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Aerosmith - Get Your Wings (1974)

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  1. Magic

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    Band: Aerosmith
    Album: Get Your Wings
    Released: 1974
    Label: Columbia
    Remastered: 1993 by Sony Music Entertainment
    Genre: Hard Rock / Blues-Rock

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    Personnel:

    • Steven Tyler - Lead Vocals, Harmonica, Percussion
    • Joe Perry - Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Backing Vocals
    • Brad Whitford - Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
    • Tom Hamilton - Bass
    • Joey Kramer - Drums, Percussion

    With:

    • Steve Hunter – guitar on "Same Old Song and Dance" and "Train Kept A Rollin" (not credited)
    • Dick Wagner – guitar on "Same Old Song and Dance" and "Train Kept A Rollin" (not credited)
    • Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone on "Same Old Song and Dance" and "Pandora's Box"
    • Randy Brecker – trumpet on "Same Old Song and Dance"
    • Stan Bronstein – baritone saxophone on "Same Old Song and Dance" and "Pandora's Box"
    • Jon Pearson – trombone on "Same Old Song and Dance"
    • Ray Colcord – keyboards on "Spaced"


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    01. Same old song and dance 3:53
    02. Lord of the tighs 4:14
    03. Spaced 4:21
    04. Woman of the world 5:49
    05. S.O.S. (Too bad) 2:51
    06. Train kept a rollin’ 5:33
    07. Seasons of wither 5:38
    08. Pandora´s box 5:43

    The Album: Get Your Wings is the second release from Aerosmith, and the first album to use the Wings Logo (another item that gave Aerosmith originality) and the logo is the inspiration for the album title . This album is where Aerosmith actually dropped all the previous influences from The Yardbirds and The Rolling Stones and developed the sound that is truly unique to Aerosmith, the only exception found on this album, is the cover song “Train Kept a Rollin”, which was previously recorded by The Yardbirds but isn’t an original to the Yardbirds. What began to distinguish this album and band from the other blues-rock artists was how Aerosmith began experimenting with different sounds and different instruments, creating darker and more distorted sounds. This album was another mile stone for Aerosmith, too, being the first album that Jack Douglas produced. Douglas was able to refine the band’s sound in the studio, helping to capture the grit and grime which moved Aerosmith from blues-rock to hard rock.

    The Music: Get Your Wings is the first gutsy album by Aerosmith, going from blues-rock to hard rock and everything in between. Steven Tyler’s vocals took on the high pitched, over-the-top quality that has made him one of the most recognized vocalists in rock n’ roll. The rhythm section by Kramer and Hamilton is more refined on this album, an early start to one of the best rhythm sections in rock n’ roll. The guitar riffs are outstanding on this album along with some great slide work, too. This album is very radio friendly as well with the hits “Same Old Song and Dance”, “Lord of the Thighs”, “Train Kept a Rollin’”, and “Season’s of Wither”.

    The album opens with “Same Old Song and Dance”, one of the best hits to come from the band. The Brecker brother’s horn section on this song is nothing short of fantastic. The guitar riffs on this song are kick butt and mix well with Tyler’s energetic vocals. Next up is “Lord of the Thighs”, a song which brings out Tyler’s true addiction, sex and sleeze. Lord of the Thighs is very strong in the percussion department and has a funky groove that proves Tyler is the Lord. “Spaced” is a spacey rock track, that has a trippy verse and some great guitar work. “Woman of the World” is a folk inspired bluesy song, with an orchestra-like guitar sound and a gritty beat. “SOS (too bad)” is nothing more than a super hard rockin’ song with some bold vocals and lyrics. “Train Kept a Rollin” is the best cover version of this song ever made, IMO. Wagner and Hunter come into play in the guitar solo on this song which sends the song over the edge and add in the sound effects created by Douglas, adding audience noise, makes you think the song is live. Next to last, is “Season’s of Wither”, an underrated track, with a dark sound which puts me in mind of some of Led Zeppelin’s work. This song has some of Tyler’s best vocals and a slow pace that makes the song very beautiful. To finalize the album is “Pandora’s Box” which opens up the hard rock sound one last time. This song is drummer Joey Kramer’s first song he wrote, a job well done indeed.

    Overall, Get Your Wings is an Aerosmith Classic where the band put together a fantastic blend of rock n’ roll, hard rock, and blues-rock. They definitely showed us fans they had more to offer than what we heard on the debut where they were called a Rolling Stones “clone”, they could make and deliver a dose of gritty rock.

    My rating for listening pleasure 5/5.
     
  2. LG

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    Re: Aerosmith ~ Get Your Wings (1974)

    Very nice review Magic,,,would you happen to be a Big fan of Aerosmith by some chance??....:D

    I like early Aerosmith, so Get Your Wings is in the library.:tup:
     
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    Re: Aerosmith ~ Get Your Wings (1974)

    Hell of an album! Train Kept A Rollin’ is one of my absolute favorite Aerosmith tracks and in my opinion, one of the best 'cover' tunes of all time! I know a lot of people over the years have disagreed with me on it saying anything from that they didn't do it justice to saying it sounds too overproduced. Can't change my mind though. Great track, hell of a good album!
     
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    Re: Aerosmith ~ Get Your Wings (1974)

    Same Old Song And Dance is my favorite off the album
    and Get Your Wings is so great, I have it on vinyl, the sleeve is ripped and beat to hell, but the record was in perfect condition, so I got it for 2 bucks instead of 4;)
    Really the only thing I don't like about the album is how short it is, it goes so quick, they needed a few more tracks on there
     
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    Re: Aerosmith ~ Get Your Wings (1974)

    Ya Magic great review.. This is my favorite early day's LP.. Many good memories listening to it. Like my very first time I moved out and had party after party and it was cranked!! My front door was glass and I painted that Aerosmith logo on it..
     
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    Re: Aerosmith ~ Get Your Wings (1974)

    Naw, I rarely listen to the stuff :D...They are my favorite rock n' roll band, but you already knew that :)

    I have to agree, Lynch, Train Kept a Rollin' was an outstanding cover. Although, Aerosmith did borrow from the Yardbirds bluesy version of the original song, they still rammed it home with the solo's and sound effects. I don't think the song was over produced, the production is what made it an original for Aerosmith :D
     
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    Re: Aerosmith ~ Get Your Wings (1974)

    Not a bad song on this album. I played the grooves right off of this album..lol. Pandora's Box and Lord of the Thighs were two other good ones.:grinthumb
     
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    Re: Aerosmith ~ Get Your Wings (1974)

    Another one of my top favorite Aerosmith albums!!

    I still remember when my brother first got it on 8-Track
     
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    A defining album for them. The first record sounded like they were not sure whether they wanted to be a blues rock band or a more straight ahead rock band. On this album they throw their hat in the rock ring getting their Zepp on with songs like Seasons of Wither but still kicking out the jams on SOS and Train'. I think the stand out here is the dynamic and dramatic Lord of the Thighs. It was a precurser of things to come.
     
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    Re: Aerosmith ~ Get Your Wings (1974)

    I love this album. Of course "Train..." is my favorite but there are so many great tracks here. I always loved "Woman of the World" & I always thought it was cool how that little clarinet(?) intro(sounding almost like "I'm in the Mood for Love) led into Pandora's Box. It was kind of reminiscent of how there is a quiet violin piece which leads into the power of "Never Been Sold Before" off of Alice Cooper's 'Muscle of Love' album which is one of my favorite Coop tunes
     

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