Mtv Unplugged CD (2005)

Artist: Alicia Keys

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Product Overview

Recorded at The BAM Harvey Theatre on July 14th, Alicia Keys Unplugged features Alicia Keys performing her hits from her current and debut albums. Alicia Keys Unplugged also features new music from Alicia as well as special guest appearances by Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Common, Mos Def, and Damien Marley. An unforgettable night of music and Alicia at her best, Alicia Keys Unplugged is a true testament of her amazing talent.


Label J Records
SKU 64010376
UPC 828766742428
UPC 14 00828766742428
Format CD
Release Date 10/11/2005
Author Alicia Keys
Associated Artist/Work Arneson, Mark
Associated Artist/Work Eve (Rap)
Associated Artist/Work White, Jack
Associated Artist/Work White, Jack (White Stripes)
Technical Info
Producer Chris Balogh
CatalogID 67424
Lable Name J Records
Released 10/11/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00828766742428
Musical Guests
Adam Levine
Damian Marley
Mos Def
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Alicia Keys (vocals, piano); Arthur White (guitar); Gwen Laster, Mariana Green Hill (violin); Anne-Marie Bedney (viola); Eileen Folson (cello); David Watson (flute, saxophone); Joe Romano (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jeff Dieterie (trombone); Onree Gill (keyboards); Steve Mostyn (bass instrument); Paul John (drums); Pablo Batista (percussion); Jerimiah "Jermaine" Paul, Anaysha Figueroa, Sarah Devine, Denise Stoudmire (background vocals).
While most performers benefit greatly from studio technology, some shine the brightest in an unadorned live setting. As 2005's MTV UNPLUGGED reveals, Alicia Keys is one of the latter--she's a nuanced singer and gifted pianist whose talent is showcased on this impressive concert outing. Here Keys takes many of the R&B-rooted songs from her first two albums and gives them dynamic live treatments, throwing in a few deft cover tunes to keep the set varied and unpredictable.
Maroon 5's Adam Levine stops by for a spare rendition of the Stones' "Wild Horses," resulting in a duet that brings to mind a youthful collaboration between Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin, while the closing track incorporates Damian "Junior Gong" Marley's "Welcome to Jamrock," with Marley (one of Bob's sons) and rappers Common and Mos Def joining the party. However, Keys is at her best on her own songs, as displayed by the soulful "If I Ain't Got You," which builds to uplifting gospel-tinged heights, and "Fallin'," a wonderfully melancholy tune that showcases Keys's passionate vocals.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (No. 844, p.148) - "...[T]he most cohesive of her three albums...." - Grade: B
Disc 1
1 Intro Alicia's Prayer
2 Karma
3 Heartburn
4 Woman's Worth, A
5 Unbreakable
6 How Come You Don't Call Me
7 If I Was Your Woman
8 If I Ain't Got You
9 Every Little Bit Hurts
10 Streets Of New York (City Life)
11 Wild Horses - (featuring Adam Levine)
12 Diary
13 You Don't Know My Name
14 Stolen Moments
15 Fallin'
16 Love It Or Leave It Alone / Welcome To Jamrock - (featuring Mos Def/Common/Damian "Junior Gong" Marley)
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