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
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