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PANDORA'S BOX (1991)

Details:

Columbia/SMEI C3T/C3K-46209 (USA, 11/15/91)
Columbia/SMEI C3K-67995 (USA, 3/18/97 - jumbo jewel case)
Columbia/SMEI C3K-86567 (USA, 8/6/02 - digi-book)

Tracks:

Disc 1:
1-01. When I Needed You (The Chain Reaction, 1966) (2:34) - Barry Shapiro, Steven Tallarico, Don Solomon, Alan Strohmayer, Peter Stahl
1-02. Make It (w/ lead in, 1972) (3:45) - Steven Tyler
1-03. Movin' Out (Alt. Version, 1972) (5:42) - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
1-04. One Way Street (6:59) - Steven Tyler
1-05. On the Road Again (Outtake, 1972) (3:36) - John Sebastian
1-06. Mama Kin (4:25) - Steven Tyler
1-07. Same Old Song and Dance (3:53) - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
1-08. Train Kept A-Rollin' (5:33) - Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann
1-09. Seasons of Wither (5:39) - Steven Tyler
1-10. Write Me a Letter (Live, 1976) (4:18) - Steven Tyler
1-11. Dream On (4:25) - Steven Tyler
1-12. Pandora's Box (5:42) - Steven Tyler, Joey Kramer
1-13. Rattlesnake Shake (Radio Live, 1973) (10:28) - Peter Green
1-14. Walkin' the Dog (Radio Live, 1973) (3:13) - Rufus Thomas
1-15. Lord of the Thighs (Live, 1978) (7:13) - Steven Tyler

Disc 2:
2-01. Toys in the Attic (3:05) - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
2-02. Round and Round (5:02) - Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford
2-03. Krawhitham (Outtake, 1977) (3:59) - Joey Kramer, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton
2-04. You See Me Crying (5:12) - Steven Tyler, Don Solomon
2-05. Sweet Emotion (4:34) - Steven Tyler, Tom Hamilton
2-06. No More No More (4:33) - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
2-07. Walk This Way (3:40) Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
2-08. I Wanna Know Why (Live, 1978) (3:04) - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
2-09. Big Ten-Inch Record (Live, 1978) (4:01) - Fred Weismantel
2-10. Rats in the Cellar (4:06) - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
2-11. Last Child (Remix) (3:52) - Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford
2-12. All Your Love (Outtake, 1977) (5:27) - Otis Rush
2-13. Soul Saver (Outtake, 1975) (0:53) - Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford
2-14. Nobody's Fault (4:22) - Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford
2-15. Lick and a Promise (3:05) - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
2-16. Adam's Apple (Live, 1977) (4:48) - Steven Tyler
2-17. Draw the Line (Remix) (3:43) - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
2-18. Critical Mass (4:51) - Steven Tyler, Tom Hamilton, Jack Douglas

Disc 3:
3-01. Kings and Queens (Live, 1978) (5:33) - Steven Tyler, Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford, Joey Kramer, Jack Douglas
3-02. Milk Cow Blues (4:15) - Kokomo Arnold
3-03. I Live in Connecticut (Outtake, 1979) (0:56) - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
3-04. Three Mile Smile (3:45) - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
3-05. Let It Slide (Outtake, 1979) (2:55) - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
3-06. Cheese Cake (4:16) - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
3-07. Bone to Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy) (3:01) - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
3-08. No Surprize (4:27) - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
3-09. Come Together (3:46) - John Lennon, Paul McCartney
3-10. Downtown Charlie (Outtake, 1979) (2:34) - Aerosmith
3-11. Sharpshooter (The Whitford / St. Holmes Band, 1981) (5:32) - Brad Whitford, Derek St. Holmes
3-12. Shit House Shuffle (Outtake, 1979) (0:36) - Joe Perry
3-13. South Station Blues (The Joe Perry Project, 1981) (4:11) - Joe Perry
3-14. Riff & Roll (Outtake, 1982) (3:18) - Steven Tyler, Jimmy Crespo
3-15. Jailbait (4:40) - Steven Tyler, Jimmy Crespo
3-16. Major Barbara (Alt. Version) (5:06) - Tyler
3-17. Chip Away the Stone (Alt. Version) (4:07) - Richard Supa
3-18. Helter Skelter (Outtake, 1975) (3:16) - John Lennon, Paul McCartney
3-19. Back in the Saddle (4:49) - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry
3-20. Circle Jerk (Outtake, 1977) (3:44) - Brad Whitford

Notes:

