It only seems apt that as I covered Aerosmith’s Rocks as the 50th entry in this series, I would need to do Toys In The Attic as the 100th, completing the name of the blog which took inspiration from these two albums.
So the story goes that not long after I was first exposed to Aerosmith – via an Aerosmith music video weekend on MTV – I went on holiday with my parents to Cornwall. I had, by this time, bought Pump on CD – in fact, I think I bought it the following weekend after that MTV weekend, from the Our Price that used to be next to Boots on Market Street in Manchester.
These, however, were the days before CD players in cars had become commonplace. I think we travelled down to Cornwall with a taped copy of Pump playing on the car stereo. When we landed in Newquay, the first thing we did after checking in at the Bed & Breakfast, was to walk down the road and pop into the little adjoining row of shops. In that row of shops was a second-hand record store, and in the row of tapes on the counter was a second-hand copy of Toys In The Attic. I snapped it up, and alongside Pump – which I’d probably played too much on the journey down – Toys In The Attic became the soundtrack to that holiday.
To me, Toys In The Attic and Rocks are very much like Rubber Soul and Revolver – two back-to-back albums with a very high watermark, and indistinguishable enough to be double albums in their own right – hence Rocks In The Attic as the name of this blog (or I guess to take the song from Rocks, the alternative to this would be calling it Toys In The Cellar).
Of the two, I believe Rocks is the better album, but I prefer Toys In The Attic. It’s a little looser, and has a bit more light; whereas Rocks is the shadier, more serious of the two. Rocks really doesn’t let up, and you can almost hear the cocaine on it. Toys on the other hand, sounds like it was only made with the assistance of a joint or 200.
I love this album so much, I have it on CD twice – one of those being the 1994 collector’s edition gold disc version from Sony’s Mastersound 20-Bit Super Bit Mapping Series; and I also have it on LP twice – one of those being a Japanese pressing with an Obi strip. I probably still have that worn-out copy on cassette that I picked up in Cornwall too.
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