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Devil's Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith
     

Devil's Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith

by Aerosmith
 

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Aerosmith greatest-hits compilations can be sorted into three categories: ones that compile the band's 1970s prime with Columbia Records (of which Greatest Hits [1980] and Gems [1988] are the benchmarks, especially the former); ones that compile the band's subsequent run with Geffen Records (Big Ones [1994]); and ones that

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Aerosmith greatest-hits compilations can be sorted into three categories: ones that compile the band's 1970s prime with Columbia Records (of which Greatest Hits [1980] and Gems [1988] are the benchmarks, especially the former); ones that compile the band's subsequent run with Geffen Records (Big Ones [1994]); and ones that ostensibly span both eras via cross-licensing (O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits [2002]). Devil's Got a New Disguise falls into the final category, as it spans Aerosmith's entire career to date, from "Dream On" and "Mama Kin" (from the band's 1973 eponymous debut) to a pair of new studio recordings ("Sedona Sunrise" and "Devil's Got a New Disguise"). Like O, Yeah!, unfortunately, it pays short shrift to the Columbia recordings, compiling a measly five songs: "Dream On," "Mama Kin," "Sweet Emotion," "Back in the Saddle," and "Last Child." The remainder of the 18 songs are Geffen recordings, beginning with the Run-D.M.C. version of "Walk This Way" and then moving on to Permanent Vacation (1987), bypassing Done with Mirrors (1985) as well as numerous other latter-day albums, namely Nine Lives (1997), A Little South of Sanity (1998), Honkin' on Bobo (2004), and Rockin' the Joint (2005). Such selective sampling doesn't bode well for comprehensiveness, yet it does result in a perfectly listenable album without any bad songs (unlike most of the double-disc Aerosmith best-ofs like O, Yeah! and Gold, which are comprehensive yet troublesomely bogged down by subpar material that doesn't really warrant compilation). After all, Aerosmith struggled to craft engaging material in the wake of Pump (1989), their last truly great album, so it's actually for the best that those latter-day albums are bypassed here. Truth be told, Devil's Got a New Disguise is simply a trimmed-down version of O, Yeah!, and while it's perfectly listenable, it also leaves much to be desired from the standpoint of comprehensiveness. If you were to own one and only one Aerosmith album and consequently wanted a broad, if inevitably cursory, overview, Devil's Got a New Disguise fits that niche well; however, you'd be better off with both the Columbia-era Greatest Hits and the Geffen-era Big Ones, two well-compiled best-ofs that complement each other ideally, and satisfactorily cover practically all of the band's key material without any overlap whatsoever. [Columbia issued an Argentinian edition in 2008.]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2008
Label:
Columbia Europe
UPC:
0886970086820
catalogNumber:
970086
Rank:
48993

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Performance Credits

Aerosmith   Primary Artist
Don Henley   Background Vocals
Joe Perry   Guitar,Background Vocals
Desmond Child   Keyboards
Bob Dowd   Background Vocals
Bruce Fairbairn   Background Vocals
Joey Kramer   Drums
Jay Messina   Marimbas
Steven Tyler   Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals,Lead
Brad Whitford   Guitar
Drew Arnott   Mellotron
Richie Supa   Keyboards
Tom Hamilton   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Aerosmith   Producer
Joe Perry   Composer,Producer
Desmond Child   Composer
Adrian Barber   Producer
Jack Douglas   Producer
Bruce Fairbairn   Producer
Marti Frederiksen   Producer
Taylor Rhodes   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Kevin Shirley   Producer
Russell Simmons   Producer
Steven Tyler   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Matt Serletic   Arranger,Producer
Keith Garde   Creative Consultant
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Amy Kalyn Sims   Cover Photo
Tom Hamilton   Composer

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