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One Way Street: A Tribute to Aerosmith

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AllMusic Review by Eduardo Rivadavia

When it comes to tribute albums, one can usually separate the good from the bad by applying the label showcase rule. Meaning, if the bands taking part in said tribute album all belong to the same record company, then you just know that the justification for compiling the record in the first place (promoting the label's roster rather than the music itself) was probably more self-serving than honest appreciation. In the case of Shrapnel Records' 2001 submission to the category, One Way Street: A Tribute to Aerosmith, this issue is muddled somewhat by the fact that, instead of actual working bands tackling Tyler, Perry, and company classics like "Round and Round," "Rats in the Cellar," and "Lord of the Thighs" (as well as more recent fare like "Cryin'" and "Living on the Edge"), what you get here are various combinations of current employees/former rock stars seemingly thrown together in haphazard fashion. Like spare parts bolted together to create an otherworldly dinosaur rock act for the ages, one-time legends like Joe Lynn Turner, Al Pitrelli, Carmine Appice, Reb Beach, Tim Bogert, Glenn Hughes, Steve Lukather, Doug Pinnick, Jimmy Bain, John Corabi, and Bruce Kulick (the list really does go on and on) elbow each other aside in search of some room on these 11 cuts. More pleasurable because of their personal abilities than their chemistry, these performances will interest the famed participants' die-hard fans, few others.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Doug Aldrich / Carmine Appice / Jeff Pilson / Jack Russell 04:17 Amazon
2 Al Pitrelli / Carmine Rojas / Pat Torpey / Joe Lynn Turner 04:26 Amazon
3 Reb Beach / Tim Bogert / Tim "Ripper" Owens / Eric Singer / Eric Stinger 05:06 Amazon
4 Aynsley Dunbar / Craig Goldy / Jason Scheff / Jeff Scott Soto 04:59 Amazon
5 Frankie Banali / Paul Taylor Choristers / Tony Franklin / Glenn Hughes / Steve Lukather / Paul Taylor 05:32 Amazon
6 Vinnie Colaiuta / Jimmy Haslip / Richie Kotzen / Fee Waybill 03:59 Amazon
7 Jimmy Bain / Gregg Bissonette / Elliot Easton / Doug Pinnick 07:05 Amazon
8 John Alderete / John Corabi / Stevie Salas / Brian Tichy 05:46 Amazon
9 Bobby Kimball / Michael Porcaro / Mike Porcaro / Derek Sherinian / Tony Thompson / Waddy Wachtel 05:53 Amazon
10 Vinny Appice / Whitfield Crane / Bruce Kulick / Marco Mendoza 03:57 Amazon
11 Rick Marotta / Robin McAuley / Blues Saraceno / Phil Soussan 05:06 Amazon
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