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Gems by Aerosmith
Released: Nov 1988
Label: Columbia
To cash in on the unexpected success of the Geffen-released Permanent Vacation, Aerosmith's former label Columbia threw together this compilation in time for the 1988 holiday market. A sequel to Aerosmith's Greatest Hits, it contains an abbreviated selection of deep cuts from the group's '70s heyday. Amazingly, there's little drop-off between the two titles, a testament to just how consistent the group were in the age of bell bottoms and feathered hair. One particular nugget to pay attention to is "Chip Away the Stone," a single-only release from '78 that bridges The Stones and hair metal.
Justin Farrar
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