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" following their cover of "Train Kept A-Rollin'". The back of the album cover includes two coffee stains over the picture of Joe Perry playing before a live audience. 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). This album was briefly featured on the episode "Prank Day" of That '70s Show.
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."