Live! Bootleg

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Live! Bootleg
Aerosmith - Live Bootleg.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedOctober 27, 1978
Recorded1973, 1977, 1978
GenreHard rock, blues rock
ProducerJack Douglas, Aerosmith, David Krebs, Steve Leber
Aerosmith live chronology
Live! Bootleg
Classics Live I and II
Singles from Live! Bootleg
  1. "Chip Away the Stone"
    Released: 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1/5 stars[2]

Live! Bootleg is a double live album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released on October 27, 1978.[3]

While most of the performances were drawn from concerts in 1977 and 1978, the covers "I Ain't Got You" and "Mother Popcorn" were taken from a radio broadcast of a Boston performance on March 20, 1973.


The design of the album is intended to ape the poor production values offered by contemporary bootleg records, even going so far as to give an incorrect track listing: the song "Draw the Line" is included on the record but does not appear listed; the track is a secret track after "Mother Popcorn". The album also features a secret live instrumental cover of "Strangers in the Night" inserted into their cover of "Train Kept A-Rollin'", which was probably a nod to a similar quote by Jimi Hendrix during "Wild Thing" at the Monterey Pop Festival. The back of the CD cover includes two coffee stains over the picture of Joe Perry playing before a live audience. The original LP cover had the coffee stains, but not the picture of Perry, which was part of the gatefold artwork. The record also features one of Aerosmith's first live versions of The Beatles "Come Together", which they performed in the 1978 movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the first record appearance of Richie Supa's "Chip Away the Stone" (the studio version of this song would later be released on 1988's Gems compilation).

In the band memoir Walk this Way, Perry recalls, "I didn't want to do a live album at the time because there were so many perfect live albums coming out, all doctored and fixed and overdubbed. Big deal. Double live album - 'standard of the industry'. I felt like we had to avoid that and do a real live album like Live at Leeds or Get Yer Ya Ya's Out or that old Kinks album."[4] In his own 2014 memoir Rocks, Perry confessed that the idea behind the LP confounded their label Columbia:

We were working on Live! Bootleg!, an album of old shows that we intentionally wanted to sound bootlegged. A couple of those tracks were recorded off air onto a cassette. It had hiss all over it. We left on the hiss because the hiss was real. But I'm not sure Columbia ever understood our concept. They wanted a clean sound, but we wanted to keep it real. That's the thrill of a real bootleg.[5]

This album was briefly featured on the episode "Prank Day" of That '70s Show.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Back in the Saddle" (Indianapolis, IN, July 4, 1977)Steven Tyler, Joe Perry4:25
2."Sweet Emotion" (Chicago, IL, March 23, 1978)Tyler, Tom Hamilton4:42
3."Lord of the Thighs" (Chicago, IL, March 23, 1978)Tyler7:18
4."Toys in the Attic" (Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, March 28, 1978)Tyler, Perry3:45
Side two
5."Last Child" (The Paradise Club, Boston, MA, August 9, 1978)Tyler, Brad Whitford3:14
6."Come Together" (The Wherehouse, Waltham, MA, August 21, 1978)John Lennon, Paul McCartney4:51
7."Walk This Way" (Detroit, MI, April 2, 1978)Tyler, Perry3:46
8."Sick as a Dog" (Indianapolis, IN, July 4, 1977)Tyler, Hamilton4:42
Side three
1."Dream On" (Louisville, KY, July 3, 1977)Tyler4:31
2."Chip Away the Stone" (Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, April 8, 1978)Richard Supa4:12
3."Sight for Sore Eyes" (Columbus, OH, March 24, 1978)Tyler, Perry, Jack Douglas, David Johansen3:18
4."Mama Kin" (Indianapolis, IN, July 4, 1977)Tyler3:43
5."S.O.S. (Too Bad)" (Indianapolis, IN, July 4, 1977)Tyler2:46
Side four
6."I Ain't Got You" (Paul's Mall, Boston, MA, April 23, 1973; WBCN-FM radio simulcast)Calvin Carter[6]3:57
7."Mother Popcorn" / "Draw the Line [*]" (Paul's Mall, Boston, MA, April 23, 1973; WBCN-FM radio simulcast / Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Philadelphia, PA, March 26, 1978)James Brown, Pee Wee Ellis / Tyler, Perry11:35
8."Train Kept A-Rollin'" / "Strangers in the Night" (Detroit, MI, April 2, 1978)Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann / Bert Kaempfert, Charlie Singleton, Eddie Snyder4:51

[*] "Draw the Line" is featured as a hidden track at the end of "Mother Popcorn"


Additional musicians
  • Mark Radice – keyboards, backing vocals
  • David Woodford – saxophone on "Mother Popcorn"
  • Jack Douglas – producer, engineer
  • David Krebs, Steve Leber – executive producers, management
  • Jay Messina, Lee DeCarlo – engineers
  • Julie Last, Rod O'Brien, Sam Ginsburg – assistant engineers
  • David Hewitt – Record Plant Mobile operator (New York)
  • Chris Stone – Record Plant Mobile operator (Los Angeles)
  • George Marino – mastering at Sterling Sound, New York
  • John Kosh – art direction, design
  • Jimmy Ienner, Jr., Barry Levine, Ron Pownall, Aaron Rapoport, Steve Smith – photography



Country Organization Year Sales
US RIAA 1978 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[10]
Canada CRIA 1978 Gold (+ 50,000)[11]


  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Aerosmith - Live Bootleg review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Kot, Greg. "Aerosmith - Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Jann S. Wenner. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2010.
  3. ^ "Live bootleg / [performed by] Aerosmith".
  4. ^ Davis & Aerosmith 1997, p. 335.
  5. ^ Perry & Ritz 2014, p. 186.
  6. ^ "Vee-Jay: The Early Years". Red Saunders Research Foundation. January 9, 2018. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 30, No. 14, December 30, 1978". Library and Archives Canada. December 30, 1978. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  8. ^ "Aerosmith Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "Aerosmith Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  10. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum Database: search for Aerosmith". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  11. ^ "Music Canada Gold & Platinum: search for Aerosmith". Music Canada. Retrieved July 30, 2018.


External links[edit]

Live Bootleg at MusicBrainz