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  • Audio CD (March 30 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0001FT2F8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Road Runner
2. Shame, Shame, Shame
3. Eyesight To The Blind
4. Baby, Please Don't Go
5. Never Loved A Girl
6. Back Back Train
7. You Gotta Move
8. The Grind
9. I'm Ready
10. Temperature
11. Stop Messin' Around
12. Jesus Is On The Mainline

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For years, possibly decades, Aerosmith talked about cutting a blues album. They finally delivered with this 2004 endeavor. Purists and scholars might be offended that Steven Tyler and co. don't deliver the blues the way Muddy Waters or Howlin' Wolf recorded them, but you don't become world-famous doing things the way everybody else does. Aerosmith amps up and rocks out the blues as only they can for one heck of an experience.


Aerosmith are one of the few arena-sized bands still capable of playing it down-to-earth when the occasion calls. For Honkin' on Bobo, the boys return to their bar band roots (and fire a warning shot at Jack White) with this set of classic blues and soul covers generously peppered with harmonica, horns, and boogie-woogie piano. For years, Aerosmith sprinkled similar ditties on their LPs, but devoting a whole disc to material associated with John Lee Hooker, Mississippi Fred McDowell, et al? That takes chutzpah--and they've got it to spare here. "Shame, Shame, Shame" is a finger-waggin', hip-shakin' romp, while "Baby, Please Don't Go" starts out spooky, then escalates as Steven Tyler builds to a full-throttle holler with Joe Perry's guitar blazing his backside all the way. Tyler even snatches one signature song ("Never Loved A Girl") away from the Queen of Soul...at least for a few minutes. --Kurt B. Reighley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Years ago Aerosmith produced a game for the Macintosh using technology called "Virtual Music." The game came with a "guitar pick" with a cord which you plugged into your computer and strummed along to the music. If you did well enough you could advance to the next scene. Peppered with both real-life and cartoon characters, you eventually arrive at a blues club. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry tell you that "blues is the foundation of it all."
They've finally rolled up their sleeves and explored the roots of the musical genre which have made them one of the world's greatest rock and roll bands. Tyler is surprisingly somewhat reserved, but that's a compliment. His musical sense makes him belt out the vocals when he should, and let Perry and Whitford rip throught the blues riffs when it's appropriate.
I've listened to the album six times, and am honestly trying to come up with at least a half-hearted criticism, but I just can't find one.
If you're an Aerosmith fan and love the blues, this is a "must have" album. If you're an Aerosmith fan and don't know the blues, or if you're a blues fan that doesn't know Aerosmith, this is a "should definitely have" album. You'll be very pleasantly surprised.
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I'm writing an entirely new review other than the negative one that I had written a week or two ago. After reading the "Walk this Way" autobiography it gives me a new perspective of the amazing story on how all 5 of these guys were able to come clean of heavy drug dependencies. I decided to give this release a shot, went out and purchased it. Now that I've listened, I take it back!
Although 'Honkin on Bobo' is not exactly 70's Aerosmith, does it have to be? The answer is no. It's a different era, a different time for this band. They're having a little fun putting out some blues cover songs and generally, do a pretty good job. A few of the tunes on this record the boys have incorporated some pop rock hooks to give it more of a commercial appeal. That's a turn-off for me but on the other hand there are several other songs that are either just straight on blues or have been embellished but still sound good or perhaps improved.
I haven't finished editing this post yet, I'm going to provide some input on the songs but my recommendation would be to go ahead and buy it!
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By R. Raman on June 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
Aerosmith have finally produced the album their old-school fans and certain band members themselves have been clamoring for since 1987. They must have banished John "I kill bands with my generic A&R guy opinions" Kalodner, Desmond "I kill bands with my generic pop metal" Child and Diane "I kill bands with my generic power ballads" Warren.
The production (thank you, Jack Douglas!) is very reminiscent of old-school Aerosmith circa Toys in the Attic, Rocks, Draw the Line in that the vocals, guitars and drums all sound very live and not mired in 96 overdubs and awash in gated reverb (see anything after Permanent Vacation).
Particular note and kudos go to the one original track "The Grind" and the two Joe Perry vocals, "Back Back Train" and "Stop Messin' Around." "The Grind" proves that Aerosmith is still capable of writing a strong, original song that doesn't sound exactly like one of their other recent hits. As for the Joe Perry vocals - hell, Joe Perry is just so damn cool!
What makes this album really special is that the immediacy of its performance and production allows you to face your speakers and almost picture the band playing it in your living room. Ignore the neighbor banging on your wall, tweak the volume even louder and enjoy! Oh, and Steven, get your feet off my couch!
Now if Aerosmith and Jack Douglas would only repeat this welcome comeback with an album full of new and original songs....
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By Docendo Discimus on June 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
I read a review of this album which stated that "If you're not a blues fan you probably won't like this album".
Well, I'm going to rephrase that slightly and say that if you are a blues fan (a real one, not just a casual fan of people like Eric Clapton and Robert Cray), you definitely won't like this album.
But if you are a hard rock fan, well, this ridiculously titled CD may at least have the effect of making you want to listen to some REAL blues. And that's okay, I suppose, even if the album itself has very little merit.
Anyway, Aerosmith certainly aren't playing like a blues band here (and I don't suppose they are trying to, either), but they lay down a decent, seriously hard-rocking version of Bo Diddley's "Road Runner", a pretty good, acoustic "Jesus Is On The Mainline", and a very fine take on Sonny Boy Williamson's "Eyesight To The Blind" with some great piano playing by Paul Santo...certainly the highlight of the album.
But they also mess up Big Joe Williams' "Baby Please Don't Go" completely, turning it into an embarrasing and utterly hysterical semi-punk number, and songs like "Never Loved A Girl", "Back Back Train", "I'm Ready", and Fred McDowell's "You Gotta Move" (which used to be such a good song) fall far short of the originals. We just don't need to hear this amateurish version of "I'm Ready", which only serves to remind the listener that Muddy Waters was truly one of a kind.
All in all, "Honkin' On Bobo" is a big disappointment.
Aerosmith used to play some truly great, rough and tough, blues-based hard rock back in the 70s, but the vast majority of these songs fail to capture even a little bit of that magic.
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