Personnel: Juanes (vocals, acoustic guitar); Juan Pablo Daza (acoustic guitar, steel guitar, dobro); Fernando Tobon (acoustic guitar, tiple, banjo, ukulele); Rolando Medina, Lina C ceres, Jos? Carlos Oviedo, Anthony Neil Seepersad, Konstantin Lituinenko, Ericmar P?rez, Pedro Alfonso (strings); Ed Calle, Francisco Dimas, Jim Hacker, John Kricker (brass); Janina Rosado (grand piano); Pedro Filipe Navia (acoustic bass, double bass); Waldo Madera (drums); Andres Felipe Alzate, Richard Bravo (percussion); Raquel Borges, Jean Rodriguez, Miguel Angel Mejia (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Gustavo Borner.
Recording information: New World Center, Miami Beach, FL.
Director: Ivan Dudynsky.
Photographer: Paul Natkin.
Recorded in Miami Beach, Florida in front of a live audience that seems to know every word to every song on the set list, Tr3s Presents Juanes: MTV Unplugged is an uplifting celebration of the Colombian artist's work that also offers a rare mix of spectacular and organic. The filled-with-hits set list and the brimming-with-love audience offer the spectacular bit, while the organic feel comes from Juanes' warm and humble presentation, sounding like the most talented camp counselor ever heard with thousands of fans gathered round the campfire. There's a career-spanning selection of prime material with known rockers like "Me Enamora" and "A Dios Le Pido" adapting to their acoustic arrangements without a hitch. Lead single "La Se¤al" is the best of the three new numbers that premiered here, although "Todo en Mi Vida Eres T£" and the duet with Joaqu¡n Sabina, "Azul Sabina," are both very welcome, and while it's so beloved in its studio version, singer Paula Fernandes does a fine job filling in for Colbie Caillat on this live take of "Hoy Me Voy." Fans can think of Unplugged as a necessary souvenir that gives new angles to familiar material, but newcomers should consider it too, especially if they prefer live and loose over studio perfection. ~ David Jeffries