Aerosmith (album)

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Studio album by Aerosmith
Released January 5, 1973 (1973-01-05)[1]
Recorded October 1972 at Intermedia Studios[1]
Genre Hard rock, rock and roll, blues rock
Length 35:48
Label Columbia
Producer Adrian Barber[1]
Aerosmith chronology
Get Your Wings
Singles from Aerosmith
  1. "Mama Kin"
    Released: January 13, 1973
  2. "Dream On"
    Released: June 27, 1973 (1973-06-27)[2]
  3. "Make It (Promo)"
    Released: 1973
Alternative Cover
Second Pressing

Aerosmith is the eponymous debut album by American rock band Aerosmith, released in January 1973 by Columbia Records.[1] 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.[3]

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 labelsAtlantic 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 group then recorded their debut album at Intermedia Studios in Boston, Massachusetts with record producer Adrian Barber.

The album was not a success when it was released in January 1973.[1] The song "Dream On" was released as a single, in a shortened version, on June 27, 1973[2] and reached #59 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] It would be re-issued, in its original album version, in 1976, becoming a hit and reaching #6 on the chart.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

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.[5]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Make It"   3:41
2. "Somebody" (Tyler, Steven Emspack) 3:45
3. "Dream On"   4:28
4. "One Way Street"   7:00
Side Two
No. Title Length
1. "Mama Kin"   4:25
2. "Write Me a Letter"   4:11
3. "Movin' Out" (Tyler, Joe Perry) 5:03
4. "Walkin' the Dog" (Rufus Thomas) 3:12
Total length:


Additional musicians
  • David Woodford – saxophone on "Mama Kin" and "Write Me a Letter"
  • Adrian Barber – production, engineering
  • Caryl Weinstock – engineering
  • Stu Werbin – liner notes


Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1973 The Billboard 200 21

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1973 "Dream On" The Billboard Hot 100 59
1976 "Dream On" (re-issue) The Billboard Hot 100 6
Sample of "Dream On" by Aerosmith, from Aerosmith (1973)

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Organization Level Date
RIAA - U.S. Gold September 11, 1975
Platinum November 21, 1986
2× Platinum
CIA – Canada Gold Nov 01, 1976
Platinum May 1, 1979


  1. ^ a b c d e Wild, David (2002) [1991]. Pandora's Box (CD liner). Aerosmith. United States: Columbia Records. pp. 17, 18. C3K 86567. 
  2. ^ a b Aerosmith's Greatest Hits (CD liner). Aerosmith. United States: Columbia Records. 1993 [1980]. CK 57367. 
  3. ^ "Aerosmith - Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Aerosmith - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ Aerosmith (1973) at Allmusic

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