Five Man Acoustical Jam - (Import CD)
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- Rock & Pop
- Hard Rock
- Mono / Stereo
- Dan McClendon
- Five Man Acoustical Jam
Tesla: Jeff Keith (vocals, tambourine); Frank Hannon (acoustic & electric guitars, harmonica, background vocals); Tommy Skeoch (acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals); Brian Wheat (piano, bass, background vocals); Troy Luccketta (drums, percussion).
Comparisons to MTV Unplugged tend to be thrown around in an attempt to promote any pre-Unplugged acoustic music by linking it with a successful, more contemporary phenomenon, but Tesla's Five Man Acoustical Jam was actually a legitimate predecessor of the trend -- it bears a strong resemblance to early Unplugged sessions in its informality and sense that the band is just having fun. Perhaps more importantly, the fact that a cover of the Five Man Electrical Band's "Signs" became a Top Ten hit demonstrated that acoustic rock & roll -- not just ballads like Guns N' Roses' "Patience" or Extreme's "More Than Words" -- could find acceptance and commercial viability with rock audiences. As for the musical results, Tesla's originals generally translate well to the acoustic format, though some of the jams tend to ramble and lose focus, a fact underscored by the tightly melodic covers of '60s classics like "Lodi" and "Mother's Little Helper." Still, this adds to the informal atmosphere, and the album is a nice change of pace from the rest of Tesla's catalog. ~ Steve Huey
- Country of Origin
- Universal Distribution
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Cumin' Atcha Live / Truckin'
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Way It Is, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] We Can Work It Out
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Signs
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Gettin' Better
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Before My Eyes
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Paradise
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Lodi
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Mother's Little Helper
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Modern Day Cowboy
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Love Song
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Tommy's Down Home
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Down Fo' Boogie
- Studio / Live
- Q (3/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "..the most exciting new hard rock band to emerge in the late 80's...this band can inject enthusiasm and vigour into virtually anything they work with."
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- Mike Beyer
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