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Unplugged Collection, Vol. 1
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Album: Unplugged Collection, Vol. 1
# Song Title   Time
1)    Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
2)    Before You Accuse Me (Take a Look at Yourself) - Eric Clapton
3)    Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
4)    Somebody to Shove - Soul Asylum
5)    Barefoot - k.d. lang
6)    Graceland - Paul Simon
7)    Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me - Elton John
8)    Like a Hurricane - Neil Young
9)    Gasoline Alley - Rod Stewart
10)    Pink Houses - John Mellencamp
11)    We Can Work It Out - Paul McCartney
12)    Deep Dark Truthful Mirror - Elvis Costello
13)    Come Rain or Come Shine - Don Henley
14)    Why - Annie Lennox
15)    Don't Talk - 10,000 Maniacs
16)    Half a World Away - R.E.M.
 

Album: Unplugged Collection, Vol. 1
# Song Title   Time
1)    Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
2)    Before You Accuse Me (Take a Look at Yourself) - Eric Clapton
3)    Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
4)    Somebody to Shove - Soul Asylum
5)    Barefoot - k.d. lang
6)    Graceland - Paul Simon
7)    Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me - Elton John
8)    Like a Hurricane - Neil Young
9)    Gasoline Alley - Rod Stewart
10)    Pink Houses - John Mellencamp
11)    We Can Work It Out - Paul McCartney
12)    Deep Dark Truthful Mirror - Elvis Costello
13)    Come Rain or Come Shine - Don Henley
14)    Why - Annie Lennox
15)    Don't Talk - 10,000 Maniacs
16)    Half a World Away - R.E.M.
 
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  • THE UNPLUGGED COLLECTION, VOLUME ONE features acoustic versions of songs recorded for the television series "MTV Unplugged."
  • Recorded between 1990 and 1994. Includes liner notes by Alex Coletti.
  • Personnel: Lenny Kravitz (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica); Dan Murphy, Dave Pirner, Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Elvis Costello (vocals, acoustic guitar); Neil Young (vocals, harmonica, organ); Don Henley, Elton John, k.d. lang, Michael Stipe , Natalie Merchant, Annie Lennox, Rod Stewart (vocals); Frank Simes, Ray Phirl, Ray Phiri, Robert Buck (guitar); Mike Wanchic (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Craig Ross, David Grissom, John Selolwane, Jeff Golub, Jim Cregan , John Corey, Marc Ribot, Andy Fairweather Low, Peter Holsapple, Ron Wood, Vincent Nguini, Robbie McIntosh , Bill Dillon, Dave Sinclair (acoustic guitar); Greg Leisz (steel guitar); Peter Buck , Phil Parlapiano (mandolin); Lisa Germano, Ben Mink, Don Teschner (violin); Jane Scarpantoni (cello); Nancy McAlhany, Jill Jaffe, Jeanne LeBlanc (strings); Mike Lent (bagpipe); Kevin Savigar (accordion, oboe, piano); Chuck Kentis (accordion, piano, organ); Paul "Wix" Wickens, John Cassella, Tony Cedras (accordion); Dennis Drew, Timothy Drury, Larry Knechtel, Richard Tee, Stephen Lipson, Teddy Borowiecki (piano); Amanda Kramer (organ); Peter Vitese, Joe Basharan, George Laks (keyboards); Greg Wells (vibraphone); Graham Boyle (drums, percussion); Cindy Blackman, Blair Cunningham, Neil Conti, Pete Thomas , Jerome Augustyniak, Kenny Aronoff , Steve Gadd (drums); Mingo Arajo (congas); Linda McCartney (tambourine); Jerry Marotta, Cyro Baptista (percussion); Linda Kidder, Sue Leonard, Hamish Stuart , Jenny Douglas McRea, Sonia Morgan-Jones, Mae McKenna, Marilyn Martin, Sally Dworsky, Pat Peterson, Dollette McDonald (background vocals).
  • Directors: Michael Blair; Ben Mink.
  • Photographer: Donna Ranieri.
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan proves a good choice to introduce this MTV UNPLUGGED back-to-basics, acoustic-based compilation. A man and his talent, spare and unforgiving, with no accoutrements to distract from the essence of his blues-guitar classic "Pride And Joy." Eric Clapton, who catapulted the television series into a different stratosphere with his award-winning performance, is also represented with his Bo Diddley cover "Before You Accuse Me."
  • A proven forum for the blues, UNPLUGGED also gives pop vocalists (k.d. lang, Don Henley, and the remarkable Annie Lennox, who plumbs emotional depths with a mesmerizing "Why") handsome opportunities to show off. It allows artsy folkies (R.E.M. and 10,000 Maniacs) to reinvent their canvases, while letting rockers Soul Asylum, Neil Young and Lenny Kravitz provide insights into what their songs sounded like before they got into the studio. Superstar studio creatures (Paul Simon, Elton John, Rod Stewart) benefit most from the stripped-down showcase. Paul McCartney screws up the Beatles' classic "We Can Work It Out," leaving it rough-edged, yet perfect.
  • This album provides the opportunity to dissect these artists' craft. You hear every unadorned flaw, the way music was supposed to be played: from the heart and soul, not from the corporate headquarters. THE UNPLUGGED COLLECTION is a wonderful document of where music has come from, and where we have taken it.
Professional Reviews
Spin (2/95, pp.75-76) - Satisfactory - "...Neither the highs nor the lows make sense together; the collection is like owning a well-constructed CD carrier with `Unplugged' crested on it..."

Entertainment Weekly (12/16/94, p.66) - "...[these] acoustic sets allow musicians to explore the nuances of their songs in an intimate setting....an album long on tasteful renderings..." - Rating: B

NME (Magazine) (1/14/95, p.39) - 6 - Good - "...a song apiece from 16 shows--some of them pretty essential (Neil Young, REM, KD Lang), some fair to middling...and some total turkeys...the real surprise is Eagle Don Henley's version of the standard `Come Rain Or Come Shine'..."
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