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Classics Live! by Aerosmith
Released: Apr 1986
Label: Columbia
Shuffling tapes from a few 1978 and 1984 dates -- that is, during the most underrated period of Aerosmith's career -- this Columbia cash-in after their mid-'80s Geffen jump is frequently ferocious. Opener "Train Kept A-Rollin'" viciously calls and responds; "Sweet Emotion" gets a badass percussive talkbox-psych kickoff; "Lord of the Thighs" stretches to seven minutes of killer grooving rock action. There's even a medley of two forgotten Night in the Ruts boogies. And give or take tacked-on early studio-outtake hoedown lullaby "Major Barbara," the sound is like a bootleg: dirty and cavernous.
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