Executive producers: David Krebs, Steven Leber; Produced by Don DeVito; Liner notes by David Wild. "Pandora's Box" was the comprehensive 3 volume collection of 52 songs that included 20 previously unreleased recordings plus a 64-page booklet chock full of details and band member commentary. Originally issued as in a long-box, a shrunken 3-CD jumbo case edition was also released in some markets. Steven recorded vocal overdubs in Studio B at Sound Techniques Inc., Boston, MA, with engineer Vic Anesini and producer Don DeVito. From a trade review: The "collection covers the seminal years of one of America's finest rock bands. The real joy is not the hits that you know by heart, but the amazing amount of unreleased tunes or alternate takes, including a song by Steven Tyler's first band... All of it is lovingly annotated in a classy 70-page booklet that lists the players on each track and includes marvelous recollections (or lack thereof, depending on the year and their sobriety level) by the band members" (Billboard, 11/23/91). Promotional tie-ins included the band appearing on an episode of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s "The Simpsons," on Nov. 21.

Disc 1 details: Track 1 Produced by Richard Gottehrer and arranged and conducted by Dexter Foote. An alternate version previously released as the B-side of the first Chain Reaction 7" single (Date 2-1538) in December 1966. Where the 1:58 single edit faded during the second solo the full outro is preserved, as is the reel reference at the beginning of the song; Track 2 features the lead-in riff (possibly edited out for the album), but otherwise is the same as the 1972 studio version; Track 3 an alternative 1972 version that features extended break section and outro motif; Track 5 an unreleased outtake from the 1972 Aerosmith sessions originally recorded by the Lovin' Spoonful for their "Do You Believe In Magic" (1965) album; Track 10 recorded live at the Boston Garden, Nov. 1976; Tracks 13 & 14 previously unreleased live versions recorded at Counterpart Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sept. 26, 1973 for a radio broadcast; Track 15 previously unreleased live version recorded at the Texxas Jam, Cotton Bowl, Dallas, July 1, 1978; Tracks 4, 6-9, & 11-12 are original album versions.

Disc 2 details: Tracks 3 & 12 recorded at the Cenacle in Armonk, New York, May 1977; Tracks 8-9 previously unreleased live version recorded at the Texxas Jam, Cotton Bowl, Dallas, July 1, 1978; Tracks 11 & 17 remixed versions of songs by David Thoener. The remix of "Last Child" simply restores the additional guitar outro section originally lost due to the fade-out start of the album version. As a result, it adds 35-seconds to the duration. The remix of "Draw the Line" extends the break section adding 17-seconds to the duration; Track 13 recorded at Record Plant Studios in New York City, New York, February, 1975; Track 16 recorded live in Indianapolis, IN, July 4, 1977; Tracks 1-2, 4-7, 10, 14-15, & 18 are original album versions.

Disc 3 details: Track 1 recorded live in Boston, MA, 3/28/78. Previously released on "Classics Live," though more of the song's intro is present on this version (as is an artifact of a "whoo" at the end of the track not present on the WBCN broadcast bootleg); Tracks 3, 5, 10 & 12 unreleased outtakes from the "Night in the Ruts" sessions, 1978/9; Track 11 originally released on the Whitford / St. Holmes Band album in 1981; Track 13 originally released on the Joe Perry Project "I've Got the Rock 'n' Rolls Again" album in 1981; Track 14 an outtake from the "Rock in a Hard Place" sessions, 1982; Track 16 an alternative version to that previously released on "Classics Live;" Track 17 an alternative version to that previously released on "Gems;" Track 18 recorded at Great Northern Recording Studios, 1975; Track 20 details unknown, though possible recorded during 1977; Tracks 2, 4, 6-9, 15 & 19 are original album versions.



A promotional sampler, the "Big Ten-Inch Sampler" was issued in 1991 featuring 10 tracks from the box set. A stand alone 12 track release, "Pandora's Toys" was released in select international markets in 1994 featuring 12 tracks from the set.

Chart Action:

Chart Peak (USA): #45 (1/4/92) with 9 weeks on the Billboard Top-200 album charts. Other countries: AUS #14; GER #52; HOL #41; SWZ #21.

Singles:

"Helter Skelter" was issued promotionally and charted for five weeks on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart reaching #21. "Sweet Emotion" (Remix) was released commercially, backed with "Subway" and "Circle Jerk" (CBS/Columbia 38T-74101), as a cassingle. It reached #36 during 17-weeks on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart, supported with a video directed by Marty Callner. Other countries: UK #74.

RIAA/Sales:

Certified Gold by the RIAA on Jan. 14, 1992 and Platinum on Aug. 16, 1996. During the SoundScan era, the album had sold 444,425 copies between 1991 and 2007.

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