Supa 5:09
9. "Blind Man" (previously unreleased) Tyler, Perry, Rhodes 4:01
10. "Deuces Are Wild" (from the album The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience) Tyler, Vallance 3:36
11. "The Other Side" (from the album Pump) Tyler, Vallance 4:05
12. "Crazy" (from the album Get a Grip) Tyler, Perry, Child 5:17
13. "Eat the Rich" (from the album Get a Grip) Tyler, Perry, Vallance 4:11
14. "Angel" (from the album Permanent Vacation) Tyler, Child 5:08
15. "Livin' on the Edge" (from the album Get a Grip) Tyler, Perry, Mark Hudson 6:21
Total length:
1:13:25

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.

Personnel[edit]

Per liner notes[2]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[19] 12
Austrian Albums Chart[8] 4
Canada Albums Chart (RPM)[4] 2
Danish Albums Chart[20] 1
European Albums Chart[21] 4
French Albums Chart[22] 45
German Albums Chart[23] 5
Hungarian Albums Chart[24] 11
Japanese Albums Chart (Billboard)[25] 5
Netherlands Albums Chart[10] 8
New Zealand Albums Chart[6] 4
Norwegian Albums Chart[11] 9
Portuguese Albums Chart[26] 5
Swedish Albums Chart[7] 5
Swiss Albums Chart[9] 6
UK Albums Chart[5] 7
US Billboard 200[3] 6
Chart (2001) Peak
position
US Catalog Albums[3] 9
Chart (2006) Peak
position
Spanish Albums Chart[27] 87

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1994 "Blind Man" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
Billboard Hot 100 48
"Deuces are Wild" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1995 "Walk on Water" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 16

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[28] 3× Platinum 180,000x
Austria (IFPI Austria)[29] Gold 25,000x
Brazil (ABPD)[30] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[31] 8× Platinum 800,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[32] Platinum 40,060[32]
Germany (BVMI)[33] Gold 250,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[34] Gold 100,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[35] Platinum 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[36] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[37] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[39] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[40] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States November 1, 1994 Geffen Records CD GEFD-24716
Cassette GEFC-24716
double LP GEFLP-24546

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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