Acoustic rock songs

Planet Rock, the UK’s classic rock station, ran a Best Acoustic Rock Song Ever poll recently. I know: what does that mean exactly? Well, the results, broadcast at the weekend and now listed on their website for silly people like me who missed the show even though their curiosity had been pricked, were quite interesting.

Here’s the Top Ten:

01. Pink Floyd, ‘Wish You Were Here’
02. Extreme, ‘More Than Words’
03. Eagles, ‘Hotel California’ (Hell Freezes Over version)
04. Guns N’ Roses, ‘Patience’
05. Eric Clapton, ‘Layla’ (Unplugged version)
06. Foo Fighters, ‘Everlong’ (acoustic version… obviously)
07. Led Zeppelin, ‘Going to California’
08. Bad Company, ‘Seagull’
09. Green Day, ‘Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)’
10. Neil Young, ‘Heart of Gold’

Hurrah for ‘Wish You Were Here’. A very well-deserved placing, if I say so myself.

As you can see, the songs didn’t have to be totally unplugged; as long as the acoustic bit is central to the song and not just a quirky intro, its vote was counted.

Your thoughts on the 40 that were chosen, as always, will be received with genuine interest and probable nodding. I’d also like something other than the 40 selected, please. I think they’ve left out some good ones, albeit keeping in mind that Planet Rock plays predominantly classic rock… whatever that means. I don’t expect I’ll ever hear the ambrosial ‘Over the Hill’ by John Martyn (from Solid Air, with Richard Thompson on mandolin), although I’m still in shock after hearing ‘Corporal Clegg’ the other day (from A Saucerful of Secrets, with David on, er, kazoo).

Bonus points for songs featuring harmonica. I do like a bit of harmonica.

How about these? Think they’ll ever make it onto a Planet Rock playlist? Heck, they play one of them every day, it seems.

– Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, ‘Complicated Situation’
– Dire Straits, ‘Romeo and Juliet’
– John Lennon, ‘Working Class Hero’
– Manic Street Preachers, ‘Small Black Flowers That Grow In the Sky’
– Pearl Jam, ‘Yellow Ledbetter’
– R.E.M., ‘Nightswimming’
– Rolling Stones, ‘Wild Horses’
– Rod Stewart, ‘Maggie May’
– Supertramp, ‘Give a Little Bit’
– The Who, ‘Behind Blue Eyes’

The more I’ve thought about this poll and the great many songs it brought rushing to mind, and removed, often reluctantly, suggestions from my list for being too folky or for having a cat in hell’s chance of ever coming through my radio when set on the most likely of the four stations it only ever transmits (yes, Planet Rock), the more I’m loathe to generalise ‘acoustic music’. Just what does that mean, anyway? For the record and the benefit of this discussion, I think of it quite simply, perhaps unfairly, as a more understated and bare form of music; more honest and unashamed, if you like. No frills. They’re songs that make you feel good or thoroughly awful in equal measure through their very boldness. They are the most melancholy dirges and the gentlest love songs. They’re special.

As the poll’s title is Best Acoustic Rock Song Ever, I accept that some of my choices probably aren’t appropriate.

I also happen to like acoustic versions of electric songs stripped down (still waiting for that acoustic ‘Sorrow’, David, if you’re reading), generally at the behest of radio stations, or out-takes that make convenient B-sides, so do include some if you have any particular favourites that ought to be heard. Live renditions of ‘This is Yesterday’ by the Manic Street Preachers, for example, undoubtedly surpass the original studio recording and make for a far more poignant song to my mind.

Perhaps we’ll cover Best Acoustic Sing-along Songs, or something like that, some other time, then the Beatles, Kinks, Nick Drake and Cat Stevens can be involved; they’re never going to be embraced by Planet Rock, God bless them.

The chatroom will be open later today, so call in from 4pm if you’re free to natter about this, these or anything else that’s permitted by the now lenient rules.

The Best Acoustic Rock Song Ever countdown is repeated on Planet Rock tomorrow night, Thursday, at 11pm (UK). Everyone can listen to it freely online.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

78 thoughts on “Acoustic rock songs”

  1. Who could forget the unforgettable acoustic version of Echoes hidden on David’s Remember That Night DVD? I still love watching that.

