- Toys in the Attic (album)
Toys in the Attic Studio album by Aerosmith Released April 1975 Recorded January – March 1975 at The Record Plant, New York City, New York Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock Length 37:08 Label Columbia Producer Jack Douglas Aerosmith chronology Get Your Wings
Toys in the Attic
Singles from Toys in the Attic
Toys in the Attic is the third album by American rock band Aerosmith, released in April 1975 by Columbia Records. The album's first single release, "Sweet Emotion", was released a month later on May 19 and "Walk This Way" was later released on August 28 in the same year (see 1975 in music). The album is their second-most commercially successful studio LP, with eight million copies sold in the United States alone, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
Steven Tyler claims that his original idea for the album cover was a teddy bear sitting in the attic with its wrist cut and stuffing spread across the floor. They decided, in the end, to put all of the animals in instead.
The album was ranked #228 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album's title track is part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.
For Aerosmith's previous album, 1974's Get Your Wings, the band began working with record producer Jack Douglas, who co-produced the album with Ray Colcord. Even though in the liner notes to the 1993 reissue of Greatest Hits it was said by an unnamed member of the group that they "nailed" the album, it was not a hit, only reaching #71 on the Billboard 200 and none of the album's singles charted.
At the beginning of 1975 the band started working at The Record Plant in New York City for the album that became Toys in the Attic. The sessions for Toys were produced by Jack Douglas without Ray Colcord and were engineered by Jay Messina with assistant engineers Rod O'Brien, Corky Stasiak, and Dave Thoener. The songs for Toys were recorded with a Spectrasonics mixing board and a 16-track tape recorder.
When Toys in the Attic was released in April 1975, it eventually made #11 on the Billboard 200, a full 63 points higher than Get Your Wings. The single release of "Sweet Emotion" became a minor hit on the Billboard Hot 100 reaching #36 in 1975 and "Walk This Way" reached #10 on the Hot 100 in 1977.
Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic  Blender  Robert Christgau (B+) Rolling Stone 
For his review of Toys in the Attic for Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine called the album's style a mix of Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones riffs and was filled with songs about sex with a different style than there ever was before. Greg Kot called the album a landmark of hard rock. For the Blender magazine review, Ben Mitchell called Toys in the Attic cocaine-influenced and mentions the songs "Toys in the Attic", "Walk This Way", and "Sweet Emotion" as "Standout Tracks".
Side one No. Title Writer(s) Length 1. "Toys in the Attic" Steven Tyler, Joe Perry 3:07 2. "Uncle Salty" Tyler, Tom Hamilton 4:09 3. "Adam's Apple" Tyler 4:33 4. "Walk This Way" Tyler, Perry 3:41 5. "Big Ten Inch Record" Fred Weismantel 2:16 Side two No. Title Writer(s) Length 1. "Sweet Emotion" Tyler, Hamilton 4:34 2. "No More No More" Tyler, Perry 4:34 3. "Round and Round" Tyler, Brad Whitford 5:03 4. "You See Me Crying" Tyler, Don Solomon 5:12
Per liner notes
- Steven Tyler – lead vocals
- Joe Perry – guitar, backing vocals, talkbox on "Sweet Emotion"
- Brad Whitford – guitar
- Tom Hamilton – bass
- Joey Kramer – drums, percussion
- Additional musicians
- Scott Cushnie – Piano On "Big Ten Inch Record" And "No More No More"
- Jay Messina – Bass Marimba On "Sweet Emotion"
- Jack Douglas – producer, arranger
- Jay Messina – engineer
- Rod O'Brien – assistant engineer
- Corky Stasiak – assistant engineer
- Dave Thoener – assistant engineer
- Doug Sax – mastering
- Vic Anesini – mastering engineer
- Bob Belott – original photography
- Pacific Eye & Ear – album design
- Ingrid Haenke – illustration
- Lisa Sparagano – 1993 package design
- Ken Fredette – 1993 package design
- Jimmy Lenner, Jr. – still life photography
- Leslie Lambert – still life collage design
- David Krebs – direction
- Steve Leber – direction
The song "No More No More" was covered by Velvet Revolver.
Rose Hill Drive covered the album in its entirety during their 2007-08 New Year's Eve concert.
Chicago favorites, Mr._Blotto covered the Album in its entirety on Sat. July 23rd during their 12th Blottopia at Vasa Park, South Elgin, Il.
Chart (1976) Peak
US Billboard 200 11 Canada RPM 100 Albums 7
Year Single Chart Position 1975 "Sweet Emotion" The Billboard Hot 100 36 "Walk This Way" The Billboard Hot 100 10 "Toys in the Attic" The Billboard Hot 100 96 1991 "Sweet Emotion" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 36
Organization Level Date RIAA – U.S. Gold August 11, 1975 Platinum November 21, 1986 4× Platinum 5× Platinum December 21, 1988 6× Platinum October 28, 1994 8× Platinum June 4, 2002 CRIA – Canada Gold April 1, 1977 Platinum December 1, 1978
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