Gems (Aerosmith album)

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Compilation album by Aerosmith
Released November 8, 1988 [1]
Recorded 1972–1982
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 53:26
Label Columbia
Producer David Krebs, Steve Leber, Gary Lyons, Adrian Barber, Tony Bongiovi, Jack Douglas, Steven Tyler, Ray Colcord
Aerosmith compilation chronology
Greatest Hits
Pandora's Box
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau B[3]

Gems is a compilation album released by Aerosmith in 1988 (see 1988 in music) under the label Columbia. It was the first compilation of studio material since 1980's Greatest Hits. Concentrating mainly on heavier material than the radio-friendly singles output on Greatest Hits, the album is noted for the inclusion of the 1978 studio version of "Chip Away The Stone" – previously released only as a single, only a live rendition of the song had appeared on 1978's Live Bootleg.

In 2007 The album was released by Sony BMG as part of their 'Collections' series entitled 'Greatest Hits' and reissued the following year by Sony in their 'Steel Box' series. [4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rats in the Cellar" (from Rocks) Steven Tyler, Joe Perry 4:06
2. "Lick and a Promise" (from Rocks) Tyler, Perry 3:05
3. "Chip Away the Stone" (released as a single; not on any studio album) Richard Supa 4:01
4. "No Surprize" (from Night in the Ruts) Tyler, Perry 4:26
5. "Mama Kin" (from Aerosmith) Tyler 4:27
6. "Adam's Apple" (from Toys in the Attic) Tyler 4:34
7. "Nobody's Fault" (from Rocks) Tyler, Brad Whitford 4:18
8. "Round and Round" (from Toys in the Attic) Tyler, Whitford 5:03
9. "Critical Mass" (from Draw the Line) Tyler, Tom Hamilton, Jack Douglas 4:52
10. "Lord of the Thighs" (from Get Your Wings) Tyler 4:14
11. "Jailbait" (from Rock in a Hard Place) Tyler, Jimmy Crespo 4:39
12. "Train Kept A-Rollin'" (from Get Your Wings) Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann 5:41


Additional musicians
  • David Krebs – Executive Producer
  • Steve Leber – Executive Producer
  • Gary Lyons – Producer
  • Adrian Barber – Producer
  • Tony Bongiovi – Producer
  • Jack Douglas – Producer
  • Ray Colcord – Producer
  • Don DeVito – Digital Producer
  • John Ingrassia – Project Administrator
  • James Diener – Project Director
  • Mark Wilder – Assembly, Engineer, Digital Mastering
  • Keith Garde – Creative Supervision
  • Caroline Greyshock – Photography
  • Jimmy Ienner, Jr. – Photography
  • Darren S. Winston – Creative Consultant
  • Joel Zimmerman – Art Supervisor
  • Lisa Sparagano – Design
  • Ken Fredette – Design
  • Vic Anesini – Digital Mastering


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1988 The Billboard 200 133


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold August 16, 1996


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