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  3. It’s good to see “Wish You Were Here” in the first position. 🙂

    There are many songs I like in the Planet Rock list, for example “Patience”, “Hotel California”, “Heart Of Gold” by Neil Young, the Nirvana version of “The Man Who Sold The World” and “Tears In Heaven”.

    I also like your songs, FEd, especially “Yellow Ledbetter”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Nightswimming”, which, I think, is absolutely one of the most beautiful R.E.M. songs.

    My list (not completely acoustic, I know) would also include:

    CSNY – Teach Your Children
    Janis Joplin – Me and Bobby McGee
    David Bowie – Space Oddity
    Ben Harper – Excuse Me Mr.
    Pearl Jam – Elderly Woman Behind A Counter In A Small Town
    R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts
    Stone Temple Pilots – Creep
    RHCP – My Friend
    Blind Melon – Change (with a bit of harmonica!)
    Jane’s Addiction – Jane Says
    Tracy Chapman – Crossroads

    1. Alessandra,

      Just read your comment and was surprised how much of your thoughts were mine also. I think ‘Wish You Were Here’ is exactly where it should be. Stone Temple Pilots-Creep was one I hadn’t thought of, so KUDOS on that one. Blind Melon… love them, love the song and think ‘Change’ is a very good example of acoustic sound from an excellent band.

      Do not believe I have heard R.E.M.-Everybody Hurts, so that’s my new mission… Listen to this song.

      Thanks! 😀

  4. Just a few comments from the Danish jury. 😛

    The nr. 1 is the right choice off course.

    As for nr. 2, I would have chosen another Extreme-song “Hole Hearted” – that song just makes your mood rise – can be needed on a rotten rainy day like this.

    I kind of disagree with nr. 5 too… I’ve always preferred the old version, sounds so desperate.

    And here’s a little treat for you, a great Danish singer – in a beautiful unplugged version, I think.

    1. That was nice, Lene. I thought I recognised it: it’s ‘Geordie’, with Langebro Bridge (in Copenhagen) in place of the original London Bridge.

      “As I walked out over London Bridge
      One misty morning early
      I overheard a fair, pretty maid
      Was lamenting for her Geordie”

      What does Kim Larsen sing of? The version I know recalls witnessing Geordie’s lover begging for his pardon, even offering their several children if his life can be spared. (It isn’t; he’s hanged in the end.) I wonder if it’s more or less the same story.

      Joan Baez sings it, here, Sandy Denny also.

      As you’ll see from YouTube’s suggested videos to the right of Joan Baez, there is also an Italian version by Fabrizio De André. I wonder how close to the English (Gaelic?) original it is.

      Lovely song.

    2. As you’ll see from YouTube’s suggested videos to the right of Joan Baez, there is also an Italian version by Fabrizio De André. I wonder how close to the English (Gaelic?) original it is.

      I’d say it’s close enough to the original.

      The only differences are the fifth stophe (“Six pretty babies…”), which is missing, and the last two lines of the second/last stophe (“He was born of the King’s…”), replaced by “Rubò sei cervi nel parco del re…”, which is the almost literal translation of “He stole sixteen of the King’s royal deer…”, albeit “Sixteen” was changed in “sei” (six), for metrical reasons, I suppose.

      The original meaning has been preserved, anyway.

      By the way, De Andrè also made some good covers of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne”, “Joan of Arc” (“Giovanna d’Arco”) and “Seems So Long Ago, Nancy” (“Nancy”).

      I usually hate the Italian versions of international artists’ songs, but De Andrè is really an exception.

    3. Wow, Fed, I certainly learned something new today. 🙂 I’ve listened to that song (Danish version) for 30 years – never knew the music had another origin (checked the record-cover – I never noticed before, it says: “Music:Trad.”)

      That sure was a surprise – how funny to hear another version.

      What he sings of in Danish… an early morning walk in Copenhagen, of the people he sees, quiet lives, someone drinking themselves to death, a religious disturbed women… so noone’s getting hanged here. 😉 But very poetic and with atmosphere.

      Thanks for the response – again – wow.

