- Number of Discs: 13
- Released: November 22, 1994
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Sony
Q - 3/95, p.1094 Stars
- Excellent - "...the music ably confirms Aerosmith's position as America's premier rock band..."
BOX OF FIRE is a 13-CD collection containing AEROSMITH, GET YOUR WINGS, TOYS IN THE ATTIC, ROCKS, DRAW THE LINE, LIVE BOOTLEG, NIGHT IN THE RUTS, GREATEST HITS, ROCK IN A HARD PLACE, CLASSICS LIVE, CLASSICS LIVE II, GEMS and a 5-track bonus CD of rarities. It comes with original LP artwork, press clips, album reviews and studio notes.
The initial pressings of BOX OF FIRE carried its own factory assigned serial number custom inked on a hologram sticker to ensure first edition status.
Aerosmith: Steven Tyler (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, wood flute, piano, keyboards, bass, percussion); Joe Perry (vocals, acoustic, electric 12-string, slide & lap steel guitars, bass, percussion); Brad Whitford, Rick Dufay, Jimmy Crespo (guitar); Tom Hamilton (guitar, bass); Joey Kramer (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Michael Mainieri (conductor, arranger); Neil Thompson, John Lievano (guitar); Jack Douglas (mandolin, percussion); Paul Prestopino (banjo); Reinhard Straub (violin); George Young (alto saxophone); Lou Marini, Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Lou Delgotto (baritone saxophone); David Woodford, Stan Bronstein, John Turi (saxophones); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Barry Rogers, Jon Pearson (trombone); Richie Supa, Scott Cushnie, Paul Harris (piano); Ray Colcord (keyboards); Mark Radice (keyboards, background vocals); Jay Messina (bass marimba); Karen Lawrence (background vocals)
Producers include: Adrian Barber, Jack Douglas, Ray Colcord, Aerosmith, Gary Lyons.
Engineers include: Adrian Barber, Carol Wienstock, Jay Messina.
Includes liner notes by Stu Werbin, Charley Walters, Joe Fernbache.
BOX OF FIRE is a 13-CD set that brings together all of Aerosmith's '70s studio and live albums for Columbia, the band's compilations, and a five-track bonus disc. Housed in an impressive package festooned in flames, BOX OF FIRE is something to be treasured and enjoyed for hours on end.
Starting with the band's self-titled debut, all the great albums that helped serve as inspirations for countless bands are here, including TOYS IN THE ATTIC, DRAW THE LINE, GET YOUR WINGS, and ROCKS. Beyond hits like "Walk This Way" and "Back in the Saddle" are nuggets like "Seasons of Wither," "Critical Mass," "No Surprize" and "Major Barbra." Live Aerosmith comes in the form of the unfiltered LIVE: BOOTLEG and the more sonically cleaned-up CLASSICS I and II. New versions of "Sweet Emotion" and "Dream On" make up the bonus disc along with a rollicking cover of "Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" and a pair of hard-hitting DRAW THE LINE-era instrumentals.