FIVE MAN ACOUSTICAL JAM
TESLA’s Five Man Acoustical Jam, may have been the first band to try the unplugged thing, TESLA were the one’s that made the unplugged performance the popular trend that it was in the early ninties. After Five Man Acoustical Jam, a lot of artists starting releasing cds from MTV Unplugged appearances. Springsteen and Nirvana, to just name a few.
TESLA’s Five Man Acoustical Jam is not your typical live album. With this cd you can tell everybody’s having a goodtime. The band and the fans are really enjoying themselves, not taking things to seriously. The intimacy of the performance is great. Many highlights from TESLA’s first two albums and great oldies covers make this a great cd. TESLA turns Five Man Electrical Band’s “Signs” into their own song. Other covers TESLA performs include Truckin’ and Lodi. The Five Man Acoustical Jam really shows off the talents of TESLA and is an excellent and rewarding album. – Jukebox Hero
– Mark Ramsey “Music Fan”
Recording Notes: Little Suzi was deleted from the CD, but appears on the video and was available as a B-side for the Signs single. While preparing to record Psychotic Supper, the band is asked to go on a short tour with Motley Crue, who were at the peak of their popularity with the release of Dr. Feelgood. Motley had the leisure of a light tour schedule, but TESLA wasn’t content to rest on their laurels, so they scheduled a handful of acoustic shows to fill nights off. While in Boston to promote the tour, Jeff, Frank, and Tommy stopped by WAAF Boston, where they play ‘Signs’ acoustically. They convince management to send a mobile video crew to tape the Philadelphia show, strictly for archival purposes.
After the tour wraps up, management calls the band and tells them that WAAF had put the song into regular rotation and that it was among the stations top 5 requested songs. Once Geffen catches wind of the unanticipated excitement of ‘Signs,’ they immediately request that the band record an EP of acoustic material.
The band points out that they already had an entire acoustic show professionally recorded. Further, the band refuses Geffen’s requests to re-record parts of the live performance. According to Brian, the entire album cost only $32,000 to make.