  5. I recently downloaded an Australian TV show called MAX which had Slash and Myles Kennedy doing an Unplugged set. First time ever for Slash, I believe. They covered Civil War and Sweet Child etc, etc with just 2 acoustics… really good show.

    I really think some songs shouldn’t be messed with… the last guitar solo on the unplugged Hotel California is a huge anti-climax for me, it just doesn’t happen like in the electric version.

    I always loved John Martyn on Acoustic… he never failed to amaze me with his playing.

  6. Here are 5 of my favorite non DG related acoustic songs.

    Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
    Against The Wind – Bob Seger
    Dust In The Wind – Kansas
    Yesterday – The Beatles
    Night Moves – Bob Seger

    Night Moves is probably my all time favorite as it brings back a lot of good memories.

    Hope all is well with everyone,

    Hoss

    1. Night Moves is a favorite of mine also. Like you, Hoss, it brings back memories of days gone by, but never forgotten. Thanks for sharing.

      I enjoyed your blog quite a bit. My son has an Alvarez acoustic and plays quite well. He self taught himself to play Wish You Were Here, just for me. He is 21 and also a huge fan of Pink Floyd and Blind Melon. Believe I raised him very well. 😀

  7. ‘Wild Horses’ by The Rolling Stones and ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ by The Who are among my favourite acoustic songs but you already mentioned them, so they don’t count.

    Plus:

    – ‘Riders On The Storm’, The Doors
    – ‘Nothing Else Matters’, Metallica
    – ‘Dust In The Wind’, Kansas
    – ‘Lost For Words’, Pink Floyd
    – ‘Hushabye Mountain’ and all the songs performed by David in 2001/2002 (Meltdown Concert)
    – ‘Black’, Pearl Jam

    – ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’, Bob Dylan (bonus point?)

    – ‘Creep’, Radiohead
    – ‘Hallelujah’, Jeff Buckley

    I think the two last ones make me lose my bonus point… 😉

    1. Acoustic guitar + harmonica. – “Must try harder”? – OK. :/

      – ‘All Along The Watchtower’, Bob Dylan
      – ‘Sara’, Bob Dylan
      – ‘Heart Of Gold’, Neil Young
      ‘Head Over Feet’, Alanis Morissette
      – ‘Witness Blues’, A.A. Bondy
      ‘Body In A Box’, City And Colour
      – ‘Mademoiselle Nobs’ (Live At Pompeii), Pink Floyd

      Good enough for you? Bonus points for me? 😉

    2. Oh, lots of bonus points for ‘Sara’ and quite a few for ‘Heart of Gold’, as well.

      Speaking of Neil Young, did you read about David’s “rant” today?

      It was hardly a rant.

    3. Did you read about David’s “rant” today?

      Oh, I thought he was a big fan of Radiohead… 😛

  8. More songs.

    Cranberries – Empty
    Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm
    Nirvana – Dumb
    Dave Matthews Band – Satellite
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Where The Wild Roses Grow
    Dire Straits – The Man’s Too Strong

    And what about Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen or Donovan? Of course, they sound more folk than rock, but if folky music cannot be included, why do Neil Young and CSN feature in the Planet Rock list? 😕

    1. Just my opinion, but feel this would have been laughable. Why would David come to the U. S. when he can appear in a more convenient venue close to home? Easier travel as well.

      There was much talk of sightings here in Minneapolis, and if that had been true I would have camped downtown with even the smallest glimmer of a chance to see him, but knew that was complete folly. (I did see the show, however, and it was much as I expected, but glad I went for the experience and the musicians were wonderful.)

      Jan

  9. wow, i love dire straits. and romeo and juliet is a great song. it’s cool to see it on your list. their guitarist is one of my all time favorites.

    stevie ray vaughan has to be my favorite though, he has a special place in my heart.

    i just found this site, and blog looking for stuff to read about you. very nice site.

    jeff 32
    houston, texas

  10. I was just listening to “Goodbye Blue Sky” off “The Wall” album. I believe it is one of the truly great acoustic songs. The guitar, the voice with its rich harmonies and the message are magnificent.

  11. I forgot to say that I found two new expressions to learn in your post, FEd: “if I say so myself” and “having a cat in hell’s chance…”.

