MTV Unplugged in New York

MTV Unplugged in New York

by Nirvana


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/1994
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0720642472729
catalogNumber: 24727
Rank: 641

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nirvana   Primary Artist
Pat Smear   Guitar
Kurt Cobain   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Grohl   Bass,Drums,Vocals
Krist Novoselic   Bass,Guitar,Accordion
Cris Kirkwood   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Curt Kirkwood   Guitar
Lori Goldston   Cello

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Nirvana   Composer,Producer
Kurt Cobain   Composer
Alex Coletti   Producer
Dave Grohl   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Scott Litt   Producer
Krist Novoselic   Composer
Robert Fisher   Art Direction

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MTV Unplugged in New York 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
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GoldSounz More than 1 year ago
For my money, the best live record of the 90s, period. The Nirvana songs are broken down and reconstructed in a way that sounds fresh. The covers are interpreted in a way that no one has ever heard those songs like that before and Nirvana's versions forever change the way those songs are remembered. As the reviewer Erleweine noted, Kurt's on the brink of fashioning a new sound. But what I think is so amazing about the record is that sound is so timeless -- drop this record in the market 40 years ago or 40 years from now and it's as relevant and vibrant as it still remains today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is the best, it truly reflects the legacy that is NIRVANA and it shows how much Kurt was dedicated to his music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to hear a masterpiece, buy this album. The greatest album ever made and you can own it, all you have to do is shell out the bucks. Nirvana has been, is, and will be the best there is and the best there ever was. Thank You. R.I.P. Kurt Cobain
Guest More than 1 year ago
Almost everyone who’s into rock knows of NIRVANA’s album Nevermind, but what about MTV Unplugged in New York? The album was released on 11/1/1994 by GEFFEN RECORD. It is a recording of their live show “MTV Unplugged in New York”, and contains some covers such as “Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam” (originally by the Vaselines), “The Man Who Sold The World” (originally by David Bowie), “Plateau” (originally by the Meat Puppets) , “Oh, Me” (originally by the Meat Puppets), “Lake Of Fire” (originally by the Meat Puppets), and “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” (originally by David Bowie). I’d give this CD five stars. If you like NIRVANA then you should definitely buy this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once you put this cd in, you listen to it over and over again. you understand the true greatness in this cd. BUY IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply, uh, awesome. You know. It always is. Why does everyone remember "Lake Of Fire" as Nirvana's? I was so convinced. (Weeping). Anyway, that aside...I still haven't heard "Where did you sleep last night." I still have work to do, I guess. I can't make a decent review now, can I?
Guest More than 1 year ago
That song alone is worth buying this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the heart and soul of nirvana with out a doubt one of the best albums ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't have this album, but I recently bought the video Cassette of there unplugged performance, and it is the best concert i've ever seen. Nirvana is without a doubt the best musical group in history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK is probably Nirvana's best album, easily surpassing the commercial hit, NEVERMIND(which is one of the greatest albums ever!). It deals with more a melodic and composition rather than the screaming pounding guitars on every other album. Kurt really goes for the gold on this disc, singing like he had never done before. It is a shame to think that he died becuase when you listen to anything that he has done he just sits in your head singing. Every song on this album in superb, beyond anything that the band has ever done. With three songs from NEVERMIND, one from BLEACH, three from IN UTERO, and seven cover songs from Dave Bowie, the Vaselines, and the Meat Puppets. An excellant album and you should buy it right now before you go out and get IN UTERO, FROM THE MUDDY BANKS OF WISHKAH, INCESTICIDE, or BLEACH. Maybe even NEVERMIND! But who cares when you get this album, just get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Nirvana and all, but this CD is SO good! I also have their other CDs and I think that this is one of their best. Kurt Cobain is awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was pretty good stuff. I mean although it was all of their soft songs, it was good. It blew me away when I saw this preformed on Mtv. I highly reccomend this to anyone. There is a reason that this Cd sold 300,500 copies in the first week. Trust me on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nirvana was great and May Kurt continue to Rest in Peace. This shows us restrained hatred, and it is a break from Smells like Teen Spirit, a song that is great, but overshadows their other great songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched Kurt Cobain and Nirvana's Unplugged performance more than ten years ago before he died (doesn't seem that long ago), and I saw a group on the cusps of being on par with the Beatles. But we know now that wasn't meant to be. The songs here are more vivid and tortured from a true artist's voice than in any other Nirvana record. Nothing in modern times can compare with that CD in my mind, not even close. It's so beautiful and poignant to be haunting. Too bad, Kurt, you chose the wrong path.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very emotional.... This album gives me chills every time I hear it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
how could you possibly not like a CD put out by the most amazing band to ever exist????
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is the best. its pure nirvana. nivana is to our generation what the beatles are to our parents
Guest More than 1 year ago
For anyone who is a fan and doesn't own this buy it now!!! For someone who wants to hear ''the voice of a geration'' buy this! You will not disapointed. This cd put shivers down my back on the song ''Were did you sleep last night?!!'' (you will hear why)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of Nirvana's best! The Unplugged performance was absolutely beautiful and so is this cd. Great choice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Nirvana's best. Beautiful songs (About A Girl, All Apologies, Dumb, etc, etc,) plus wonderful covers of songs by David Bowie, Meat Puppets, and others. Kurt Cobain is such a powerful songwriter, and he is very sexy too...
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Nirvana:Unplugged In New York': Passionate, spiritual and just pure blissful music from a magical performance that showed charasmatic, intense frontman Kurt Cobain as the passionate and accomplished writer he truley was. The bands performance; completey contrasting their usual guitar-tossing, amp-smashing, ''hardcore'' performance, was spellbinding. This album shows Nirvana in a new light, a true light, showing them to be passionate, intense and spiritual, and also shows the wide range of their music. Beautiful, cool album. Genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
nirvana was and still is the best band of all time their music was way before their time