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The M.O.B. Feat. Steven Tyler and Mick Fleetwood, ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ – Song Review

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Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood has formed a new band called The M.O.B. with longtime cohort John McVie on bass, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler on vocals and Jonny Lang on guitar. Their choice to cover ZZ Top‘s ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ for the new tribute album, ‘A Tribute From Friends,’ seems highly appropriate given Fleetwood and Tyler are both obsessive about clothing.

More importantly, The M.O.B. are obsessed with the blues. Lang’s impressive guitar work during the mid-section of the song not only pays homage to the band but reminds you where this music came from in the first place.

The band doesn’t stray too far from the original. Tyler doesn’t try to change his voice in the slightest and
his personality is stamped all over this cut. His drawn out “yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah’s” and ‘whooooos” combined with added back-up vocals certainly update the song. Furthermore, Tyler’s impromptu one lined rap “the girls, they just can’t resist me” also deserves a mention and a chuckle.

The band sound as tight as you might imagine given their all-star, elder statesmen status. True, Lang is
still a young man, but he’s been playing since childhood so he can wear that ribbon too.

Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Metallica) mixed this single and allegedly The M.O.B. were involved from the beginning to the end of the recording process, including the ever-so-busy Tyler. That type of dedication seeps through and if you’re paying tribute to one of your favorite bands, that’s exactly how it should be.

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