Pandora's Box (album)

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Pandora's Box
Aerosmith - Pandora's Box.jpg
Box set by Aerosmith
Released November 1991
Recorded 1966 ("When I Needed You"), 1971, October 5, 1972–1982
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 230:53
Label Columbia
Producer Various
Aerosmith compilation chronology
Gems
(1988)Gems1988
Pandora's Box
(1991)
Big Ones
(1994)Big Ones1994
Singles from Pandora's Box
  1. "Sweet Emotion"
    Released: 1991 (re-issue)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly(B) [2]

Pandora's Box is a compilation album, released in 1991 by Aerosmith. Released by Columbia Records to capitalise on the band's newfound success with Geffen, the box set consisted of three discs which cover Aerosmith's output from the early 1970s and early 1980s. Alongside alternate versions, previously unreleased songs, live renditions and remixes, Pandora's Box features previously released studio material.

The original issue was as a long cardboard-box, containing three CDs (each within its own jewel-case, with inserts) and a detailed booklet, which detailed the tracks and had comments from the band members. Later issues did away with the outer box, utilising a cardboard slipcase, but reproduced the booklet in 'CD-size'.

Their cover version of "Helter Skelter" is their third commercially released Beatles cover (after "Come Together" from the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band soundtrack and "I'm Down" from Permanent Vacation), despite being the first one they had recorded.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."When I Needed You" (Steven Tyler, pre-Aerosmith, with the band The Strangeurs/Chain Reaction)Barry Shapiro, Steven Tallarico, Don Solomon, Alan Strohmayer, Peter Stahl2:34
2."Make It" (from Aerosmith, with false start, 1973)Steven Tyler3:45
3."Movin' Out" (previously unreleased alternate version from the Aerosmith sessions)Tyler, Joe Perry5:42
4."One Way Street" (from Aerosmith)Tyler6:59
5."On the Road Again" (previously unreleased song from the Aerosmith sessions)John Sebastian[3]3:36
6."Mama Kin" (from Aerosmith)Tyler4:25
7."Same Old Song and Dance" (from Get Your Wings, 1974)Tyler, Perry3:53
8."Train Kept A-Rollin'" (from Get Your Wings)Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann5:33
9."Seasons of Wither" (from Get Your Wings)Tyler5:39
10."Write Me a Letter" (previously unreleased live version)Tyler4:18
11."Dream On" (from Aerosmith)Tyler4:25
12."Pandora's Box" (from Get Your Wings)Tyler, Joey Kramer5:42
13."Rattlesnake Shake" (previously unreleased live radio broadcast aired on WKRQ, Cincinnati)Peter Green10:28
14."Walkin' the Dog" (previously unreleased live radio broadcast aired on WKRQ, Cincinnati)Rufus Thomas3:13
15."Lord of the Thighs" (previously unreleased live version from Texxas Jam, Cottonbowl, Dallas, July 4, 1978)Tyler7:13
Total length:1:17:44
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Toys in the Attic" (from Toys in the Attic, 1975)Tyler, Perry3:05
2."Round and Round" (from Toys in the Attic)Tyler, Brad Whitford5:02
3."Krawhitham" (from the Draw the Line sessions, 1977)Kramer, Whitford, Tom Hamilton3:59
