After years surfing the web, researching and collecting all the information I could find about the Aerosmith Outtakes, I travelled to Boston to see my first Aerosmith show in March 2006. Sadly Steven got his vocal chords injured and that lead to the tour getting cancelled.
Not everything was bad, I got to meet a private collector who allowed me to hear the songs in full, a once in a life time opportunity.
I was ready for the occasion so able to take notes, guitar in hand to figure out chords, and keep in mind that this happened after years of research and speculation on how the songs would sound like, so, I was prepared for the experience and absorbed all the information like a magnet, memorising the structure of most of the songs. To the best of my knowledge, I think that the audio generation of the recordings my contact had were something like:
Studio > Cassette tape Gen1 > Cassette tape Gen2 (home copy) > 44hz 16bit WAVE (home PC digitisation) > MP3 22hz 128kbs (sample downgrade)
This lead to me recording a bunch of Aerosmith Outtake Covers.
Now, as to why I don’t post the full songs online is very simple, first of all, I never got copies of the full songs, I just heard them, took notes, reconstructed and researched. Additionally, the original clips were simply lost forever in burned and broken hard-drives without backup, I don’t have those either, just my research. People online tend to not believe me, but this is the truth.
Even if I had them, I don’t think it would be right for the band for us fans to damage them by leaking their un-released songs, specially when over the years they have been constantly revisiting them to get them officially released (Lizard Love, Legendary Child, Seddona Sunrise and Devils New Disguise are good examples of this).
But I think that speculating about them and promoting a healthy conversation about the topic could be fun for fans and hopefully result in the band reconsidering getting these songs released as a box set.
Finally, about the private collector, this person asked to remain anonymous and I respect that, so please don’t ask for a way to contact, I won’t provide it. Again, I really don’t have them, sorry, but let’s get this going to encourage the band to get them released!