AerosmithAerosmith's Greatest Hits

Label:Columbia – FC 36865
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Terre Haute Press
Style:Hard Rock


A1Dream On
Written-ByS. Tyler*
A2Same Old Song And Dance
Written-ByJ. Perry*, S. Tyler*
A3Sweet Emotion
Written-ByS. Tyler*, T. Hamilton*
A4Walk This Way
Written-ByJ. Perry*, S. Tyler*
A5Last Child
Written-ByB. Whitford*, S. Tyler*
B1Back In The Saddle
Written-ByJ. Perry*, S. Tyler*
B2Draw The Line
Written-ByJ. Perry*, S. Tyler*
B3Kings And Queens3:47
B4Come Together
Written-ByJ. Lennon-P. McCartney*
B5Remember (Walking In The Sand)
Written-ByG. Morton*

Companies, etc.



© 1980 CBS Inc. / ℗ 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979 CBS Inc.
Track B4 ℗ 1978 RSO Records, Inc.

Terre Haute Pressing variant of these Carrollton and Pitman pressings by same catalog #.

Custom inner sleeve contains credits and LP catalog

A1 - Taken from the Columbia Lp: "Aerosmith" JC 32005
Produced for Frank Connelly and Contemporary Communications Corp.
A2 - Taken from the Columbia Lp: "Get Your Wings" JC 32847
Produced for My Own Production Co., Ltd.
A3, A4 - Taken from the Columbia Lp: "Toys In The Attic" JC 33479
Produced for Waterfront Productions Limited and Contemporary Communications Corp.
A5, B1 - Taken from the Columbia Lp: "Rocks" JC 34165
Produced for Contemporary Communications Corp. and waterfront Productions Ltd.
B2, B3 - Taken from the Columbia Lp: "Draw The Line" PC 34856
Produced for Contemporary Communications Corp. and Waterfront Productions Ltd.
B5 - Taken from the Columbia Lp: "Night In The Ruts" FC 36050
Produced for Fab Productions, Inc. / Contemporary Communications Corporation

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A Side Label): AL 36865
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side Label): BL 36865
  • Matrix / Runout (A Side Stamped exc 1T etch): P AL-36865-1K º 1T A1
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side Stamped exc 1T etch): P BL-36865-1L 1T º A5
  • Matrix / Runout (A Side Stamped exc 1T etch, Variant 1): P AL 36865-1G 1T-P-º
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side Stamped, Variant 1): P BL 36865-1A
  • Barcode (Print): 0 7464-36865-1
  • Barcode (Scan; Format: UPC_A): 074643686518

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Aerosmith's Greatest Hits (LP, Compilation)Columbia, ColumbiaFC 36865, 36865Canada1980
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Aerosmith's Greatest Hits (LP, Compilation, Reissue, Pitman Press)ColumbiaPC 36865US1980
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Aerosmith's Greatest Hits (LP, Compilation)CBSCBS 84704Europe1980
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  • Dbo83's avatar
    Looking for help in identifying what pressing I have.
    I've been through just about every version listed and have yet to find a match.

    Barcode: 0. 7464-36865-1. 01
    C 36865 Stereo
    Matrix: Side 1. CPxTR> (or it could be LPxTR>) AL36865 (followed by scribbled out) G1M. G1

    What makes this different than most I see is the center just has white Columbia text at top instead of the yellow Columbia around.

    Thanks for any help.
    • southpawgrammar's avatar
      Edited 3 years ago
      For all intents and purposes, 1980’s “Greatest Hits” was swiftly put together with the aim of generating and sustaining interest in the band whilst they were on hiatus. As expected, the contents derive primarily from their ‘70s Columbia run, and since the band won most of their plaudits and audience whilst at that label, it lives up to its name, but it is by no means a complete overview of their classic period. Unfortunately, there are quite a few ‘greatest hits’ missing and it lacks cohesion towards the end, weakening its overall quality somewhat. Admittedly, it does flow pleasingly at just 37 minutes and capture the group’s essence concisely, hence why it still endures as one of the best-selling compilation albums by any rock band, but due to its inclusion of heavily truncated versions of certain tracks, it is far from the perfect compilation it has long been deemed as. Considering the band intended to sell more records from the past as well as in the future, this substandard yet inspired compilation may have served its purpose once upon a time, but mainly as a stopgap until they could reconvene in 1982, effectively saving them from falling into obscurity. In 1988, the band purged the forgivable sins of “Greatest Hits” with a supplemental collection titled “Gems”, the existence of which improves upon the aforementioned inadequate gathering of their early classics by virtue of its partiality towards deep cuts and unissued material.

      Owing to their incredibly successful second comeback, it is highly probable that most millennials came to be introduced to Aerosmith during the Geffen era rather than the CBS, rendering any compilation released before their first multi-label offering as inherently valuable to those who only wish to be acquainted with what they haven't heard. Aside from its flaws, "Greatest Hits" functions at the very least as a lean and rather gratifying summation of Aerosmith’s first six inspired studio albums: "Kings and Queens," “Sweet Emotion,” “Back in the Saddle,” “Walk This Way” and “Dream On” to name but a few. If purchased in conjunction with “Gems”, “Greatest Hits” constitutes a fairly robust encapsulation of Aerosmith’s finest moments and is the best place to start for those unfamiliar with the band’s harder-rocking early phase.

      Rating: 4/5
      • DavejHam's avatar
        I have a south African masters of rock Aerosmith CD not listed here.
        • mikeyblastbeats's avatar
          Is it me, or is 'Draw The Line' in mono?


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