Aerosmith Shares Previously Unreleased Versions of 1971 Recordings

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Aerosmith have shared a second track from a previously unreleased 1971 rehearsal. The two songs, “Somebody” and “Movin’ Out,” ultimately appeared on their debut album. Both are included on Aerosmith – 1971: The Road Starts Hear via their new deal with UMe. The CD will be released on April 8, 2022. A limited edition vinyl version was made available as part of 2021’s Record Store Day Black Friday.

From the original Nov. 17 announcement: Recently discovered in the Aerosmith vaults, the original tape had not been touched in decades. This historic recording features seven tracks showcasing the early, unbridled talent of the future Hall of Fame members including a version of “Dream On,” which they would later record and release on their 1973 eponymous major label debut.

The Road Starts Hear, produced by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Steve Berkowitz, features previously unseen archived photos, images of the original tape box, and liner notes written by David Fricke with new interviews and comments from the band about this long forgotten recording.

Listen to “Movin’ Out”

The landmark early recording was made with Joe Perry’s Wollensak reel-to-reel tape machine in 1971 by Mark Lehman who owned the infamous van and became Aerosmith’s one man road crew, either in the band’s Boston rehearsal room in front of a few select friends, or at a rehearsal the band did during a soundcheck for an early show. All that is certain is that the tape captures a young, hungry rock band one year before being discovered and signing with Columbia Records and two years before their self-titled major label debut was released that helped catapult the band to one of the biggest rock acts of all time.

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The Road Starts Hear features early recordings of gems such as “Somebody,” “Movin’ Out,” “Walkin’ The Dog,” “Mama Kin,” and an early version of the classic ballad “Dream On,” all of which would later be recorded for their landmark debut. Other tracks include “Reefer Head Woman,” which would later be recorded for their 1979 album Night In the Ruts, and the track “Major Barbara,” a song that would be featured on their 1986 release Classics Live.

Listen to the early rehearsal of “Somebody”

Celebrating their 50th anniversary, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million albums around the world.

Aerosmith – 1971: The Road Starts Hear Tracklisting

Intro – Somebody
Reefer Head Woman
Walkin’ The Dog
Movin’ Out
Major Barbara
Dream On
Mama Kin

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  1. David
    #1 David 17 November, 2021, 16:09

    Thank you guys .. only vinyl and cassette .. you know it ain’t 1971 anymore and some of us still love cds .. just hope your later re-releases cover all formats .. ..

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