OUT OF THE ORDINARY

The purpose of this section is to detail album releases that were other than the standard format American releases. It will cover special promos, album cover changes, international differences and special limited editions.

During their Geffen days, extra tracks would appear on the International releases. In the 60s, UK bands such as the Rolling Stones, Yardbirds etc, used to put additional tracks on their American releases so Aerosmith sort of paying back the idea.

There has also been a trend in Japan, since Permanent Vacation, to add an additional track to make it different from the American release so the Japanese audience will buy the country release and not cheaper imports. Japanese releases also come with a lyric sheet of the album's lyrics in English and Japanese.

 

Aerosmith
Released: 1973
In recent years they have changed the cover to the first Aerosmith album (since SBM re-issues).

The original copies of this vinyl album had "Walking The Dog" spelt "Walking the Dig" and contained the original drug bust liner notes.

 

Pure Gold From Rock N Roll's Golden Boys
Released: 1975
  A Columbia promo box set (3S-187) of their first three vinyl albums.

 

Toys In The Attic
Released: July, 1975
Special Collectors Edition of "Toys in the Attic". Gold CD with picture cover artwork. Complete original artwork and openout CD insert (Columbia CK64401)

 

The First Decade
Released: 1982
Columbia promo boxset of their first eight vinyl albums: "Aerosmith", "Get Your Wings", "Toys In The Attic", "Rocks", "Draw The Line", "Live Bootleg", "Night In The Ruts", "Greatest Hits".

 

Done With Mirrors / Permanent Vacation
Released: December 1985 / August 1987
Done With Mirrors originally appeared on vinyl and cassette. The original album cover (back and front) was mirrored, and with the absence of the famous Aerosmith logo, it lacked promotion foresight being it was a comeback album. The cassette version also contained an additional track "Darkness" which later also appeared on the CD.
"Permanent Vacation" was standard globally. In Japan in 1988 (when Aerosmith toured for the first time in 11 years), an EP was released called "Vacation Club" which offered some extra remixes and also "Once Is Enough" (Supa).
A special Australian CD series called "Back 2 Back" released "Done With Mirrors" and "Permanent Vacation" in one set (left).
What is unusual in the case of "Done With Mirrors" is that it does not have "Darkness" on it (GEFD 24550).

 

Anthology
Released: June 1988

A compilation album released on UK label Castle Communications (RAWCD037). The double vinyl album version (RAWLP037) contained four extra tracks: Toys InThe Attic, Lord of The Thighs, Mother Popcorn (Live) and Push Comes To Shove.

Sweet Emotion
Walk This Way (Live)
No More No More
You See Me Crying
Bright Light Fright
Back In The Saddle (Live)
Sick As A Dog
Critical Mass
Bite The Hand That Feeds
Sight For Sore Eyes
Train Kept A Rollin'
S.O.S. (Too Bad)
Rock In A Hard Place
Jailbait
Lick And A Promise
Rats In The Cellar
Bone To Bone
Dream On

 

Rock This Way
Released: 1989
  15 track Columbia compilation promo CD.

 

Pump
Released: September, 1989
The Japanese version (left, back of) carried 11 tracks with "Ain't Enough" (Perry/Tyler) added at the end.
In America appeared a Leather bound gatefold edition with an embossed cover which fitted into a Leather case (left).

 

The Big Ten-Inch Sampler
Released: 1991

A 10-track promo sampler of tracks that are on Pandora's Box (released prior to its release) (Columbia CSK 4236)

Helter Skelter
Sweet Emotion
Walk This Way
Dream On
Big Ten Inch Record
Downtown Charlie
All Your Love
Mama Kin
Last Child
Back In The Saddle

 

Aerosmith/Get Your Wings/Toys In The Attic
Released: USA
Columbia "low budget" repackage of the first three Aerosmith albums in a Slipcase sleeve (Sony C3K 65600)

 

Toys In The Attic/Draw The Line/Rocks
Released: December 1990 (UK)
  Columbia/CBS "low budget" repackage of the three Aerosmith albums in a Slipcase sleeve (Sony 4853122 and CBS 467385 2)

 

Rock In A Hard Place/Get Your Wings/Night In The Ruts
Released: 1991 (UK)
  Columbia/CBS "low budget" repackage of the three Aerosmith albums in a Slipcase sleeve (CBS 468801 2)

 

Get A Grip
Released: April, 1993
The international version carried 15 tracks with the additional track "Can't Stop Messin'" (Tyler/Perry/Blades/Shaw) inbetween "Line Up" and Amazing".

