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Classics Live I and II

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Classics Live and Classics Live II are a set of albums by the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, released in 1986 and 1987, respectively. Together, they constitute the band's second live offering, after Live! Bootleg. Classics Live I has gone platinum while Classics Live II has gone gold.

Contents

Classics LiveEdit

Classics Live
 
Live album by
ReleasedApril 7, 1986
Recorded1977–1983
GenreHard rock, blues rock
Length36:03
LabelColumbia
ProducerPaul O'Neill
Tony Bongiovi
Aerosmith live chronology
Live! Bootleg
(1978)
Classics Live
(1986)
A Little South of Sanity
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
Rolling Stone      [2]

Classics Live! is made up of concert recordings from 1978 and 1984. Some of the recordings include guitarists Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay, who had temporarily replaced Joe Perry and Brad Whitford respectively. Different live versions of most of these songs had already been released on Live! Bootleg in 1978. Venues and dates are not listed on the sleeve, and there is only the all-encompassing and vague statement "These songs were recorded at various concerts between 1977 and 1983." It is not listed which of the four guitarists played on which tracks.

The studio track "Major Barbra" was originally recorded for the album Get Your Wings but remained unreleased. An alternate version is available on the compilation, Pandora's Box.

Track listingEdit

All Songs recorded at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, February 14, 1984, except where noted.

All tracks written by Steven Tyler, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Train Kept A-Rollin'"Tiny Bradshaw, Lois Mann, Howard Kay3:22
2."Kings and Queens" (Boston Music Hall in Boston, MA March 28, 1978 and re-recorded. Original recording appears on the compilation Pandora's Box)Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Jack Douglas4:46
3."Sweet Emotion" (Huntington Civic Center, Huntington, WV, Dec. 12, 1982)Tyler, Hamilton5:13
4."Dream On" (Capital Center, Largo, MD, Nov. 9, 1978) 4:50
5."Mama Kin" 3:41
6."Three Mile Smile / Reefer Head Woman"Tyler, Joe Perry / Lester Melrose, J. Bennett, Jazz Gillum4:54
7."Lord of the Thighs" 7:05
8."Major Barbra" (Studio Outtake) 4:02
Classics Live II
 
Live album by
ReleasedJune 1, 1987
Recorded1978–1986
GenreHard rock, blues rock
Length38:47
LabelColumbia
ProducerPaul O'Neill and Aerosmith
Aerosmith live chronology
Classics Live
(1986)
Classics Live II
(1987)
A Little South of Sanity
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic      [3]
Robert ChristgauB+[4]
Rolling Stone      [2]

Classics Live IIEdit

Classics Live! II mainly features tracks recorded at a New Year's Eve show in 1984, with all five original members once again reunited. The other two tracks were the first track of 1985s Done with Mirrors, "Let the Music Do the Talking", and a rendition of 1977s "Draw the Line" from California Jam II. Aerosmith photography by Paul McAlpine

Track listingEdit

All Songs recorded at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, December 31, 1984, except where noted.

All tracks written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Back in the Saddle" 4:40
2."Walk This Way" 4:21
3."Movin' Out" 5:44
4."Draw the Line" (California Jam Festival, Ontario Speedway, Ontario, CA, March 18, 1978) 4:46
5."Same Old Song and Dance" 5:45
6."Last Child"Tyler, Whitford3:42
7."Let the Music Do the Talking" (Worcester Centrum, Worcester, MA, March 12, 1986)Perry5:44
8."Toys in the Attic" 4:03

Classics Live CompleteEdit

In 1998[5], Classics Live! Complete was released outside the U.S, compiling the two albums on one CD.

Classics Live: Complete
 
Live album by
ReleasedAugust 24, 1998
Recorded1977–1986
GenreHard rock, blues rock
Length74:50
LabelColumbia
ProducerPaul O'Neill,
Tony Bongiovi
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic      [6]

CertificationsEdit

Classics LiveEdit

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold July 22, 1991
RIAA – USA Platinum February 26, 2001

Classics Live IIEdit

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold October 28, 1994

Release historyEdit

Classics LiveEdit

Region Date Label Format Catalog # Barcode Notes
USA Apr 7, 1986 Columbia LP FC 40329 074644032918 [7]
USA Apr 7, 1986 Columbia CD CK 40329 074644032925 [7]
USA Apr 7, 1986 Columbia Cassette FCT 40329 074644032949 [7]
USA Oct 25, 1990 Columbia CD CK 40329 074644032925 reissue[8]
USA Jan 22, 1991 Columbia CD CK 40329 074644032925 reissue[9]
USA Jan 22, 1991 Columbia Cassette PCT 40329 074644032949 02 [10]
USA Sep 7, 1993 Columbia CD CK 57369 074645736921 1993 Remaster, scheduled for Aug 24, 1993 but delayed 2 weeks[11]
USA Sep 7, 1993 Columbia Cassette CT 57369 074645736945 1993 Remaster, scheduled for Aug 24, 1993 but delayed 2 weeks[12]
USA Feb 1, 2008 Columbia CD CK 57369 886972368429 1993 Remaster, some retailers list this as Jan 5, 2008[13][14]
USA Feb 1, 2008 Columbia MP3 256k CK 57369 886972368429 1993 Remaster[15][16][17]
USA Feb 5, 2008 Columbia CD CK 57369 886972368528 1993 Remaster, some retailers list this as Jan 5, 2008[18]
USA Aug 26, 2011 Columbia MP3 256k CK 57369 886972368429 1993 Remaster, reissue[19]
USA Aug 26, 2011 Columbia MP3 320k CK 57369 886972368429 1993 Remaster[20]
USA Sep 6, 2011 Columbia AAC 256k id250987981 886972368429 1993 Remaster[21][22]

Classics Live IIEdit

Region Date Label Format Catalog # Barcode Notes
USA Jun 1, 1987 Columbia LP FC 40855 074644085518 [23]
USA Jun 1, 1987 Columbia CD CK 40855 074644085525 [23]
USA Jun 1, 1987 Columbia Cassette FCT 40855 074644085549 [23]
USA Oct 25, 1990 Columbia CD CK 40855 074644085525 reissue[24]
USA Jan 22, 1991 Columbia CD CK 40855 074644085525 reissue[25]
USA Jan 22, 1991 Columbia Cassette PCT 40855 074644085549 02 [26]
USA Sep 7, 1993 Columbia CD CK 57370 074645737027 1993 Remaster, scheduled for Aug 24, 1993 but delayed 2 weeks[27]
USA Sep 7, 1993 Columbia Cassette CT 57370 074645737041 1993 Remaster, scheduled for Aug 24, 1993 but delayed 2 weeks[28]
USA Feb 1, 2008 Columbia CD CK 57370 886972298429 1993 Remaster, some retailers list this as Jan 5, 2008[29][30]
USA Feb 1, 2008 Columbia MP3 256k CK 57370 886972298429 1993 Remaster[31][32][33]
USA Feb 5, 2008 Columbia CD CK 57370 886972298528 1993 Remaster, some retailers list this as Jan 5, 2008[34]
USA Aug 26, 2011 Columbia MP3 256k CK 57370 886972298429 1993 Remaster, reissue[35]
USA Aug 26, 2011 Columbia MP3 320k CK 57370 886972298429 1993 Remaster[36]
USA Sep 6, 2011 Columbia AAC 256k id207498065 886972298429 1993 Remaster[37][38]

ReferencesEdit

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  25. ^ "Classics Live II".
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