Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Aerosmith: Rocks

1976 was the year Aerosmith released Rocks, in my opinion both a monumental raw album and one of the best titles ever. I mean, all you had to say was “Aerosmith Rocks” and you were simultaneously making a true statement and talking about their new album.

By this time, the Boston boys had serious monkeys riding on their collective backs, but between the extracurricular activities and their own peaking creativity, Aerosmith managed to put it all together into a cohesive group effort with all hands on deck contributing ideas, stellar performances, and boundless enthusiasm for the material at hand.

The proof is in the songs, all with world class production from Jack Douglas, arguably Aerosmith’s version of what Sir George Martin was to The Beatles.

From the opening sounds of Back In The Saddle, Rocks just takes off, takes you by the throat, and never lets go. Rocks is a treasure trove of Aerosmith at their finest…Last Child, Sick As A Dog, Nobody’s Fault, Lick And A Promise, Rats In The Cellar, Home Tonight, Get The Lead Out…no weakness, just diamond strength hard rock at its finest.

Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer…thank you guys for making my teenage years ROCK!

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