Rock This Way

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When this live bootleg turned up at vinyl swap meets around 1977, Aerosmith fans had many words of praise for it. The sound quality is superb, and Aerosmith's performances are as focused as they are tough, hard, and gritty. But here's the frustrating thing: TAKRL (one of the top bootleg labels of the 1970s) doesn't bother to provide either a recording date or a venue, although the LP was recorded at a New York show. However, one can safely assume that it was recorded sometime in 1975 because all of the songs are from Aerosmith's first three studio albums. If a song isn't from 1975's Toys in the Attic ("Walk This Way," "No More, No More" and that album's title song), it's from Get Your Wings ("Same Old Song and Dance," "S.O.S.") or Aerosmith ("Dream On"). So while collectors were frustrated by TAKRL's failure to list a venue or a recording date, the LP's fine sound quality (obviously, the bootlegger taped from a soundboard) and first-rate performances made it impossible to resist.