Pandora's Box (Explicit, Box Set)
Released: Aug 2002
Though Pandora's Box arrived during Aerosmith's power-ballad comeback, the boxed set surveys their Columbia years (1973 to '82, roughly). In addition to the hits, from "Dream On" to "Sweet Emotion," it contains a fat sack of rare, live and previously unreleased material. The snarling, 10-minute rendition of Fleetwood Mac's "Rattlesnake Shake" betrays the influence Peter Green's blues-rock vision exerted on the group. Another revealing slice of history is opener "When I Needed You," a number from Steven Tyler's original band Chain Reaction, who sounded like they were way into The Yardbirds.