Personnel: Sharon Jackson , Peter Kent (violin); Jessica van Velzen (viola); Giovanna Clayton (cello); Robert Incelli (saxophone); Enzo Villaparedes, Arturo Solar (trumpet); Edwin Blas, Humberto Ruiz (trombone); Ezequiel Alara (piano, vibraphone); Miguel Ram¡rez, Karl Perazzo (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Justin Moshkevich; Gustavo Borner; Nick Baxter .
Recording information: Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA (02/08/2011).
Director: Ivan Dudynsky.
Editor: Narumi Inatsugu.
Arranger: Pablo Castro.
While some artists use the MTV Unplugged series to explore their repertoire further, others see it as a way to celebrate their discography in a more intimate setting. The legendary norte¤o group Los Tigres del Norte certainly fall into the latter category on this 2011 release, bringing in some high-caliber friends to help liven up the party by offering a career-spanning whirlwind of greatest hits. Obvious highlights include a spirited take of "Mi Buena Suerte" with Diego Torres, a triumphant version of "Somos M s Americanos" with Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha, and an elegant, tango-influenced performance of "La Mesa del Rinc¢n" with Andr?s Calamaro. The 2010 immigration debate and the Mexican drug wars are addressed head on, so don't think this celebration is without a message, but if you're looking for a spirited introduction to the group, MTV Unplugged is an arguably better choice than any of their standard best-ofs. ~ David Jeffries