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Alanis Morissette: MTV Unplugged Live

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A phenomenal '90s success story, Alanis Morissette caps off the decade with a recognized symbol that an artist has achieved enormous popularity - an MTV "Unplugged" special and album. Her third Maverick album, Alanis "Unplugged" follows the landmark Jagged Little Pill and 1998's Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. Alanis "Unplugged" finds the edge singer-songwriter baring the acoustic souls of hits such as "You Oughta Know", "Ironic", "Hand In My Pocket" and "Uninvited" in an intimate and powerful performance. Certified at Gold by the RIAA. (1/00)

Nevermind that Alanis Morissette's career spans back to her early teens and she has four prior CDs to her credit. It's just too early to go unplugged. Performances like this are better done in the privacy of one's acoustically appointed bathroom. An expressive, emotionally naked singer, Morissette bares a little too much on this outing. Recorded at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music and produced solely by Morissette, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the carefully wrought songs and slices of her inner life, but there's little to be said about her shrill, thin delivery. Included is the never-before-released "No Pressure Over Cappuccino," which she debuted on her Jagged Little Pill tour, and two songs left off last year's Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie: "Princes Familiar" and "These Are the Thoughts." They were dumped for good reason. The only redeeming moment is her out-of-breath rendering of the coy "Head Over Feet." --Jaan Uhelszki

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  1. You Learn (Live/Unplugged Version) 4:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Joining You (Live/Unplugged Version) 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. No Pressure Over Cappuccino (Live/Unplugged Version) 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. That I Would Be Good (Live/Unplugged Version) 4:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Head Over Feet (Live/Unplugged Version) 4:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Princes Familiar (Live/Unplugged Version) 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. I Was Hoping (Live/Unplugged Version) 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Ironic (Live/Unplugged Version) 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. These R The Thoughts (Live/Unplugged Version) 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. King Of Pain (Live/Unplugged Version) 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. You Oughta Know (Live/Unplugged Version) [Explicit] 5:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Uninvited (Live/Unplugged Version) 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: November 23, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Maverick
  • ASIN: B00002MZ12
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Busy Body on September 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'll first start by saying that I am an enormous fan of Alanis Morissette. She is one the greatest female singers of all time, her songs are superbly melodic, her vocals are brilliant and she produces thought-provoking songs that touch me in no way any other artist has.

I have owned "Jagged Little Pill" for almost a year now. It instantly became my favourite album ever, and nothing is going to change that anytime soon. I'm not exaggerating when I say I must've listened to it more than a thousand times - and that's quite a lot in the space of a year! I'm also confident that after this I will continue to listen to it for the rest of my life. I avoided buying "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" for a while as I had read some reviews that said it was nothing like Jagged Little Pill. I resisted for a while but I needed more material from Alanis so I bought the album in June earlier this year. I wasn't too keen at first, but I listened to it more and, well - let's just say I was in a state of musical bliss for months on end! It was totally euphoric, and I love the record to bits. "Under Rug Swept" is yet another superb album from Alanis, but it's not a patch on her first two albums. I now have all of Alanis' main studio albums and recently read that she is working on some new material. Which brings me to this review...

I had bought all three of Alanis' major albums, so I decided to buy "Alanis Unplugged." I didn't expect much, as I had heard all the songs before on the albums, but to my surprise yet again, I love this CD more than I expected! Alanis sings with such honesty and emotion when live. It's just herself and her microphone, along with hardcore fans taking in the energy surrounding them. It's very inspiring.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2000
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Alanis Morissette has an unique ability that I have seldom ever seen before. There are three aspects of her all over style that must be addressed. Firstly, her voice. Yes, some say she is a screamer, and granted, she has been known to scream alittle in her earlier work on Jagged Little Pill, although whenever she would screech, it was mirroring the emotions the song was written about. She would wail when she was singing about lost love, sexism and pain. In this album, as in Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, she doesnt scream at all. In Unplugged especially, she has a much mellower version of all her songs. Her voice flows easilly, and she has a relaxed way of approaching them all.
Secondally, the lyrics. Alanis is a truely wonderful writer. She has insight and perceptiveness about everything she writes about. Of all the twelve songs on Unplugged, only one is not her own, "King Of Pain" written and composed by "Sting" but she brings a fresh depth and exhuberance to it. The other eleven are a mixture of classics, and three exciting 'new' tracks. All of her classics are revamped, in a delicate, precise way that shows a braveness on her part, because she is so going against what made her famous in the first place, yet brilliantly suceeding, even with a very different style. Noteably, her rendition of "Ironic" and "Joining You" are particually wonderful in thier total difference from the origional versions. The three 'new' tracks are wonderful too. "No Pressure Over cappuccino" is especailly Lyrically rich, with lyrics that are not only catchy, but deep and rich in meaning, both hidden and obvious.
And lastly, the music.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Evan Bernier on December 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Of course, that's only my opinion. But there are a lot of good things to say about this album. First of all, The Police's "King of Pain" is a beautiful song, and it's fitting that Alanis Morissette should do a cover of it. It suits her vocal style, and it's very moving. "Princes Familiar" is actually one of my favourite songs on this album -- it's hardly "left out for good reason." Of course, the reason for my liking it is simply that I'm a lot of the things she sings about (philosophical, tapped into feminity, etc.). But if I can identify with it on an emotional level, it's okay so far as I'm concerned. The new version of "You Oughta Know" is possibly better than the original. She's dropped the fiercely angry, harsh voice for one that's more vulnerable and sad -- and I love the sound of violins, which have been added. It's still an "angry song" because of the lyrics, but it's now a more futile, desperate anger. The most moving song on the album. It was a wonderful decision, because it makes one look at that song in a whole new, fresh light; and it's just as, if not more, emotionally effective, though in an entirely less aggressive way. My only real complaint is "These R The Thoughts" -- but even this song is not that bad. Good job, Alanis! If any artist should do an unplugged album, it should be you -- and, hey, you did! ;)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1999
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First off, the "Unplugged" TV special on MTV only proceeded to excite us Alanis fans even more for the album release. Way before MTV viewers and non-fans knew about "Unplugged", we had been finding out top secret info. Such as, the new songs Morissette performed. "No Pressure Over Cappuccino", a not-quite brand new song that she had only performed on her first tour; "These R The Thoughts", originally a single b-side; "King of Pain", the Police cover; and "Princes Familiar", a song rumored to be the song written for her father, who is supposedly passing away.
Basically, to summarize UNPLUGGED, you get to see the toned down Alanis Morissette some never knew before. "You Oughta Know" has been stripped of its bitterness and anger and transformed into an orchestral array of emotion. "You Learn" is changed into an almost-cheery acoustic version that almost makes you wonder why the original lyrics are still intact. On other hands, some songs remain the same. The newest single, "That I Would Be Good" remains a unique ballad with that same breathy and beautiful flute solo by Alanis at the end. "Head Over Feet" also proves it probably will never lose it's happiness and gratituity. What's most exciting is Alanis's cover of the Police song "King of Pain", which gives her keyboardist Derron Johnson his 4 minutes of singing fame. To add icing to the cake in my opinion is "Princes Familiar", a fantastic song for Alanis's father, who is rumored to be passing away from cancer. MTV UNPLUGGED is an astonishing effort from Alanis Morissette, and even some non-fans may get some enjoyment out of this one.
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