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Pandora's Box
January 2002
Released: 1991, Columbia Records
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: JP

A bit of a mellower entry in the Metal Rules Library of Loudness but due to the history of the band this box-set deserves a look 10+ years later. Let’s not mince words. Aerosmith are corporate whores. They have a large number of lame “Best of” CD’s, a few contractual obligation CDs, a number of poorly executed double Live CD’s and another lame box-set called Box of Fire designed to make money.

My words of caution are these… Avoid all that unnecessary junk and pick up Pandoras Box. Despite a career saturated with junk releases this box set is very, very well done. Much like the Alice Cooper box-set situation, on occasion big labels with money and time can produce a sterling piece of work and the Aerosmith box-set is just that.

What we have is 3 cassettes and 52 songs spread from 1966 through to 1982 and the initial collapse of this venerable American rock institution. 52 songs is an excellent value and an excellent retrospective of the first phase of their magnificent career. There are about 24 unreleased songs and they are all treasures for the Aerosmith fan. This box has it all. It starts with rare, pre-Aerosmith tracks with Stephen Tyler’s band Chain Reaction from 1966, through to demo’s, live stuff, remixes, rehearsals…all very cool collectibles.

There is a 60+ page, full colour book inside that is very detailed and interesting including an essay, song by song liner notes by the band, song by song credits, tons of photos and lots of laudatory quotes praising the band in one form or another.

Overall this is a great collection that has all the elements of a good box-set; good value, lots of cool rarities, nice packaging and the little extras for the fans who are going to dish out the extra dough to explore a piece of American hard rock history.
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