Get Your Wings review by Aerosmith

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  • Released: Jan 1, 1974
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (20 votes)
Aerosmith: Get Your Wings

Sound — 10
Often overshadowed by the subsequent twin highlights of Toys in the Attic and Rocks, Aerosmith's 1974 second album, Get Your Wings, is where Aerosmith became Aerosmith, it's where they teamed up with producer Jack Douglas, it's where they she'd much of their influences and developed their own trademark sound, it's where they turned into songwriters, it's where Steven Tyler unveiled his signature obsessions with sex and sleaze. Chief among these attributes may be Douglas, who either helped the band ease into the studio or captured their sound in a way their debut never did. This is a leaner, harder album, bathed in grease and layered in grit, but it's not just down to Douglas. The band itself sounds more distinctive. There are blues in Joe Perry and Joey Kramer's interplay, but this leapfrogs over blues-rock; it turns into slippery hard rock. To be sure, it's still easy to hear the Stones here, but they never really sound Stonesy; there's almost more of the Yardbirds to the way the group works the riffs, particularly evident on the cover of the early 'Birds classic "The Train Kept a Rollin'." But if the Yardbirds were tight and nervy, Aerosmith is blown out and loose, the sound of excess incarnate -- that is, in every way but the writing itself, which is confident and strong, fueled by Tyler's gonzo sex drive. He is the "Lord of the Thighs," playing that "Same Old Song and Dance," but he also slows down enough for the eerie "Seasons of Wither," a powerful slow-churning ballad whose mastery of atmosphere is a good indication of how far the band has grown. They never attempted anything quite so creepy on their debut, but it isn't just that Aerosmith is trying newer things on Get Your Wings, it's that they're doing their bloozy bluster better and bolder, which is what turns this sophomore effort into their first classic.

Lyrics — 9
01. Same Old Song And Dance - built around a blues riff Joe Perry came up with while sitting on his amp, Steven Tyler quickly came up with the verse riff. 02. Lord Of The Thighs - after the band decided they needed one more song for the album, they locked themselves into their rehearsal room, and came up with this. The narrator is a pimp who recruits a young woman he sees on the street into prostitution. Tyler also plays the piano. Kramer's opening beat is very similar to the one he would tap out a year later in "Walk This Way". 03. Spaced 04. Woman Of The World - written by Steven Tyler and his former band, The Strangeurs. 05. S.O.S. (Too Bad) - a proto-punk song, it emphasizes the same content punk rock would soon be known for: gritty lyrics, questionable moral content, and straight to the point music. 06. (The) Train Kept A-rollin' - Tiny Bradshaw's 1951 R&B classic, already turned into a rock song by The Rock and Roll Trio (Johnny and Dorsey Burnette and Paul Burlison) (1956) and updated by the The Yardbirds in a 1965 raw British blues version, after whom Aerosmith modeled their version. In the band's early days, it was their signature, show-stopping song, and is still used to end their concerts today. Despite the band's opposition, Douglas put in echo and recorded crowd noises (from the Concert for Bangla Desh) around halfway through to give it a live feel, fading into the next song's synthesized blowing wind/acoustic guitar entrance. Douglas also brought in session guitarists Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter of Rock n Roll Animal fame to play the guitars on the song in Perry's stead. 07. Seasons Of Wither - in a change of pace from the rest of the album, this song is a slow, mournful ballad inspired by the Massachusetts landscape in the winter. 08. Pandora's Box - Joey Kramer's first writing credit, this song was written on a used guitar he found in a dumpster. It was heavily inspired by the soul musicians of the '60s and '70s. Steven Tyler sounds great in this album. He's a lot more loose and "Sleazier" compared to their debut album "Aerosmith".

Overall Impression — 10
This is Aerosmith's first of their "Dirty, Sleazy" albums. It includes key tracks such as "Same Old Song and Dance", "Train Kept A 'Rollin", and "Lord Of The Thighs". I love this album's power to make you dance no matter where your at. Filled with blues riffs between Perry and Whitford, but it's sarcastic, sleazy lyrics to keep you smile, "Get Your Wings" won't dissapoint. Some songs I could do without were "Woman Of The World" and "Seasons of Wither", but that's just my opinion. If this were stolen or lost, I would definitally get it again.

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    This album marked the beginning of a long trend where the band and producer/s would rely on outside help for songwriting and guitar work. Nevertheless, this album is rather good, if not dated sounding.