Aerosmith (album)

Aerosmith (album)
Studio album by Aerosmith
Released January 1973 (1973-01)[1]
Recorded 1972 at Intermedia Studios in Boston, Massachusetts[1]
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 35:44
Label Columbia
Producer Adrian Barber[1]
Aerosmith chronology
(January 1973)
Get Your Wings
(March 1974)
Singles from Aerosmith
  1. "Dream On"
    Released: June 27, 1973 (1973-06-27)[2]
  2. "Mama Kin"
    Released: 1973
  3. "Make It"
    Released: 1973

Aerosmith is the eponymous debut album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released in January 1973 by Columbia Records.[1] The song "Walkin' the Dog" is a cover song originally performed by Rufus Thomas. Also featured on the album is "Dream On" which became an American top ten single when re-released in 1976. "Dream On" was first released as a single in 1973. The album peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200 in 1976.[3]

The photo at right is the original cover, which misprinted the song "Walkin' The Dog" as "Walkin' The Dig". When a second pressing of the album was released in 1976, this error was corrected, and the cover replaced with a modified one made up entirely of the photo of the band members. This second pressing is the more commonly available version of the LP. When reissued on CD in 1993 as a remastered version, the original first pressing artwork was used.



After entering a partnership with Frank Connelly, David Krebs and Steve Leber invited members of two record labelsAtlantic Records and Columbia Records – to view an Aerosmith concert at Max's Kansas City. Clive Davis, the president of Columbia, was impressed with the group and Aerosmith signed with Columbia in the summer of 1972.

The group then recorded their debut album at Intermedia Studios in Boston, Massachusetts with record producer Adrian Barber.

The album was not a success when it was released in January 1973.[1] The song "Dream On" was released as a single on June 27, 1973[2] and reached #59 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

The album received generally positive reviews. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic stated that the album clearly showcases all the attributes of the band that would become the defining American hard rock band of the '70s.[5]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Steven Tyler, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Make It"     3:38
2. "Somebody"   Tyler, Steven Emspack 3:45
3. "Dream On"     4:28
4. "One Way Street"     7:00
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mama Kin"     4:25
2. "Write Me a Letter"     4:11
3. "Movin' Out"   Tyler, Joe Perry 5:03
4. "Walkin' the Dog"   Rufus Thomas 3:12


Additional personnel

  • David Woodford – saxophone on "Mama Kin" and "Write Me a Letter"


  • Producer: Adrian Barber
  • Engineers: Adrian Barber, Caryl Weinstock
  • Liner notes: Stu Werbin


Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1973 The Billboard 200 21

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1973 "Dream On" The Billboard Hot 100 59
"Mama Kin" The Billboard Hot 100 75
1976 "Dream On" (re-issue) The Billboard Hot 100 6


Organization Level Date
RIAA - U.S. Gold September 11, 1975
Platinum November 21, 1986
2× Platinum
CIA – Canada Gold Nov 01, 1976
Platinum May 1, 1979

External links


  1. ^ a b c d e Wild, David (1991, 2002). Album notes for Pandora's Box by Aerosmith, pp. 17, 18 [CD liner]. United States: Columbia Records (C3K 86567).
  2. ^ a b (1980, 1993) Album notes for Aerosmith's Greatest Hits by Aerosmith [CD liner]. United States: Columbia Records (CK 57367).
  3. ^ "Aerosmith - Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Aerosmith - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ Aerosmith (1973) at Allmusic

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