In America, a limited edition gatefold cowhide version was released. The image on the CD pressing was also different being the ring through the cow's teat.

 

Gripping Stuff!
Released: September, 1993

A 13-track promo gatefold Digipak released to coincide with the European Tour 1993 (Geffen GRIP1).

Let The Music Do The Talking
My Fist Your Face
Rag Doll
Dude (Looks Like A lady)
Angel
Love In An Elevator
Janie's Got A Gun
The Other Side
What It Takes
Eat The Rich
Livin' On The Edge
Cryin'
Amazing
Line Up
Crazy

 

Toys In The Attic/Classics Live!
Released: 1993 (UK)
  Columbia/CBS "low budget" repackage in a Slipcase sleeve (CBS 474038 2)

 

Pandora's Toys
Released: June 1994

A Columbia release, coinciding with the European Summer tour 1994. It features 12 track taken from "Pandora's Box" (International release only).

Sweet Emotion
Draw The Line
Walk This Way
Dream On
Train Kept A Rollin'
Mama Kin
Nobody's Fault
Seasons of Wither
Big Ten Inch Record
All Your Love
Helter Skelter
Chip Away The Stone
Special limited edition CD in high quality black wooden box, printed with Aeromsith logo and individually numbered. Also contains "The Story of Aerosmith" CD (narrated by Chris Barrie), Aerosmith patch and sticker and a parchment certificate (only 10,000 made worldwide).

 

Big Ones
Released: October, 1994
The international version carries 16 tracks with the addition of a live version of "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" appended (recorded by Westwood One, San Diego, Aug 1, 1993).
This is the same version as found on the "Wayne's World II" Soundtrack.

 

Nine Lives
Released: March 1998
The original cover was cat like figure amongst numerous cobras. The images of Hindu gods on the cover spirtually violated Amercian Hare Krishna devotees, who tried to get the album banned.The group eventually licensed the image from the sect so as someone put it, if you're a Hare Krishna in the USA, your God belongs to Aerosmith! In the meantime, the album cover was changed to a cat on a spinning wheel which happened in the USA in Summer 1997 (Japan in 1998 and Europe, March 1999).

In America, a special CD pressing was made which removed the images of sex positons around the edge of the CD (so it could be marketed at outlets such as WalMart etc).

The album (14 tracks) was released international a week before that in the USA and carried an extra track; the Joe Perry sung tune, "Falling Off" (Perry/Tyler/Frederiksen) which appears on the album between Pink and Attitude Adjustment.
The Japanese version of the album (15 tracks) had a further additional track "Fall Together" (Tyler/Hudson/Wells/Grakal) which came after "Falling Off" (Sony Records SRCS 8263).
To mark the Japanese 1998 tour, Sony Records in Japan, released a special gatefold edition of Nine Lives which also carried the Box of Fire bonus disc and a booklet of photos and tour information (Sony Records SRCS 8610-1) 25/2/98.
In March 1999, after the massive success of "I Don't To Miss A Thing" in Europe and prior to a Summer European tour, Columbia re-issued Nine Lives with "I Don't To Miss A Thing" added at the end of the album (Columbia COL485020 3, UK).
From April 1999 in Australia, the full cd single, (which spent a record breaking 10 weeks at No1 in late 98), including all four tracks (I Don't Want To Miss A Thing album version and rock version, Taste Of India rock mix, and Animal Crackers) was packaged as a bonus disc within Aerosmith's Nine Lives album (Sony 494398, 12/4/99)

 

Greatest Hits 1973 - 1988
Released: March, 1997 (24/2/97 Australia)

In April 1997, Columbia re-issued the "Greatest Hits" album with the addition of 7 extra tracks (International only, Columbia COL 487350 2 UK) .

