Acoustic Shards
Acoustic Shards
Name Acoustic Shards
Artist Buckethead
Type Album
Released May 31, 2007
Recorded July 2, 1991[1]
Genre(s) Instrumental, Acoustic
Length 52:30
Label(s) Avabella
Professional reviews
*All Music Guide 3 link
Buckethead album chronology
Pepper's Ghost
Acoustic Shards
Decoding the Tomb of Bansheebot

Acoustic Shards is an album by Buckethead, which consists of acoustic recordings culled from tapes that were reportedly recorded in 1991. This is largely considered his 20th album release, but more of a specialty album than his latest efforts

The album was released on May 31 by Jas Obrecht, through his label Avabella, who also released the Young Buckethead DVDs.[2]

According to Jas Obrecht:[3]

Imagine, if you will, that Buckethead walked into a quiet living room, picked up an acoustic guitar, and began improvising one amazing composition after the next -- that's what happened when we recorded "Acoustic Shards" back in 1991. (It was taped a couple of weeks after the final Deli Creeps concert on the Young Buckethead DVDs, but is quite different musically.) It is a single-CD, 52:30 minutes in length, 15 tracks. Included are very early versions of "For Mom" and "Who Me?" as well as a lot of stuff you've never heard before. The playing is spectacular -- some of it sounds like Django Reinhardt meets Ornette Coleman meets young EVH meets... well, that which is uniquely and lovably Buckethead. Some passages are so advanced you'd swear it's two guitarists -- but it was all recorded in real time and without overdubs -- while other parts are just melodically beautiful beyond words. So far, everyone who's heard it has said it's the kind of music that resonates in you long after the stereo's been turned off.

The album was made available for sale on May 31, 2007.

Track listing[]

  1. "For Mom" (early version) – 2:39
  2. "Who Me?" (early version) – 3:02
  3. "Little Gracie" – 2:11
  4. "Ed's Rhapsody/Midnight Dance/Jars" – 2:55
  5. "Ganryu Island/Sasaki's Gone" – 2:14
  6. "Ghosts Upstairs" – 2:39
  7. "Spirals" – 3:48
  8. "Cubes, Chunks & Crumbles" – 3:27
  9. "Thugs" – 7:38
  10. "Dinging/Ah-ji-jee" – 2:38
  11. "Johnny" – 2:17
  12. "Stay Out of the Shed" – 3:00
  13. "Serape" – 1:46
  14. "Longing" – 10:33
  15. "Box Elders" – 1:14

Note: On the first pressings of Acoustic Shards, tracks 2 and 3 are reversed in the track listing, and Sasaki's Gone is misspelled as Saskia's Gone. According to Jas Obrecht, these errors will be corrected on future pressings of the album.[4]