MTV Unplugged (10,000 Maniacs album)

MTV Unplugged is a 1993 live album by 10,000 Maniacs, recorded for the MTV Unplugged series.

MTV Unplugged
Natalie Merchant sitting on a stool and singing into a microphone
Live album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 1993 (1993-10-26)[1]
RecordedApril 21, 1993
VenueSony Music Studios, New York City, New York, United States
GenreAlternative rock, folk rock, soft rock
Length60:03
LanguageEnglish
LabelElektra
ProducerPaul Fox
10,000 Maniacs chronology
Our Time in Eden
(1992)
MTV Unplugged
(1993)
Love Among the Ruins
(1997)
Singles from MTV Unplugged
  1. "Because the Night"
    Released: October 28, 1993

Between the recording and release of the album, vocalist Natalie Merchant left the band to pursue a solo career.

Many songs were recorded during the performance that were not included on the album. These included four takes of "How You've Grown" and a brief take of "Puff the Magic Dragon". In addition, three songs were performed with David Byrne as a guest singer: two takes of "Let the Mystery Be" (one of which was released as a B-side to "Few and Far Between" and reissued on Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure and Unknown Recordings of 10,000 Maniacs), Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and "Dallas".

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [1]
Entertainment WeeklyB− link
Q      link
Rolling Stone      link

The album debuted at its No. 13 peak and spent 45 weeks on the Billboard charts.[2] It was certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA.[3]

The single release "Because the Night" reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,[4] two positions higher than Patti Smith's original version in 1978.[5] It remains the band's biggest hit.

Track listingEdit

Cassette and Compact Disc

  1. "These Are Days" (Rob Buck and Natalie Merchant) – 4:22
  2. "Eat for Two" (Merchant) – 4:12
  3. "Candy Everybody Wants" (Dennis Drew and Merchant) – 3:19
  4. "I'm Not the Man" (Merchant) – 3:46
  5. "Don't Talk" (Drew and Merchant) – 5:22
  6. "Hey Jack Kerouac" (Buck and Merchant) – 3:29
  7. "What's the Matter Here?" (Buck and Merchant) – 4:50
  8. "Gold Rush Brides" (Buck and Merchant) – 4:12
  9. "Like the Weather" (Merchant) – 4:15
  10. "Trouble Me" (Drew and Merchant) – 3:40
  11. "Jezebel" (Merchant) – 4:20
  12. "Because the Night" (Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen) – 3:44
  13. "Stockton Gala Days" (Jerome Augustyniak, Buck, Drew, Steve Gustafson, and Merchant) – 5:25
  14. "Noah's Dove" (Merchant) – 5:07

LaserDisc and VHS

  1. "Noah's Dove" (Merchant) – 5:07
  2. "These Are Days" (Buck and Merchant) – 4:22
  3. "Eat for Two" (Merchant) – 4:12
  4. "Candy Everybody Wants" (Drew and Merchant) – 3:19
  5. "I'm Not the Man" (Merchant) – 3:46
  6. "Don't Talk" (Drew and Merchant) – 5:22
  7. "Hey Jack Kerouac" (Buck and Merchant) – 3:29
  8. "What's the Matter Here?" (Buck and Merchant) – 4:50
  9. "Gold Rush Brides" (Buck and Merchant) – 4:12
  10. "Like the Weather" (Merchant) – 4:15
  11. "Trouble Me" (Drew and Merchant) – 3:40
  12. "Jezebel" (Merchant) – 4:20
  13. "Stockton Gala Days" (Jerome Augustyniak, Buck, Drew, Steve Gustafson, and Merchant) – 5:25
  14. "Because the Night" (Smith and Springsteen) – 3:44
  15. "Let the Mystery Be" (Iris DeMent)
  16. "Jolene" (Dolly Parton)
  17. "Dallas" (Jimmie Dale Gilmore)
  • During the Introduction to "Hey Jack Kerouac", Merchant reads a passage from On the Road by Jack Kerouac. During the Introduction to "Gold Rush Brides", she reads a passage from Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillian Schlissel.[6][7][8]

PersonnelEdit

10,000 Maniacs

Additional musicians

Technical staff

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review of MTV Unplugged". AllMusic. All Media Guide.
  2. ^ "Billboard 200 for week ending 13 November 1993". Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "RIAA – Searchable Database: 10,000 Maniacs". Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  4. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/10000-maniacs
  5. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/patti-smith/chart-history/HSI/song/580904
  6. ^ Annie's Natalie Merchant Compendium Blog: Gold Rush Brides / Among the Americans
  7. ^ "Artist for Literacy". Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  8. ^ Review & Lyrics
  9. ^ "10,000 Maniacs | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  10. ^ "10,000 Maniacs Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  11. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1994". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2021.

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