Aerosmith-Young Lust

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Reviewed: April 2021
Released: 2001, Geffen
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Usually we don’t bother reviewing older releases and especially not a Greatest Hits compilation.  In addition, a big band like Aerosmith doesn’t really need my help or care if I wrote a review of their albums.  However, I came across this in a bargain bin recently and it really caught my eye.  Then I realized that this is the exact same release as GOLD, which we reviewed back in 2005. GOLD is just YOUNG LUST reissued with alternate (boring) cover art and a boring title four years later.  So what would possible possess me to write a review of this?  Read on…

Aerosmith, to date, as of time of writing in early 2021, has at LEAST a dozen CD compilations not even including the various box-sets. Which one is worth getting? YOUNG LUST is the one.

I knew this came out years and years ago and I already had a couple of Aerosmith compilations so for me that was more than enough. I just ignored it all these years. I just happened to look at this in the store the other day and upon further investigation I realized this collection is actually really cool.  Why?  It has no less than 11 rare or unreleased tracks! These songs are not identified, promoted or even really listed as rare or unreleased on the back cover, you have to dig through the credits to discover that.

There are 34 songs for over two and half hours of Aerosmith and that is a really great value but the real treasure is all the rare stuff.  It has a Japanese bonus track, orchestral versions, acoustic versions, songs from soundtracks, B-sides, singles, this bad boy has it all. It covers the Geffen years (1985-2001) and perhaps most importantly for historical reasons, a version of RUN DMC’s cover/collaboration version of ‘Walk This Way’. To the best of my knowledge, that tune had not been released on an Aerosmith release until YOUNG LUST.

On top of all that the cover art is cool, the whole thing features a saucy boobs motif,  (classic Aerosmith!) and the CD comes with a 20-page booklet featuring a long and insightful essay by the recently deceased Gerri Miller. Of all the Aerosmith collections to own, this is the one.  It’s a shame it took me 20 years to realize it. Best $2.99 I ever spent.

Track listing:

Left Disc

Let The Music Do The Talking
My Fist Your Face
Shame On You
Heart’s Done Time
Rag Doll
Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
Hangman Jury
Permanent Vacation
Young Lust
The Other Side
What It Takes
Monkey On My Back
Love In An Elevator
Janie’s Got A Gun
Ain’t Enough
Walk This Way

Right Disc

Eat The Rich
Love Me Two Times
Head First
Livin’ On The Edge (Acoustic Version)
Don’t Stop
Can’t Stop Messin’
Amazing (Orchestral Version)
Shut Up And Dance
Deuces Are Wild
Walk On Water
Blind Man
Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees) (Live)
Dream On (Live)
Hole In My Soul (Live)
Sweet Emotion (Live)