Listen To Entire ‘Chickenfoot III’ Album For Free at AOL Music

Chickenfoot’s sophomore album, “Chickenfoot III”, is available for streaming in its entirety (except for albums’ hidden track) at AOL Music. Due on September 27 via eOne Music in North America, “Chickenfoot III” was produced by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica) and is the much-anticipated follow-up album to the successful eponymous debut of a rock band packed with successful veterans — guitar hero Joe Satriani, drummer Chad Smith, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and frontman Sammy Hagar.

  • Shine On

    After subsequent listens to the album, I’m increasing my rating to 4.5/5. The album is growing on me, and it’s hard for me to want to listen to anything else, right now (which is starting to annoy my gf, lol).

  • SPANKED

    ‘Anyway, that’s my tale of the new Chickenfoot CD.
    If you’re a DLR fan, such as myself, don’t knock it until you actually listen, you might miss out on some good tunes.”

    Worth repeating.

  • Shine On

    A correction on my above post, with the part I forgot to include in all caps: “Thanks for sharing with us, Hillbilly Jim. It says a lot you can be won over by the new CD, considering you haven’t been a prior fan of either Chickenfoot or Van Halen WITH SAMMY!”

    Apologies to Hillbilly Jim for my unintended mischaracterization of his post…I thought I remembered to specify the “Van Halen with Sammy” part.

  • FAMAC

    @ArmyMedic wrote “I wonder if you can actually appreciate the simplicity of the song with the subtle nuances that are there.”

    I was suggesting that’s all Come Closer needed – the subtle parts – and that the power ballad material that followed it was unecessary.

    To my ears – and this is totally conjecture – it sounds like Joe came up with the initial licks for Dubai and Come Closer and then they got fleshed out by Sammy and the band. Many of the tunes suffer this problem.

    I was going to review 3 Letters, but it’s such a horrible piece of dooky that I didn’t want to waste the time. How can you take the (alleged) sad stories Sam read in a pretty heatfealt way, then intersperse them with that screaming “I Need A Job” – it made the whole thing a joke.

  • HillBilly Jim

    Shine On says:
    Apologies to Hillbilly Jim for my unintended mischaracterization of his post…I thought I remembered to specify the “Van Halen with Sammy” part.

    That’s cool, i figured it’s what you meant

  • Halen High

    @ coopster – sorry coop, I didn’t realise you were talking about hearing the influences/parts in the music that reminded you of The Who. I love The Who – been thrashing the hell out of their Live at Kilburn 1977 DVD over the last few months.

  • Shine On

    Halen High, The Who are one of my all-time favorite bands, without a doubt!!! Though Pete Townshend doesn’t seem to think much of their ’77 performance and says so at that show, I enjoy that Live At Kilburn gig very much! The 1969 “Tommy” performance that is included with the Kilburn show (in the DVD package I got, anyway) is great, too, even though the visual is blurry most of the time.

  • Shine On

    To clarify: “Though Pete Townshend doesn’t seem to think much of their ’77 performance and says so at that show” is at the point after “I’m Free” where Pete says to directer Jeff Stein, “This wasn’t *u**ing worthfilming, Stein. Might as well take the cameras down now!” But Townshend was always one of the harshest critics of his own band. The Who on one of the “off nights” was better than most bands on their best nights, and I like watching the Kilburn show.

  • Shine On

    “The 1969 ‘Tommy’ performance that is included with the Kilburn show (in the DVD package I got, anyway) is great, too, even though the visual is blurry most of the time.”

    –Because it’s The Who on one of their really good nights.

  • CRAZYJAY

    Ok I decided to give the album another try due to all of the positive reviewes. I am glad that so many people like this album

    Well, I figured out why I find the album hard to listen to, it seems as if they turned Sam’s vocals up much higher than on previous albums, and his high pitched screams are getting under my skin. I am playing Dubai blues right now, why in gods name does he have to scream every other word in certain sections of this song. THere is some good guitar work, but Sam is just so loud on this track, Joe is drowned out. And the bass line at the start of the song, come on flea would have destroyed that intro with chad on drums. THis song is just not good. And when Mike comes in with his high pitched screams at the point when they say aint got you, I feel like reaching for three aspirins and a beer

  • CRAZYJAY

    So, Mike has been playing bass for 40 years, and he has finally been given total freedom to play what he wants on an album! makes you wonder why it took so long. I suppose Sammy fans will blame it on Ed. Well the bass lines are uninspired on this album.

