Album #332 – Toys in the Attic

Album #332

Toys In The Attic was Aerosmith’s thrust into the Mainstream. Yes, Dream On was technically released on their self-titled album three years prior but, it was not until that songs re-release as a single in 1976 that it ended up becoming a single. Toys In The Attic features two of Aerosmith’s biggest hits, Walk This Way and Sweet Emotion. Both have become signature songs for this five piece rock and roll outfit from Boston. This album was produced by Jack Douglas, who’s best known for producing John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Final Fantasy and Milk and Honey albums. Douglas was also one of the last people to see Lennon before he was assassinated on December 8th, 1980 by Mark David Chapman in New York City. With Douglas as producer, he sought to continue molding Aerosmith’s sound. He had started this on the predecessor, Get Your Wings, a commercial flop but critical classic. Toys in the Attic is an album with songs that deal with the three principles of being a band in the mid-70’s: Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll. The sounds range from blues to r&b based rock. Think the Stones mixed with early ZZ Top and some Stax/Volt thrown in for good measure. I loved Toys In The Attic. From start to finish, it was energetic and delightful. One surprise on this album in the final track, You See Me Crying. It is somewhat of a power ballad before they even existed. It is mellow with strings and the group playing but, to me it is more emotional that I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing. It helped that Tyler actually co-wrote this one. Toys In The Attic is no skeleton in the closet. Even if you don’t really like Aerosmith, you have to appreciate how good this album was musically. I can’t think of a better album to break a rock band into the mainstream. Other highlights include: Uncle Salty, Big Ten Inch Record, No More No More (my favourite track on this album) and Round and Round. Overall, I give Toys in the Attic, 5 out of 5.

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