Aerosmith – Amazing

On our annual Mike And Aaron Go To Toronto trip this year, Mike and I also did our annual swapping of goodies. This is as much fun as the trip itself, saving stuff up we know the other will like. This year, Mike gave me a bunch of CDs. Awesomely, this one was in the batch!

Aerosmith in 1993 was riding high and making the most of it. For a song about the perils of drug use and the break up of the band, this song got a lot of play. And rightly so, it’s a powerful tune with all the right chord changes to pull you through it. Reading up on it on Wiki, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the shadow vocals on the track were by Don Henley! I didn’t know that. Look at me, learning new things!

So here we have the album version. You all know it forwards and backwards. Good tune. Next is Gotta Love It, which is an album track on Get A Grip. It has a fun, funky riff and a bouncy beat. Not a hit song though, ya know?

Then it’s two more versions of Amazing. First up is the Orchestral Version, which I preferred to the album track. It’s already an over-the-top track, and the fuller sound here just finishes it off. But my favourite version is the final track, the Acoustic Version. Why? Because without the full band, stripped to piano and basics, this song isn’t even an Aerosmith song anymore. Bloody ‘ell, it’s a Queen song! I swear. Play this version and imagine Freddie singing it. You’ll never hear Amazing the same way again. Brilliant.

Thanks heaps, Mike! I really enjoyed my little tour of this Amazing song (groans).

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