Toys in the Attic Album is by Aerosmith, the American rock band. It was released as their third album on the 8th of April 1975. Recorded at the Record Plant in New York, which closed in 1987, it is considered a classic rock album by critics and fans alike.
Production for the album was by Jack Douglas, the American record producer and unofficially the sixth member of Aerosmith. Best known for his work with hard rock bands during the 1970s, he also worked as the engineer on the Imagine album, the 1971 classic by John Lennon.
The material featured on Toys in the Attic is very sexual, a subject that Steven Tyler focused on for his songwriting on the album.
In 1986, Aerosmith gained renewed attention when Run DMC, the American hip-hop group, covered one of the tracks. ” Walk This Way “, written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, wasn’t known by the rappers even though they had used it before as a sample. With the insistence of producer Rick Rubin, Run DMC recorded their cover and took the song into the charts around the world. The song revived Aerosmith’s career, which had been flagging and also helped launch rap music to the mainstream.
The Toys in the Attic album is the group’s most successful studio record in the United States. According to the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ), the album has sold eight million copies in the country, making it 8× Platinum. In Canada, it sold 100,000 copies and had been certified Platinum.
Toys in the Attic featured on the Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, being ranked number 229.
Their breakthrough single, ” Sweet Emotion “, was released on the 19th of May 1975. Many fans of the rockers believe that lead singer Steven Tyler had penned the lyrics about the tension and hostility between members of the band and lead guitarist Joe Perry’s wife, Elyssa. Steven Tyler has said that only some of the lyrics were inspired by her.
Often cited as Aerosmith’s signature song, ” Sweet Emotion ” reached number thirty-six on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their first Top Forty hit single in the United States. The song remains successful years after the initial release, with sales of over three million digital downloads, the track has been proved to be as popular today as it was back in the mid-70s.
Toys in the Attic Album was a commercial success for Aerosmith. In the United States, Toys in the Attic reached number eleven on the Billboard 200 and to date has spent 128 weeks on the chart there.
The album also reached number seventy-nine in Australia and seven in Canada.
Aerosmith is an American rock band. Formed in 1970 in Boston, Massachusetts, the original line-up consisted of Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford.
Their self-titled debut album, released on the 5th of January 1973, gave the band a first taste of the charts, reaching number twenty-one in the United States and fifty-eight in Canada.
Aerosmith has had a string of hit albums throughout their career. But cracks began to show and due to the conflict between band members Joe Perry left in 1979 with Brad Whitford departing two years later. The original line-up came back together in 1984 and the band recorded and released Done with Mirrors in 1985, which reached number thirty-six on the Billboard 200.
Although Aerosmith has experienced a turbulent career, they have gone on to become the best-selling American hard rock band of all time. In the United States, they have sold more than 70 million records and worldwide over 150 million.
To date, Aerosmith’s Album releases are fifteen studio, five live, twelve compilations and two extended plays. They have also released seventy-six singles.
As multi-award-winning recording artists, Aerosmith has won six American Music, four Billboard Music, two Boston Music, four Grammys, two MTV Europe Music, ten MTV Video Music, two People’s Choice, one Soul Train Music and two Teen Choice Awards.
Toys in the Attic Track Listing:
1. Toys In The Attic
2. Uncle Salty
3. Adam’s Apple
4. Walk This Way
5. Big Ten Inch Record
6. Sweet Emotion
7. No More No More
8. Round And Round
9. You See Me Crying