Honkin' on Bobo

Honkin' on Bobo

by Aerosmith
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Honkin' on Bobo

More than a few established bands have vowed at one time or another to get back to their roots, but few actually make it. Aerosmith certainly do. Harking back to their early-'70s nascence, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and company dive headlong into a passel of blues standards, then coat those classics in the glam-slam charm that became their trademark back in the day. Although unlikely to win friends among blues purists, these dirt-under-the-fingernails versions of "Road Runner" and Muddy Waters' "I'm Ready" slide along on Joe Perry's guitar-grease. Perry takes a couple more vocal turns than usual, his rusty croak proving a nice fit for Mississippi Fred McDowell's "Back Back Train," and a decent enough foil for Fleetwood Mac's "Stop Messin' Around." Tyler acquits himself surprisingly well on songs that require a little more nuance, notably a heartfelt take on Sonny Boy Williamson's "Eyesight to the Blind" and a gripping "Jesus on the Mainline." While Honkin' on Bobo is largely a vehicle for Aerosmith to indulge in a little hero worship, the band slip in one original, "The Grind," which boasts some adept scatting and piano playing from Tyler. A far cry from the group's polished recent work, Honkin' is kind of a mess, but a beautiful mess at that.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998702523
catalogNumber: 87025


  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 Main Line

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aerosmith   Primary Artist
Joe Perry   Dobro,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hurdy-Gurdy,Slide Guitar,Group Member
Johnnie Johnson   Piano
Memphis Horns   Brass
Joey Kramer   Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Steven Tyler   Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Brad Whitford   Guitar,Group Member
Tracy Bonham   Vocals
Paul Santo   Piano,Hammond Organ,Pump Organ,Wurlitzer
Tom Hamilton   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Big Joe Williams   Composer
Joe Perry   Composer,Producer
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Composer
Paul Caruso   Engineer
Rev. Gary Davis   Composer
Jack Douglas   Producer
Ruby Fisher   Composer
Marti Frederiksen   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Peter Green   Composer
Ken Hopkins   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Jay Messina   Engineer
R. Shannon   Composer
Steven Tyler   Composer,Producer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]   Composer
Clifford Adams   Composer
David Bett   Art Direction
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Jim Survis   Guitar Techician
Walter Jacobs   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Keith Garde   Creative Consultant
C. Adams   Composer
Paul Santo   Engineer
Brian Paturalski   Engineer
Greg Howard   Guitar Techician
P.A. Green   Composer
John "Magee" McGarry   Drum Technician
Jerry Sabatino   Guitar Techician
Joel Cohen   Composer

