Joe Perry says Aerosmith didn’t like their debut album: “God, I wish my guitar sounded better”

Joe Perry and Aerosmith
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Aerosmith’s 1973 self-titled debut album holds a special place in the hearts of many guitar fans, but it turns out the band that penned and performed it weren't particularly keen on it at the time.

According to the band’s resident lead guitar hero Joe Perry, he and his Aerosmith bandmates – frontman Steven Tyler, rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer – were not fond of the record when it came out, after the whole studio experience failed to live up to their expectations.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.