Offered for sale is an early U.S. pressing of the self-titled debut album by Aerosmith, featuring the original cover.
About this copy: This copy of Aerosmith is a 1973 second issue of the album, with the original cover but with the song title “Walking the Dog” spelled correctly.
The cover has the original shrink wrap and is VG++ and close to M-, with slight wear at the corners and mouth.
The disc is VG++ on side one and VG+ on side two, with a few sleeve scuffs and a couple of faint marks.
A nice copy of an album that is usually found in terrible condition, as the cover is prone to wear.
Background: Aerosmith’s 1973 debut was a modest selling album that did not make the Billboard album charts on its initial release. The only one of three singles from the album to reach the charts was “Dream On,” which peaked at #59.
When the song was reissued as a single in 1976, it reached #6 on the charts. The album reached #21 in 1976 after “Dream On” became a hit and was eventually certified platinum for sales of more than one million copies.
Original pressings of the album feature an orange banner at the top with the band’s name and a small inset photo of the band. The back cover lists the song “Walking the Dog” as “Walking the Dig.” This was corrected shortly after release; the first version with the misspelling is quite rare.
In 1976, Columbia Records reissued the album with a slightly different cover – the orange banner was gone and the small photo of the band was enlarged to fill the entire cover. Helped by the hit single, Aerosmith eventually went double platinum.
In retrospect, it’s a bit shocking how fully formed the signature Aerosmith sound was on their self-titled 1973 debut — which may not be the same thing as best-executed, because this album still sounds like a first album, complete with the typical stumbles and haziness that comes with a debut. … They are truly an American band, sounding as though they were the best bar band in your local town, cranking out nasty hard-edged rock, best heard on “Mama Kin,” the best rocker here, one that’s so greasy it nearly slips through their fingers. But the early masterpiece is, of course, “Dream On,” the first full-fledged power ballad. There was nothing quite like it in 1973, and it remains the blueprint for all power ballads since. The rest of the record contains the seeds of Aerosmith’s sleazoid blues-rock, but they wouldn’t quite perfect that sound until the next time around.
As most copies of the album were sold after the cover change, all U.S. versions of the album with the orange banner are rather hard to find and are particularly hard to find in collectible condition, as the cover was unusually prone to cover wear.
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