Aerosmith – “I’m Down” Live
Same Old Thing Happens Every Day!
“I’m Down” was written by Paul McCartney. He wrote it while he was in London, staying at the home of Jane Asher’s parents. The backing track was recorded in seven takes, the first one was included in The Beatles’ compilation album Anthology 2 wherein McCartney said in a faux American accent: “Let’s hope this one turns out pretty darn good.”
During the session, particularly between takes one and two, McCartney can be heard repeating the phrase “Plastic soul, man, plastic soul”. He later revealed that the phrase, which the Beatles later adapted for the title of their album Rubber Soul, was used by black musicians to describe Mick Jagger.
For Aerosmith’s ninth studio album, Permanent Vacation, they recorded their own cover version for the song. This was released on August 31, 1987 and was rated four out of five stars by Allmusic. Steven Tyler’s take on this much-loved Beatles classic is incredible. Just listen to that amazing voice of his!
According to critic Richie Unterberger of Allmusic, “I’m Down” is “one of the most frantic rockers in the entire Beatles’ catalog.”
It’s undeniable that Aerosmith did a splendid job!