Alanis Unplugged (Live) CD (1999)

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A phenomenal '90s success story, Alanis Morissette caps off the decade with a recognized symbol that an artist has achieved enormous popularity - an MTV "Unplugged" special and album. Her third Maverick album, Alanis "Unplugged" follows the landmark Jagged Little Pill and 1998's Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. Alanis "Unplugged" finds the edge singer-songwriter baring the acoustic souls of hits such as "You Oughta Know", "Ironic", "Hand In My Pocket" and "Uninvited" in an intimate and powerful performance.


Label Wea/warner Bros.
SKU 60365494
UPC 093624758921
UPC 14 00093624758921
Format CD
Release Date 11/23/1999
Sales Rank 749
Author Alanis Morissette
Technical Info
Producer Alanis Morissette
CatalogID 9362475892
Lable Name Maverick
Released 11/22/1999
Original Release 1999
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 53m : 38s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00093624758921
Musical Guests
Erik Friedlander
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Alanis Morissette (vocals, guitar, flute, harmonica); Nick Lashley, Joel Shearer (guitar); Joel Derouin, Laura Seaton (violin); Suzie Katayama, Erik Friedlander (cello); Deron Johnson (keyboards, background vocals); Chris Chaney (bass); Gary Novak (drums); Brad Dutz (percussion).
Engineers: Mark Hutchins, Renato Petruzziello.
Personnel: Alanis Morissette (vocals, guitar, flute, harmonica); Joel Shearer, Nick Lashley (guitar); Joel Derouin, Laura Seaton (violin); David Campbell (viola); Erik Friedlander, Suzie Katayama (cello); Deron Johnson (keyboards, background vocals); Gary Novak (drums, percussion); Brad Dutz (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Chris Fogel.
Editor: Oscar Gaona.
Photographers: Frank Micelotta; Steven Sebring.
Arranger: David Campbell .
Though Morissette is known for songs driven by big, hard-hitting production, her larger-than-life sound translates surprisingly well to a stripped-down, acoustic-based approach. Backed by acoustic guitar, piano, and strings (and a tasteful rhythm section), Alanis scales down the grand scale of her arrangements for a more intimate, directly communicative effect. Listening to the almost gentle version of the formerly piledriving "You Oughta Know" will provide something of a revelation for Morissette's fans. The scathing lyrics achieve an even more cathartic effect with the contrasting feel of the music, and the singer/songwriter is revealed as a folk-rocker at heart.
Her previously noted preference for the confessional mode is further underlined here by an earnest version of the Police's soul-searching plaint "King of Pain." Thankfully, Morissette has enough common sense to avoid changing it to "Queen of Pain." The unfettered swoops and glides of her vocal style have more room to flow here as well, and Morissette sounds a bird in full flight throughout.
Professional Reviews
Spin (2/00, pp.114-5) - 7 out of 10 - "...With a dollop of new stuff and a tic-laden reading of some classics, she makes the best of her ever-syrupy catalog..."
Entertainment Weekly (11/26/99, p.96) - "...a compelling live performer - exuding intelligence, warmth, and a quirky combo of passion and Zen calm. She draws on these, and the gentler acoustic setting, for a powerful finish..." - Rating: B-
CMJ (12/13/99, p.27) - "...M{her] powerful and expressive voice and songs stand up to the bare-bones treatment....each twisted [lyric] sounds more raw and painful..."
Disc 1
1 You Learn
2 Joining You
3 No Pressure Over Cappuccino
4 That I Would Be Good
5 Head Over Feet
6 Princes Familiar
7 I Was Hoping
8 Ironic
9 These R The Thoughts
10 King Of Pain
11 You Oughta Know
12 Uninvited

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