    Sammy and Mike have been taking too many shots at Eddie and Dave. It is funny, but most other people always talk about how great of a human being Eddie is, including Jason Becker. Eddie has gone through some of the same issues that have affected Jimi, Eric Clapton, Kurt Cobain, Keith Richards, and countless others. THe fact that he has had issues does not, take away from his talent, or the fact that he is a great person, who is sharing his gift of music with his brother, his son, and his old friend Dave.

    I don’t blame Sam and Mike fans for supporting this album, I will do the same when and if the VH album comes out. BUt this album is tough to listen to, and next time they need to turn sam down.

  • Shine On

    @ CRAZYJAY
    It’s been liberating for both Michael Anthony and Chad Smith to play in this band:

    “In Chickenfoot, Smith abandons the restraint of his groove-centric Peppers playing, letting loose with constant, wild fills (maybe too wild: he tore a bicep at a European show). And Anthony, who was relegated to playing thumping root notes in Van Halen, breaks out flashy John Entwistle-style leads”–”Chickenfoot Claw Their Way To THe Top”, by Brian Hiatt, ROLLING STONE #1084, August 6, 2009, p. 22.

    So, who did Mike have to turn to in VH when he wanted to play a greater instrumental role when Eddie wanted to keep himself in the role as the flashy player? Certainly not to Alex, who’s with his brother, right or wrong. To Dave? Hah, Dave won’t fight for Mike to be included NOW (unlike Sam), and probably didn’t stand up for Mike much THEN, either. As for how great a human being Eddie is, in interviews he’s trash-talked people as much as Dave or Sam ever have.

    Concerning respective volumes levels in the mix on “Dubai Blues”, Joe plays with subtlety on the verses, and more loudly in the choruses, bridge, and solo, and in all cases you can hear his excellent playing well. Joe talked Sam into singing lower on most of the album, and Sammy’s singing only gets loud here and there on this song, and never overpowers the mix. I’ve found this to be true playing the tune on two different stereos.

    Don’t worry, CRAZYJAY, Chickenfoot’s album doing good doesn’t necessarily mean that VH’s new album won’t do so well; it doesn’t have to be a seesaw effect. They can BOTH do well in the market, so you needn’t feel you have to talk down this record to ensure better success for Van Halen, after all. Skip the aspirins, just have another beer, ’cause you must be too tense.

  • No Mas Tony

    I didn’t see the comments kept flowing on this thread till just now…

    @ PANAMA RED — Right on man, CFIII is permanently stuck in my sterio at home, and I got all my sons singing it already. Driving the wife crazy, but she is really digging “Something Going Wrong” (as we all are)

    @ FAMAC — I dig your knowledge of music. HEY, where are they selling YOUR album?! I’m sure with your acute sense of ‘chord progession’ and ‘wandering bass lines’, you must have some amazing skills. Hey, maybe Chickenfoot should hire you to help them with their weak song writing! OR, maybe you should just admit to yourself that it is a decent rock album and stop looking for so many reasons not to like it… just a thought. Cause you’re kinda acting like a bitter little tool that can’t accept the fact that so many people are digging this album. Just sayin…

    @ CRAZY JAY — I’d say that was aimed at you too… but it’s obvious you know nothing about music.

  • Halen High

    Shine On says:
    “To clarify: “Though Pete Townshend doesn’t seem to think much of their ’77 performance and says so at that show” is at the point after “I’m Free” where Pete says to directer Jeff Stein, “This wasn’t *u**ing worthfilming”

    Yep – you can’t get more raw than that, which is exactly what I love about it. ‘I’m Free’ is an epic song.

  • SPANKED

    Oh look, DLR fans trash talking anything Sammy related, in other news, water is wet.

  • Shine On

    Halen High: “Yep – you can’t get more raw than that, which is exactly what I love about it. ‘I’m Free’ is an epic song.”

    Absolutely agree, Halen High, The Who has always been a very special band, to me.

    BTW: Although I’ve only recently posted here, I’ve been reading here for months, and I’m a fan of your posts, Halen High, despite me being a big Sammy Hagar fan. You respond with a coolness and wit I find entertaining, so hope you’ll keep ‘em coming!

