Aerosmith - Big Ones
Aerosmith - Big Ones - If power ballads are the ocean then Steven Taylor of Aerosmith is a whale.
With such ease and flair did Steven Taylor sing those power ballads in the 80s and 90s, most of them ended up as multi platinum records.
His strength was his weakness as his critics pointed out that they hardly have a top ten hit that is not a ballad. Neverthless, starting from 1987 to 1994 only a handful of artists sold more than Aerosmith including Michael Jackson and Madonna.
Like a Phoenix they rose from the ashes of defeat, those dark days, the early 80s when their songs were ignored by major radio stations making it impossible for their tracks to sell, least climb the Billboard charts or a Gold certification for their albums between 1980 to 1986 was impossible to achieve.
After much introspection, a broke,dejected, bruised Aerosmith released Permanent Vacation around August 1987 with little or no hope.
But things quickly started to change when their singles "Janie's Got A Gun" and "Rag Doll" were picked up by radio stations and became an over night sensation with rock music lovers.
As these tracks faded away Aerosmith released one of the best power ballads of all time "Angel" early 1988.
"Angel" reached the No.3 spot in the Billboard Hot 100 charts, at one point of time in mid 1988 Aerosmith had three of their songs in the Billboard Hot 100 including "Janie's Got A Gun" , "Rag Doll" and "Angel".
If not for Madonna's "Who's That Girl" or Michael Jackson's "Bad"...Aerosmith's "Angel" would have been the best song of 1988.
Unlike Michael Jackson or Madonna whose hits weaned off after 1990, Aerosmith grew from strength to strength with their 1989 album Pump and the 1993 album Get a Grip.
"Love In An Elevator", "Deuces Are Wild" were some of their memorable hits in 1989 and 1990.
Aerosmith took a break from recording songs in 1990 and went on a world tour,also called a Pump Tour with more than 160 live concerts covering (almost) each and every country on the globe.
With a full house on almost all their shows, Aerosmith earned a fortune from their Pump Tour.With time on their side they made a number of television appearances as guests with high TRP ratings.
Even the great Tom Hanks interviewed the members of Aerosmith on Saturday Night Live around the holiday season of 1992.With almost no time to release their next album, Aerosmith released Get a Grip around April 1993 under Geffen records.
Packed with power ballads Get a Grip rocked the music charts for a long long time."Amazing", "Cryin'" , "Eat the Rich", "Livin' on the Edge" and "Crazy" were rolled out one after another, leaving most of the other rock bands of the mid 90s speechless.
Get a Grip topped the Billboard 200 charts for albums with more than 7 million copies sold in the US alone.It sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, charting in the top 5 positions all over the world.
Aerosmith Big Ones is a collection of their greatest hit songs since "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" in 1987 to "Cryin" in 1993.
Even though their biggest hit song till date "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" soundtrack for the movie Armageddon is not featured in this compilation, it pretty much has every other hit song of theirs.
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Track Listing -
Walk On Water
Love In An Elevator (Single Version)
What It Takes
Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
Janie's Got A Gun
Deuces Are Wild
The Other Side (Single Version)
Eat The Rich
Livin' On The Edge