MTV Unplugged in New York is a recording of the Nirvana acoustic gig in recorded in November 1993 for the MTV Unplugged television series.
It was recorded less than 5 months before the suicide of Nirvana main man Kurt Cobain and released in November 1994, the first Nirvana album after his death.
Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York
Credit must go to Nirvana for putting together an imaginative set list for this Unplugged gig when most other bands were paying their current tour acoustically.
This does however mean that this album isn’t atypical of a Nirvana gig in sound or songs.
- About a Girl – 3:37 (originally on Bleach)
- Come as You Are – 4:13 (Nevermind)
- Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam – 4:37 (cover of The Valentines song)
- The Man Who Sold the World – 4:20 (cover of David Bowie song)
- Pennyroyal Tea – 3:40 (In Utero)
- Dumb – 2:52 (In Utero)
- Polly – 3:16 (Nevermind)
- On a Plain – 3:44 (Nevermind)
- Something in the Way – 4:01 (Nevermind)
- Plateau – 3:37 (cover of the Meat Puppets song)
- Oh, Me – 3:26 (cover of the Meat Puppets song)
- Lake of Fire – 2:56 (cover of the Meat Puppets song)
- All Apologies – 4:23 (In Utero)
- Where Did You Sleep Last Night – 5:08 (traditional American folk song)
Nirvana were one of the first bands to make me feel old. Even when Nevermind was released, I could tell that it was quality music but it didn’t belong to me but a younger generation.
I will be writing a full review but I need to be in a certain mood to listen to it closely.
The Man Who Sold The World
What Other People Say About Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York
This is widely considered to be one of the best live albums ever and regularly features towards the top of the greatest live albums ever lists.
Guitar World – 4th
Q – 2006 – 4th
Stylus – 5th
IGN – 6th
NME – 6th
Chordstrike.com – 14th
Mojo – 17th
Rolling Stone – in their top 25
Classic Rock – 30th
Over at Amazon, Nirvana Unplugged is adored.
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