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Aerosmith return with an album of gritty blues standards from the musicians such as Muddy Waters and Blind Willie McTell. Honking on Bobo sees the band re-united with Jack Douglas, producer of among others, their classic albums Toys in the Attic and Rocks.
Top Customer Reviews
Just from the tracklisting you know that this is going to be a superb album and, after the slightly dodgy "Ladeez and gennlemen Step right up..." intro, you're not disappointed. Homage is duly paid to all the blues greats, Blind Willie McTell, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon etc and their songs are given the full hard rocking, hard balling Aerosmith treatment.
This is not to say that everything is the same tempo and sound. The album sets off at a cracking pace with Steve Tyler in full flow, but after "Baby Please Don't Go" (perhaps the best-known and also perhaps the least well played here) things do settle down...a bit. "Never Loved A Girl" adds in some Memphis Horns, Joe Perry, with assistance from Tracy Bonham, takes over vocals on "Back Back Train", which makes a nice change. The arrangement of "You Gotta Move" is just awesome, and the one Aerosmith original, "The Grind", while showing echoes of their epic ballads of recent vintage, has enough bump and gristle, and a great hook, to make it anthemic. Joe P contributes one more vocal, "Stop Messin' Around", and the album closes with a more traditional, acoustic song, "Jesus On The Mainline" to bring everyone back to earth.
This is the album that I'll wager the Stones or Bon Jovi would have liked to have made, if they'd thought of it first. Blues purists will probably throw their hands up in horror, to hear these tunes given a good seeing to, but it's done very well and the boys obviously had a blast performing them. If you like your rock hard, not heavy, you cannot fail to love this album.
Perhaps the best thing about this album, however, is that although Aerosmith are clearly produced to perfection, there's not too much of the gloss that we've become used to from them. Here we get the raw music that really is the blues.
A five star album for anyone who likes Aerosmith, or even doesn`t like them but is into rock biased blues.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good, only loses the last star for the only original song, The Grind, which isn't up to much.Published 6 months ago by J.P.
I give 5 stars to this produto because it's great. I arrived at the date indicated and in perfect condition, I would recommend to everyone.Published on 11 Sept. 2013 by Elena Exposito Daza
When Aerosmith do the blues, particularly Rhythm and Blues they come even more alive. Fantastic tracks on this roots R and B album. Read morePublished on 16 July 2013 by David Stephenson
OK, I should have guessed this would happen. Take Aerosmith into the studio and let them put their mark on a load of cover songs, of bluesy ilk, and see what happens. Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2013 by Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name)
The boys released this one and it went to number 3 in the u.s. and sold well around the world , which is amazing! Read morePublished on 23 July 2012 by Michael Dobey
This is album is awesome. You will not be disappointed. Every song is superb!! Go on buy it!! What your ears were designed for!!Published on 12 Jun. 2012 by Amazon Customer