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The movie Sing came out late last year, and there is a scene where the Gorilla covers Dream On. This got me thinking. It’s been years since I hit play on one of Aerosmith’s signature songs. Few realize the song was on the band’s first album, debuting in 1973 (it’s been rereleased). Eminem even stole a few riffs for his work.

So, I decided to go back and give it a listen. And this version is epic. Full orchestra. Electric guitars. And a young Steven Tyler, forty years removed from the American Idol version. The underappreciated rock god had range. The rasp. The wail. It made me smile seeing someone at the height of their powers.