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Compilation album by Aerosmith
Released November 1988
Recorded 1972-1982
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 53:26
Label Columbia
Producer David Krebs, Steve Leber, Gary Lyons, Adrian Barber, Tony Bongiovi, Jack Douglas, Steven Tyler, Ray Colcord
Professional reviews
Aerosmith chronology
Permanent Vacation

Gems is a compilation album released by Aerosmith in 1988 (see 1988 in music) under the label Columbia. It was the first compilation of studio material since 1980s Aerosmith's Greatest Hits. Concentrating mainly on heavier material than the radio-friendly single output on Greatest Hits, the album is noted for the inclusion of the previously unreleased studio version of "Chip Away The Stone." A staple of the band's live set, the studio version of this song first surfaced as the b-side to the 1978 single, "Come Together" and a live rendition had appeared on 1978's Live Bootleg.


Track listing

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

Gems was released without the band's consent. It was compiled and released by the record label.


Additional personnel


  • 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


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1988 The Billboard 200 133


Organization Level Date
RIAA - USA Gold August 16, 1996

External links

Gems at MusicBrainz

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