Live! Bootleg

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Live! Bootleg
Aerosmith - Live Bootleg.jpg
Live album by Aerosmith
Released October 1978
Recorded 1973, 1977, 1978
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 71:01
Label Columbia
Producer Aerosmith and Jack Douglas
Aerosmith live chronology
Live! Bootleg
Classics Live I and II
(1986)Classics Live I and II1986
Singles from Live! Bootleg
  1. "Chip Away the Stone"
    Released: 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone1/5 stars [2]

Live! Bootleg is a double live album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released in 1978.

While most of the performances were drawn from concerts in 1977 and 1978, the covers "I Ain't Got You" and "Mother Popcorn" were taken from a radio broadcast of a Boston performance on March 20, 1973.


The design of the album is intended to ape the poor production values offered by contemporary bootleg records, even going so far as to give an incorrect track listing: the song "Draw the Line" is included on the record but does not appear listed; the track is a secret track after "Mother Popcorn". The album also features a secret live instrumental cover of "Strangers in the Night" inserted into their cover of "Train Kept A-Rollin'", which was probably a nod to a similar quote by Jimi Hendrix during " Wild Thing " at the Monterey Pop Festival . The back of the CD cover includes two coffee stains over the picture of Joe Perry playing before a live audience (The original LP cover had the coffee stains, but not the picture of Perry, which was part of the gatefold artwork). The record also features one of Aerosmith's first live versions of The Beatles "Come Together" (which they performed in the 1978 movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) and the first record appearance of Richie Supa's "Chip Away the Stone" (the studio version of this song would later be released on 1988's Gems compilation).

In the band memoir Walk this Way, Perry recalls, "I didn't want to do a live album at the time because there were so many perfect live albums coming out, all doctored and fixed and overdubbed. Big deal. Double live album - "standard of the industry." I felt like we had to avoid that and do a real live album like Live at Leeds or Get Yer Ya Ya's Out or that old Kinks album."[3] In his own 2014 memoir Rocks, Perry confessed that the idea behind the LP confounded their label Columbia:

We were working on Live! Bootleg!, an album of old shows that we intentionally wanted to sound bootlegged. A couple of those tracks were recorded off air onto a cassette. It had hiss all over it. We left on the hiss because the hiss was real. But I'm not sure Columbia ever understood our concept. They wanted a clean sound, but we wanted to keep it real. That's the thrill of a real bootleg.[4]

This album was briefly featured on the episode "Prank Day" of That '70s Show.

Track listing[edit]

1."Back in the Saddle" (Indianapolis, IN, 4 July 1977)Steven Tyler, Joe Perry4:25
2."Sweet Emotion" (Chicago, IL, 23 March 1978)Tyler, Tom Hamilton4:42
3."Lord of the Thighs" (Chicago, IL, 23 March 1978)Tyler7:18
4."Toys in the Attic" (Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, 28 March 1978)Tyler, Perry3:45
5."Last Child" (The Paradise Club, Boston, MA, 9 August 1978)Tyler, Brad Whitford3:14
6."Come Together" (The Wherehouse, Waltham, MA, 21 August 1978)John Lennon, Paul McCartney4:51
7."Walk This Way" (Detroit, MI, 2 April 1978)Tyler, Perry3:46
8."Sick as a Dog" (Indianapolis, IN, 4 July 1977)Tyler, Hamilton4:42
9."Dream On" (Louisville, KY, 3 July 1977)Tyler4:31
10."Chip Away the Stone" (Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, 8 April 1978)Richard Supa4:12
11."Sight for Sore Eyes" (Columbus, OH, 24 March 1978)Tyler, Perry, Jack Douglas, David Johansen3:18
12."Mama Kin" (Indianapolis, IN, 4 July 1977)Tyler3:43
13."S.O.S. (Too Bad)" (Indianapolis, IN, 4 July 1977)Tyler2:46
14."I Ain't Got You" (Paul's Mall, Boston, MA, 23 April 1973; WBCN-FM radio simulcast)Calvin Carter[5][6]3:57
15."Mother Popcorn/Draw the Line [*]" (Paul's Mall, Boston, MA, 23 April 1973; WBCN-FM radio simulcast / Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Philadelphia, PA, March 26, 1978)James Brown, Pee Wee Ellis / Tyler, Perry11:35
16."Train Kept A-Rollin'/Strangers in the Night" (Detroit, MI, 2 April 1978)Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann / Bert Kaempfert, Charlie Singleton, Eddie Snyder4:51

[*] "Draw the Line" is featured as a hidden track at the end of "Mother Popcorn"


  • Producers: Aerosmith, Jack Douglas
  • Executive producers: David Krebs, Steve Leber
  • Engineers: Jay Messina, Istvan Leel-Össy
  • Directors: Aerosmith, David Krebs, Steve Leber
  • Arrangers: Aerosmith, Jack Douglas, David Hewitt
  • Art supervisor: Joel Zimmerman
  • Design: Ken Fredette, Lisa Sparagano
  • Photography: Jimmy Ienner, Jr., Barry Levine, Ron Pownall, Aaron Rapoport, Steve Smith


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1979 Pop Albums 13

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1979 "Chip Away the Stone" Billboard Hot 100 77


Organization Level Date
RIAA - USA Gold October 31, 1978
Platinum December 26, 1978
CIA – Canada Gold December 1, 1978


External links[edit]

Live Bootleg at MusicBrainz