Last week Andrew Porter shared a post with a great acoustic version of "Diamonds and Rust" performed by Joan
Baez. Part of my comment included my disappointment that so few acoustic versions of songs are aired. So, one again inspired by Andrew, I decided to post my first installment of "Acoustics"
It wasn't hard to me to choose these five, as I simply looked at acoustic only tracks in my digital music library and these five acoustic versions are the top five most played. So I guess that would make these my personal favorites. That said these five barely scratch the surface of great acoustic music.
One of the difficulties in this post was finding relevant videos. Unfortunately, and adding a bit of fuel to my argument that acoustics are not played often enough, was that finding acoustic videos is much tougher than just finding the acoustic version. Therefore, the first of these is simply the song, with a slideshow.
So, lets start with Stevie Ray Vaughan. This is off of his 1991 album, The Sky is Crying. "Life by the Drop" was written by Stevie's friend, songwriter and musician, Doyle Bramhall. Stevie performs this tune with a 12-string acoustic.
Next up is the second single released from the Stone Temple Pilots 1992 debut studio album Core. "Plush" hardly needs an introduction, as a year ago it still hung in at #7 on Billboards "US, Hot Rock Songs" chart.
The third track today is from singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins. Shawn broke through with his wildly successful single "Lullaby" from his 1998 album Soul's Core. While from the same album, the tune "Twin Rocks, Oregon", hardly received mention, yet it is a wonderful tune. . .
What acoustic list would be complete without a little JT? This is another tune that needs no introduction. Released as a single off his second album, Sweet Baby James, in 1970 "Fire and Rain" climbed to #3 on Billboards top 100. While this video was shot in recent years, the song still has it.
Topping my list is Dave Grohl, and a naked version of "Times Like These". The song was released with the Foo Fighters fourth album One by One in 2003. Yet it was in 2006 that Dave recorded and released the acoustic version. Perhaps this one sits at the top of my list, as it was the first song I learned how to play AND sing on the guitar.
I hope you enjoyed "Acoustics", and I'd love to hear from you in the comments.
© 2016 Aaron Skogen
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