AEROSMITH – Toys In The Attic [remastered SACD Gold Disc] Out Of Print
And here’s more requests… one of you asked for the best sounding-reissue AEROSMITH albums, especially from the first era. Now we have here the classic “Toys In The Attic”, and after listening to several version / releases, this special remastered limited edition on SACD Gold Disc is the winner.
“Toys In The Attic” is where Aerosmith really tick all the right boxes, something that would be augmented even more with the excellent follow up ‘Rocks’.
After nearly getting off the ground with previous LP ‘Get Your Wings’, Aerosmith finally perfected their mix of Stonesy raunch and Zeppelin-esque riffing with their third album, “Toys in the Attic”. The success of the LP derives from a combination of an increased sense of songwriting skills and purpose.
Not only does Joe Perry turn out indelible riffs like “Walk This Way,” “Toys In The Attic” and “Sweet Emotion,” but Steven Tyler has fully embraced sleaziness as his artistic muse. Taking his cue from the old dirty blues “Big Ten Inch Record,” Tyler writes with a gleeful impishness about sex throughout “Toys in the Attic”, whether it’s the teenage heavy petting of “Walk This Way,” the promiscuous “Sweet Emotion,” or the double-entendres of “Uncle Salty” and “Adam’s Apple.”
The rest of Aerosmith, led by Perry’s dirty, exaggerated riffing, provide an appropriately greasy backing. Before “Toys In The Attic”, no other hard rock band sounded like this. Despite of being recorded in 1975 (!) this album is so fresh that could pass as a 2018 release. You never get tired of “Toys In The Attic”.
Aerosmith was a gritty, street-wise hard rock band who played their blues as blooze and were in it for a good time; “Toys In The Attic” crystallizes that attitude.
There’s various versions of “Toys In The Attic”. The ’90s, world-wide remastered reissue is good, the HDtracks.com 2012 is bad / muddy, and this SACD Gold Disc limited edition is our favorite.
SACD is a multi-channel format appeared past decade for multi-track playback, something like 5.1 surround. You need specific hardware to play SACD.
Now, when you rip a SACD you lost the ‘multi-channel’ effect, into a 2-channel stereo. But the sound obtained is clearer, believe me.
The SACD Stereo version for “Toys In The Attic” is a massive improvement over previous CD releases. Without going through the usual litany of ‘shapes of sounds’ and ‘depth of stages’, I’d like to say that fans of Aerosmith will not be disappointed.
“Walk This Way” is allowed to step outside the boundaries of flatness inherent in standard CDs as are all of the songs. Adam’s Apple boasts a full saxophone section barely hinted at on vinyl and CD.
On “Sweet Emotion” I can actually hear the triangle loud and clear on the final verse for the 1st time ever (considering that I bought this on vinyl back in 1975, and on CD in 1997, that is saying something).
It’s truly amazing what a little DSD will do when placed into the hands of knowledgeable engineers who are not interested in tinkering. Instead, the power of DSD as a tool allows for purity extraction, plain and simple.
You’ll note that the overall dynamic range is below the usual, quiet. But volume is easily crankable and there you can hear how good this remaster is – specially done for this release.
A MUST HAVE Classic
You’ve seen it first here, at 0dayrox
01 – Toys In The Attic
02 – Uncle Salty
03 – Adam’s Apple
04 – Walk This Way
05 – Big Ten Inch Record
06 – Sweet Emotion
07 – No More No More
08 – Round And Round
09 – You See Me Crying
Steven Tyler – vocals, keyboards, harmonica, percussion
Joe Perry – guitar, slide, backing vocals, percussion
Brad Whitford – guitar
Tom Hamilton – bass, rhythm guitar on “Uncle Salty”
Joey Kramer – drums, percussion
Scott Cushnie – piano
Jay Messina – bass marimba
Mike Mainieri – orchestra conductor on 9