LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-APRIL 8, 2019…DAMN THIS WAS A GREAT DAY IN 1975 !! FORTY FOUR YEARS AGO AEROSMITH RELEASED THEIR THIRD ALBUM ‘TOYS IN THE ATTIC’. THIS RECORD MARKED A GIGANTIC LEAP FORWARD FOR AEROSMITH, IN TERMS OF WRITING AS WELL AS PERFORMANCE.
THE ALBUM WAS FUELED BY THE SUCCESS OF ‘SWEET EMOTION’ ‘WALK THIS WAY’(AEROSMITH’S BIGGEST HIT TO THAT POINT) AND A TREMENDOUS COVER OF ‘BIG TEN-INCH RECORD’
THIS RECORD MARKED THE POINT OF NO RETURN FOR AEROSMITH, SETTING THEM UP FOR THE SUPERSTAR STATUS THEY CONTINUE TO ENJOY.
IN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY “WALK THIS WAY” JOE PERRY TALKED ABOUT WHERE THE BAND WAS AT DURING THE MAKING OF THIS ALBUM:
“Our first two albums were basically comprised of songs we’d been playing for years live in the clubs. With Toys, we started from scratch. Making this record, we learned to be recording artists and write songs on a deadline. In the process, we began to see just what Aerosmith could accomplish. With everyone throwing in ideas, Toys was our breakthrough.
That breakthrough was facilitated by Jack Douglas… In the studio he moved into the slot of the sixth member of the band.”
‘TOYS’ IS THE BAND’S MOST SUCCESSFUL ALBUM IN THE UNITED STATES WITH OVER 8 MILLION COPIES SOLD. “ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE” HAS RANKED ‘TOYS IN THE ATTIC’ AS #229 ON THEIR LIST OF THE “500 GREATEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME.”
HERE’S AN EPIC LIVE VERSION OF ‘SWEET EMOTION’ ( ALL 7 GLORIOUS MINUTES)