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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts announce their first ever acoustic album, Changeup

Joan Jett plays an acoustic guitar
(Image credit: Press)

Joan Jett and The Blackhearts have announced their first-ever acoustic album, Changeup.

Boasting 25 tracks, and set for a March 25 release via Blackheart Records, Changeup contains acoustic re-imaginings of some of Jett's biggest hits, like Bad Reputation and Crimson and Clover.

The album's announcement has arrived in tandem with its second single – an unplugged take on Jett's 1981 tune, (I'm Gonna) Run Away. It was preceded by the acoustic version of Bad Reputation that Jett released last year.

Though quite faithful to, and lacking the brawny power of, the original, the acoustic (I'm Gonna) Run Away has an endearing, Stones-y, campfire-sing-along vibe. You can hear it below.

Changeup's stripped-down sound is fitting, given the signature guitar that Jett released in January. 

A collaboration with Epiphone, the Joan Jett Olympic Special is a no-frills rock machine that's painted in Aged Classic White, and features one PowerHammer PRO humbucker, a single black volume knob and a kill switch.

Changeup also prefaces Jett and the Blackhearts' upcoming, many-times-rescheduled stadium mega-tour with fellow '80s rock giants Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard and Poison, which is set to kick off in June. 

You can check out Changeup's cover art and track list below.

The cover of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' forthcoming acoustic album, Changeup

(Image credit: Blackheart Records)

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Changeup:

1. (I’m Gonna) Run Away
2. You’re Too Possessive
3. Long Time
4. Victim Of Circumstance
5. Coney Island Whitefish
6. Love Is Pain
7. Oh Woe Is Me
8. You Drive Me Wild
9. Frustrated
10. Bad Reputation
11. Fake Friends
12. Fresh Start
13. Soulmates To Strangers
14. Make It Back
15. Fragile
16. I Love Playin’ With Fire
17. Cherry Bomb
18. I Want You
19. Crimson And Clover
20. A Hundred Feet Away
21. Androgynous
22. You Don’t Know What You’ve Got
23. School Days
24. Good Music
25. Light Of Day

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.