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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  and Gems  are the benchmarks, especially the former); ones that compile the band's subsequent run with Geffen Records (Big Ones ); and ones that ostensibly span both eras via cross-licensing (O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits ). 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.
Performance CreditsAerosmith Primary Artist
Joe Perry Guitar,Background Vocals
Bob Dowd Background Vocals
Bruce Fairbairn Background Vocals
Joey Kramer Drums
Jay Messina Marimbas
Paul Prestopino Banjo
Steven Tyler Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Brad Whitford Guitar
David Woodford Saxophone
Tom Hamilton Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsAerosmith Producer
Joe Perry Composer
Desmond Child Composer
Adrian Barber Producer
Jack Douglas Producer
Bruce Fairbairn Producer
Taylor Rhodes Composer
Rick Rubin Producer
Russell Simmons Producer
Steven Tyler Composer
Matt Serletic Arranger,Producer
Howard Kaufman Management
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Danielle Faith Friedman Management
Trudy Green Management
Marcee Rondon Publicity
Boneyard Boys Producer
Randle Feagin Booking
Amy Kalyn Sims Cover Photo
Tom Hamilton Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love Aerosmith! my favorite song is I Don't Want To Miss A Thing!It is so romantintic! and it is me and my boyfriends song!
I have heard alot of Aerosmith and this is all of there best hits including Dream On and Mama Kin. It also has new hits like Jaded, I Don't Want to Miss a Thing and Devils Got a New Disguise.
Totally Awesome and totally one of my favorites. Wicked good songs.