  • Shine On

    CRAZYJAY: “THe fact that he [Eddie] has had issues does not, take away from his talent…”

    Oh, no doubt about that, and while I have never met him myself, I’ve talked to people who have that say he was a cool and gracious guy. But when Mike talks about being repressed in VH, I have no problem believing him.

  • Halen High

    @ Shine On – good onya mate! I do try and inject some humour into the discussions, while sometimes I’m just being very opinionated. I’m obviously not a much of a Van Hagar fan, even though I lived through the era and bought the albums, but while I would describe When It’s Love and Dreams as being more suitable for the Flash Dance soundtrack rather than a ‘Van Halen’ album, I would never tell anyone to stop being a fan.

    I also used to visit here for months before signing up. Thought I would join in as there are lots of great people to chat with.

  • Panama Red

    Famac said, (speaking of “Up Next”) – “But it get’s worse when Sam pipes in ‘When I arrive at the pearly gates, gonna have my swimsuit on.’ I hope god is blind, Sam.

    That’s gotta be one of the stupidest comments I’ve read here in a while. What does that even mean?

    btw – “Up Next” kicks an amazingly amount of ass. It’s one of my favs, and one of the harder rockers on the album. “Up Next” may not contain the best lyrics on the album, but there are parts in the song that reflect Sammy’s attitude and personality, and that’s cool because he is the lead singer after all.
    Famac, how ’bout posting some of your lyrics. It ain’t as easy as it seems, but it is easy to criticize isn’t it?
    Of all the material I’ve written over the last 20 years, I have to do some searching to find some decent ones. They are few and far between.
    But musically, “Up Next” kicks so much ass, Sammy could be singing about The Brady Bunch and it would still rock. And the harmonies with him and Mike are sublime, even when they just do the “YEAH” parts together, it sounds bad ass.

  • No Mas Tony

    Panama Red says:

    “btw – “Up Next” kicks an amazingly amount of ass. It’s one of my favs, and one of the harder rockers on the album. “Up Next” may not contain the best lyrics on the album, but there are parts in the song that reflect Sammy’s attitude and personality, and that’s cool because he is the lead singer after all.”

    Hell yeah, bro! I like the idea of meeting death just as free as you were in life and standing by your convictions. This too is my favorite of the heavier rock songs on the album.

  • Shine On

    Halen High: “I would describe When It’s Love and Dreams as being more suitable for the Flash Dance soundtrack rather than a ‘Van Halen’ album”

    That could describe “Jump” as well, I suppose.

  • Halen High

    Shine On says:
    “That could describe “Jump” as well, I suppose.”

    The differences between them are so much more than the addition of keyboards and pop sensibilities. What sets Jump apart are Dave’s lyrics and vocal approach. The lyrics still have an adolescent, rebellious quality to them, and the vocal style is very much ‘from the street’, rather than the power vocals so popular in the more adult mainstream. This is what keeps Jump firmly within the rock n’ roll genre and maintains its youthful appeal.

  • Shine On

    No Mas Tony: “Hell yeah, bro! I like the idea of meeting death just as free as you were in life and standing by your convictions. This too is my favorite of the heavier rock songs on the album.”

    Like your spirit, No Mas Tony! And I’m kind of embarrassed that I didn’t clue into what that song was about from the vry first listen, ’cause it seems so obvious, now.

  • Shine On

    Halen High:”The differences between them are so much more than the addition of keyboards and pop sensibilities. What sets Jump apart are Dave’s lyrics and vocal approach. The lyrics still have an adolescent, rebellious quality to them, and the vocal style is very much ‘from the street’, rather than the power vocals so popular in the more adult mainstream. This is what keeps Jump firmly within the rock n’ roll genre and maintains its youthful appeal.”

    Really, Halen High? “Jump” and Dreams” are stylistically so much alike that they could be spliced together with alternating verses and choruses and seem like an extended A-side single. And “Jump” wouldn’t seem out of place in a movie like “Flashdance” for any scene where the protagonist is given an opportunity to succeed, and “Might as well jump!” is heard in the background. “Jump” could fit right in to a movie like that, and it is firmly within the pop genre..

  • Shine On

    Mike Fraser does such an excellent job producing hard rock band, and was a fantastic choice for the Chickenfoot III album. Love the mix!