Five Man Acoustical Jam

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Five Man Acoustical Jam
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Live album by Tesla
Released November 13, 1990
Recorded July 2, 1990
Genre Acoustic rock
Length 67:34
Label Geffen
Tesla chronology
The Great Radio Controversy
(1989)The Great Radio Controversy1989
Five Man Acoustical Jam
Psychotic Supper
(1991)Psychotic Supper1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly A [2]
Q 4/5 stars [3]

Five Man Acoustical Jam is a live album released in 1990 by the band Tesla, using acoustic guitars instead of the electric guitars for which hard rock/heavy metal bands such as Tesla are traditionally known. The biggest hit from the album was the song "Signs", a cover version originally from the band Five Man Electrical Band, who also had a hit with the song (Tesla's version included a use of "fuck" not in the original version). Other songs included "Love Song" and "The Way It Is" (hits from their previous album The Great Radio Controversy) and covers of The Rolling Stones' "Mother's Little Helper", Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Lodi", and The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out". It was recorded live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Trocadero Theatre during a short run of acoustic shows organised to fill downtime while supporting Mötley Crüe on a leg of their Dr. Feelgood tour.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist Length
1. "Comin' Atcha Live/Truckin'" Tesla / Garcia Original song / Grateful Dead 7:23
2. "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)" Keith, Skeoch   4:41
3. "The Way It Is" Hannon, Keith, Luccketta, Skeoch   6:35
4. "We Can Work It Out" Lennon, McCartney The Beatles 2:09
5. "Signs" Emmerson Five Man Electrical Band 3:15
6. "Gettin' Better" Hannon, Keith   3:30
7. "Before My Eyes" Hannon, Keith, Luccketta, Skeoch   6:06
8. "Paradise" Hannon, Keith, Wheat   5:49
9. "Lodi" Fogerty Creedence Clearwater Revival 2:51
10. "Mother's Little Helper" Jagger, Richards The Rolling Stones 3:47
11. "Modern Day Cowboy" Hannon, Keith, Skeoch   6:09
12. "Love Song" Hannon, Keith   9:54
13. "Tommy's Down Home" Skeoch   2:04
14. "Down Fo' Boogie" Keith, Skeoch   3:21
Total length: 67:34



Year Chart Position
1991 The Billboard 200 12

Singles and Album Tracks

Year Single Chart Position
1990 Signs Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
1991 Signs Billboard Hot 100 9
1991 Paradise Mainstream Rock Tracks 28


  1. ^ Five Man Acoustical Jam at AllMusic
  2. ^ Garza, Janiss (1990-12-07). "Five Man Acoustical Jam Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  3. ^ "Tesla - Five Man Acoustical Jam CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  4. ^ "25 Years Ago: Tesla Break Through with ‘Five Man Acoustical Jam’". Retrieved April 16, 2016.