Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Aerosmith – Get Your Wings

Continuing in my quest to replace the albums of my youth (which I have played to death), this is the last of my fave Aerosmith releases that I needed on CD. Their Yardbirds/Stones-influenced 70’s rock was a big part of my teen years.

This, their second album, shows a bit of growth in songs and sound production and while it doesn’t meet the greatness that they created with the follow up, Toys in the Attic, it is still mighty rockin’!

“Same Old Song and Dance” displays the powerful two guitar riff attack of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford along with the unusual touch of a horn section, which does nothing to negate to strength and volume of this tune and just adds another dimension.

Joey Kramer starts the cheekily named “Lord of Your Thighs” with something damn close to what would be the “Walk This Way” drumbeat. The steady backing is topped with washes of 6 string soundscapes to add more layers to this lecherous rocker.

Sounds of wooshing winds open “Spaced”, a somewhat dark sounding number that nonetheless is not stoner-rock in the least! Guitars slash and burn and trade back and forth as Tyler practically screams “I really don’t care” and “I must be losing my mind!” A fast lead-guitar driven intro breaks down to a half-time “Woman of the World” with more cool interplay between Perry and Whitford. This builds back to an energetic guitar and harmonica jam which closes out the number.

Side two of the vinyl opened with another Aerosmith riff-rocker, “S.O.S. (Too Bad)” – good, head-banging heavy rock! But the highlight of this album has to be their take on the Yardbirds’ version of “Train Kept A-Rollin’”. Starting with a chugging, half-time rhythm, Joe & Brad take some flashy leads, add a tricky riff, and then the band explodes into a super-charged, high-speed, feedback drenched rave up! Great stuff!

This fades into the atmospheric “Seasons of Wither”, a slower piece of Tyler’s that shows his penchant for semi-ballads. The record closes with one of the bands silliest songs – even for their semi-misogynist sense of humor – “Pandora’s Box”. Lines like “a beach where no one gives a hoot, nobody ever wears a suit, the ladies there they look so proud, because they know they’re so well endowed” is a bit much even for Steven! Just not one of their best musically or lyrically.

But, overall, another solid piece of 70’s hard rock from one of the top bands of the era!