Gems (Aerosmith album)

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Compilation album by
Released November 15, 1988
Recorded 1972–1982
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 53:26
Label Columbia
Producer David Krebs, Steve Leber, Gary Lyons, Adrian Barber, Tony Bongiovi, Jack Douglas, Steven Tyler, Ray Colcord
Aerosmith compilation chronology
Greatest Hits
Pandora's Box
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

Gems is a compilation album released by Aerosmith in 1988 under the label Columbia. It was the first compilation of studio material since 1980's Greatest Hits. Concentrating mainly on heavier material than the radio-friendly singles output on Greatest Hits, the album is noted for the inclusion of the 1978 studio version of "Chip Away The Stone" – previously released as a single from 1978's Live Bootleg, only a live rendition of the song was released at the time. Originally scheduled for release on November 8, 1988[3] [4], the album was delayed one week and issued on November 15, 1988. [5]

In 2007 The album was released by Sony BMG as part of their 'Collections' series entitled 'Greatest Hits' and reissued the following year by Sony in their 'Steel Box' series. [6]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rats in the Cellar" (from Rocks, 1976)) Steven Tyler, Joe Perry 4:06
2. "Lick and a Promise" (from Rocks) Tyler, Perry 3:05
3. "Chip Away the Stone" (previously unreleased studio version, live version released previously on Live! Bootleg, 1978) Richard Supa 4:01
4. "No Surprize" (from Night in the Ruts, 1979) Tyler, Perry 4:26
5. "Mama Kin" (from Aerosmith, 1973) Tyler 4:27
6. "Adam's Apple" (from Toys in the Attic, 1975) Tyler 4:34
7. "Nobody's Fault" (from Rocks) Brad Whitford, Tyler 4:18
8. "Round and Round" (from Toys in the Attic) Tyler, Whitford 5:03
9. "Critical Mass" (from Draw the Line, 1977) Tyler, Tom Hamilton, Jack Douglas 4:52
10. "Lord of the Thighs" (from Get Your Wings, 1974) Tyler 4:14
11. "Jailbait" (from Rock in a Hard Place, 1982) Tyler, Jimmy Crespo 4:39
12. "Train Kept A-Rollin'" (from Get Your Wings) Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann 5:41


Additional musicians
  • David Krebs – Executive Producer
  • Steve Leber – Executive Producer
  • Gary Lyons – Producer
  • Adrian Barber – Producer
  • Tony Bongiovi – Producer
  • Jack Douglas – Producer
  • Ray Colcord – Producer
  • Don DeVito – Digital Producer
  • John Ingrassia – Project Administrator
  • James Diener – Project Director
  • Mark Wilder – Assembly, Engineer, Digital Mastering
  • Keith Garde – Creative Supervision
  • Caroline Greyshock – Photography
  • Jimmy Ienner, Jr. – Photography
  • Darren S. Winston – Creative Consultant
  • Joel Zimmerman – Art Supervisor
  • Lisa Sparagano – Design
  • Ken Fredette – Design
  • Vic Anesini – Digital Mastering


Chart (1988) Peak
The Billboard 200 133


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold August 16, 1996


  1. ^
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Gems". Robert Christgau.
  3. ^ Rock On the Net
  4. ^ "Aerosmith: Gems".
  5. ^ Billboard November 12, 1988, page 26
  6. ^ [1]

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