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Honkin' on Bobo 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one CD you cannot live without if you are a true Aerosmith fan AND a true blues lover of the Muddy Waters era. It is like a night on Beale Street. I think Tyler is the greatest in a dozen ways but this brings out his and Perry's further talents to do the blues in style. Tyler's signature is there although most songs are not his writing. He can honk on Bobo with the best. I also think it brings a new dimension to Perry's voice and style. I never found his singing to so totally grab my attention before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aerosmith, classic style..join in the fun and grind away with mesh of rock and blues..still playing after thall these years with a fervor that many new bands cannot match..way to hang, boys, way to hang..never afraid to experiment, that is what has made you guys a great band andone of the longest still standing..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well here it is, the new Aerosmith CD we've all been waiting for. Unfortunately, I don't believe many of their fans were hoping for what's on offer here. They start off smokin' with "Road Runner", easily the most Aero-worthy track on the CD, but afterwards end up descending to the level of an enthusiastic, but rather boring barroom boogie/blues band. The bad boys from Boston provide competent background music to getting drunk in some rundown juke joint but none of the tunes, save for "Road Runner", would ever be interesting enough to make you set down your beer and actually pay any serious attention to the music. The guys do seem to really be enjoying themselves on this disc so there is plenty of fire in the performances, but the tunes are about as combustible as wet toilet paper. That being said, maybe this "going back to our roots" release will serve to wake these guys up and put an end to their recent creative constipation, thus clearing their musical bowels to make way for another classic Aerosmith release rather than another well polished turd such as this...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do not buy this CD - if you are looking for a Blues Album. This is a rock album that covers some old blues songs. Aerosmith treats these songs as if they wrote them and they bring a stripped down sound (no over production) to this album that reminds me of "Get Your Wings" days. Truly an outstanding effort by Stevie and the Boys. Nobody can play dirty, gritty rock and roll like these boys when they do it right and they certainly have on this disc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isn't Aerosmith's best work, and it isn't their worst either. That said, it's a little misleading to say this album falls square in the middle. Rather, Honkin' plays like a microcosm for Aeromsith's entire career: wildly uneven, with increadible peaks, and disappointing valleys. There are songs on this album that could turn the unitiated into fans of both Aeromsith and the blues, "Back Back Train," "Never Loved A Girl," and "Got to Move." These songs remind you of the side of the blues that Aeromsith rode like a bronking bull. This is blues that says, yeah, the train of life is tough, but I'm going to ride it. Isn't that, after all, what first appealed to American youth in the seventies: kids struggling with growing pains, both home and in society, but filled with too much energy to stay in the garage. Yeah, life is bad to the bone, but so are we. Aeromsith even does a nice job with it's new song, the Grind - - though even here, in the albums one original, the band continues a trend of failing to take advantage of the range of writing talents at home, namely Hamilton and Whitford. Aeromsith also creates a real nice vibe with the Main Line, serving the place of some of the band's best mood songs, such as Permanent Vacation's the movie. Many of the remaining songs, however, are pretty fogetable. Aerosmith was clearly going for that raw sound they perfected - - has anyone done it better since? - - in Rocks, but too often here, rather than sounding like seamless jams, these songs come across as performances by a band that came out of the garage a few weeks too son. In the end, whether you decide to ride the rail will probably depend on your love of Aeromsith and the blues. Any true fan should pick up this album for a journey through all the pitfalls and treasures of an entire career. For others - - fans or would-be fans of the blues - - I would recommend picking this album up because you never know what paths it may lead you down, such as to an exploration of F. McDowell's work. This man clearly had creative juices, like moonshine, coursing through his veins. If, however, you simply want to hear the best from Aerosmith in a similar vein to this album, I'd recommend Rocks, or Toys in the Attic, and encourage you to roll with the train, all night long.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aerosmith is the best of all time. I been listening to Aerosmith since I was two and when I heard about the blues album, I got all excited. I wish they had written they own stuff. But I loved this anyway. The Grind is so well written (the only original on the CD).
dauschielover More than 1 year ago
Yes, there are 2 AAs in Naasty cause one just ain't enough. Super Aerosmith CD mixed with influences from Stevie Ray Vaughn and Muddy Waters. You can't beat Tyler's voice for rockin' blues. And of course you have some of his harmonica thrown in. If you like Stevie Ray Vaughn, you'll love this CD. Aerosmith is in top-notch form.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honkon On Bobo puts Aerosmith where they rightfully belong. Back among Rock and Roll's elite. I lost faith in them when I saw them at the super bowl halftime shows playing with N Sync and Brittney, and even touring with another great sellout: Kiss. And now Aerosmith return with an album that shuts the doubters up for good. it's rock, it's blues, it's raw power and energy that hasn't ben tapped for over 28 years and I for one am greatful. I'm still mad at them for becoming corporate clowns but hopefully Aerosmith have learned they're lesson and will never do it again. If you're still unsure pick Bobo up and give it a few spins. You won't be sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cd cover reads "Blues done Aerosmith style" so don't think it is a blues album. Aerosmith gets back to their roots and then tears them up. The guitars are heavy, the bass is thumpin, the drums are a rockin' and Steven Tyler is truely the demon of screamin'. When "Road Runner" starts steven tyler says "lets go see the elephants" if he meant lets go see the biggest band in history rock you till it hurts he was right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent rework of blues classics, done Aerosmith style. They have gone back to their classic rock sound and this album delivers! 5 out of 5.