Tesla’s album to celebrate 30th year anniversary of ‘Five Man Acoustical Jam’ might be released in Feb. 2020
Tesla frontman Jeff Keith as recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay of Canada’s The Metal Voice.
With respect to Tesla‘s upcoming acoustic album to celebrate the 30th year anniversary of the release of Five Man Acoustical Jam, Keith advised:
“It was been 30 years since we recorded the original acoustical album and this time we are doing it at the historical Abbey Road Studios. We had fun doing it 30 years ago and we had fun when we did it again just this last month. It was awesome, we did it live in the studio with a little audience there. I love when we do recordings live, they just turn the mics on and let’s go. The performance was also filmed so there will also by a DVD where they captured the band before, during and after performance, there will be some cool footage.”
In terms of the setlist for the upcoming acoustical album, Keith indicated: “We will be doing some songs to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the five man acoustical jam, so we did 5 or 6 songs from the original album. Then we also added some of the songs we did off our new album Shock that we made with Phil Collen from Def Leppard.”
In regard to a release date, Keith opined: “From what I have heard, I think maybe in February 2020 but things can change.”
Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of Five Man Acoustical Jam:
“It is hard to believe that Tesla‘s Five Man Acoustical Jam album might well not have released because although the group’s live acoustic performance at the Troscadero in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA was recorded, the band was not intending on releasing it as an album. It was only when Tesla‘s label Geffen got wind that Tesla‘s acoustic cover of the Five Man Electrical Band‘s track “Signs” — played at a radio station to promote the band — was getting lots of airplay that Geffen decided that it wanted to capitalize on the song and this eventually led to the release of Five Man Acoustical Jam a few months later.
This was a brilliant move because Five Man Acoustical Jam turned out to be arguably Tesla‘s pinnacle and brought them their biggest hit with “Signs.” Five Man Acoustical Jam‘s commercial success, in addition to the album simply being a phenomenal and groundbreaking one, seemingly was the ignitor that pushed many other rock bands to release albums comprised of songs played acoustically. The one thing that separates Tesla from a lot of the bands that eventually later released similar type albums is that Tesla already had blues based songs that lent themselves very well to acoustic treatment. Throw in lead singer Jeff Keith‘s distinctive, raspy and powerful voice and playing the band’s songs acoustically turned out to be a recipe for greatness.”
You can read other excerpts from the interview with Jeff Keith at The Metal Voice‘s website or listen to the interview below:
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Tesla‘s “Signs” video:
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