Get Your Wings
|Get Your Wings|
|Studio album by Aerosmith|
|Released||March 1, 1974|
|Recorded||December 17, 1973–January 14, 1974 at Record Plant Studios|
|Genre||Hard rock, blues rock, heavy metal|
|Producer||Ray Colcord and Jack Douglas|
|Singles from Get Your Wings|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Get Your Wings is the second studio album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released March 1, 1974. The album is the first to feature production from Jack Douglas, who would go on to produce the band's next four albums. Three singles were released from the album, but none of them made the pop charts.
|1.||"Same Old Song and Dance"||Steven Tyler, Joe Perry||3:53|
|2.||"Lord of the Thighs"||Tyler||4:14|
|4.||"Woman of the World"||Tyler, Darren Solomon||5:49|
|1.||"S.O.S. (Too Bad)"||Tyler||2:51|
|2.||"Train Kept A-Rollin'"||Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann||5:33|
|3.||"Seasons of Wither"||Tyler||5:38|
|4.||"Pandora's Box"||Tyler, Joey Kramer||5:43|
"Same Old Song and Dance"
- Built around a riff Joe Perry came up with while sitting on his amp, Steven Tyler quickly came up with the verse riff. The song appears in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. The original lyric, "Got you with the cocaine, found with your gun," was altered for the single version, changed to "You shady looking loser, you played with my gun."
"Lord of the Thighs"
- After the band members decided they needed one more song for the album, they locked themselves into their rehearsal room and came up with this song. The narrator is a pimp who recruits a young woman he sees on the street into prostitution. Tyler also plays the piano. Kramer's opening beat is very similar to the one he would tap out a year later in "Walk This Way" The song can be heard on Liberty Rock Radio in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned.
- This song is an ode to a world with no savior and a lot of nukes and general man-made mayhem.
"Woman of the World"
- Written by Steven Tyler and his former band, The Strangeurs.
"S.O.S. (Too Bad)"
- A protopunk song, it emphasizes the same content punk rock would soon be known for.
"Train Kept A Rollin"'
- Tiny Bradshaw's 1951 R&B classic, already turned into a rock song by The Rock and Roll Trio (Johnny and Dorsey Burnette and Paul Burlison) (1956) and updated by The Yardbirds in a 1965 raw British blues version, after whom Aerosmith modeled their version. In the band's early days, it was their signature, show-stopping song, and is still used to end concerts today. Despite the band's opposition, Douglas put in echo and recorded crowd noises (from the Concert for Bangladesh) around halfway through to give it a live feel, fading into the following song's synthesized blowing wind/acoustic guitar entrance. (The single version doesn't contain the echo and crowd noise). The song appears in Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and Rock Band.
"Seasons of Wither"
- Steven Tyler wrote this song using an old acoustic guitar Joey Kramer found in the garbage on Beacon Street. In a change of pace from the rest of the album, this song is a slow, mournful ballad inspired by the Massachusetts landscape in the winter.
- Joey Kramer's first writing credit, this song was written on a used guitar he found in a dumpster. It was heavily inspired by the soul musicians of the 1960s and 1970s. It is a bonus song in the music game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.
- Steven Tyler – lead vocals, acoustic guitar on "Seasons of Wither", piano on "Lord of the Thighs" and "Pandora's Box"
- Joe Perry – guitar, backing vocals
- Brad Whitford – guitar
- Tom Hamilton – bass
- Joey Kramer – drums, percussion
- Additional personnel
- Steve Hunter – lead guitar on "Train Kept a Rollin'" (studio half)
- Dick Wagner – lead guitar on "Train Kept a Rollin'" (live half) and "Same Old Song and Dance"
- Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone on "Same Old Song and Dance" and "Pandora's Box"
- Randy Brecker – trumpet on "Same Old Song and Dance"
- Stan Bronstein – baritone saxophone on "Same Old Song and Dance" and "Pandora's Box"
- Jon Pearson – trombone on "Same Old Song and Dance"
- Ray Colcord – keyboards on "Spaced"
- Jack Douglas and Ray Colcord – production
- Bob Ezrin – executive production
- Jack Douglas, Jay Messina, and Rod O'Brien – engineering
- David Krebs, Frank Connelly, and Steve Leber – direction
- Remastering personnel
- Don DeVito – remastering production
- Vic Anesini – remastering engineering
- Lisa Sparagano and Ken Fredette – package design
- Jimmy Ienner, Jr. – Still Life photography
- Leslie Lambert – Still Life collage design
- Joel Zimmerman – art supervision
Album - Billboard (North America)
|RIAA – USA||Gold||April 18, 1975|
|Platinum||November 21, 1986|
|3× Platinum||February 26, 2001|
|CIA – Canada||Gold||November 1, 1976|
|Platinum||May 1, 1979|
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