Album + Live

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
MTV Unplugged in New YorkCD14
  • US1994-11-01
DGC Records, Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases)DGCD-24727020831111423
MTV Unplugged in New York12" Vinyl14
  • US1994-11-01
DGC RecordsDGC-24727720642472712
MTV Unplugged in New YorkCD14
  • US1994-11-01
DGC RecordsDGCD-24727720642472729
MTV Unplugged in New YorkCassette14
  • US1994-11-01
DGC RecordsDGCC 24727
MTV Unplugged in New YorkCD14
  • JP1994-11-02
Geffen RecordsMVCG-1634988067017277
MTV Unplugged in New YorkCD14
Geffen RecordsGEFD-24727720642472729
MTV Unplugged in New YorkCD14
DGC RecordsDGCSD 24727720642472729
MTV Unplugged in New YorkCD14
DGC RecordsCDGCD 24727, DGCSD 24727774991329302
MTV Unplugged In New York12" Vinyl14
Geffen RecordsGEF 24727720642472712
MTV Unplugged in New York (Disctronics Pressing)CD14
Geffen Records424 727-2, GED 24727720642472729
MTV Unplugged in New YorkCD14
Geffen Records424 727-2, GED 24727720642472729
MTV Unplugged in New YorkCassette14
Geffen RecordsGEC 24727720642472743
MTV Unplugged in New YorkCD14
BMG Records Africa, Geffen RecordsCDGEF (WF) 24727720642472729
MTV Unplugged in New YorkCD14
Geffen RecordsGED 24727720642472729
MTV Unplugged in New YorkCD14
BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions), DGC RecordsD 106284, DGCD-24727[none]
MTV Unplugged In New York12" Vinyl14
  • JP1996-10-23
Geffen RecordsMVJG-25005
MTV Unplugged in New YorkDigital Media14
DGC Records00720642472729
MTV Unplugged in New YorkDVD-Video33
  • US2007-11-20
Geffen Records0602517506305602517506305
MTV Unplugged in New York (Limited Edition)CD14
  • JP2007-11-22
Geffen RecordsGeffen Records4988005494573
MTV Unplugged in New YorkDVD-Video33
  • ID2007-12-03
DGC Records, UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises), Universal (plain logo: “Universal”; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified)1750630602517506305
MTV Unplugged in New York (Back to Black repress)12" Vinyl14
Geffen Records0720642472712720642472712
MTV Unplugged in New York (limited edition)SHM-CD14
  • JP2009-03-02
Geffen RecordsUICY-910624988005525352
MTV Unplugged in New YorkCD14
  • JP2009-06-24
Geffen RecordsUICY-914354988005560865
MTV Unplugged in New York (SHM-CD)SHM-CD14
  • JP2009-11-04
DGC RecordsUICY- 943474988005584434
MTV Unplugged in New York12" Vinyl14
Original Recordings GroupORG 034892001002332
MTV Unplugged in New York (limited edition)SHM-CD14
  • JP2011-10-05
DGC RecordsUICY-751284988005677068
MTV Unplugged in New York (25th anniversary)2×12" Vinyl + Music Card9 + 10 + 19
  • US2019-11-01
DGC RecordsB0029512-01602577307348
MTV Unplugged in New York (25th anniversary)Digital Media19
  • XW2019-11-01
Geffen Records00602508148736
MTV Unplugged in New York (25th anniversary)Digital Media19
  • XW2019-11-01
Geffen Records00602508148743
MTV Unplugged in New York (video album) (25th anniversary)Digital Media19
Geffen Records00602507155223
(unknown)
MTV Unplugged In New York12" Vinyl14
Geffen Records0720642472712720642472712

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:Grammy Award: Best Alternative Music Album nominees (number: 1996 winner) (order: 6)
MTV Unplugged (number: 1994) (order: 12)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 279) (order: 279)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 311) (order: 311)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 313) (order: 313)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/22433 [info]
lyrics page:https://genius.com/albums/Nirvana/Mtv-unplugged-in-new-york [info]
reviews:https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/nirvana-mtv-unplugged-in-new-york/ [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/8wvr [info]
other databases:http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/N/Nirvana/Discography/MTV_Unplugged_in_New_York/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/26427 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/nirvana/mtv_unplugged_in_new_york/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000118886 [info]
Wikidata:Q212326 [info]

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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.