Devil's Got A New Disguise: The Very Best Of Aerosmith

Aerosmith

Aerosmith has released a greatest hits collection once again — just in time for the Christmas shopping season (although apparently not at Tower Records), and in the midst of their mega tour with Motley Crue. If you missed out on buying a collection of Aerosmith’s greatest hit songs the previous five times or so ( I have lost count), they have released a new one called Devil’s Got A New Disguise: The Very Best Of Aerosmith. Being the swell guys they are, here’s another chance to hear the hits that made Aerosmith the superstars they are today.

We need another Aerosmith greatest hits collection like we do another raise in the price of gas. It’s becoming obscene. But, I guess, contracts have to be honored, and this really is a way to do just that. Too bad Monty Python already used “Contractual Obligation Album” as a title some 30 years ago. It would have been a more honest choice of names for this collection. In true millennium fashion, all the songs you would expect are here, including “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion,” and “Back in The Saddle”(soon to be used in NASCAR ads I’ve been told — ”Mo money, mo money”) from the earlier years, as well as “Dude (Looks Like A Lady),” “Love In an Elevator,” and “Rag Doll” from the Sober Years. Also included here are “Crazy,” “Cryin’,” and “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” from the Ballad Years — a time when it seemed every Aerosmith tune was something you might hear on a Lifetime Channel movie soundtrack if the royalties were paid!

Also included are two unreleased songs, the very nice “Sedona Sunrise,” written with former Bryan Adams collaborator Jim Vallance, which explains why I kept thinking I had heard this song before. Also the old school Aerosmith boogie title track “Devil’s Got A New Disguise,” written with Diane Warren. If anything, these are the reasons to pick up this disc. The inclusion of “Walk This Way,” the version featuring Run DMC, solidified my thinking that this collection would appeal to a younger, first time Aerosmith CD buyer, who, after seeing this video on MTV are a VH1 classic episode, might decide it would be great to have alongside his or her collection off LL Cool J CDs. Maybe a hip mom doing some holiday shopping for her kids decides to turn her kids on to a band that has been around since she was their age. That’s the nice thing about Aerosmith being around so long — their songs do apply to just about any generation. All in all, a nice collection, with a bonus. Happy holidays from Aerosmith. Now go to the concert and buy a $50 T-shirt!

~ Junkman

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