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Sweet Emotion: The Songs of Aerosmith

Sweet Emotion: The Songs of Aerosmith

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If ever there was a hard rock band that had the blues it is Aerosmith. The group has been plagued by drug problems, changing musical tastes, and personality conflicts. Now, perhaps as a celebration of the band’s survival, blues artists are covering their songs. On Sweet Emotion/Songs of Aerosmith the venerable Chicago blues pianist Pinetop Perkins does a


If ever there was a hard rock band that had the blues it is Aerosmith. The group has been plagued by drug problems, changing musical tastes, and personality conflicts. Now, perhaps as a celebration of the band’s survival, blues artists are covering their songs. On Sweet Emotion/Songs of Aerosmith the venerable Chicago blues pianist Pinetop Perkins does a lowdown version of “Walk This Way,” vocalist Otis Clay proves there’s such as thing as hard-rockin’ soul with his take on “Cryin’,” Texas blues belter Lou Ann Barton makes “One Way Street” her very own, and Delta guitarist and singer Honeyboy Edwards reclaims “Train Kept A Rollin’,” a Tiny Bradshaw tune that Aerosmith has covered for decades. Artists with less blues visibility also make appearances: Marshall Crenshaw covers “Big Ten Inch” (which was a signature tune for Bullmoose Jackson before Aerosmith was born), Foreigner’s Lou Gramm rocks out on “Back in the Saddle,” and Kathy Richardson, the star of the Janis Joplin stage tribute, has the perfect voice for a funky “Last Child.” And Aerosmith’s big ballad hit “Dream On” is gospelized by the church-raised singer Kim McFarland. While these interpretations sound a bit strange in print, on disc they are very strongly connected to the Aerosmith renditions, making Sweet Emotion go down like a big drink of heavy arena rock served with a blues twist.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lou Ann Barton   Track Performer
Otis Clay   Vocals
Marshall Crenshaw   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Lou Gramm   Vocals,Track Performer
Yvonne Gage   Choir, Chorus
Wayne Stewart   Drums
Joanna Connor   Slide Guitar
Sugar Blue   Harmonica,Track Performer
Scott Bennett   Bass,Piano,Drums
Shawn Christopher   Choir, Chorus
David Honeyboy Edwards   Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Jacobs   Organ,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Soloist
Donald Kinsey   Guitar,Vocals
Kim McFarland   Track Performer
Chris Robinson   Organ
Steve Rodby   Bass
Johnny Rutledge   Choir, Chorus
Alex Schultz   Guitar
Brett Simons   Upright Bass
Crystal Taliefero   Track Performer
Rusty Zinn   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Morrow   Choir, Chorus
Brian Tichy   Drums,Rhythm Guitar
Ronnie Baker Brooks   Guitar
John Spiegel   Slide Guitar
Dan Leali   Drums
Cathy Richardson   Track Performer
Danny Shaffer   Dobro,Slide Guitar
Simbryt Whititngton   Choir, Chorus
Wayne Baker Brooks   Guitar
Felicia Coleman Evans   Choir, Chorus
Dejah Gomez   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Scott Bennett   Producer
Jeff Jacobs   Producer
Chris Robinson   Engineer
Steven Tyler   Composer
Rick Fritz   Engineer
Devon Devick   Executive Producer
Frank Rinella   Engineer
Frank Babar   Executive Producer
Ira Antelis   Programming,Producer
Alan Aldridge   Cover Illustration
Kevin Devick   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Danny Shaffer   Producer,Engineer
John Seiller   Engineer
Jeremy Lemos   Engineer
Tom Hamilton   Composer
Howie Kay   Composer

