Greatest Hits (Aerosmith album)

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Greatest Hits
AerosmithGreatestHits.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 11, 1980
Recorded1972 at Intermedia Studios, Boston, Massachusetts; 1973–1977 and 1979 at Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York; February–March 1976 and August 1978 at the Wherehouse, Waltham, Massachusetts; June–October 1977 at the Cenacle, Armonk, New York; 1979 at Media Sound, New York City, New York[1]
GenreHard rock, blues rock
Length37:15
LabelColumbia
ProducerAdrian Barber, Jack Douglas, Ray Colcord, Aerosmith, George Martin, Gary Lyons[2]
Aerosmith compilation chronology
Greatest Hits
(1980)
Gems
(1988)
Greatest Hits 1973–1988
Album art of 1997 revised version
Album art of 1997 revised version

Greatest Hits is the first greatest hits compilation album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released by Columbia Records on November 11, 1980.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic [3]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[4]

Although the official website for Aerosmith lists the release for Greatest Hits as October 1980,[1] and the album was originally scheduled for release on October 24, 1980,[5] it was delayed until November 11, 1980.[6]

Some of the tracks were significantly edited from their original versions. The single version of "Same Old Song and Dance" was used, and was edited down almost a full minute. It also contained an alternate lyric which was not heard on Get Your Wings. The original lyric was "Gotcha with the cocaine, found with your gun." The alternate lyric, included on the compilation, was "You shady lookin' loser, you played with my gun." "Sweet Emotion" also used the single version; it begins with the first chorus, cutting out the now famous talk box intro and the coda was replaced with a repeating chorus and fades out. "Kings and Queens" was also edited down, cutting the intro and certain other parts. "Walk This Way" was edited slightly, chanting the first chorus once instead of twice. The other remaining tracks were kept intact.

On April 21, 1997, a slightly revised version, Greatest Hits 1973–1988, was released outside the US, with the ten tracks in their edited versions retained, with five additional songs from the same era added, plus the 1991 version of "Sweet Emotion" and a live version of "One Way Street".[7]

Greatest Hits is the band's highest RIAA certified album in the United States, having been certified 12x Platinum in 2021.

Track listing[edit]

Original version[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)[1]Length
1."Dream On" (from Aerosmith, 1973)Steven TylerAdrian Barber4:28
2."Same Old Song and Dance" (Single version) (from Get Your Wings, 1974)Tyler, Joe PerryJack Douglas, Ray Colcord3:04
3."Sweet Emotion" (Single version) (from Toys in the Attic, 1975)Tyler, Tom HamiltonDouglas3:15
4."Walk This Way" (Slightly edited version) (from Toys in the Attic)Tyler, PerryDouglas3:33
5."Last Child" (from Rocks, 1976)Tyler, Brad WhitfordDouglas, Aerosmith3:28
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)[1]Length
1."Back in the Saddle" (from Rocks)Tyler, PerryDouglas, Aerosmith4:41
2."Draw the Line" (from Draw the Line, 1977)Tyler, PerryDouglas, Aerosmith3:24
3."Kings and Queens" (Single version) (from Draw the Line)Tyler, Whitford, Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Jack DouglasDouglas, Aerosmith3:48
4."Come Together" (from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Original Soundtrack, 1978)John Lennon, Paul McCartneyDouglas, George Martin3:47
5."Remember (Walking in the Sand)" (from Night in the Ruts, 1979)George MortonGary Lyons, Aerosmith4:05
Total length:37:32

Track listing - 1997 reissue[edit]

Track details same as Original Version track listing, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Dream On"  4:26
2."Mama Kin" (from Aerosmith)TylerBarber4:27
3."Same Old Song and Dance"  3:03
4."Seasons of Wither" (from Get Your Wings)TylerDouglas, Colcord4:57
5."Sweet Emotion"  3:13
6."Walk This Way"  3:32
7."Big Ten Inch Record" (from Toys in the Attic)Fred WeismantelDouglas2:15
8."Last Child"  3:27
9."Back in the Saddle"  4:41
10."Draw the Line"  3:23
11."Kings and Queens"  3:49
12."Come Together"Lennon–McCartney 3:45
13."Remember (Walking in the Sand)"  4:05
14."Lightning Strikes" (from Rock in a Hard Place, 1982)Tyler, Jimmy Crespo, Richard SupaLyons, Aerosmith4:28
15."Chip Away the Stone" (from Gems, 1988)SupaDouglas4:01
16."Sweet Emotion" (David Thoener remix - from Pandora's Box Single, 1991; original version from Toys in the Attic)Tyler, HamiltonDouglas4:36
17."One Way Street" (Live) (from Made in America, 1997/2001; original version from Aerosmith)Tyler 6:40
Total length:1:08:40

Personnel[edit]

