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Acoustic Extravaganza

KT TunstallAudio CD
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Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall‘s stunning new album Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon is her first release in the U.S. on Blue Note Records.

IECM represents both a return to the delicate simplicity of the multi-platinum artist’s early work and an evolution of her sound. IECM’s country-folk tinged undercurrents grew out of KT’s decision to travel to Tucson, Arizona ... Read more in Amazon's KT Tunstall Store

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  • Audio CD (October 17, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin Commercial Marketing (Universal)
  • ASIN: B000IU3XX8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ashes
2. Girl & The Ghost
3. One Day
4. Golden Age
5. Boo Hoo
6. Gone To The Dogs
7. Change
8. Miniature Disasters
9. Universe & U
10. Throw Me A Rope

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If Eye To the Telescope introduced a bold new talent, KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza confirms that the Scottish singer is no fluke. Whether stripping down tracks from her platinum debut--nominated for both a Grammy and Britain's coveted Mercury Prize--or taking on Beck's tender "Golden Age," it's all about the Voice and the Voice is good. While Telescope elicited comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Björk, in acoustic mode, Tunstall sounds more like countryman Rod Stewart back when he was fronting the Faces. She's got that soulful thing down to a science, but there's nothing affected about it, and she never pushes too hard. Ten years of busking can do that for a girl (it's how she learned to use a loop pedal to duplicate the sound of a full band). Originally only available through her website, Acoustic Extravaganza doesn't include hit singles "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" and "Suddenly I See," the theme from The Devil Wears Prada, but then it isn't a greatest hits collection. Recorded in two days, the CD/DVD set consists primarily of non-LP material, like the angry "Ashes," plus the featurette Five Go to Skye (Making the Album). The parental advisory warning ("explicit content") refers to the profanity in "Ashes." Otherwise, there's nothing objectionable going on here. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Recorded on a cold day between Christmas and New Year's on the Scottish island of Skye, Tunstall unveils a delicious mix of stripped-down gems from Eye To The Telescope, a version of her limited-edition single "Throw Me a Rope," and a tasty cover of Beck's "Golden Age." The companion DVD features special behind-the-scenes footage of the making of Acoustic Extravaganza and an intimate look at both KT and her band.

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy release, but mainly for devoted fans October 28, 2006
By eric_f
Format:Audio CD
Previously only available through KT's website, "Acoustic Extravaganza" has finally gotten a commercial release. All in all this is certainly a good buy for any fan of KT who has been following her up until now. But having said that, I cannot give this the full 5 stars for the reason that IMO neither the CD nor the DVD quite measure up to her other material.

The CD: Basically a collection of b-sides and other rarities. Die-hard fans will already own a few of these songs..."Girl & The Ghost" makes an appearance as a b-side on her "Suddenly I See" single, "Boo Hoo" can be found as a bonus track on the Japanese import version of Eye to the Telescope, and "Throw Me A Rope" can be found on her "False Alarm" EP. And it's beyond me why "Universe & U" and "Miniature Disasters" are here. But "Ashes," "One Day," "Golden Age," "Gone to the Dogs" and "Change" are the real treats here.

The DVD: Unfortunately, it won't offer any profound insight into the world of KT Tunstall. There are a couple of intimate performances by KT, some outtakes, a "making of the album" featurette and a photo gallery. A little ho-hum if you ask me. I would have liked to see a much more in-depth exploration of KT's music here. Instead, it feels like something put together at the very last minute without much substance.

If you're a long-time fan of KT, by all means get this. Having these rare songs is definitely nice. But if you're new to KT's music, start by getting her Eye to the Telescope album, or better yet, invest the extra cash and get the recently released CD/DVD deluxe edition of Eye to the Telescope. "Acoustic Extravaganza," while solid, is more suited towards KT completists and die-hards.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Have to Raise My Voice October 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Earlier this year, KT Tunstall released one of the best pop albums in recent memory with Eye to the Telescope even garnering a rare 5 Stars. A couple months after that album, Tunstall released Acoustic Extravaganza, a collection of songs that was recorded in one day, through her website. But now it's getting a proper release along with an accompanying DVD which includes a making of the album documentary. Don't expect an acoustic rendering of the big hit Black Horse and the Cherry Tree or even the follow up single Suddenly I See.

Instead, the album is comprises mostly of material that didn't make the first album and work as acoustics songs instead of converting her hits like a poor version of MTV Unplugged. The last three tracks though are from the album, Miniature Disaster, Universe & U, as well as Throw Me a Rope, which was on the British release of the album but got cut from the Yankee release. But the newer tracks are the real gems most notably the opening track Ashes that bounces along like a country track and is also the song that gets the album its Parental Advisory sticker so be warned. Then One Day could have fit perfectly somewhere on her first album is polished up a little.