Dream On
Mama Kin
Same Old Song And Dance
Seasons of Wither
Sweet Emotion
Walk This Way
Big Ten Inch Record
Last Child
Back In The Saddle
Draw The Line
Kings and Queens
Come Together
Remember (Walking In The Sand)
Lightning Strikes
Chip Away The Stone
Sweet Emotion (1991 Thoener Remix)
One Way Street (Live - Mama Kins, 1994).

 

Pandora's Box
Released: 1991 and 1997
In 1997, Sony Music Entertainment reissued the 3CD set, Pandora's Box in a different format, Rather than the 12" x 6" long box format (Columbia 46209) , it was issued as a sleeve format (C3K 67995).

The enclosed booklet went from a 64 page booklet to a smaller condensed 36 page booklet.

NOTE: The extra bonus track (20) on CD3 is Circle Jerk (B. Whitford) 3:37.

 

Classic Live ! Complete
Released: September 1 , 1998
In Europe, Columbia repackaged "Classics Live!" and "Classics Live! II" on one CD and named it "Classic Live! Complete" (Columbia 250997 487351 26
).

 

A Little South of Sanity (Standard Edition)
Released: October, 1998
Disc 1:
Eat The Rich 5:14
Love In An Elevator 5:56 (5:55)
Falling In Love (Is So Hard On The Knees) 3:20 (3:34)
Same Old Song And Dance
5:58 (5:57)
Hole In My Soul 5:40
Monkey On My Back 4:08
Livin' On The Edge 5:24
Cryin' 5:11 (5:10)
Rag Doll 4:14 (4:13)
Angel 5:35
Janie's Got A Gun 5:07(5:14)
Amazing 5:23
Disc 2:
Back In the Saddle 6:11 (6:10)
Last Child 5:05 (5:04)
The Other Side 4:40
Walk On Down 3:41 (3:40)
Dream On 4:51 (4:50)
Crazy 5:45 (5:44)
Mama Kin 4:12
Walk This Way 4:08 (4:12)
Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
4:22 (4:21)
What It Takes 5:15
Sweet Emotion 5:57


There were no track differences in the international and North American release of this album
Geffen GEF2-25221: CD1: 61:27, CD2: 54:05 Total: 115:32 (labels on CDs detailed over 2 hours of Pure Aerosmith).

Some of the track times do not match up with CD booklet (real time given in brackets)

 

A Little South of Sanity (Clean Version)
Released: October 28, 1998
Disc 1:
Eat The Rich 5:08 (5:14)
Love In An Elevator 5:25 (5:55)
Falling In Love(Is So Hard On The Knees) 3:17 (3:29)
Same Old Song And Dance
5:32 (5:50)
Hole In My Soul 5:35 (5:40)
Monkey On My Back 4:07 (4:08)
Livin' On The Edge 5:20 (5:23)
Cryin' 4:58 (5:11)
Rag Doll 4:12 (4:13)
Angel 5:37 (5:35)
Janie's Got A Gun 5:04 (5:14)
Amazing 5:15 (5:23)
Disc 2:
Back In the Saddle 5:56
Last Child 4:57 (5:03)
The Other Side 4:14 (4:39)
Walk On Down 3:38 (3:39)
Dream On 4:39 (4:52)
Crazy 5:39 (5:44)
Mama Kin 4:03 (4:09)
Walk This Way 4:20 (4:10)
Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
4:16 (4:21)
What It Takes 5:10 (5:15)
Sweet Emotion 5:42 (5:57)


In America, a clean edit version was released so it could be distrubuted at outlets like WalMart etc.
Geffen GEFD2-25308: CD1: 61:15, CD2: 53:45 Total: 115:00 (labels on CDs detailed over 2 hours of Pure Aerosmith).

