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The 2005 release Gold is a repackaging of the 2001 double-disc collection Young Lust, bearing a different title and cover but the same 34 songs as the previous release. While Young Lust had more distinctive, arguably more attractive, cover art -- the new compilation fits into the overall look of Universal's Gold series, which is meant to be a thorough complement to their budget-line 20th Century Masters series -- that's the only difference between the two compilations, so it's only useful to fans who didn't already pick up the earlier set. And for those fans, this remains a pretty good, but not perfect, overview of latter-day Aerosmith, containing hits, album tracks, concert favorites, rarities, non-LP B-sides, and cuts only available on compilations. This approach doesn't work perfectly -- there are a few album cuts that aren't particularly distinctive, plus live material at the end that feels extraneous. More importantly, certain hits aren't here in their hit versions: the acoustic version of "Livin' on the Edge," the orchestral version of "Amazing," a live "Falling In Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" (not to mention the live performances of Columbia classics "Dream On" and "Sweet Emotion"). That said, this still fulfills its goals pretty nicely, offering an in-depth summary of Aerosmith's comeback, which indeed wasn't limited to just the hits; cuts like "Hangman Jury," "Monkey on My Back," "Blind Man," and especially the non-LP "Deuces Are Wild" are proof that the group was revitalized during this time, only starting to run out of steam around 1993's Get a Grip. Much of the best of this time is available here, but the collection feels a little off, probably because there is so much material in such a concentrated burst, which is not only a little tiring, but the density brings the weaknesses to the forefront in a way such tight albums as Pump couldn't; but it still does offer a lot, even if it doesn't have all that it should.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2005
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602498628959
catalogNumber: 000293602
Rank: 90001

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aerosmith   Primary Artist
Joe Perry   Dulcimer,Guitar,Background Vocals
Russ Irwin   Keyboards,Background Vocals
David Campbell   Conductor
Thom Gimbel   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Joey Kramer   Percussion,Drums
Steven Tyler   Harmonica,Mandolin,Keyboards,Vocals
Brad Whitford   Guitar
Tom Hamilton   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Aerosmith   Composer,Producer
Joe Perry   Composer
Desmond Child   Composer
Holly Knight   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Composer
Tommy Shaw   Composer
John Densmore   Composer
Glen Ballard   Composer
Michael Beinhorn   Producer
Jack Blades   Composer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Jack Douglas   Producer
Bruce Fairbairn   Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Mark Hudson   Composer
Dennis Keeley   Cover Photo,Tray Photo
Geri Miller   Liner Notes
Taylor Rhodes   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Russell Simmons   Producer
Ted Templeman   Producer
Steven Tyler   Composer
Jim Vallance   Composer
Brad Whitford   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Richie Supa   Composer
Tom Hamilton   Composer
Robby Krieger   Composer

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