Nirvana - Unplugged in New York [DVD-R Dolby Digital 5.1]
MTV Unplugged in New York is a live album by the American grunge band, Nirvana. It was released in November 1994. It features an acoustic concert the band played at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993. The show, directed by Beth McCarthy, first aired on MTV on December 14, 1993. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996.
MTV Unplugged in New York was the first Nirvana album released following the death of singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain in April 1994. It was hailed by critics as proof the band was able to transcend the grunge sound they were commonly associated with.
Six of the fourteen songs are covers, showcasing the band’s diverse tastes in music, featuring covers of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie and The Meat Puppets, and of Leadbelly's folk standard, "Where Did You Sleep Last Night." The album opened at #1 on the Billboard 200. It was also the first Nirvana album to feature touring guitarist Pat Smear. Of Nirvana's live albums, this is the most successful (selling millions of copies). MTV Unplugged In New York is the most successful post-Cobain Nirvana release, selling 5,000,000 copies in America by 1997.
MTV Unplugged in New York includes two songs which were not aired on the original television broadcast of the concert: "Something in the Way" and "Oh, Me". Both the album and the broadcast omit a short jam of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s "Sweet Home Alabama", and rehearsals of "Come As You Are", "Polly", "Plateau", "Pennyroyal Tea" and "The Man Who Sold The World". The 2007 DVD release contains the entire taping.
MTV Unplugged In New York was officially released on DVD on November 20, 2007. The DVD release featured the entire taping, including the two songs excluded from the broadcast version. Bonus features included the original broadcast version of the performance, a 1999 MTV special titled "Bare Witness: Nirvana Unplugged" featuring the recollections of MTV producers and audience members, and five songs taped during the pre-show rehearsal: "Come as You Are", "Polly", "Plateau", "Pennyroyal Tea", and "The Man Who Sold The World". Before the band plays the last song, Cobain says "I take requests" and audience members shout out various song titles, including Rape Me, Scentless Apprentice, Lithium and In Bloom, to which Cobain replies, "How are we supposed to play In Bloom acoustically?" Another audience member also shouts out Sliver, and Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic start playing their parts, realizing that it may sound good, Grohl suggests they try it, but Cobain does not think it will sound good, so they start playing "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?"
1. "About a girl" (Cobain)
2. "Come as you are" (Cobain/Grohl/Novoselic)
3. "Jesus doesn't want me for a sunbeam" (Kelly/McKee)
4. "The man who sold the world" (Bowie)
5. "Pennyroyal tea" (Cobain)
6. "Dumb" (Cobain)
7. "Polly" (Cobain/Grohl/Novoselic)
8. "On a plain" (Cobain/Grohl/Novoselic)
9. "Something in the way" (Cobain/Grohl/Novoselic)
10. "Plateau" (Kirkwood)
11. "Oh me" (Kirkwood)
12. "Lake of fire" (Kirkwood)
13. "All apologies" (Cobain)
14. "Where did you sleep last night?" (Leadbelly)