Album + Live

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
MTV Unplugged in New York CD 14 DGC Records, Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases) DGCD-24727 020831111423
MTV Unplugged in New York 12" Vinyl 14 DGC Records DGC-24727 720642472712
MTV Unplugged in New York CD 14 DGC Records DGCD-24727 720642472729
MTV Unplugged in New York Cassette 14 DGC Records DGCC 24727
MTV Unplugged in New York CD 14 Geffen Records MVCG-163 4988067017277
MTV Unplugged in New York CD 14 Geffen Records GEFD-24727 720642472729
MTV Unplugged in New York CD 14 DGC Records DGCSD 24727 720642472729
MTV Unplugged in New York CD 14 DGC Records CDGCD 24727, DGCSD 24727 774991329302
MTV Unplugged in New York CD 14 Geffen Records 424 727-2, GED 24727 720642472729
MTV Unplugged in New York Cassette 14 Geffen Records GEC 24727 720642472743
MTV Unplugged in New York CD 14 Geffen Records GED 24727 720642472729
MTV Unplugged in New York CD 14 BMG Direct Marketing, Inc., DGC Records D 106284, DGCD-24727 [none]
MTV Unplugged in New York Digital Media 14 Geffen Records 720642472729
MTV Unplugged in New York DVD-Video 33 Geffen Records 0602517506305 602517506305
MTV Unplugged in New York (Limited Edition) CD 14 Geffen Records Geffen Records 4988005494573
MTV Unplugged in New York (limited edition) SHM-CD 14 Geffen Records UICY-91062 4988005525352
MTV Unplugged in New York CD 14 Geffen Records UICY-91435 4988005560865
MTV Unplugged in New York 12" Vinyl 14 Original Recordings Group ORG 034 892001002332
MTV Unplugged in New York (limited edition) SHM-CD 14 DGC Records UICY-75128 4988005677068
(unknown)
MTV Unplugged In New York DVD-Video 33 DGC Records, UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises), Universal (plain logo: "Universal") 1750630 602517506305

Relationships

artist & repertoire support: Mark Kates
associated singles/EPs: Lake of Fire / Where Did You Sleep Last Night
The Man Who Sold the World
Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
part of: MTV Unplugged (number: 1994)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 313)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000118886 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/22433 [info]
Wikidata: Q212326 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Nirvana:MTV_Unplugged_In_New_York_(1994) [info]
other databases: http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/N/Nirvana/Discography/MTV_Unplugged_in_New_York/ [info]
http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/nirvana/mtv_unplugged_in_new_york/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/26427 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/8wvr [info]

CritiqueBrainz Reviews

There’s 1 review on CritiqueBrainz. You can also write your own.

Most Recent

Appealing to our sense of romantic nostalgia for a time when music making was about connecting flesh and bone to wood and wire rather than the mains socket, Unplugged has seen many occasions when rock songs stripped of all their sonic frills and amplified heat become reinvented and revelatory. When it works best it tells us something new about both the singer and the song. Neil Young's Unplugged and his version of "Like A Hurricane" immediately springs to mind.

What do we learn from the gentle stroll-through renditions of "Come As You Are" or "About A Girl" that wasn't said more successfully on the originals? The muted expression in these campfire run-throughs, as though the band are sensitive about having their playing exposed to the kind of scrutiny the Unplugged format invites, makes them tentative and tepid compared to their fiery forebears. Only "Something In The Way" with added cello gravitas seems to be comfortable in its new arrangement.

With more cutting-edge than a sawmill working double shifts, Nirvana's clout was always located in their sound as much as the songs themselves, whose essence was utterly defined by their reliance on electricity. As with most of the grunge movement their material is so intrinsically linked to the juice that without it, this stuff has a slightly hollow ring to it.

It's interesting that they seem to audibly relax and stretch a little when playing other people's songs-notably on the Meat Puppets' lamentation "Oh Me" and The Vaselines' "Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam."

Had Cobain lived this set would be viewed as a mildly entertaining but probably flawed diversion from the real action. Released after his suicide in 1994, it was inevitable that the album was greeted with the kind of fervour that in days gone by might have been accorded to the relics of a martyred Saint. For all the hype though, this set fails to get close to the plugged-in bite that was part and parcel of their strength and appeal.