    I’m not sure I completely understood the first one, but the second is just funny. :))

    Thanks to the Blog (and to Google). No one has ever taught me these things when I went to school. 🙂

    1. 😛

      The first is usually used to admit an obvious bias for something. (Of course I’m going to say that ‘Wish You Were Here’ deserves its placing; I’m a fan… and David pays my wages.)

      However, you’ll most often hear, or see, it after people praise themselves: That cake I baked was absolutely delicious… if I do say so myself.

    2. Thanks, FEd. 🙂

      Now it’s clear, even though I don’t think there is a corresponding expression in Italian.

  12. …although I’m still in shock after hearing ‘Corporal Clegg’ the other day (from A Saucerful of Secrets, with David on, er, kazoo).

    FEd, I absolutely love ‘Corporal Clegg’ – kazoo included. I loved it from the first day of hearing it. Here is an ultra rare video to accompany this song. I love how the band started off by playing and then it turned into a serious fight in the video. Puts the message across greatly.

    Anyway, if I had ONE WISH in the world, that would be for PF to release all those old films on DVD.

    I will think about some acoustic songs and get back to you later on this.

    1. I never knew there was a video for this song. The message is very clear here: war is stupid. It is a message that I agree with, my family including people that got seriously messed up (mentally) due to their combat experiences. Anyway, this is a cool video, at least a decade ahead of MTV.

      Wikipedia says that in addition to the kazoo, David lends his vocal talents to the song (as do Wright and Mason). I hear Wright’s voice in the mix, and I also hear Roger’s voice and “Hurricaine” Norman Smith’s voice. But I do not hear David’s voice.

    2. NYDan:

      David Gilmour’s voice is very distinctive in the main chorus:

      “Corporal Clegg had a wooden leg!”
      “Corporal Clegg had a medal too!”
      In the harmony concerning Mrs. Clegg

      But I must admit, JulieD: I want to gnaw my own ears off and throw them into the food fight when I hear that kazoo! 😀

    3. Thanks Julie, good find. I loved that song. Good to see the band having a Stooge moment. Nyuy, Nyuk.

    4. Personally, I love the kazoo (actually it is a Swanee whistle that David is playing – but it sounds like a kazoo). The sound just adds to the comedy of the song.

      The Swanee whistle was used in The Clangers. Here is a link to the whistle in question, just scroll down until you get to the Swanee Whistle.

      You can actually see David playing the Swanee whistle here.

    5. Personally, I love the kazoo (actually it is a Swanee whistle that David is playing – but it sounds like a kazoo).

      Swanee whistle? Oh, that’s even funnier than ‘kazoo’.

      Thank you, Julie. Yes, there’s clearly some sliding going on there. I’m sure I had one of those when I was younger, though; I don’t remember it making that kazoo-like sound. Then again, I was only allowed percussion instruments at school, so what do I know?

      There ends my knowledge of silly instruments that are likely to give you a headache. No sooner than it had begun, in fact. Shame.

    6. Crosstown Traffic by Hendrix just came on the radio, not acoustic so not on topic as such, just realised there’s a kazoo on it!

      ash

    7. Funny video. 🙂

      Anyway, if I had ONE WISH in the world, that would be for PF to release all those old films on DVD.

      It would be great.

      I think, I saw somewhere something like “Pink Floyd Video Anthology” made by fans.

  13. I love the album 10,000 Maniacs Unplugged. It shows the strength of their songwriting and lets you hear their classics in a whole new way. I saw that band open for R.E.M. in the mid-80s and thought “Decent music, but WHO IS THAT LOSER FRONTING THEM?” Who knew she would grow into one of our best singer-songwriters?

    Neil Young has a great catalog of acoustic songs. “After The Gold Rush” is one of my favorite albums. It was my mother’s record but I started listening to it a lot.

    Crosby Stills and Nash “Judy Blue Eyes” is another fave that I grew up with.

    R.E.M. “Fretless” is another of my favorite songs. It’s an out-take from their “Out Of Time” album that was used in the film “Until the End of the World.” Piano dominates this track.

