Pandora's Box (album)

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Pandora's Box
Box set by Aerosmith
Released November 1991
Recorded October 5, 1972–1982
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 230:53
Label Columbia
Producer Various
Aerosmith chronology
Gems
(1989)
Pandora's Box
(1991)
Big Ones
(1994)
Singles from Pandora's Box
  1. "Sweet Emotion"
    Released: 1991 (re-issue)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly (B) [2]

Pandora's Box is a compilation box set album, released in 1991 by Aerosmith. Released by Columbia Records to capitalise on the band's newfound success with Geffen, the box set consisted of three discs which cover Aerosmith's output from the 1970s and early 1980s. Alongside alternate versions, unreleased songs, live renditions and remixes, Pandora's Box features previously released studio material.

The original issue was as a long cardboard-box, containing three CDs (each within its own jewel-case, with inserts) and a detailed booklet, which detailed the tracks and had comments from the band members. Later issues did away with the outer box, utilising a cardboard slipcase, but reproduced the booklet in 'CD-size'.

Their cover version of "Helter Skelter" is their third commercially released Beatles cover (after "Come Together" from the Sgt. Pepper soundtrack and "I'm Down" from Permanent Vacation), despite being the first one they had recorded.

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "When I Needed You" (Steven Tyler, pre-Aerosmith, with the band The Strangeurs/Chain Reaction) Barry Shapiro, Steven Tallarico, Don Solomon, Alan Strohmayer, Peter Stahl 2:34
2. "Make It" (From Aerosmith, with false start) Steven Tyler 3:45
3. "Movin' Out" (Unreleased alternate version from the Aerosmith sessions) Tyler, Joe Perry 5:42
4. "One Way Street" (From Aerosmith) Tyler 6:59
5. "On the Road Again" (Unreleased song from the Aerosmith sessions) Floyd Jones 3:36
6. "Mama Kin" (From Aerosmith) Tyler 4:25
7. "Same Old Song and Dance" (From Get Your Wings) Tyler, Perry 3:53
8. "Train Kept A-Rollin'" (From Get Your Wings) Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann 5:33
9. "Seasons of Wither" (From Get Your Wings) Tyler 5:39
10. "Write Me a Letter" (Unreleased live version) Tyler 4:18
11. "Dream On" (From Aerosmith) Tyler 4:25
12. "Pandora's Box" (From Get Your Wings) Tyler, Joey Kramer 5:42
13. "Rattlesnake Shake" (Unreleased live radio broadcast aired on WKRQ, Cincinnati) Peter Green 10:28
14. "Walkin' the Dog" (Unreleased live radio broadcast aired on WKRQ, Cincinnati) Rufus Thomas 3:13
15. "Lord of the Thighs" (Unreleased live version from Texxas Jam, Cottonbowl, Dallas, 1978-07-04) Tyler 7:13
Total length:
1:17:44

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Toys in the Attic" (From Toys in the Attic) Tyler, Perry 3:05
2. "Round and Round" (From Toys in the Attic) Tyler, Brad Whitford 5:02
3. "Krawhitham" (From the Draw the Line sessions) Kramer, Whitford, Tom Hamilton 3:59
4. "You See Me Crying" (From Toys in the Attic) Tyler, Don Solomon 5:12
5. "Sweet Emotion" (From Toys in the Attic) Tyler, Hamilton 4:34
6. "No More No More" (From Toys in the Attic) Tyler, Perry 4:33
7. "Walk This Way" (From Toys in the Attic) Tyler, Perry 3:40
8. "I Wanna Know Why" (Unreleased live version from Texxas Jam, Cottonbowl, Dallas, 1978-07-04) Tyler, Perry 3:04
9. "Big Ten-Inch Record" (Unreleased live version from Texxas Jam, Cottonbowl, Dallas, 1978-07-04) Fred Weismantel 4:01
10. "Rats in the Cellar" (From Rocks) Tyler, Perry 4:06
11. "Last Child" (Remix of the original version from Rocks) Tyler, Whitford 3:52
12. "All Your Love" (Unreleased song. Recorded at the Cenacle, Armonk, New York, May 1977) Otis Rush 5:27
13. "Soul Saver" (Unreleased rehearsal from the Toys in the Attic sessions) Tyler, Whitford 0:53
14. "Nobody's Fault" (from Rocks) Tyler, Whitford 4:22
15. "Lick and a Promise" (from Rocks) Tyler, Perry 3:05
16. "Adam's Apple" (Unreleased live version recorded on tour in Indianapolis, Indiana, 1977-07-04) Tyler 4:48
17. "Draw the Line" (Remix of the original version from Draw the Line) Tyler, Perry 3:43
18. "Critical Mass" (From Draw the Line) Tyler, Hamilton, Jack Douglas 4:51
Total length:
1:12:38

