Saturday, May 29, 1976

Aerosmith charted with Rocks

First posted 3/28/2011; updated 9/7/2020.



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Charted: May 29, 1976

Peak: 3 US, -- UK, 14 CN, -- AU

Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, -- UK, 6.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: classic rock

Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.)

  1. Back in the Saddle (4/9/77, #38 US)
  2. Last Child (6/12/76, #21 US)
  3. Rats in the Cellar
  4. Combination
  5. Sick As a Dog
  6. Nobody’s Fault
  7. Get the Lead Out
  8. Lick and a Promise
  9. Home Tonight (9/25/76, #71 US)

Total Running Time: 34:31

The Players:

  • Steven Tyler (vocals, keyboards, harmonica, percussion)
  • Joe Perry (guitar)
  • Brad Whitford (rhythm guitar)
  • Tom Hamilton (bass)
  • Joey Kramer (drums, percussion)


4.534 out of 5.00 (average of 14 ratings)

Quotable: “Aerosmith at their most raw and rocking.” – Greg Prato, All Music Guide


About the Album:

“Many Aero fans will point to Toys as the band's quintessential album…but out of all their albums, Rocks did the best job of capturing Aerosmith at their most raw and rocking.” GP “Few albums have been so appropriately named.” GP This is the band “at a crazily driven peak of creativity; anyone who heard it and continued to dismiss them as mere Stones clones was just being willful. This is blues rock cranked up to ‘70s stadium level, the sound of the Trans Am, or maybe the Porsches several of these guys (surprisingly) remember driving.” RW

“Like its predecessor, a pair of songs have become their most renowned – the menacing, hard rock, cowboy-stomper Back in the Saddle, as well as the downright viscous funk groove of Last Child. Again, even the lesser-known tracks prove essential to the makeup of the album, such as the stimulated Rats in the Cellar (a response of sorts to ‘Toys in the Attic’)…and the forgotten riff-rocker Get the Lead Out.” GP

“Also included is the apocalyptic Nobody’s Fault, the up-and-coming rock star tale of Lick and a Promise, and the album-closing ballad Home Tonight. With Rocks, Aerosmith appeared to be indestructible.” GP

However, “they’d soon crash, and hard, thanks to their own excesses.” RW “The psychic battering they would succumb to on the next year’s Draw the Line is foreshadowed in Joe Perry’s” RW “Stonesy Combination.” GP “The party-fueled tension, the tension-fueled party.” RW

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Wednesday, May 19, 1976

Billy Joel’s Turnstiles released

First posted 5/9/2011; updated 10/17/2020.


Billy Joel

Released: May 19, 1976

Peak: 122 US, -- UK, -- CN, 12 AU

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 2.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: pop/rock singer-songwriter


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Say Goodbye to Hollywood (1976: 45 AU, 9/12/81: live version, 17 US, 6 CL, 35 AC, 11 AR, 27 AU)
  2. Summer, Highland Falls
  3. All You Wanna Do Is Dance
  4. New York State of Mind (11 CL)
  5. James (77 AU)
  6. Prelude/Angry Young Man (18 CL)
  7. I’ve Loved These Days
  8. Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway) (16 CL)

Total Running Time: 36:22


3.781 out of 5.00 (average of 12 ratings)


About the Album:

“For all his seemingly natural pop instincts, it took Joel almost a decade to find his voice – which he finally did on his fourth album, a commercial flop. His singing and songwriting felt supple and relaxed, balancing uban sophistication and suburban gruffness, beauty and bravura, in ways that would often escape him later.” DB It “may not have been a hit, but it remains one of his most accomplished and satisfying records, clearly paving the way to his twin peaks of the late '70s, The Stranger and 52nd Street.” AMG

“There’s a reason Turnstiles begins with the Spector-esque epic Say Goodbye to Hollywood. Shortly after Streetlife Serenade, Joel ditched California -- and, by implication, sensitive Californian soft rock from sensitive singer/songwriters -- for his hometown of New York. ‘Say Goodbye to Hollywood’ was a celebration of his move, a repudiation of his past, a fanfare for a new beginning, which is exactly what Turnstiles was.” AMG

“He still was a singer/songwriter – indeed, Summer, Highland Falls was his best ballad to date, possibly his best ever – but he decided to run with his musical talents, turning the record into a whirlwind tour of pop styles, from Sinatra to Springsteen. There’s little question that the cinematic sprawl of Born to Run had an effect on Turnstiles, since it has a similar widescreen feel, even if it clocks in at only eight songs.” AMG

“The key to the record’s success is variety, the way the album whips from the bouncy, McCartney-esque All You Wanna Do Is Dance to the saloon song New York State of Mind; the way the bitterly cynical Angry Young Man gives way to the beautiful I’ve Loved These Days.” AMG That song and James offer “tender concessions to impending adulthood” DB and “countered by the apocalyptical New York science-fiction of Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway).” DB

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