    Tom Waits also has quite an extensive acoustic catalog. Who could pick just one of those songs?

  14. David,

    “Wish You Were Here” was a very good choice. 😉 I must listen to “P.U.L.S.E” at least once every month.

    I am “Comfortably Numb”…

    Take Care,
    Jens

  15. I recommend Robert Plant’s ‘Big Log’. It’s not strictly acoustic, but if it were I imagine it would be beautiful.

    Also, the idea of an acoustic version of ‘Sorrow’ is exciting. If only…

    Ken M.

    1. Also, the idea of an acoustic version of ‘Sorrow’ is exciting. If only…

      Isn’t it just, Ken? ‘Time’ is another one.

      We should revisit this topic. We covered it many moons ago.

    2. Can I put in a request for ‘On The Turning Away’ acoustic but with a pipe band thrown in?

  16. First acoustic song I remember is “Grantchester Meadows”. I like this version.

    Sorry that the album version was without David’s vocal part.

  17. Hi everybody!

    I’m glad that “Wish You Were Here” won the survey as best acoustic rock song. There are plenty of songs we can quote but it’s gonna be really hard to rank them. I will only add a couple of my favourites to the list:

    King Crimson, “Cadence and Cascade”
    Neil Young, “Out On The Weekend”
    Pink Floyd, “Green Is The Colour”
    The Beatles, “Here Comes The Sun”
    David Gilmour, “Murder”

    FEd, I’m really happy that you quoted Manic Street Preachers, they’re fantastic. James Dean Bradfield is a great musician and a very fine songwriter.

    I’ve been listening to “Metallic Spheres” and my ears are fully satisfied now. Very good album and very well recorded, the music flows and the brain rests. I’ve always admired David, the fact that Alex and David recorded the album and will donate their royalties to help Gary is awesome.

    I’m moving to Milan next Tuesday for a master in Music Criticism and Journalism, I hope I’ll be back soon to my favourite blog. Is there any blogger here from Milan?

    Have a nice weekend!

    1. So very beautiful, Michèle. It makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, doesn’t it? One of wisest and most poignant lyrics ever, in my view.

      Merci, Jacques Brel.

      His original, here.

      “So now that money’s all but scentless
      Noses and consciences are clear
      The pointless flowers can be dispensed with
      To see a friend in tears”

  18. Off the top of my head an acoustic great is ‘Pigs on the Wing’ Parts 1 and 2 coupled with ‘Mother’ (the first song I learned to play on guitar).

    I also enjoy ‘Bron Y Aur Stomp’ by Led Zeppelin.

    I’m in a bit of a rush at the moment, but I will come back with some more.

    1. And not forgetting my all time favourite acoustic, well nearly acoustic, ‘Dogs’. I just love the acoustic playing in that song.

  19. ‘Wish You Were Here’, how could it have been anything else? 🙂

    My mind went blank Fed when you asked for any others we could come up with. However, it so happens I was at an acoustic concert by Nils Lofgren last night. There was just him and a guy called Greg Varlotta (amazing guy himself, dunno where he’s been hiding for so long).

    It was a great show, one song in particular grabbed my attention and the crowd went nuts applauding it. The song is ‘Girl in Motion’. Nils played this alone, he set up a rhythm loop that we didn’t realise he’d done until he started to play this.

    Someone who was at another date on this tour captured it.

    There are only two dates left on the tour but if any bloggers can get to see him, I would tell you you’ll enjoy it, if he was playing near me, I’d go again. 🙂

    ash

  20. Ooooh, something I just remembered about last night I thought I would share.

    I was in a queue for about half an hour with other music fans and we were chatting about other artists we’d seen. David’s name was raised and the bloke I was talking to told me that Floyd were performing a big show next year according to his sister. I said this was probably the RW Wall show and not Floyd although David is apparently going to play on one of the shows doing one song. He insisted it was the Floyd and his sister had tickets for it.

    Oh dear. I wonder if this is what the majority think. 😕

    ash

    1. Some people believe what they want to believe. What a fool believes, no wise man has the power to reason away.

  21. Let’s not forget that probably 90% of all music composed probably started out as acoustic versions before becoming electrified. Girls and/or Guys fooling around in the living room/bedroom/garage/park with the acoustic guitar or piano coming up with riffs and hooks, singing gibberish, then transferring over to electric and creating lyrics when coming up with something promising while just playing. (Sorry about the run on sentence Fed. Didn’t know any other way to put it.)

