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Not the Same Old Song and Dance

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Cleopatra's Not the Same Old Song and Dance: Aerosmith Tribute assembles a number of hard-rock and heavy metal veterans, most with their heyday in the '80s, to perform new versions of Aerosmith classics (in other words, there's very little recent material here). Most of the performers are faithful to the originals, which isn't necessarily a problem -- the material is well-chosen and represents some of Aerosmith's best. The main problem is that many of the performances are too mannered, the production too slick to recapture the down-and-dirty grit of the originals; plus, when some selections call for keeping pace with Steven Tyler's manic, fast-paced jive, the vocalists tend to come up short. Still, there are some individual highlights -- Vince Neil does a pretty good job on "Chip Away the Stone," and Ronnie James Dio captures the essence of "Dream On," to name the most obvious. Other performers include former members of Warrant, Tesla, Damn Yankees, Ratt, and Great White.

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