Get Your Wings (1974.) Aerosmith's second album.
In 1973, Aerosmith entered the musical scene with their self-titled debut album. Though not a spectacular album by any means, it certainly showed the world that the band had some serious potential. The following year, the band recorded their second full-length LP, Get Your Wings. Was it an improvement over their previous release, or another subpar effort? Read on for my review.
To put it simply, this album is a MASSIVE improvement over it's predecessor. It's not exactly a five-star masterpiece, but it's a great album. Steven Tyler has finally managed to find his voice, and it shows on every track on this album. Joe Perry's guitar playing here is also excellent. The band kicks off the album with its lone hit, Same Old Song And Dance. This song went onto become a huge hit for the band, and why not? This is bluesy hard rock at its very best. Although it was the only really popular song to emerge from this release, it's not the only good one. Lord Of The Thighs is another bluesy hard rocker that almost certainly won't fail to please if you're a fan of the band. And, like many rock and roll artists, Aerosmith recorded a cover of the blues classic, Train Kept A Rollin'. Their version of the song is nothing short of excellent. The two closing tracks, Seasons Of Wither and Pandora's Box, are two of the band's most underrated songs ever recorded. It's a shame they don't normally end up on the band's best of compilations - they belong there. Ultimately, it's one hell of an album.
To put it simply, if you like blues-based hard rock, you're going to love this album. Though not Aerosmith's finest hour by any means, it's a damn fine album nonetheless, and it's well worth adding to your collection.