    My absolute favourite acoustic performance is hands down David’s Sonnet 18 by Shakespeare from the David Gilmour In Concert DVD.

    I also like this a lot. I have to believe that it started out this way before put to electric.

  22. For once a list that makes some sense, no bias intended of course. 😛

    As fate would have it, a few evenings ago “Wish You Were Here” – Venice 2006 live acoustic version – was on replay in this household, floating out to a magnificent Hunter’s Moon hovering low over an unusually balmy Canadian Fall night. Very mediocre but loud karaoke could also be heard around the campfire while roasting s’mores (recipe available on request).

    Following through with the moon theme, does Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” qualify as an acoustic rock song (maybe folk-rock)? A beautiful love song at any rate.

    Thank you for the link to Planet Rock. It’s now on my favourites. Nice to be able to stream good music from the UK.

    Now that Nicholas Berkeley Mason has let the cat out of the bag about a possible future PF repeat concert for charity, news and music blogs are inundated with wish-playlists. While aware “nobody-who-counts” reads the blog, I am throwing this out to the Universe. 😉

    Echoes, Fat Old Sun, High Hopes, Childhood’s End, Cymbaline, Echoes, Learning to Fly, Mihalis, Run Like Hell, Grantchester Meadows, Murder, Echoes, Fearless, Atom Heart Mother…

    If David is ever at a loss for a solo, “Raise My Rent” please. (Did I mention Echoes?)

  23. My name is Rui G. C. Milk, I’m from Brazil, Belem do Para, I’m 50 years old, and I love Pink Floyd, and of course, David Gilmour. I have most of their records. I love to hear them. Unfortunately Richard Wright is no longer among us. Never watched a rock band and not the David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason.

    I hope one day to see them together in a grand concert here in Brazil.

    Like the following albums of Pink Floyd: ATOM HEART MOTHER, ECHOES, THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, WISH YOU WHERE HERE, ANIMALS, THE WALL, THE DIVISION BELL, PULSE.

    I like David Gilmour’s DVDs: DAVID IN CONCERT, REMEMBER THAT NIGHT and LIVE IN GDANSK.

  24. Did you know the the Hammer House of Horror Films were made at Bray Studios? Just a titbit of info for Halloween. Boooooo!

  25. Hey Fed,

    Here are a few more:

    Ventura Highway – America
    Midnight Sun – Strawbs
    Nature’s Way – Spirit
    Are You Sitting Comfortably – Moody Blues

    Cheers, Howard

  26. Does JJ Cale count?

    He has made a succession of great albums. Eric Clapton seems to like him too as he has ‘ borrowed’ countless songs of his over the years.

    Bruce Soord of The Pineapple Thief does some fantastic acoustic songs. He has not yet made an acoustic album but a lot of them are now appearing on CD singles, bonus album tracks and YouTube.

  27. Hi friends. 🙂

    A list of my favorite acoustic ‘rock’ songs would include:

    Wish You Were Here ~ Pink Floyd
    Fat Old Sun ~ Pink Floyd
    Fearless ~ Pink Floyd
    Murder ~ David Gilmour
    Near The End ~ David Gilmour
    Helplessly Hoping ~ Crosby, Stills and Nash
    Suite: Judy Blue Eyes ~ Crosby, Stills and Nash
    Reasons For Waiting ~ Jethro Tull
    Battle of Evermore ~ Led Zeppelin
    God ~ John Lennon
    Street Fighting Man ~ Rolling Stones
    Moonlight Mile ~ Rolling Stones
    Carmelita ~ Warren Zevon
    Song To The Siren ~ Robert Plant
    The Obvious Child ~ Paul Simon
    Last Chance Texaco ~ Rickie Lee Jones

    I know there must be a bunch of newer songs that would qualify but I can’t come up with any off the top of my head. 8| Must do something to remedy this… soon!