Disc three[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Kings and Queens" (From Classics Live I) Tyler, Hamilton, Whitford, Kramer, Douglas 5:33
2. "Milkcow Blues" (From Draw the Line) Kokomo Arnold 4:15
3. "I Live in Connecticut" (Unreleased rehearsal from the Night in the Ruts sessions) Tyler, Perry 0:56
4. "Three Mile Smile" (From Night in the Ruts) Tyler, Perry 3:45
5. "Let It Slide" (Unreleased song from the Night in the Ruts sessions) Tyler, Perry 2:55
6. "Cheese Cake" (From Night in the Ruts) Tyler, Perry 4:16
7. "Bone to Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy)" (From Night in the Ruts) Tyler, Perry 3:01
8. "No Surprize" (From Night in the Ruts) Tyler, Perry 4:27
9. "Come Together" (From the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band soundtrack) John Lennon, Paul McCartney 3:46
10. "Downtown Charlie" (Unreleased song from the Night in the Ruts sessions) Aerosmith 2:34
11. "Sharpshooter" (From the album Whitford/St. Holmes) Whitford, Derek St. Holmes 5:32
12. "Shit House Shuffle" (Unreleased rehearsal) Perry 0:36
13. "South Station Blues" (From the album I've Got the Rock'n'Rolls Again by The Joe Perry Project) Perry 4:11
14. "Riff & Roll" (Unreleased song from the Rock in a Hard Place sessions) Tyler, Jimmy Crespo 3:18
15. "Jailbait" (from Rock in a Hard Place) Tyler, Crespo 4:40
16. "Major Barbara" (Unreleased alternate version) Tyler 5:06
17. "Chip Away the Stone" (Unreleased alternate version) Tyler, Perry, Richard Supa 4:07
18. "Helter Skelter" (Unreleased song from the Toys in the Attic sessions) Lennon, McCartney 3:16
19. "Back in the Saddle" (From Rocks) Tyler, Perry 4:49
20. "Circle Jerk" (Unreleased instrumental, not listed) Whitford 3:44
Total length:
1:14:47

Recording locations[edit]

(Alphabetical Order)

