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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

One of the Best Ever

As a major fan of Tesla I can honestly say that this is probably their best work. All of their own songs sound just as great acoustically as they do studiotized. "Modern Day Cowboy" is one of the most underrated songs of all time. The lyrics, the guitar riff, and Jeff Keith's raspy voice make this a classic worth giving a listen. "Paradise" is another underrated ballad by the band since it was hiding in the shadow of "Love Song". It is the better of the two musically and lyrically. I personally think this album was a jumping off point in the early nineties for so many other acoustic performances including the popular MTV Unplugged. This is a trully original album from a band that made great music together and had fun doing it.

A Solid Album

Every hard rock act at one time or another tries an acoustic performance during their career. Telsa's orginal songs sound great and the cover tunes are must haves. Get some of these tracks and you'll find yourself listening to these over and over again

A must have

in my top five favorites. only wish they included lil' suzy which is on the dvd. i never get tired of listening to signs, gettin' better, love song, the way it is, etc...


Formed: 1985 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Tesla emerged during the glory days of hair metal, the band's music was equally indebted to contemporary blues and '70s-style hard rock, a fusion that helped differentiate albums like The Great Radio Controversy from its contemporaries. Despite the refreshing lack of posturing, Tesla was hit just as hard as the rest of the pop-metal world when grunge arrived in the early 1990s. They did produce one of the era's more respectable bodies of work, however, including three consecutive platinum-selling...
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