Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
MTV Unplugged in New York is a live album by American rock band Nirvana, released on November 1, 1994 by DGC Records. It features an acoustic performance recorded at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993, for the television series MTV Unplugged.
The show was directed by Beth McCarthy and aired on the cable television network MTV on December 16, 1993. In a break with MTV Unplugged convention, Nirvana played mainly lesser-known material and covers of songs by the Vaselines, David Bowie, Lead Belly and Meat Puppets. Unlike prior MTV Unplugged performances, which were entirely acoustic, Nirvana used electric amplification and guitar effects during the set. They were joined by rhythm guitarist Pat Smear and cellist Lori Goldston, plus members of Meat Puppets for some songs.
MTV Unplugged was released after plans to release the performance as part of a live compilation, Verse Chorus Verse, were abandoned. It was the first Nirvana release after the death of singer Kurt Cobain seven months prior. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was certified eight-times multiplatinum by the RIAA in 2020. It won the Best Alternative Music Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards, Nirvana’s only Grammy Award win, and has since been ranked one of the greatest live albums of all time. The performance was released on DVD in 2007.
|1.||“About a Girl“||Bleach||3:37|
|2.||“Come as You Are“||Nevermind||4:13|
|3.||“Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam” (The Vaselines)||Eugene Kelly, Frances McKee||Dying for It||4:37|
|4.||“The Man Who Sold the World” (David Bowie)||David Bowie||The Man Who Sold the World||4:20|
|5.||“Pennyroyal Tea“||In Utero||3:40|
|8.||“On a Plain“||Nevermind||3:44|
|9.||“Something in the Way“||Nevermind||4:01|
|10.||“Plateau” (Meat Puppets)||Curt Kirkwood||Meat Puppets II||3:37|
|11.||“Oh Me”||Curt Kirkwood||Meat Puppets II||3:26|
|12.||“Lake of Fire“||Curt Kirkwood||Meat Puppets II||2:56|
|13.||“All Apologies“||In Utero||4:23|
|14.||“Where Did You Sleep Last Night“||(Traditional; arranged by Lead Belly)||5:08|