  • Back in the Saddle- Recorded at the Wherehouse, Waltham, Mass. & Record Plant Studios, NYC, Feb-March 1976
  • Cheese Cake- Recorded at Media Sound and Record Plant Studios, NYC, May-Aug., 1979
  • Chip Away the Stone- Recorded at Long View Farms, Mass, June 4, 1978
  • Circle Jerk- Recorded at the Cenacle, Armonk, NY, & Record Plant Studios, NYC, June-Oct., 1977 (?)
  • Come Together- Recorded at the Wherehouse, Mass, 8/21/78
  • Critical Mass- Recorded at the Cenacle, Armonk, NY, & Record Plant Studios, NYC, June-Oct., 1977
  • Downtown Charlie- Recorded at The Record Plant, NYC, 8/19/78
  • Draw the Line- Recorded at the Cenacle, Armonk, NY, & Record Plant Studios, NYC, June-Oct., 1977
  • Dream On- Recorded at Intermedia Studios, Boston, 1972
  • Helter Skelter- Recorded at Great Northern Recording Studios, 1975
  • I Live in Connecticut- Recorded at The Wherehouse, Waltham, Mass, 3/10/79
  • I Wanna Know Why- Recorded on tour at the Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Tx, 7/4/78
  • Jailbait- Recorded at Power Station, NYC & Criteria Studios, Miami, FL, 1982
  • Kings and Queens- Recorded live on tour in Boston, 3/28/78
  • Krawitham- Recorded at the Cenacle, Armonk, NY, 5/2/77
  • Last Child- Recorded at the Wherehouse, Waltham, Mass. & Record Plant Studios, NYC, Feb-March, 1976
  • Let It Slide- Recorded at Media Sound, NYC, March, 1979
  • Lick and a Promise- Recorded at the Wherehouse, Waltham, Mass. & Record Plant Studios, NYC, Feb-March, 1976
  • Lord of the Thighs- Recorded on tour at the Cottonbowl, Dallas, Tx, 7/4/78
  • Major Barbara- Recorded at Power Station, NYC, May 20, 1971
  • Make It- Recorded at Intermedia Studios, Boston, 1972
  • Mama Kin- Recorded at Intermedia Studios, Boston, 1972
  • Milkcow Blues- Recorded at the Cenacle, Armonk, NY, & Record Plant Studios, NYC, June-Oct., 1977
  • Movin' Out- Recorded at Intermedia Studios, Boston, 1972
  • Nobody's Fault- Recorded at the Wherehouse, Waltham, Mass. & Record Plant Studios, NYC, Feb-March, 1976
  • No More No More- Recorded at Record Plant Studios, NYC, February, 1975
  • No Surprise- Recorded at Media Sound and Record Plant Studios, NYC, May-Aug., 1979
  • One Way Street- Recorded at Intermedia Studios, Boston, 1972
  • On the Road Again- Recorded at Intermedia Sound, 5/8/72
  • Pandora's Box- Recorded at Record Plant Studios, NYC, between 12/17/73 and 1/14/74
  • Rats in the Cellar -Recorded at the Wherehouse, Waltham, Mass. & Record Plant Studios, NYC, Feb-March, 1976
  • Rattlesnake Shake- Recorded at Counterpart studios, 1971
  • Riff & Roll- Recorded at Power Station, NYC, 9/16/81
  • Round and Round- Recorded at Record Plant Studios, NYC, February, 1975
  • Same Old Song and Dance- Recorded at Record Plant Studios, NYC, between 12/17/73 and 1/14/74
  • Seasons of Wither- Recorded at Record Plant Studios, NYC, between 12/17/73 and 1/14/74
  • Sharpshooter- Recorded at Axis Studios, Atlanta, GA, 1980–81
  • Shit House Shuffle- Recorded at Media Sound, NYC, 5/30/79
  • Soul Saver- Recorded at Record Plant Studios, NYC, February, 1975
  • South Station Blues- Recorded at Boston Opera House and Wherehouse, Waltham, Mass, 1981
  • Sweet Emotion- Recorded at Record Plant Studios, NYC, February, 1975
  • Three Mile Smile- Recorded at Media Sound and Record Plant Studios, NYC, 7/10/79
  • Toys in the Attic- Recorded at Record Plant Studios, NYC, February, 1975
  • Train Kept A-Rollin'- Recorded at Record Plant Studios, NYC, between 12/17/73 and 1/14/74
  • Walkin' the Dog- Recorded at Counterpart studios, 1971
  • Walk This Way- Recorded at Record Plant Studios, NYC, February, 1975
  • When I Needed You- Recorded at CBS Studios, NYC, 10/5/66
  • Write Me a Letter- Recorded on tour in Boston, November, 1976
  • You See Me Crying- Recorded at Record Plant Studios, NYC, February, 1975

See also[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (RPM)[3] 82
US Billboard 200[4] 45
Chart (1994) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[5] 14
German Albums (Official Top 100)[6] 52
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[7] 41
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 21

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA - USA Gold January 14, 1992
Platinum August 16, 1996

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pandora's Box (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Bill Wyman (1991-12-06). "Pandora's Box Review | Music Reviews and News". EW.com. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Library and Archives Canada. March 31, 2004. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Aerosmith Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Aerosmith. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  5. ^ "Aerosmith – Pandora's Box" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  6. ^ "Aerosmith – Pandora's Box". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  7. ^ "Aerosmith – Pandora's Box" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  8. ^ "Aerosmith – Pandora's Box". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 27, 2012.

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