4."You See Me Crying" (from Toys in the Attic)Tyler, Don Solomon5:12
5."Sweet Emotion" (from Toys in the Attic)Tyler, Hamilton4:34
6."No More No More" (from Toys in the Attic)Tyler, Perry4:33
7."Walk This Way" (from Toys in the Attic)Tyler, Perry3:40
8."I Wanna Know Why" (previously unreleased live version from Texxas Jam, Cottonbowl, Dallas, 1978-07-04)Tyler, Perry3:04
9."Big Ten-Inch Record" (previously unreleased live version from Texxas Jam, Cottonbowl, Dallas, 1978-07-04)Fred Weismantel4:01
10."Rats in the Cellar" (From Rocks, 1976)Tyler, Perry4:06
11."Last Child" (remix of the original version from Rocks)Tyler, Whitford3:52
12."All Your Love" (previously unreleased song. Recorded at the Cenacle, Armonk, New York, May 1977)Otis Rush5:27
13."Soul Saver" (previously unreleased rehearsal from the Toys in the Attic sessions)Tyler, Whitford0:53
14."Nobody's Fault" (from Rocks)Tyler, Whitford4:22
15."Lick and a Promise" (from Rocks)Tyler, Perry3:05
16."Adam's Apple" (previously unreleased live version recorded on tour in Indianapolis, Indiana, 1977-07-04)Tyler4:48
17."Draw the Line" (remix of the original version from Draw the Line, 1977)Tyler, Perry3:43
18."Critical Mass" (from Draw the Line)Tyler, Hamilton, Jack Douglas4:51
Total length:1:12:38
Disc three
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Kings and Queens" (from Classics Live, 1986)Tyler, Hamilton, Whitford, Kramer, Douglas5:33
2."Milkcow Blues" (from Draw the Line)Kokomo Arnold4:15
3."I Live in Connecticut" (previously unreleased rehearsal of "Three Mile Smile" from the Night in the Ruts sessions, 1979)Tyler, Perry0:56
4."Three Mile Smile" (from Night in the Ruts)Tyler, Perry3:45
5."Let It Slide" (previously unreleased rehearsal of "Cheese Cake" from the Night in the Ruts sessions)Tyler, Perry2:55
6."Cheese Cake" (from Night in the Ruts)Tyler, Perry4:16
7."Bone to Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy)" (from Night in the Ruts)Tyler, Perry3:01
8."No Surprize" (from Night in the Ruts)Tyler, Perry4:27
9."Come Together" (from the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band soundtrack, 1978)John Lennon, Paul McCartney3:46
10."Downtown Charlie" (previously unreleased song from the Night in the Ruts sessions)Aerosmith2:34
11."Sharpshooter" (from the album Whitford/St. Holmes, 1981)Whitford, Derek St. Holmes5:32
12."Shit House Shuffle" (previously unreleased rehearsal)Perry0:36
13."South Station Blues" (from the album I've Got the Rock'n'Rolls Again by The Joe Perry Project, 1981)Perry4:11
14."Riff & Roll" (previously unreleased song from the Rock in a Hard Place sessions, 1981–82)Tyler, Jimmy Crespo3:18
15."Jailbait" (from Rock in a Hard Place, 1982)Tyler, Crespo4:40
16."Major Barbara" (previously unreleased alternate version, original version on Classics Live)Tyler5:06
17."Chip Away the Stone" (previously unreleased alternate version, studio version on Gems, 1988)Tyler, Perry, Richard Supa4:07
18."Helter Skelter" (previously unreleased song from the Toys in the Attic sessions)Lennon, McCartney3:16
19."Back in the Saddle" (from Rocks)Tyler, Perry4:49
20."Circle Jerk" (previously unreleased instrumental, not listed)Whitford3:44
Total length:1:14:47

