What happened to Steven Tyler's voice after Dream On?

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  1. Tylenol Jones

    Tylenol Jones Member

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    You listen to Dream On and his voice is very smooth. Then, Sweet Emotion and it's completely different!

    What happened during that span that made his voice change so drastically? I remember many many years ago when I heard those 2 songs, I thought Aerosmith initially had a different singer. I was shocked to learn it was the same person.
     
  2. gigs

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    Years of screaming will do that. Flesh has a shelf life.
     
  3. Flogger59

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    And achieving cocaine budget levels of success.
     
  4. Drumnbum

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    I think he just tapped in to that more aggressive edge for artistic sake. Just my opinion, no basis in fact, mind you.
     
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  6. Tylenol Jones

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    It was only 2 years between these two songs, though. Cocaine and screaming really could have done that in that short amount of time??
     
  7. 67blackcherry

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    He's said in many interviews he hated how his voice sounded on the first album, especially Dream On...something to the effect of "I don't even sing like that, never did, don't know what I was thinking..."
     
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    In their collective biography Walk This Way, the band pretty much all agrees the Dream On is the only song where Tyler used his natural voice without any affectation. What we think of as his usual voice is a put-on character sound that he uses because he wasn't secure about how his voice really sounds.
     
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    It wasn't just Dream On, it was the entire first album. He never sounded like that again :huh
     
  10. Tylenol Jones

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    Couldn't agree more.

    But again, there was a drastic difference between how his voice is presented there and only 2 years later with their follow-up, Toys In The Attic.
     
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    I think some of it has to do with the recording. Those two records are miles apart in recording quality.
     
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    Steven's twin brother Victor sang lead vocals on the first album.

    Their mother had been used as a guinea pig for fetal experiments in the late 40's to breed children with a high tolerance against radiation and fear. Their dual existence was kept a secret their entire lives. Even from the band. And it wasn't until Victor's untimely death due to radiation poisoning that Steven took over officially as lead vocalist for Aerosmith.

    That's why you can hear the subtle differences between vocals from that first album. Victor Tyler.
     
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    Seriously?

    Listen to any live recordings. He still does the "first album voice" or whatever you want to call it on occasional versions of Dream On.

    Artistic choice, nothing more- and for someone his age, he still totally rips.
     
  14. AJS

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    That's definitely tuned down at least half a step though.
     
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    I love his voice then and I love it now. No one in his age range is still singing like that. Saw Aerosmith live a couple of years ago and they are amazing.
     
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    I'm pretty sure they're still playing everything in the original key...will have to play along with it when I get home.
     
  17. Tylenol Jones

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    The one who sounded old and tired was Joe Perry. Those pointless fills were sloppy, rookie-sounding, and just destroyed the ambiance.
     
  18. Coldacre

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    his voice changed simple as that. there's a recording from the 60's in a song called "When I needed you" and his voice is virtually unrecognizable. it evolved from his teenage years to what it became on "Get Your Wings"



    still, a lot of the first Aerosmith album is down to the way it was recorded. I've heard live stuff from 72/73 and he still sounds like the Steve Tyler post 74.
     
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  20. cjcayea

    cjcayea cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce Supporting Member

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    idk, that first video is super sloppy
     

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