release - 1975
album art - Ingrid Haenke
Pacific Eye & Ear
The cover design was originally planned to feature a teddy bear sitting in the middle of an attic, with a slit wrist and stuffing scattered all over the floor. They decided, in the end, to put all of the animals in instead. Waiting for children to come back.
The band had one illustrator in mind that could give what they wanted: fashion and children’s book illustrator Ingrid Haenke. She created the 'watercolor on board' which finally became one of Areosmith’s biggest and most recognized albums of all time.
The painting represents the album title and the title track. And with a dose of 'psychological' thoughts of the band it has also connections with the back cover.
The back cover photo, shot by Bob Belott, depicts the band members on a real attic surrounded by nostalgic toys. And within this scene and in the statements of the band members, apsychological connection with the front cover can be found:
Joe Perry: 'This band is not what I'd call mentally balanced or normal. We've got toys in the attic!' (Circus Raves / July, 1975)
Steven Tyler: 'Eventually you return to your toys in one form or another. The teddy bear turns into your girlfriend... the rocking horse becomes your car.'
Aerosmith is an American rock band, formed in Boston in 1970. Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has also elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues. Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with vocalist/pianist/harmonicist Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith. In 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford.
Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, including over 70 million records in the United States alone. With 25 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, and 12 multi-platinum albums, they hold the record for the most total certifications by an American band.