Aerosmith
Additional musicians
Production

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Platinum 100,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[14]
1997 reissue
Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] 12× Platinum 12,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Tracks Label Catalog # Barcode Edition Series Notes
USA Nov 11, 1980 LP 10 Columbia/CBS FC 36865 074643686518 Some front covers have the right side of the logo, others the left side
USA Nov 11, 1980 Cassette 10 Columbia/CBS FCT 36865 074643686549 Some issues have the “0 7464-36865-1” LP barcode
USA Nov 11, 1980 8-Track 11 Columbia/CBS FCA 36865 074643686587 Grey Shell; "Walk This Way" is listed twice
USA Jul 1983 LP 10 Columbia/CBS PC 36865 074643686518 The Nice Price [16]
USA Jul 1983 Cassette 10 Columbia/CBS PCT 36865 074643686549 The Nice Price [16]
USA May 1986 CD 10 Columbia/CBS CK 36865 074643686525 Longbox; sched. for Dec 1984 - delayed 17 months[17][18]
USA Aug 30, 1988 CD 10 Columbia/CBS CK 36865 074643686525 Best Value Series Longbox[19]
USA Jan 1989 LP 10 Columbia/CBS FC 36865 074643686518 01 Chart Busters [20]
USA Jan 1989 Cassette 10 Columbia/CBS FCT 36865 074643686549 01 Chart Busters [20]
USA Sep 1989 Cassette 10 Columbia/CBS FCT 36865 074643686549 01 Best Value Series [21]
USA Mar 1990 LP 10 Columbia/CBS PC 36865 074643686518 02 The Nice Price [22]
USA Mar 1990 CD 10 Columbia/CBS CK 36865 074643686525 The Nice Price Longbox[23]
USA Mar 1990 Cassette 10 Columbia/CBS PCT 36865 074643686549 02 The Nice Price [22]
USA Apr 18, 1990 Cassette 10 Columbia/CBS PCT 36865 074643686549 02 The Nice Price full length cover[24]
USA Oct 20, 1990 CD 10 Columbia/CBS CK 36865 074643686525 The Nice Price possibly released in a "The Nice Price" Longbox [25]
USA Apr 1, 1993 CD 10 Columbia/CBS CK 36865 074643686525 The Nice Price Dogbone sticker[26]
USA Sep 7, 1993 CD 10 Columbia/SMEI CK 57367 074645736723 Special Limited Collector's Edition Best Value 1993 Remaster; sched. for Aug 24, 1993 - delayed 2 weeks[27]
USA Sep 7, 1993 Cassette 10 Columbia/SMEI CT 57367 074645736747 Best Value 1993 Remaster; sched. for Aug 24, 1993 - delayed 2 weeks[28]
USA Sep 14, 1993 MiniDisc 10 Columbia/SMEI CM 57367 074645736785 1993 Remaster; sched. for Aug 24, 1993 - delayed 3 weeks[29]
USA Feb 1, 2008 MP3 256k 10 Columbia/SBME CK 57367 074645736723 1993 Remaster; album only[30][31][32]
USA Jul 1, 2009 MP3 192k 10 Columbia/SME CK 57367 074645736723 1993 Remaster; album only[33][34]
USA Oct 6, 2009 MP3 320k 10 Columbia/SME CK 57367 074645736723 1993 Remaster; album only; approx. date; issued between Oct 6 - Nov 28, 2009[35][36][37]
USA Aug 26, 2011 MP3 256k 10 Columbia/SME CK 57367 074645736723 1993 Remaster; individ. tracks[38]
USA Aug 26, 2011 MP3 320k 10 Columbia/SME CK 57367 074645736723 1993 Remaster; individ. tracks[39]
USA Sep 6, 2011 AAC 256k 10 Columbia/SME CK 57367 074645736723 1993 Remaster; individ. tracks[40][41]
USA Nov 6, 2012 AAC 256k 10 Columbia/SME 88644 37119 4 886443711945 Mastered for iTunes 2012 Remaster; individ. tracks[42][43]
USA Apr 21, 2014 FLAC 96/24 10 Columbia/SME 88644 37119 4 886443711945 2012 Remaster; album only[44][45]
USA Sep 26, 2014 CD 10 Columbia/SMEI CK 57367 888750363527 1993 Remaster; also listed as Jan 16, 2015[46][47]
USA Sep 26, 2014 CD 10 Columbia/SMEI CK 57367 888750363626 1993 Remaster; also listed as Nov 11, 2014[48][49]
USA Jun 21, 2019 LP 10 Columbia/SME 19075846981 190758469812 140 Gram[50][51][52][53]
USA Aug 7, 2019 AAC 256k 10 Columbia/SME 88644 37119 4 886443711945 Apple Digital Master 2012 Remaster; individ. tracks[54][55]
USA Sep 27, 2019 FLAC 96/24 10 Columbia/SME 88644 37119 4 886443711945 2012 Remaster; album only[56]
USA Nov 29, 2019 LP 10 Columbia/SME 19075977671 190759776711 Walmart Exclusive White Vinyl[57]

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