Unplugged In New York CD (1994)

Artist: Nirvana

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by Colin Plamondon on 2/6/2004

This is an amazing album. From beginning to end, it draws you in and makes you feel like you are there listening to Nirvana. You hear the audience cheering, and Kurt Cobain joking around. This sheds new light on Nirvana, and some of these versions are better than the album versions. My personal favorites on this album are Polly, Where Did You Sleep Last Night, and Dumb. Buy this album if you like music, no matter what kind! Read More

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Product Overview


Label Uni/dgc Records
SKU 60180579
UPC 720642472729
UPC 14 00720642472729
Format CD
Release Date 11/1/1994
Author Nirvana
Compilation Appearance Sub-Pop-200
Associated Artist/Work Nirvana (UK)
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Vitamin String Quartet
Technical Info
Producer Alex Coletti; Nirvana; Scott Litt
CatalogID GED 24727
Lable Name DGC
Released 10/01/1994
Original Release 1994
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 53m : 50s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00720642472729
Musical Guests
Curt Kirkwood
Cris Kirkwood
Pat Smear
Album Notes and Credits
Nirvana: Kurt Cobain (vocals, acoustic guitar); Dave Grohl (vocals, bass, drums); Krist Novoselic (guitar, accordion, bass).
Additional personnel: Cris Kirkwood (acoustic guitar, bass); Pat Smear, Curt Kirkwood (acoustic guitar); Lori Goldston (cello).
Recorded live at Sony Music Studios, New York, New York on November 18, 1993.
UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK is part of MTV's "Unplugged" series.
UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK won a 1996 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance.
Personnel: Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar); Dave Grohl (vocals, drums); Krist Novoselic (guitar, accordion); Cris Kirkwood (guitar, background vocals); Curt Kirkwood, Pat Smear (guitar); Lori Goldston (cello).
Recording information: Sony Studios, New York, NY (11/18/1993).
Photographer: Frank Micelotta.
Sadly, MTV Unplugged stands as Nirvana's last album. While it's an album of covers and old songs, it ranks as one of the band's most cohesive records. Instead of relying on the trio's overpowering sonic force, Unplugged concentrates on Kurt Cobain's subtly shaded songwriting and Nirvana's deceptively simple musical power. Every version of their previously recorded songs, with the possible exception of "On a Plain," dramatically improves the original, and the covers reveal more about Cobain than he intended. By the time Nirvana close with a wrenching, spine-chilling version of Leadbelly's "Where Did You Sleep Last Night," the emotional complexity of Nirvana's music is clear. It's also clear that they could have made even greater music. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.56) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone (10/1/94, pp.120-121) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Nirvana's performance is stirring and occasionally brilliant, electricity be damned....Without the wild blasts ordinarily produced to fire Nirvana's sound, Cobain's love-buzz vocals are the focus..."
Spin (1/95, p.71) - Highly Recommended - "...UNPLUGGED captures the moment of Nirvana bathing in its own richly deserved light, and though the moment couldn't last, nothing in the music suggests that there was anything inevitable or natural about the next chapter of the story..."
Entertainment Weekly (11/4/94, pp.70-71) - "...Listening to MTV UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK is an unsettling experience....the band...concentrates on the numbed-out chamber-grunge numbers....delicacy and intimacy of these acoustic re-arrangements hint...where Nirvana...could have gone..." - Rating: A
Q (12/99, p.82) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q (12/94, p.147) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...stripped of the noise...the band sounds most moving, possessed of a ragged glory. And...it becomes clearer than ever just how much Nirvana owed to less feted Americans such as The Sneakers, dBs and Mitch Easter's Let's Active..."
Alternative Press (1/95, pp.63-64) - "...UNPLUGGED is about as fine a memento mori as anyone could hope for..."
Melody Maker (10/29/94, p.35) - "...gut-twistingly poignant....a fine and unreservedly recommended album, a melancholy masterpiece..."
Village Voice (2/28/95) - Ranked #4 in the Village Voice's 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
Mojo (Publisher) (p.64) - Ranked #09 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "Brittle and heartbruised, Nirvana's songs were stripped bare and scratched out on an acoustic guitar."
Mojo (Publisher) (1/95, p.51) - Included in Mojo's "25 Best Albums of 1994" - "...a performance of raw vulnerability that served as the perfect epitaph for poor Kurt Cobain."
New York Times (Publisher) (1/5/95, p.C15) - Included on Neil Strauss' list of the Top 10 Albums of '94 - "...These songs...[are] strings of epitaphs delivered in a blistering, electrifying unplugged show."
NME (Magazine) (8/12/00, p.29) - Ranked #27 in The NME "Top 30 Heartbreak Albums".
NME (Magazine) (12/24/94, p.22) - Ranked #4 in NME's list of the `Top 50 Albums Of 1994.'
NME (Magazine) (10/29/94, p.45) - 9 - Excellent Plus - "...this album makes its makers sound legendary. Your hankies should be at the ready..."
Disc 1
1 About A Girl
2 Come As You Are
3 Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam
4 Man Who Sold The World, The
5 Pennyroyal Tea
6 Dumb
7 Polly
8 On A Plain
9 Something In The Way
10 Plateau
11 Oh Me
12 Lake Of Fire
13 All Apologies
14 Where Did You Sleep Last Night
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