    Peace ‘n’ Love to you all!
    Gabrielle

  28. Well, about Pink Floyd, I think “Lost For Words” is a great “3D” acoustic song and I love it!

    Then, I spent Halloween night to write this list. It was very funny, really. Thanks FEd. 🙂

    Metallica — “Tuesday’s Gone”
    Bruce Springsteen – “Nothing Man”
    RHCP – “My Friend”
    Seal – “Don’t Cry” (acoustic version)
    Coldplay – “Easy to Please”
    U2 – “All I Want Is You”
    Z-Star – “Lost Highway”
    R.E.M. – “Country Feedback”
    Rolling Stones — “Angie”
    Billy Idol – “Sweet Sixteen”
    Tracy Chapman – “Talking About Revolution”
    Sheryl Crow – “Sweet Child O’Mine” (Cover Guns ‘n’ Roses)

    See you all in blog, CIAO! 🙂

    Bye, Hydrea

    1. I’d forgotten about Sheryl Crow’s version of ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ – here, if anyone wants to hear it.

      Pleasant, but not a patch on the original, is it? I liked what she did with Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ better.

      I love ‘Angie’. Can’t believe I didn’t think of it.

    2. Wow! Wonderful videos. Thanks FEd.

      “Hallelujah” is a spiritual song, in my opinion. So, don’t forget Jeff Buckley’s version. I like too. 🙂

  29. That’s the mess when being late: most of the songs I’d add to the list were mentioned already. It seems that we do share quite a lot of taste here in this blog…

    Still I have to add a couple:

    Michael Schenker – Thank You series (instrumental albums with acoustic guitars only)
    Scorpions – Holiday
    Ozzy Osbourne – Randy Roads Tribute, Song #14 “Dee”
    Dave Matthews Band – Two Step
    Robert Johnson – Little Queen Of Spades
    Rory Gallagher – Barley And Grape Rag

    Best regards

    Taki
    … who took advance of the local holiday today and practised the Comfortably Numb solo until his finger tips were almost gone. 😉

  30. I am starting to hate vacations because I have missed so much again. Will have to catch up on my blog reading a bit at a time.

    I don’t know if this song is acoustic at all as I have not heard the original version. I have been listening to Annie Lennox sing Neil Young’s “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” and love it.

    I know this is not a record but one of my favorite acoustic pieces is still ‘Dimming Of The Day’ by David on The Concert DVD.

    Jan

  31. How about these two songs from that great band from Boston – Staind.

    I like the way the acoustic is mixed in with the heavy electric at times in both songs.

    Outside
    It’s Been a While

    Sorry no harmonica in these but hope you still enjoy.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. Sorry, Andrew; I see nothing beyond a ‘This video contains content from WMG, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds’ message.

      Please let me know the names of the songs and I’ll find them (and edit the above links). I quite like Staind, but find them very depressing.

    2. Ah, sorry about that. The songs are:

      1. Outside
      2. It’s Been a While

      I can see how they can be a bit depressing or sad at times but such good compositions.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    3. I can see how they can be a bit depressing or sad at times but such good compositions.

      Agreed. I particularly like ‘Outside’.

      MTV Unplugged versions of these songs – here and here.

      Thanks, Andrew.

  32. there are a couple of nice acoustic tracks on the body album by roger and ron geesin: breathe and give birth to a smile.

  33. Pink Floyd was introduced to me in 1979 by my Uncle and I have been a devoted fan ever since. My first concert was in Kansas City Missouri, 1994, and it was Pink Floyd! I was 34 years old. It was so awesome that I cried on Wish You Were Here. The rush I felt at that concert has never been felt again, and now at the age of 48, I have been to many concerts. David Gilmour is one of the most awesome Fender Strat players I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.

    He also is a great humanitarian, which he never boasts about. He is a great man and there will NEVER be another like him.

    Thank you David Gilmour for making my listening pleasure so wonderful that I truly only listen to Pink Floyd in my vehicle, even though many have tried to get me to listen to this or that. How can one do that, when all they want to hear is that smooth voice and solos that make your heart soar with love for his playing? My ears belong to Pink Floyd!!

    Thank you for letting me speak my heart on this once in a lifetime great band.

    Deb

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