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GulDukat
08-20-2019, 01:43 PM
10. Aerosmith
9. Eric Clapton
8. KISS
7. Paul McCartney
6. Pearl Jam
5. Alice In Chains
4. Stone Temple Pilots
3. The Eagles
2. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
1. Nirvana

These performances stand out for me. Nirvana was a very easy pick for my favorite, as their unplugged album is one of the best recordings ever, period. Shame that Soundgarden never did this, but Cornell's outstanding songbook album is the next best thing.

Cookster426
08-20-2019, 02:10 PM
10. Aerosmith
9. Eric Clapton
8. KISS
7. Paul McCartney
6. Pearl Jam
5. Alice In Chains
4. Stone Temple Pilots
3. The Eagles
2. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
1. Nirvana

These performances stand out for me. Nirvana was a very easy pick for my favorite, as their unplugged album is one of the best recordings ever, period. Shame that Soundgarden never did this, but Cornell's outstanding songbook album is the next best thing.

I've always liked Oasis' Unplugged performance with Noel performing vocals since Liam couldn't play bc of a "Sore Throat" meanwhile he was up in the balcony taking care of his sore throat by smoking and drinking. Noel did a great job on vocals. It was an early performance of what would be to come for his solo career.

GulDukat
08-20-2019, 02:24 PM
I've always liked Oasis' Unplugged performance with Noel performing vocals since Liam couldn't play bc of a "Sore Throat" meanwhile he was up in the balcony taking care of his sore throat by smoking and drinking. Noel did a great job on vocals. It was an early performance of what would be to come for his solo career.I'm sort of surprised this was never released on disc/vhs/dvd.

piggy
08-21-2019, 12:22 AM
STP, Nirvana, and AIC would all be on my list. For me, R.E.M.'s 1991 set was also special, as was the 1993 10,000 Maniacs set. Live and The Cure did pretty good ones, too.

poinoup
08-21-2019, 12:54 AM
This: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EKi2E9dVY8

I'm getting the chills in my body now.

dlb
08-21-2019, 04:14 AM
I can't even think of 10 unplugged records but I really really love Alice in Chains' set, as well as Stone Temple Pilots. And I really do enjoy George Michael's unplugged from 1997 for his actually very dark record "older", amazing vocal performance.

Soma
08-21-2019, 04:25 AM
https://youtu.be/Hd3oqvnDKQk
I gotta show some love for uncle Neil in here

ickyvicky
08-21-2019, 08:53 AM
https://youtu.be/YNxbCK8SaA8

LaneSax
08-21-2019, 12:39 PM
Besides those mentioned, I think Live did well on Unplugged too

Alice in Chains unplugged is by far the best for me

richardp
08-21-2019, 07:59 PM
Nirvana and Alice in Chains are really the only two unplugged sets I ever listen to, but I will say that I've always been disappointed that U2 didn't do an Unplugged during their Achtung Baby/ZooTV era. That shit would have been FIRE.

GulDukat
08-22-2019, 01:16 AM
No one mentioned Katy Perry?

bobbie solo
08-22-2019, 03:31 AM
Jay-Z's performance with The Roots backing him up should not go unmentioned. It's excellent.


https://vimeo.com/310643800

two highlights are Girls, Girls, Girls at 9:35 & prolly the best of the whole set is Song Cry at 33:46

GulDukat
08-22-2019, 07:27 AM
Sort of surprised that there isn't a Nirvana 25th anniversary boxset for MTV unplugged. Both Nevermind and In Utero were given the deluxe treatment, and unplugged is just as essential.

richardp
08-22-2019, 09:36 AM
Sort of surprised that there isn't a Nirvana 25th anniversary boxset for MTV unplugged. Both Nevermind and In Utero were given the deluxe treatment, and unplugged is just as essential.

How much extra material could there possibly be though, other than the rehearsals?

Failure
08-22-2019, 10:11 AM
1. Nirvana
2. Alice In Chains
3. Stone Temple Pilots
4. Queens Of The Stone Age
5. Oasis
6. Hole
7. Live
8. Eric Clapton
9. Black Crowes
10. Jay-Z

Nothing comes close to the Nirvana and Alice In Chains sets though. In both cases, I would rank their unplugged albums right near the top of any “best of” conversations (like, AIC unplugged is a better album than Dirt).. Such amazing setlist choices, vocal performances, arrangements, etc..

On a different note, I would encourage anyone who still thinks Pearl Jam is in the same sport as these two bands to revisit their crappy unplugged set. Sloppy, sophomoric, and unfocused. Plus (as Billy Corgan would say), they just don’t have the songs man.

Conan The Barbarian
08-22-2019, 02:47 PM
Sort of surprised that there isn't a Nirvana 25th anniversary boxset for MTV unplugged. Both Nevermind and In Utero were given the deluxe treatment, and unplugged is just as essential.

They released the show in its entirety and with bonus cuts and features on dvd. I think thats the most they could have done with a television broadcast.

GulDukat
08-22-2019, 07:36 PM
How much extra material could there possibly be though, other than the rehearsals?

1. Blu-ray
2. Remastered CD
3. Vinyl
4. Hardcover book
5. Rehearsals

onthewall2983
08-24-2019, 01:28 PM
Phil Collins did one in 1994 for MTV Europe


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTDBeEysPFE

kel
08-24-2019, 02:21 PM
no one has mentioned tori amos.

muad'nin
08-24-2019, 04:53 PM
https://youtu.be/BBNysnuybqU

Dr Channard
08-31-2019, 04:42 PM
Don't think it was an MTV thing, but Chris Cornell - Unplugged In Sweden (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3Qjk9LqDvw) was solid.



Also his acoustic version of Scream was pretty good.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jBhSWINsqo