Aerosmith – “Get Your Wings” – Best Aerosmith album?

by TW on January 22, 2009


In between “Dream On” and “Walk This Way,” the songs from Aerosmith’s 1974 album Get Your Wings seem to get pushed to the side. Wings wields a smoking cover of “Train Kept A Rollin'” and a handful of great originals as well. “Same Old Song And Dance” features a catchy riff and a killer saxophone solo; the gritty “S.O.S (Too Bad)” is why Aerosmith were often called America’s answer to the Rolling Stones. “Lord Of The Thighs”opens with a thunderous drum beat and some ringing chord changes. The tune became a concert staple for the band in the ’70s.

Get Your Wings contains two forgotten classics -the brooding “Spaced” and the atmospheric “Seasons Of Wither,” with its beautifully haunting guitar arpeggios. Both songs measure up to the band’s very best work. And the record’s “second-tier” tracks, “Woman Of The World” and “Pandora’s Box,” get better with each listen.

In many ways, Get Your Wings is a better and more consistent album than Toys In The Attic, falling just a notch below the band’s 1976 masterpiece, Rocks. Still, Get Your Wings is my favorite Aerosmith record.

What’s yours?

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