Everything that's great about Aerosmith was apparent on their 1973 debut LP, but it took a couple of years for the world to catch on. "Dream On" was the only song from the disc to score on the charts, peaking at Number 59. (Three years later, a re-release reached Number Six.) The single "Mama Kin" didn't come close to entering the charts, even though most fans today regard it as one of their finest.
"That was a song I brought with me when I joined Aerosmith," Steven Tyler says in the band's oral history, Walk This Way. "I took the lick from an old Blodwyn Pig song...I had so much confidence in that song, I had 'Ma Kin' tattooed on my arm." Around the time the song came out, Aerosmith were dismissed as a poor man's Rolling Stones. Thirteen years later, Guns N' Roses put a cover of the song on their debut EP Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide. Critics dismissed them as a poor man's Aerosmith.