As Eye to the Telescope was close to pop perfection, Acoustic Extravaganza fall short of its predecessor thanks in part to the theme of the album. Acoustic songs lend themselves to be mellower than there plugged in counterparts which lead to a lull of too many mellow songs in the middle of the album. Add to that the holdovers from the first album just are not as good as the originals. But with that said, had this had been album that was released first; it would be up there as one of the best of the year.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than "Eye to the Telescope"! July 21, 2007
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Take KT Tunstall's hit CD "Eye to the Telescope" and make it less "pop" and more "folk" and you've got "Acoustic Extravaganza". In fact, "Acoustic Extravaganza" even includes alternate acoustic arrangements of a couple of the songs from "Eye to the Telescope". Of course, it also contains several songs that were not on "Eye to the Telescope". Recorded in a guy's living room, with just a small group of acoustic musicians, the songs on this CD have an authenticity and intimacy to them that just can't be reproduced in a slick, modern recording studio. If you like KT Tunstall, you'll love "Acoustic Extravaganza". In fact, if you like good acoustic music at all, you'll love this CD. I fell in love with it from the moment I first played it.

I will warn you that there is some strong language in the first song on the CD ("Ashes"); so if that sort of thing offends you, please use your own discretion. However, language notwithstanding, I must say that "Ashes" is probably the best song on the CD, with a really catchy tune and some powerful lyrics. (It's a song about a couple having a fight; so the profanity is part of the heated exchange between the two.)

This version of the "Acoustic Extravaganza" CD comes with a DVD documenting the recording session and giving a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at KT and the band setting up and rehearsing for an appearance at a music festival. There is even a brief feature on the DVD demonstrating the loop pedal that KT is famous for using in her live performances.

If you like good music, I believe you'll be very impressed with this CD / DVD combo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another absolute gem from KT !!! January 22, 2007
By N.T.N.
Format:Audio CD
After purchasing "Eye to the Telescope" and completely falling in love with it I wanted MORE !!! The only other full length CD my search yielded was "Acoustic Extravaganza" and I felt it was worth taking a chance on. I am so glad I did because it really solidified my appreciation for this great talent.

The real test for any artist is how they fare in a stripped down acoustic set without all the "studio magic". I had fallen for KT's gift originally after seeing her doing an acoustic solo version of "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" and I was hooked. Ironically this album brought me full circle, back to that acoustic root of her music. Don't get me wrong I love "Telescope", but this "non-studio" style album is simply and beautifully captivating.

I'd recommend it to anyone who really loves her music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful album from the most talented female vocalist today
I disagree with the reviewer who said that this is for serious KTT fans only...it's fabulous, and has turned on several of my friends to her, who had never heard her music... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Eduarrdo Nietzsche
5.0 out of 5 stars KT Love
If you're a fan of KT Tunstall, this will be an amazing addition. Mine also came with a DVD, which had some behind-the-scenes and a few recordings of KT singing some of her songs.
Published 4 months ago by Jon Jaffari
5.0 out of 5 stars KT Tunstall has a different style than I favor - But really like some...
KT Tunstall has a different style than I generally favor, but my husband really likes her music...so I bought this as one of his birthday presents! Read more
Published 5 months ago by DSchroe260
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite CDs from one of my favorite artists.
KT Tunstall is quite a talent and this CD definitely showcases her wonderful voice, song writing skills, and musical abilities. I like the live format of this disc... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jeffrey W. Kilgo
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Bit Country
Love, love, love KT. This one has a bit more of a "country" feel to it, so it was less enjoyable for me than her rockier and folkier cds.
Published 7 months ago by Magnolia Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd for KT fans
This a great cd for some of KT's earlier works before "Eye to the Telescope" was released. I recommend it.
Published 8 months ago by Michael S. Vaughn
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly extravagant
KT Tunstall does it again. A brilliant cd which showcases the spaces in life that she is going through. I have some new favorite KT songs such as gone to the dogs and someday.
Published on May 16, 2012 by The Grill
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums
I bought this after hearing her first CD, and I love the songs on this one more than that. There are a few from the first CD, but done differently, but I like her other songs... Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite KT album so far
I own KT's two other albums (Eye to the Telescope & Drastic Fantastic) as well and this is by far my favorite album of hers. Read more
Published on December 17, 2009 by Sean A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern folk-Yes!
If it werent for KT I would have thought that good music stopped being made by 85. This is so good, get this album and become a KT fan if you're not yet because you're missing out.
Published on August 12, 2009 by Music Melody
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