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"Welcome to the Aerosmithsonian: A Tribute to Aerosmith" (Perris Records)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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If "Welcome to the Aerosmithsonian" is any indication, the popular trend of tribute albums is far from dead.

Unlike other tribute CDs, in which bands you may never heard of perform a more a supergroup's music and hope that they'll catch your attention, "Aerosmithsonian" plays more like a superstar jam session. Just check out the track listing and list of performers below. In addition, each song is played with charisma and pizzazz and, perhaps most importantly, respect. The respect that a veteran band like Aerosmith deserves. In other words, Aerosmith fans won't be pissed off at how different these bands play Aerosmith songs, but rather will enjoy the band's music as performed by musicians you're familiar with in their particular style.

Do you really need another tribute CD in your collection? Probably not. But there's no denying that these things are fun. And "Welcome to the Aerosmithsonian" is a fine example.

Also included is a second CD with new music by RON KEEL'S FAIR GAME, STEVE FISTER, BABYLON A.D., DEREK ST. HOLMES, DAVY VAIN, GILBY CLARKE, ROUGH CUTT, THE BRIDGE, CARMINE APPICE, BROKEN TEETH and CHERRY STREET.

Performing on "Welcome to the Aerosmithsonian" are: Carmine Appice - all drums; Jason McMasters - all bass; Steve Fister - rhythm guitar. Special guest guitars include Gilby Clarke, Keri Kelli, Marc Ferrari, Jaimie Scott and Jimmy Crespo. 

Track listing:
"Mama Kin" vocals by Derek St. Holmes
"Back in the Saddle" vocals by Ron Keel
"Sweet Emotion" vocals by Derek St. Holmes
"Last Child" vocals by Jason McMaster
"Walk This Way" vocals by Ron Keel, Derek St. Holmes and Derek Davis
"S.O.S. (Too Bad)" vocals by Davy Vain
"Train Kept a Rollin'" vocals by Derek Davis
"Lord of the Thighs" vocals by Ron Taylor
"Rock in a Hard Place" vocals by Paul Shortino
"Get the Lead Out" vocals by Jason McMaster

For more information, please visit http://www.perrisrecords.com or http://www.stevefister.com


Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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