Liberally stickered in your local emporium as a 'Best of', this pumping, testosterone-filled beast of a compilation is - dare I say it - a bit of a sheep in wolf's clothing.
Aerosmith were formed in 1970, and have released over twenty albums, but this anthology only covers the years the band spent at Geffen. In other words it's a small 8-year slice of the band's 31 year career.
Admittedly, the band's trademark devices for alienating your neighbours are here - the bluesy sub-Zeppelin rifferama of Joe Perry, the yelping 'who let the cat out of the bag?' vocal stylings of Stephen Tyler, and of course the *ahem* politically correct lyrics. Yet it seems a shame to think that young whippersnappers who wish to annoy Granny this Christmas will be doing so without the full artillery that the Toxic Twins amassed over the last third of the 20th century.
It's well-documented that earning that nickname was very nearly the ruin of the band, and - were it not for the career-resuscitating move to Geffen and the hiring of some top drawer producers - people wouldn't still be grinning at their bulgy-trousered antics. And that renaissance is all on view here.
Naturally, close attention is paid to the tip-top album Pump
(seven tracks included) which sold squillions and made sure Aerosmith would never go away again. From then on, not counting the fabulous pairing with Run-D.M.C on the revamped "Walk This Way", the band set the controls to 'stadium-filling autopilot' and proceeded to deliver more of the same.
So, it's a real shame that the band's first classic period gems such as the original "Walk This Way", "Back in the Saddle", or even "Draw the Line" are missing, leaving old rockers bereft and young'uns without a true historical overview. Even worse, the boys left for Columbia before getting to that treacly power-ballad stuff like "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing", so your girlfriend won't like it either.
All in all, Young Lust
and its truly puerile artwork is nowhere near a 'Best of', and yet when young Tyler hits that long screaming note at the start of the title track, I just can't help grinning one more time.
by Reviewer: BBC Music
(blogging at BBC Music
)13th September 2017