Many of the track times do not match up with CD booklet (real time given in brackets) and
hence not as shortened as it looks comparing it with the standard version.

 

A Little South of Sanity (Special Edition)
Released: October, 1998
A special gatefold denim version was released in the America whose CDs are the same as the standard release (Geffen GEFD 25314-2).

 

Greatest Hits 1973-1988 - Classics Live
Released:
The Real Deal series saw Sony Music Entertainment (Australia) Limited, release various CDs bundled together in a dual SlipCase sleeve. (Aerosmith title, TRD 041)

 

Best of Aerosmith
Released: July 19, 2000 (Australia)
An Australia compilation release the same as the original Greatest Hits release (Sony 4630152).

Dream On
Same Old Song And Dance
Sweet Emotion
Walk This Way
Last Child
Back In The Saddle
Draw The Line
Kings And Queens
Come Together
Remember (Walking In The Sand)

 

Done With Mirrors/Permenant Vacation/Pump
Released: October 30, 2000 (Europe)
  Geffen repackage (Geffen 4249352)

 

Classic Aerosmith
Released: November 12, 2000
Amazing 5:56 (5:58)
Eat The Rich 4:10 (4:11)
What It Takes 6:28 (5:14)
Janie's Got A Gun 5:33 (5:34)
Magic Touch 4:40 (4:37)
Rag Doll 4:21 (4:22)
Permanent Vacation 4:52 (4:50)
The Movie 4:00 (4:02)
Monkey On My Back 3:56 (3:59)
My Girl 3:10 (3:12)
Shame On You 3:38 (3:21)
The Hop 3:39 (3:41)
She's On Fire 3:44 (3:47)
Darkness 3:42 (3:44)
I'm Down 2:20 (2:19)
Voodoo Medicine Man 4:39 (4:41)
Shela 4:32 (4:25)
My Fist Your Face 4:21 4:23)
Released by Geffen Europe/Universal Music Company (497 441-2) under their The Universal Masters Collection. In essence its like another Big Ones compilation featuring heavily tracks from Done With Mirrors. 76 min 20 sec (Made in EU).

Actual track times do not match up with CD booklet (actal times in brackets).

 

Aerosmith: Millenium Edition
Released: January 9, 2001
Amazing 5:56 (5:58)
Eat The Rich 4:10 (4:11)
What It Takes 6:28 (5:14)
Janie's Got A Gun 5:33 (5:34)
Magic Touch 4:40 (4:37)
Rag Doll 4:21 (4:22)
Permanent Vacation 4:52 (4:50)
The Movie 4:00 (4:02)
Monkey On My Back 3:56 (3:59)
My Girl 3:10 (3:12)
Shame On You 3:38 (3:21)
The Hop 3:39 (3:41)
She's On Fire 3:44 (3:47)
Darkness 3:42 (3:44)
I'm Down 2:20 (2:19)
Voodoo Medicine Man 4:39 (4:41)
Shela 4:32 (4:25)
My Fist Your Face 4:21 4:23)
Identical Universal Music Release to Classic Aerosmith (above) except associated with a different release series (Millenium Edition) Even has same catalogue number as Classic Aerosmith : 497 441 (Made In Germany, 606949744120) 76 min 20 sec.

Actual track times do not match up with CD booklet (actual times in brackets).

Another variant of this release appeared in France in 2001 (released August 20) called "Les Talents du siècle - Best Of" (Polydor )

 

Big Ones: 2 CD Set (Special Limited Edition)
Released: 2001
Second CD: (ALSOS tracks) 37 min 27 s

1. Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees) 3:22
2. Hole in my Soul 5:37
3. Walk On Down 3:41
4. Dream On 4:40
5. Back in the Saddle 5:50
6. Mama Kin 4:10
7. Walk This Way 4:09
8. Sweet Emotion 5:58

Universal Music Company release in the EU in a slipcase. Released in Germany June 26, 2001, (6069 490851 24).