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Sweet Emotion: The Songs of Aerosmith 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This tribute to one of the worlds most influential rock bands, takes a different road than most tribute albums. Aerosmith is well know for their heavily influenced blues rock musical style. This album picks up where that blues influence left off. It take thirteen of Aerosmith's greatest, and bathes them in the emotion and soul of the blues. Steven Tyler has always been proud to say that the blues where the roots of the Aerosmith sound. In that case, this album should be one tribute that the band is most honored with. Some of the best blues and rock voices and musicians turned out for this amazing album. These artists gave their own unique twist to each Aerosmith song. From Otis Clay, to the rock band Foreigner's Lou Gramm. These seasoned musicians add a soul and power to this album that is unimaginable unless heard for yourself. You also get great contributions from artist's like Pinetop Perkins, Marshall Crenshaw, Lou Ann Barton, Kim McFarland, and David ''Honeyboy'' Edwards. If you're expecting basic covers of these songs, you're definitely in for a surprise. The mastermind behind this creation was dead on when they decided to allow the artist's who did the song's, to give their own interpretation of how the song's should be done. This has to be the best tribute album that I've ever heard. The fact that it's a blues album only sweetens the pot. If you're a blues fan, you're going to rave about this album. If you're an Aerosmith fan, you're going to hear this band's music as raw and as soulful as it will ever get. This is what tribute albums are supposed to sound like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Old-school Aerosmith aficionados at last have reason to rejoice. The once mighty toxic team from Beantown is finally ''back in the saddle.'' Well, at least their rhythm-and-blues inspired tunes are. The tribute compilation CD, Sweet Emotion, presents a tasty and talented collection of blues artists of real (Pinetop Perkins) and imagined (Marshall Crenshaw) repute reprising the raunchiest riffs and greasiest hits of Aerosmith's quarter-century catalogue. The collection, like Aerosmith themselves, is at its best with older numbers like ''Big Ten Inch'' and ''One Way Street,'' while the dullest cut comes courtesy of Otis Clay's take on ''Cryin'''. But don't blame Clay, 'cause not even Otis Redding could redeem the worst of Aerosmith's biggest hits. Since the ''tribute'' genre erupted in the early '90s, honoring everyone from Kiss to the Carpenters, few compilations have been worthy of more than novelty value. Really, how many times can you listen to Pat Boone singing Alice Cooper before the joke gets a little long in the fang? But if audio-homage things are here to stay, at least Sweet Emotion is one of the best. It offers some smoky, sultry musical suggestions to all-time Aero favorites like ''Walk This Way,'' ''Dream On'' and the sticky-fingered title track, ''Sweet Emotion,'' that do more than remind the listener how much better the original versions were. And since the tempos tend to be a step slower than the first versions, you can finally decipher the words to ''Draw the Line'' and many of Tyler's other long lost and lusty lyrics. Sweet Emotion also works because it strips away the overproduction, outside songwriters and superstar-daughter-studded videos that have bogged down Aerosmith lately ¿ well, the last ten years, actually. It swings lowdown and dirty with double entendres aplenty, the way real rock 'n' roll is supposed to. Steven Tyler and company could learn a lesson or three from the lesser-known players on Sweet Emotion. True, Sugar Blue and Kim McFarland won't be playing the Super Bowl halftime show, or see the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame as anything but paying visitors, but their work on Sweet Emotion is much tastier than anything on Aerosmith's latest product, Just Push Play. And not only is that a sweet emotion, it's a spoonful of sweet revenge on behalf of Aero fans everywhere, who remember when the music, not the marketing, did the talking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Sweet Emotion: The Songs of Aerosmith,'' released by the Heavy Hip Mama Music Company as part of the label's ''Blues on Fire'' scores a very impressive debut by allowing an impressive array of blues artists to reinterpret songs from the vast Aerosmith library. Aerosmith was among the pioneers of incorporating the blues into mainstream hard rock, and the transformation from hard rock to blues is a perfect, natural fit. 88 year-old Pinetop Perkins, who once played piano with Muddy Waters, joins Ronnie Baker Brooks and legendary blues harpist Sugar Blue for a stunning rendition of ''Walk This Way.'' Perkins sounds every one of his 88-years, but adds serious blues creds to this amazing cover that makes you wonder if perhaps Aerosmith borrowed this song from Perkins in the first place. Music doesn't get much better than this. While many devout Aerosmith fans have been frequently horrified by the band's reliance on awful power ballads such as ''Cryin''' and ''I Don't Want to Miss a Thing'' in order to hit the charts, Otis Clay turns ''Cryin,''' into a masterful blues monster that brims over with cool. Even ''Pink,'' a minor hit for the boys from Boston, is transformed from a rather mediocre tune (by Aerosmith standards) full of the usual sexual innuendoes into a raucous, smoky bump and grinder thanks to Gerald McCleland, best known for his long career on Chicago's blues circuit. It's not often when a cover is better than the original. McCleland knocks the original ''Pink'' out of the park. Cathy Ray Richardson growls and Joplins her way through a killer version of ''Last Child,'' while Lou Gramm of Foreigner-infamy skillfully redeems himself for the heinousness of songs like''I Want to Know What Love Is'' with a monstrous blues take on ''Back in the Saddle Again.'' Aided by Sugar Blue, Gramm's performance makes you wonder what in God's name he was doing with Foreigner and recording wretched tunes like ''Urgent'' when he should have been playing the blues. Joe Louis Walker adds a rocking cover of ''Rag Doll.'' Walker's arrangement is the most similar to the original of all the tunes on the CD, but his version adds a nasty slide guitar line that transform this 80s rocker into a blues show stopper. Tad Robinson, a burgeoning blues star from Chicago, rips into ''Draw the Line'' with gusto, and Crystal Talieforo drops some serious funk into ''Dude Looks Like a Lady.'' Closing out the CD is David ''Honeyboy'' Edwards, who turns 86 years old this week, with a sparsely arranged but soulful cover of ''Train Kept a Rollin.'' It's a fitting end to a spectacular tribute to one of the true icons of rock.