Less is more with Ultimate… Acoustic, 68 stripped back tracks across 4 CDs. Shakira, Kansas, Leona Lewis, Jeff Buckley, The Byrds, Hurts and many others.
"Acoustic Tales", the release on Fluid Audio by Field Rotation, is more of a trip to another country than it is an album. Where albums are generally collections of songs, this release is comprised of territories, each vast in scope - rolling hills, panoramic horizons and acres of fields. Each track is a full day in this wilderness - traversing hillsides, rivers and embankments, up hill and down dale. Each trip is undertaken differently, with the sun in the sky throwing different angles of light and illuminating hidden aspects of the terrain. Christoph Berg built this world throughout a two-year period, with the stated aim of integrating the literary traits of Kafka and Hemingway into an auditory form, seamlessly blending cinematic character with a subtle and mature melodic personality…
It was not until the beginning of the year that Fury In The Slaughterhouse released a best-of-album with some new songs to coincide with their 30th anniversary. Now, Kai Wingenfelder, Thorsten Wingenfelder, Christof Stein-Schneider, Rainer Schumann, Gero Drnek and Christian Decker will present another highlight for their fans: the new concert album »Little Big World: Live & Acoustic«. The Acoustic album was recorded live at the end of April in the Hamburger Grünspan. 23 songs are waiting, including many Fury classics. In addition, some exciting guests are waiting for »Little Big World: Live & Acoustic«, for example producer Mousse T. and Kölschrocker Wolfgang Niedecken.
In the dense annual blizzard of holiday albums, A VERY SPECIAL ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS shines like a gleaming treetop star from a warm, inviting living room, thanks to its organic, no-frills approach and its remarkable lineup of performers. Dan Tyminski (of O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? fame) offers up a charming version of "Frosty the Snowman," while Willie Nelson lends his legendary voice and guitar playing to a fine take on "Please Come Home for Christmas." Alison Krauss contributes her surprisingly poppy "Only You Can Bring Me Cheer (Gentleman's Lady)," Marty Stuart confides that "Even Santa Claus Gets the Blues," and Pat Green saunters through a relaxed "Winter Wonderland." Bringing the Yuletide album to an appropriate close is Norah Jones, in a beautiful solo rendition of Horace Silver's "Peace".