Contains the normal 16 track "Big Ones" CD (international version, see above) plus a second bonus CD ( digest version of "A Little South of Sanity" (8 tracks) in a cardboard slipcase (Geffen/Universal Music (EU) 424 546-2 (CD1) 490 852-2 (CD 2).
The tracks on the second bonus disc are edited together so continuous and taken from all over the 2 CD set "A Little South of Sanity Disc" (ie not contiguous)
A track listing error on the proper Big Ones CD details "Angel" as "Angel on my Bike" on both the back of the CD case and the slipcase.
The CD insert foldout leaflet is the same as in the normal Big Ones release (GED 24546)

 

Best of The Best Gold - Aerosmith
Released: November 5, 2001 (Germany)

Dream On
Same Old Song And Dance
Sweet Emotion
Walk This Way
Last Child
Back In The Saddle
Draw The Line
Kings And Queens
Come Together
Remember (Walking In The Sand)

A Gold CD reissue of the original 10 track Greatest Hits album, maybe to coincide with 21 years since its release and achieving RIAA Diamond Award Status. 

Cat No: 5099750143865

 

Permanent Vacation
Pump
Get A Grip
Released: November 21, 2001(Japan), November 20, 2001 (North America)

MCA (Japan) and Universal Music release digital remastered versions of Permanent Vacation (UICY3252 (Japan), 069 493096-2), Pump (UICY3253(Japan), 069 493097-2) and Get A Grip (UICY 3254 (Japan), 069 493095-2)

 

Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology
Released: November 20, 2001(USA)
Disc 1:
Let The Music Do The Talking
My Fist Your Face
Shame On You
Heart's Done Time
Rag Doll
Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
Angel
Hangman Jury
Permanent Vacation
Young Lust
F.I.N.E.
The Other Side
What It Takes
Monkey On My Back
Love In An Elevator
Janie's Got A Gun
Ain't Enough
Walk This Way (by RUN DMC)
Disc 2:
Eat The Rich
Love Me Two Times
Head First
Livin' On The Edge
Don't Stop
Can't Stop Messin'
Amazing (orchestral version)
Cryin'
Crazy
Shut Up And Dance
Deuces Are Wild
Walk On Water
Blind Man
Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees) *
Dream On *
Hole In My Soul *
Sweet Emotion *
As a result of the Japanese remastering exercise of their Geffen albums, comes this 35-track Anthology release (released in Japan, November 21, UICY 1092/1093). A chronological guide through all Aerosmith's albums with Geffen, including some soundtrack songs done during the period plus some non-album rarities previously only available on CD/12" singles.

Note: * Live versions taken from the album, "A Little South of Sanity"

Original preliminary track listings (Oct 24) detailed the addition of "Rocking Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu" and "F.I.N.E." on Disc 1 ("Heart's Done Time" wasn't listed at this point) and some reordering the the first two and last four tracks on Disc  2. 

Universal Music Company release 069 493119-2. Released UK November 26, 2001; Germany December 14, 2001

 

Done With Mirrors / Pump / Permanent Vacation
Released: October 1, 2001 (French Origin)

A Universal Music repackage of he first three Geffen albums  at a super value price.

 

Best of Aerosmith
Released: November 28, 2001(Japan Only)

Amazing 
Eat The Rich
What It Takes
Janie's Got A Gun
Magic Touch
Rag Doll 4:21
Permanent Vacation
The Movie
Monkey On My Back
My Girl 3:10
Shame On You
The Hop 
She's On Fire 
Darkness 3:42 
I'm Down 2:20 
Voodoo Medicine Man 
Shela 
My Fist Your Face 

MCA (Japan) release digital remastered release  (UICY1071). Same as Millenium Collection/Classic Aerosmith/Best of Aerosmith (France).

