Classics Live I and II

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Classics Live and Classics Live II are a set of albums by the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, released in 1986 and 1987, respectively. Together, they constitute the band's second live offering, after Live! Bootleg. Classics Live I has gone platinum while Classics Live II has gone gold.

Classics Live[edit]

Classics Live
Live album by Aerosmith
Released April 1986
Recorded 1977–1983
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 36:03
Label Columbia
Producer Paul O'Neill
Tony Bongiovi
Aerosmith chronology
Live! Bootleg
(1978)
Classics Live I and II
(1986, 87)
A Little South of Sanity
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [2]

Classics Live! is made up of concert recordings from 1978 and 1984. Some of the recordings include guitarists Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay, who had temporarily replaced Joe Perry and Brad Whitford respectively. Different live versions of most of these songs had already been released on Live! Bootleg in 1978. Venues and dates are not listed on the sleeve, and there is only the all-encompassing and vague statement "These songs were recorded at various concerts between 1977 and 1983." It is not listed which of the four guitarists played on which tracks.

The studio track "Major Barbra" was originally recorded for the album Get Your Wings but remained unreleased. An alternate version is available on the compilation, Pandora's Box.

Track listing[edit]

All Songs recorded at the Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA, February 14, 1984, except where noted.

All songs written and composed by Steven Tyler, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Train Kept A-Rollin'"   Tiny Bradshaw, Lois Mann, Howard Kay 3:22
2. "Kings and Queens" (Boston Music Hall in Boston, MA March 28, 1978 and re-recorded. Original recording appears on the compilation Pandora's Box) Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Jack Douglas 4:46
3. "Sweet Emotion"   Tyler, Hamilton 5:13
4. "Dream On" (Capital Center, Largo, MD, Nov. 9, 1978)   4:50
5. "Mama Kin"     3:41
6. "Three Mile Smile / Reefer Head Woman"   Tyler, Joe Perry / Lester Melrose, J. Bennett, Jazz Gillum 4:54
7. "Lord of the Thighs""     7:05
8. "Major Barbra" (Studio Outtake)   4:02
Classics Live II
Live album by Aerosmith
Released June 1987
Recorded 1978–1986
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 38:47
Label Columbia
Producer Paul O'Neill and Aerosmith
Aerosmith chronology
Classics Live
(1986)
Classics Live II
(1987)
A Little South of Sanity
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [3]
Robert Christgau B+[4]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [2]

Classics Live II[edit]

Classics Live! II mainly features tracks recorded at a New Year's Eve show in 1984, with all five original members once again reunited. The other two tracks were the first track of 1985s Done with Mirrors, "Let the Music Do the Talking", and a rendition of 1977s "Draw the Line" from California Jam II.

Track listing[edit]

All Songs recorded at the Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA, December 31, 1984, except where noted.

All songs written and composed by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Back in the Saddle"     4:40
2. "Walk This Way"     4:21
3. "Movin' Out"     5:44
4. "Draw the Line"     4:46
5. "Same Old Song and Dance"     5:45
6. "Last Child"   Tyler, Whitford 3:42
7. "Let the Music Do the Talking" (Worcester Centrum, Worcester, MA, March 12, 1986) Perry 5:44
8. "Toys in the Attic"     4:03

Classics Live Complete[edit]

In 1998, Classics Live Complete was released outside the U.S, compiling the two albums on one CD.

Classics Live: Complete
Live album by Aerosmith
Released September, 1998
Recorded 1977–1986
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 74:50
Label Columbia
Producer Paul O'Neill,
Tony Bongiovi
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [5]

Certifications[edit]

Classics Live I[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold July 22, 1991
RIAA – USA Platinum February 26, 2001

Classics Live II[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold October 28, 1994

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Classics Live I". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Aerosmith: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  3. ^ Prato, Greg. "Classics Live!, Vol. 2 – Aerosmith". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Classics Live II". Robert Christgau. 
  5. ^ Thomas, Stephen. "Classics Live!: Complete – Aerosmith". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 

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