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Bob Dylan: MTV Unplugged [Live]

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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listen  6. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Live) 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Live) 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (May 2, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002B12
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Unplugged albums are frequently corny, but this was an important artistic move for Dylan in 1995, when many fans had given up on his incomprehensible singing and lackluster concerts. With sympathetic backup musicians, including organist Brendan O'Brien and guitarist John Jackson, Dylan returns the coherence to his originals ("All Along the Watchtower," "The Times They Are A-Changin'," "Desolation Row," "Like a Rolling Stone") and rearranges them just enough to freshen their sound. The previously unreleased "Dignity" is one of Dylan's best songs this decade, and it fits nicely with the rickety versions of "John Brown" and the finale, "With God On Our Side." --Steve Knopper

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible perfomance--Dylan never sounded better August 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Dylan's more than deserving resurgence in recent years traces its birth back, in my opinion, to this incredible live performance. This album has it all, mixing old and new music that more than satisfies longtime fans like myself and appeals to the younger generation, many of whom would know Dylan only by name had MTV not provided the medium for Dylan to prove his genius and longevity to them. Dylan's tendency to be reclusive and mysterious has made him inaccessible to some listeners in the past, but the appreciative audience is an important part of this recording, and you can tell that Dylan really enjoyed the whole performance.
The older songs on this CD are great, but they do have a different sound from their originals; this may disappoint some fans, and I admit it took me a while to appreciate this version of "The Times They Are A-Changin,'" but the soul of the songs remain the same, no matter what kind of modernized or different interpretation Dylan decides to go with on a certain night. I love "Tombstone Blues," and it does start the CD out with a great kick. It's always nice to hear Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," if for no other reason than to let people know the song didn't originate with Jimi Hendrix. "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" has never been a favorite of mine, but this version is a enjoyable splash of fun in between a couple of slow, serious songs. "John Brown" is a significant track, dating back to the 1960s but never having been released. It truly reflects the anti-war feelings Dylan expressed so forcibly in his formative years. As great as the classic tracks are, the tremendous newer songs only build on the musical momentum and prove that Dylan's great songwriting days have yet to come to an end.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A joy and a revelation August 29, 1999
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Having pretty much stopped listening to Dylan when "Slow Train Coming" came out, preferring to listen to the sixties albums, and the stuff from '74 to '78, with the exception of the very poor "Desire" album, I didn't think he could do it anymore, and Then "Time Out Of Mind" came out and gave me a new belief in 'the man'. So, I went and bought "Oh Mercy", "Infidels", and "Empire Burlesque". My feeling is that none of those are up to the standards of earlier Dylan, save for the occasional great song like "Most Of The Time", but "Unplugged" was a wonderful surprise! I don't know what the 'disappointed ones' were looking for - they surely couldn't have expected Bob to be singing 30-year-old songs with the same vocal style he had back then, after smoking 2 or 3 packs a day, and they must realise that he wouldn't want to faithfully reproduce the original recordings. Here we have Dylan backed up by a superb team of musicians, giving old songs a new lease of life, with different arrangements that really work. The most important thing is that Dylan sounds like he cares about these songs. He conveys emotion, as he's almost always done, even when the voice is shaky, and the versions of "Watchtower" and "Rolling Stone" are great, the former because it's simply thrilling, and the latter because the organist plays those wonderful chords and then Bob, struggling to sing, sings "how does it feel?" in a way that sends shivers down my spine and tears to my eyes. If you listen to the CD right through, you may well feel emotionally drained, and your faith in Bobby D reaffirmed. Buy it - today!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dylan Unplugged and Unstoppable June 10, 2002
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Bob Dylan has been known to purposefuly rush and slur his lyrics in live performances. Combine that with the toll time has taken on his voice, and some of his classic songs when played live are nearly unrecognizable. On Unplugged we see some of this, but only the good parts. The music is certainly different from that of the original song (most notable on "The Times they are a-Changin") but Dylan always keeps it meaningful and touching. He may rush the last few lines to verse, or sing it to a different tune, or change a few words, but on this album it sounds like Bob having fun with the music while still keeping it's integrity and meaning.
"Tombstone Blues" is a great opener. It gets the crowd energized, and is one of the great Bob songs you wouldn't know unless you bought the album Highway 61. My only complaint is that he cut out 2 verses, one of which had the great line "The sun's not yellow, it's chicken."
"Shooting Star" is a memorable, fairly obscure Dylan song.
On "All Along the Watchtower" Dylan rushes the ends to the verses but somehow it works. He surprises us with his quick delivery but it remains meaningful.
"The Times they are a-Changin" is barely recongnizable until Dylan belts out the first line. Dylan's band is great on this one, never losing track of their place despite Bob's playing around with the lyrics. Still, you find this tune stuck in your head afterwards the way it is performed here, as opposed to the famous original.
"John Brown" is Dylan's previously unreleased track. Hard to get through the brisk mumbles in some places (luckily the lyrics are included) but in the end it's an emotional anti-war piece that ranks up with his best.
"Rainy Day Women" here seems like Dylan just wants to get it over with, but the crowd sure loves it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Time Trip
This Album is nothing more than amazing, listening to it is like a time trip to the past. Mr. D was so up for this recording, his band sooooo good, the material so right. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stephanie Sane
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!
This cd really exceeded my expectations. First of all, it was hard to find in the store, but not at Amazon.com. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stephanie klima
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Like Dylan, or are even Curious....
This album is full of Gems. Some of my favorites are Desolation Row and The Jack of Hearts (know its named more than that, but my version lol..) Cheers!
Published 16 months ago by R. Crozier
5.0 out of 5 stars This is hidden jewel
Right out of the case this CD knocks you out. The band supporting Bob is fantastic. The drummer keeps the beat solid while adding subtle and catchy fills. Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by lovemusic1doug
4.0 out of 5 stars Unplugged
This 'Unplugged' album shows Dylan in fine form and has a good selection of his songs for those new to his music and for those more dedicated fans. Read more
Published on February 1, 2011 by Spider Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Plug in to Unplugged
I was rolling this through in the car the other day and it still packs a wollop. Perhaps it was the intimacy of the setting, and the gracious and enthusiastic feedback from the... Read more
Published on January 13, 2009 by R. J MOSS
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Live Dylan Performance of his Classics
'Unplugged' does not quite match your expectations if, as I did, you are looking forward to Dylan doing an entirely acoustic version of some of his most famous compositions. Read more
Published on March 20, 2006 by B. Marold
4.0 out of 5 stars SORRY, ITS NOT EXCELLENT
Theres something not right here and I don't know what it is exctly but; WHY THE HELL? TOMBSTONE BLUES? Read more
Published on September 27, 2005 by wally gator
4.0 out of 5 stars God forbid listening to the lyrics
I love this album, Bob plays all the classics in acoustic form and nails each one. For those who tell you his voice is not up to par, well hear this, I don't listen to Bob Dylan... Read more
Published on July 13, 2005 by T. Stark
5.0 out of 5 stars a terrific document of well arranged Dylan classics
all these songs have the life breathed back into them, and though Dylan has certainly gotten older, he hasn't lost his edginess as a performer. Read more
Published on May 5, 2005 by tupac wayne gacy
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