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Aerosmith, The Very Best of: Devil’s Got a New Disguise

I’m more of a casual fan of Aerosmith’s huge body of work, and upon researching their back catalogue I found out that Steven Tyler and co. have actually released at least five other greatest hits packages over the years.

So what makes The Very Best of: Devil’s Got a New Disguise all the more special? Well, for hardcore fans there are only two new songs: the soft rock daydream “Sedona Sunrise” and the down-and-dirty “Devil’s Got a New Disguise.” Both tracks are decent, but they won’t be huge “hits” — so I don’t know why they’re even included on the disc. The other difference, when compared to their other compilations, is that New Disguise includes the massive 1998 hit “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and “Jaded” from 2001’s Press Play.

For those just starting to discover Aerosmith,  New Disguise would be an excellent start as it is sequenced chronologically. New Disguise starts in the ‘70s with “Dream On” and “Mama Kin” (which finds the young Steven Tyler still finding his voice); continues on with the band’s ‘80s resurgence featuring hits like “Walk This Way” (featuring Run-DMC) and “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)”; and goes through their ‘90s mainstream pop-rock hits like “Crazy,” Livin’ On The Edge” and “Cryin”.

However, in the end, the record company and the band should have put a bit more thought into this project, and made it a bit more interesting for the fans (‘cause it’s obviously a cash grab). It would have been cool if Devil’s Got A New Disguise were a Dual Disc DVD featuring all their videos, with commentary and exclusive interviews. Maybe next holiday season. (Columbia/Sony) Rating: 3 Out Of 5 Stars

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