Recording locations[edit]

(Alphabetical Order)

  • "Back in the Saddle" - Recorded at the Wherehouse, Waltham, Mass. & Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, Feb-March 1976
  • "Cheese Cake" - Recorded at Media Sound and Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, May-Aug., 1979
  • "Chip Away the Stone" - Recorded at Long View Farm, North Brookfield, Massachusetts, June 4, 1978
  • "Circle Jerk" - Recorded at the Cenacle, Armonk, New York, & Record Plant Studios, NYC, June-Oct., 1977 (?)
  • "Come Together" - Recorded at the Wherehouse, Waltham, Massachusetts, 8/21/78
  • "Critical Mass" - Recorded at the Cenacle, Armonk, New York, & Record Plant Studios, NYC, June-Oct., 1977
  • "Downtown Charlie" - Recorded at The Record Plant, New York City, New York, 8/19/78
  • "Draw the Line" - Recorded at the Cenacle, Armonk, NY, & Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, June-Oct., 1977
  • "Dream On" - Recorded at Intermedia Studios, Boston, Massachusetts, 1972
  • "Helter Skelter" - Recorded at Great Northern Recording Studios, 1975
  • "I Live in Connecticut" - Recorded at The Wherehouse, Waltham, Massachusetts, 3/10/79
  • "I Wanna Know Why" - Recorded on tour at the Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas, 7/4/78
  • "Jailbait" - Recorded at Power Station, NYC & Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida, 1982
  • "Kings and Queens" - Recorded live on tour in Boston, Massachusetts, 3/28/78
  • "Krawitham" - Recorded at the Cenacle, Armonk, New York, 5/2/77
  • "Last Child" - Recorded at the Wherehouse, Waltham, Mass. & Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, Feb-March, 1976
  • "Let It Slide" - Recorded at Media Sound, New York City, New York, March, 1979
  • "Lick and a Promise" - Recorded at the Wherehouse, Waltham, Massachusetts & Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, Feb-March, 1976
  • "Lord of the Thighs" - Recorded on tour at the Cottonbowl, Dallas, Texas, 7/4/78
  • "Major Barbara" - Recorded at Power Station, New York City, New York, May 20, 1971
  • "Make It" - Recorded at Intermedia Studios, Boston, Massachusetts, 1972
  • "Mama Kin" - Recorded at Intermedia Studios, Boston, Massachusetts, 1972
  • "Milkcow Blues" - Recorded at the Cenacle, Armonk, New York, & Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, June-Oct., 1977
  • "Movin' Out" - Recorded at Intermedia Studios, Boston, Massachusetts, 1972
  • "Nobody's Fault" - Recorded at the Wherehouse, Waltham, Massachusetts & Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, Feb-March, 1976
  • "No More No More" - Recorded at Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, February, 1975
  • "No Surprize" - Recorded at Media Sound and Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, May-Aug., 1979
  • "One Way Street" - Recorded at Intermedia Studios, Boston, Massachusetts, 1972
  • "On the Road Again" - Recorded at Intermedia Sound, 5/8/72
  • "Pandora's Box" - Recorded at Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, between 12/17/73 and 1/14/74
  • "Rats in the Cellar" - Recorded at the Wherehouse, Waltham, Mass. & Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, Feb-March, 1976
  • "Rattlesnake Shake" - Recorded at Counterpart Studios, 1971
  • "Riff & Roll" - Recorded at Power Station, New York City, New York, 9/16/81
  • "Round and Round" - Recorded at Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, February, 1975
  • "Same Old Song and Dance" - Recorded at Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, between 12/17/73 and 1/14/74
  • "Seasons of Wither" - Recorded at Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, between 12/17/73 and 1/14/74
  • "Sharpshooter" - Recorded at Axis Studios, Atlanta, Georgia, 1980–81
  • "Shit House Shuffle" - Recorded at Media Sound, New York City, New York, 5/30/79
  • "Soul Saver" - Recorded at Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, February, 1975
  • "South Station Blues" - Recorded at Boston Opera House and Wherehouse, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1981
  • "Sweet Emotion" - Recorded at Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, February, 1975
  • "Three Mile Smile" - Recorded at Media Sound and Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, 7/10/79
  • "Toys in the Attic" - Recorded at Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, February, 1975
  • "Train Kept A-Rollin'" - Recorded at Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, between 12/17/73 and 1/14/74
  • "Walkin' the Dog" - Recorded at Counterpart studios, 1971
  • "Walk This Way" - Recorded at Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, February, 1975
  • "When I Needed You" - Recorded at CBS Studios, New York City, New York, 10/5/66
  • "Write Me a Letter" - Recorded on tour in Boston, Massachusetts, November 1976
  • "You See Me Crying" - Recorded at Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York, February, 1975

See also[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (RPM)[4] 82
US Billboard 200[5] 45
Chart (1994) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[6] 14
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 52
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 41
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 21

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA - USA Gold January 14, 1992
Platinum August 16, 1996

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pandora's Box at AllMusic
  2. ^ Bill Wyman (1991-12-06). "Pandora's Box Review | Music Reviews and News". EW.com. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Original versions of On the Road Again by Aerosmith | SecondHandSongs". secondhandsongs.com. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Library and Archives Canada. March 31, 2004. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Aerosmith Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Aerosmith – Pandora's Box" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  7. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Aerosmith – Pandora's Box". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Aerosmith – Pandora's Box" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Aerosmith – Pandora's Box". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 27, 2012.

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