Band: Aerosmith Album: Toys in the Attic Released: 1975 Label: Columbia Remastered: 1993 by Sony Music Distribution Genre: Hard Rock / Blues-Rock Personnel: • Steven Tyler - Lead Vocals, Percussion , Bass, Harmonica, Keyboards, Arranger • Joe Perry - Backing Vocals, Vocals, Talkbox on "Sweet Emotion", Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar, Guitar • Brad Whitford - Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar • Tom Hamilton - Bass, Guitar • Joey Kramer - Drums, Percussion,Vocals, Backing Vocals With • Scott Cushnie – Piano on "Big Ten Inch Record" and "No More No More" • Michael Mainieri – Conductor, Orchestral Arranger • Jay Messina – Percussion, Bass marimba on "Sweet Emotion", Engineer • Jack Douglas - Keyboards, Backing Vocals , Arranger, Producer 1. "Toys in the Attic" Steven Tyler, Joe Perry 3:06 2. "Uncle Salty" Tyler, Tom Hamilton 4:10 3. "Adam's Apple" Tyler, Perry 4:34 4. "Walk This Way" Tyler, Perry 3:40 5. "Big Ten Inch Record" Fred Weismantel 2:14 6. "Sweet Emotion" Tyler, Hamilton 4:34 7. "No More No More" Tyler, Perry 4:34 8. "Round and Round" Tyler, Brad Whitford 5:05 9. "You See Me Crying" Tyler, Don Solomon 5:12 The album: Toys in the Attic is the 3rd album by Aerosmith and their 2nd most commercially successful album. This album peaked at #11 on the charts in 1975 and remained on the charts for 128 weeks. It has been certified 8x multiplatinum by the RIAA. This album contains a couple of the band’s biggest hits “Walk This Way” and “Sweet Emotion”. The song “Toys in the Attic” is listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs to shape rock and roll. Now with all the credentials for the album out of the way, let me tell you what I think of the album: This album signifies the 70’s and what it means to be rock n’ roll. The album is what I call raunch n’ roll. The sound is gritty, sleazy, bluesy, and loaded with innuendo. Steven Tyler is a god at delivering innuendo and sleaze and Joe Perry delivers some of his best guitar riffage in this album. The rhythm section is heavy on this album, and the album just delivers nothing but greasy, gritty rock n’ roll fun. The music: The album opens with “Toys in the Attic”, which has a crescendo of cymbals that leads to some heavy guitar riffs from Perry and a funky bass line from Hamilton. Kramer gives a superb percussion display in this song, and the lyrics are just plain fun. “Uncle Salty” is a funky song, heavy with blues influence but yet is eerie with some creepy lyrics about insanity. The bass and guitar hook in this song is killer. “Adam’s Apple” is full of metaphors and innuendo and anyone who can put “apple” and “love at first bite” into a song and make it work, in a honky–tonk way, gets my vote. “Walk This Way” is one of the best hits from Aerosmith, and also one of the best and most recognized guitar riffs from the 70's, a song that launched the band’s career into orbit. “Big Ten Inch Record” is the weakest link of the entire album, IMO. The song has raunchy lyrics, but a decent boogie groove, and the harmonica is a nice touch. “Sweet Emotion” is my personal favorite from the album and another top charting hit for Aerosmith. You have a classic intro with all the percussion sounds and the talkbox that leads into another simple yet classic guitar hook from Perry. “No More, No More” is an underrated track, the lyrics are the best written lyrics on the album, IMO. I really like the bluesy, Bob Dylan-like feel this song has. “Round and Round” has a deep, dark sound with some great riffs and hooks from Perry and Hamilton. This song was a great builder to the album grand finally: “You See Me Crying” which is an epic ending for the album. This song opens with Tyler on the piano along with some superbly orchestrated music then Tyler delivers some of his best vocals from the album in this very heartfelt and melodic ballad. If you don’t own any Aerosmith albums, this is the one to get, if for no other reason than the hits Walk this Way, Toys in the Attic, and Sweet Emotion. In my Opinion, I would get the album just to hear Tyler deliver a melodic ballad while playing piano to an orchestra accompaniment, and not ooze with sexual innuendo, now THAT is the masterpiece to hear !! My rating for listening pleasure 5/5.