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Honkin On Bobo [Enhanced]

Aerosmith Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
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5. Never Loved A Girl
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7. You Gotta Move
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11. Stop Messin' Around
12. Jesus Is On The Mainline

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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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Aerosmith ~ Honkin` On Bobo

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4.0 out of 5 stars Blues is the heart of rock 'n roll July 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Honkin' on whhhaaattt??? <Revised> July 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time.... 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Another quality piece of work
This is probably my favorite album since Pump, slightly edging 1993's "Get a Grip." The songs are all blues covers, and the sounds is crisp and crunchy. Read more
Published on June 19 2007 by The Dark Knight 88
5.0 out of 5 stars Honkin On BOBO
Published on July 18 2004 by monica plant
1.0 out of 5 stars Honkin is what you'll be doing Bobo
Nothing new original or listenable here. 1 star for effort.Made a great frizbee,dog caught it on first toss.
Published on July 15 2004 by Mr. Brian N. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Excrement?
Honkin on Bobo is a good, rockin' record. It is full of cover songs. It seems like Aerosmith is having fun again with music. Read more
Published on July 15 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Another great band bites it...
What a lazy, half-hearted, boredom-driven, self-serving pile of aerocrap. I LOVE Aerosmith and have seen them in concert no less than 9 times in different cities. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Jay B. Rusovich
4.0 out of 5 stars Blues Done AEROSMITH Style
I have always been a huge fan of Aerosmith which is why I bought this CD. I was going to name my favorite tracks but there are too many to list. Read more
Published on July 14 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't call it blues....
You would have to be a die hard fan to appreciate the monotone screaming to appreciate this album. Billed as a blues album, but sounds more like Yoko Ono on helium.
Published on July 14 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars about the worst cd ive come across
Drunk guy blues music, not even close to rock. This band worst album to date. They used to experiment with new styles, and be cutting edge, but this is washed up music that was... Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by sinisterfiend666
1.0 out of 5 stars Less than 1 star- perhaps  a quasar
This new Aerosmith platter is one huge heaping pile of dog-doo. I feel completely ripped off by a band that I used to absotutely looooove. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by David J Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
Thank you Aerosmith! This has barely been out of my CD player for the last 2 weeks! As one other reviewer said, this is not a blues record. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by Melissa
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