 

Just Push Play (2002)
Released: January 30, 2002 (Japan Only)
1. Just Push Play (Radio Remix)
2. Draw The Line (Live from California Jam II '78 )
3. Chip Away The Stone (Live from California Jam II '78 )
4. Same Old Song And Dance (Live from California Jam II '78 )
5. Big Ten Inch Record (Live, Texxas Jam '78 )
6. Lord of the Thighs (Live, Texxas Jam '78 )
7. One Way Street (Live, Mama Kin Music Hall '94 )
8. Walk This Way (Live, MTV Spring Break 3/97 )
9. Dream On (Live,  MTV 10 Anniversary )
10.I Don't Want To Miss A Thing (Live, Cape Canaveral, FL 29/6/98 )
A special edition Just Push Play set to be released to tie in with their Japanese Tour commencing on January 25th, 2002. 

The release will contain a bonus CD called "Live and Rare". 
The Calfornia Jam II tracks (live March 18, 1978) have apparently never been released digitally on CD before. 
The Texxas Jam 78 (July 1, 1978, Cotton Bowl, Dallas) tracks were cut from the original Texxas Jam 78 video but featured on Pandora's Box.
The One Way Street live at Mama Kins (Dec 19, 1994) has appeared on the "Made In America EP" and "Greatest Hits 1973-1988" album.
Walk This Way, live from MTV Spring Break 97 (March 16 97, Panama City, FL) originally appeared on a UK "Hole In My Soul" CD single and Japanese "Pink" Maxi-single.
Dream On, Live (MTV 10th Anniversary, Wang Center, Boston, October 13, 1991) originally appeared on the "Last Action Hero" soundtrack.
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing, live at the Armageddon Premiere (Cape Canaveral, FL, June 29, 1998) originally appeared on a Pink single reissue in the UK (1999).

Originally targeted for release on January 23, 2002.

 

20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection
Released: October 7, 2003 (Geffen Records 60249860751)
A Universal Music budget priced release from a series being released for numerous bands (about 10 tracks per CD)

Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
Angel
Rag Doll
Love In An Elevator
Janie's Got A Gun
What It Takes
The Other Side
Livin' On The Edge
Cryin'
Deuces Are Wild
Amazing

 

Toys In The Attic : SACD Version
Released: October 7, 2003 (Sony Records)
  Features a new 5.1 Surround Sound mix done by the album's original producer (Jack Douglas), mix engineer (Jay Messina) and mastering engineer (Doug Sax).

The new Surround Sound mix captures the raw rock sounds of the album while
employing all 5.1 channels of the Surround Sound field with solo instruments and
panned effects featured in the front and surround channels along with vocals
placed in the center channel as well as the front left and right channels.

Stereo SACD track was mastered at the Mastering Lab by Doug Sax and Robert Hadley while the 5.1 Surround Sound SACD track was mastered at das boot Recording by Doug Sax and James Guthrie. The SACD was authored by Robert Wolff at Sony Music Studios in New York.

(High Fidelty Review - SACD Players only)

 

Official Releases?

The following titles have been noted on various online retail outlets in Russia and other ex-Eastern Block countries. Many are well know for their Black Markets and whilst they also list official Aerosmith titles, there are a number not available elsewhere. No label information is detailed. Their legitimacy is questioned given some releases contain both Geffen and Columbia material. Very little is known about these apart from the titles as listed below although most seem to be compilations:

Gold
Golden Collection
Golden Greatest Hits 87-98
The Greatest Hits Collection
Their Hits 1972-92

 

Golden Collection 2000
Released: 2000 (RussianBeat.com)
Walk This Way
Kings And Queens
Come Together
Remember (Walking In The Sand)
You See Me Cryin'
Love In An Elevator
Monkey On My Back
My Girl
What It Takes
Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees)
Full Circle
The Farm
Pink
Crazy
Livin' On The Edge
What Kind of Love Are You On
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing'
 

 

Best Ballads
Released: 2000
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
Crazy
Blind Man
Dream On
Seasons of Wither
What It Takes
The Reason
Cryin'
Deuces Are Wild
Amazing
Angel
Don't Get Mad, Get Even
All Your Love
Janie's Got A Gun
Major Barbra
You See Me Cryin'
This ballads compilation contains both Geffen and Columbia/Sony material and assume is non-official release.