Aerosmith Flies/Joe’s Birthday

We featured Aerosmith yesterday here and also all day as part of our Thursday Artist Portrait. We reached back to 1974 and their second album, Get Your Wings featuring Aerosmith’s original and still current lineup although both guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford left the band at different times in the past.

Get Your Wings was actually one of the few Aerosmith albums that didn’t get close to the top of the charts. The band was still getting its name out and Get Your Wings produced no hits for the band unlike the following album, Toys In The Attic which really established Aerosmith commercially and pulled the band’s first, self titled album back to a high point on the Billboard chart with the single “Dream On” finally becoming a hit.

Get Your Wings never got the same bounce but it’s still a very listenable and rocking affair; we listened to Side 2 this time featuring Aerosmith’s exciting live cover of The Yardbirds’ “Train Kept A Rollin'” and early fave album cut, “Seasons Of Wither”.

Today it’s Joe Cocker’s birthday and we wrapped up our week here with a side from his historic, post Woodstock album and tour, Mad Dogs and Englishmen from 1970.

No doubt, Joe is in his best, r&b influenced voice while the band is incomparable, led by Leon Russell and also including Joe’s Grease Band keyboardist Chris Stainton. Plus the rhythm section of Carl Radle and Jim Gordon who would go on to join Eric Clapton in Derek and the Dominoes. The horn section featured now longtime Stones sax man Bobby Keys.

We listened to Side 2, highlighted by great Cocker covers of the Dave Mason/Traffic classic “Feelin’ Alright” and Ray Charles’ “Let’s Go Get Stoned”.