So you are the greatest American Rock and Roll Band. You are now a little older and a little wiser. It is time to make some music that will show this maturity. This is the Aerosmith answer. "Amazing" is the epic song that Aerosmith has been trying to do ever since "Dream On." They have been trying to catch the spirt of the band and still take on a more complete and well rounded sound. This they accomplished! In spades.
A piano and string section start off this tune. Not the normal type of beginning for an Aerosmith song. Then Steve Tyler starts to sing this autobiographical ode to getting sober.
"It's Amazing With the blink of an eye you finally see the light It's Amazing When the moment arrives that you know you'll be alright It's Amazing And I'm sayin' a prayer for the desperate hearts tonight"
He also tells about the final shot for Aerosmith after their mediocre period. "That one last shot's a Permanent Vacation." That is the name of the comeback, make it or break it album.
When you listen to the story in whole, it is truly an Aerosmith that can finally look at themselves and like what they see!
This is obvious in the way all the members attack this song with a passion. Listen to Joe Perry's guitar work on here and all you can say is...amazing!!! He delivers a punch that is more direct and powerful than in any of their earlier work. He can finally say, "Hey we are, the best and I am going to prove it!" This is the finest guitar work of Aerosmith's recorded career.
The orchestration on this piece is truly fantastic also. The blend of the strings and Perry on guitar can only be described as inspired. The piano adds a regal effect that makes this a very special song indeed. The percussion work of Joey Kramer keeps this whole piece together. He is, as always, rock solid behind the skins.
The next piece to this masterpiece puzzle is the background harmonies by none other than ex-Eagle Don Henley. He knows how to make a harmony work and it is just another aspect to this song that seems to give this song that little extra.
Then to top it off, the band remembers that a little humor never hurt anyone. So to end the song, they tag on this little 20's radio style goodbye. A fine ending to a rock and roll masterpiece.
Aerosmith has done some "Amazing" work both before and after this song. This one forever sticks in my mind thanks to the video. I still can see Joe Perry playing that super guitar solo as he steps off the railroad tracks just in front of a roaring train.
I always thought that this was a fitting visual for this song, get off the track you were on, before it runs you over! That is what Aerosmith did and we are all the benefactors of it!