Gems (Aerosmith album)

Gems
Aerosmith - Gems.JPG
Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 15, 1988
Recorded1972–1982
GenreHard rock, blues rock
Length53:26
LabelColumbia
ProducerDavid Krebs, Steve Leber, Gary Lyons, Adrian Barber, Tony Bongiovi, Jack Douglas, Steven Tyler, Ray Colcord
Aerosmith compilation chronology
Greatest Hits
(1980)
Gems
(1988)
Pandora's Box
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]

Gems is a compilation album released by Aerosmith in 1988 under the label Columbia. It was the first compilation of studio material since 1980's Greatest Hits. Concentrating mainly on heavier material than the radio-friendly singles output on Greatest Hits, the album is noted for the inclusion of the 1978 studio version of "Chip Away The Stone" – previously released as a single from 1978's Live! Bootleg, only a live rendition of the song was released at the time. Originally scheduled for release on November 8, 1988[3] [4], the album was delayed one week and issued on November 15, 1988.[5]

In 2007 The album was released by Sony BMG as part of their 'Collections' series entitled 'Greatest Hits' and reissued the following year by Sony in their 'Steel Box' series. [6]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Rats in the Cellar" (from Rocks, 1976))Steven Tyler, Joe Perry4:06
2."Lick and a Promise" (from Rocks)Tyler, Perry3:05
3."Chip Away the Stone" (previously unreleased studio version, live version released previously on Live! Bootleg, 1978)Richard Supa4:01
4."No Surprize" (from Night in the Ruts, 1979)Tyler, Perry4:26
5."Mama Kin" (from Aerosmith, 1973)Tyler4:27
6."Adam's Apple" (from Toys in the Attic, 1975)Tyler4:34
7."Nobody's Fault" (from Rocks)Brad Whitford, Tyler4:18
8."Round and Round" (from Toys in the Attic)Tyler, Whitford5:03
9."Critical Mass" (from Draw the Line, 1977)Tyler, Tom Hamilton, Jack Douglas4:52
10."Lord of the Thighs" (from Get Your Wings, 1974)Tyler4:14
11."Jailbait" (from Rock in a Hard Place, 1982)Tyler, Jimmy Crespo4:39
12."Train Kept A-Rollin'" (from Get Your Wings)Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann5:41

Personnel[edit]

Aerosmith
Additional musicians
Production
  • David Krebs – Executive Producer
  • Steve Leber – Executive Producer
  • Gary Lyons – Producer
  • Adrian Barber – Producer
  • Tony Bongiovi – Producer
  • Jack Douglas – Producer
  • Ray Colcord – Producer
  • Don DeVito – Digital Producer
  • John Ingrassia – Project Administrator
  • James Diener – Project Director
  • Mark Wilder – Assembly, Engineer, Digital Mastering
  • Keith Garde – Creative Supervision
  • Caroline Greyshock – Photography
  • Jimmy Ienner, Jr. – Photography
  • Darren S. Winston – Creative Consultant
  • Joel Zimmerman – Art Supervisor
  • Lisa Sparagano – Design
  • Ken Fredette – Design
  • Vic Anesini – Digital Mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
The Billboard 200 133

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold August 16, 1996

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Tracks Label Catalog # Barcode Edition Series Notes
USA Nov 15, 1988 LP 12 Columbia/CBS FC 44487 074644448719 sched. for Nov 8, 1988 - delayed 1 week[5]
USA Nov 15, 1988 CD 12 Columbia/CBS CK 44487 074644448726 sched. for Nov 8, 1988 - delayed 1 week[7]
USA Nov 15, 1988 Cassette 12 Columbia/CBS FCT 44487 074644448740 sched. for Nov 8, 1988 - delayed 1 week[8]
USA Oct 25, 1990 CD 12 Columbia/CBS CK 44487 074644448726 The Nice Price possibly released in a "The Nice Price" Longbox[9]
USA Jan 22, 1991 Cassette 12 Columbia/CBS PCT 44487 074644448740 02 The Nice Price approx. date[10]
USA Sep 7, 1993 CD 12 Columbia/SMEI CK 57371 074645737126 Special Limited Collector's Edition The Nice Price 1993 Remaster; sched. for Aug 24, 1993 - delayed 2 weeks[11]
USA Sep 7, 1993 Cassette 12 Columbia/SMEI CT 57371 074645737140 The Nice Price 1993 Remaster; sched. for Aug 24, 1993 - delayed 2 weeks[12]
USA Feb 1, 2008 CD 12 Columbia/SMEI CK 57371 886972387321 1993 Remaster[13]
USA Feb 1, 2008 MP3 256k 12 Columbia/SBME CK 57371 886972387321 1993 Remaster; album only[14][15][16]
USA Jul 1, 2009 MP3 192k 12 Columbia/SME CK 57371 886972387321 1993 Remaster; album only[17][18]
USA Oct 6, 2009 MP3 320k 12 Columbia/SME CK 57371 886972387321 1993 Remaster; indiv. tracks; approx. date; issued between Oct 6 - Nov 28, 2009[19][20][21]
USA Nov 6, 2012 MP3 256k 12 Columbia/SME 88644 37119 6 886443711969 2012 Remaster; indiv. tracks[22]
USA Nov 6, 2012 AAC 256k 12 Columbia/SME 88644 37119 6 886443711969 2012 Remaster; indiv. tracks[23][24]
USA Apr 23, 2014 FLAC 96/24 12 Columbia/SME 88644 37119 6 886443711969 2012 Remaster; album only[25][26][27]
USA Dec 2014 MP3 320k + AAC 320k 12 Columbia/SME CK 57371 886972387321 1993 Remaster; indiv. tracks; approx. date; issued between Dec 11 - 17, 2014[28][29][30]
USA Dec 2014 FLAC 44.1/16 12 Columbia/SME CK 57371 886972387321 1993 Remaster; indiv. tracks; approx. date; issued between Dec 11 - 17, 2014[28][29][30]
USA Dec 23, 2014 AIFF 96/24 12 Columbia/SME 88644 37119 6 886443711969 2012 Remaster; album only[31][32]
USA Dec 23, 2014 ALAC 96/24 12 Columbia/SME 88644 37119 6 886443711969 2012 Remaster; album only[31][32]
USA Dec 23, 2014 WAV 96/24 12 Columbia/SME 88644 37119 6 886443711969 2012 Remaster; album only[31][32]
USA Aug 7, 2019 AAC 256k 12 Columbia/SME 88644 37119 6 886443711969 Apple Digital Master 2012 Remaster; indiv. tracks[33][34]
USA Sep 27, 2019 FLAC 96/24 12 Columbia/SME 88644 37119 6 886443711969 2012 Remaster; album only[35]

References[edit]

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  34. ^ "Apple rebrands its best-sounding music as 'Apple Digital Masters'". The Verge.
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