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    11. Van Halen - Could This Be Magic? (1980)

    Eddie Van Halen gave acoustic-shred fetishists much to chew on in 1979 with Spanish Fly, a hummingbird-fast flamenco instrumental from Van Halen II. But guitarists of all stripes found a lot to like in the bluesy-and boozy, slightly off-kilter Could This Be Magic?

    The track, which marks the guitarist's first recorded bottleneck moment, finds Eddie's whimsical acoustic slide playing expertly shadowing David Lee Roth's vocal on the verses.

    The idea to use a slide came from producer Ted Templeman, and while Eddie was initially leery of trying it, he practiced for a few days and, in typical VH style, pulled off the part with aplomb.

    Another first: Could This Be Magic? represents the debut of an outside singer on a Van Halen album. Templeman suggested a different sound for one of the choruses and brought in country singer Nicolette Larson, who was working in a neighboring studio, to lend vocal support. Listen closely following Eddie's slide solo to hear Larson and Diamond Dave make sweet harmonized magic.




    However, Take Your Whiskey Home is my favorite of all Ed's acoustic guitar efforts.
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    Not sure if this is from an actual list etc.?
    Spanish Fly is a masterpiece, of course, and I also love the acoustic intro to TYWH.

    I think that Tesla had the right idea with their Five Man Acoustical Jam album. A lot of those covers translated very well IMO. Speaking of Tesla, their tune 'Love Song' had a gorgeous intro. Wanted Dead or Alive, by Bon Jovi, was a game changer for me and a few million others.

    Zeppelin obviously had a few. Every Rose Has It's Thorn was a pretty big hit. Heart had a few, as did the Rolling Stones. I Wish You Were Here, by Pink Floyd, is pretty universal.

    Robert Johnson? I know the OP said acoustic rock songs, yet we all know (or should) the blues gave birth to rock music. Etc. Etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyBHarris View Post
    11. Van Halen - Could This Be Magic? (1980)

    Eddie Van Halen gave acoustic-shred fetishists much to chew on in 1979 with Spanish Fly, a hummingbird-fast flamenco instrumental from Van Halen II. But guitarists of all stripes found a lot to like in the bluesy-and boozy, slightly off-kilter Could This Be Magic?

    The track, which marks the guitarist's first recorded bottleneck moment, finds Eddie's whimsical acoustic slide playing expertly shadowing David Lee Roth's vocal on the verses.

    The idea to use a slide came from producer Ted Templeman, and while Eddie was initially leery of trying it, he practiced for a few days and, in typical VH style, pulled off the part with aplomb.

    Another first: Could This Be Magic? represents the debut of an outside singer on a Van Halen album. Templeman suggested a different sound for one of the choruses and brought in country singer Nicolette Larson, who was working in a neighboring studio, to lend vocal support. Listen closely following Eddie's slide solo to hear Larson and Diamond Dave make sweet harmonized magic.




    However, Take Your Whiskey Home is my favorite of all Ed's acoustic guitar efforts.
    Cool. Got the link to the article? I’d like to see the rest of the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rokgtar View Post
    Cool. Got the link to the article? Id like to see the rest of the list.
    https://www.guitarworld.com/features...ongs-hard-rock


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    This is the best acoustic rock song of all-time …

    "It's so lonely at the top because it's so crowded at the bottom" - Diamond David Lee Roth

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    It should also be mentioned that Dave's rhythm acoustic guitar in tandem with Ed's slide, is pretty sweet on CTBM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I Coulda Hada VH View Post
    This is the best acoustic rock song of all-time …
    I prefer Friends from LZ III:

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    CTBM....very catchy the first time I heard it back in the day.
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    I think CTBM is totally brilliant. it's one of my favorite things VH has done because it's so out of the box and so well done. I love it.


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    Love the rain in the background. I feel like Dave could still write a song like this, perfect for him still -- though it would probably be over-produced and over-polished. Wouldn't mind one bit tho if it was on an entire album of new, over-produced and over-polished songs

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    Love CTBM! Still can't believe it's an original. Sounds like it was written by pirates last century. Just as catchy as "Yo Ho" from Disney.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyBHarris View Post
    The first 11 are solid candidates. The rest of the list is shit. Compared to a great number of acoustic rock jams from other artists.

 

 

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