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Bruce Springsteen In Concert - MTV Unplugged

Bruce SpringsteenAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Bruce Springsteen's recording career spans more than forty years, beginning with 1973's Columbia Records release 'Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ.' He has released seventeen studio albums, garnered twenty Grammy Awards, won an Oscar, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was a 2009 recipient of Kennedy Center Honors and was named 2013 MusiCares Person of the ... Read more in Amazon's Bruce Springsteen Store

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  • Audio CD (August 26, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B0012GMVD0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,156 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Red Headed Woman
2. Better Days
3. Atlantic City
4. Darkness On The Edge Of Town
5. Man's Job
6. Human Touch
7. Lucky Town
8. I Wish I Were Blind
9. Thunder Road
10. Light Of Day
11. If I Should Fall Behind
12. Living Proof
13. My Beautiful Reward

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Live Minus the E Street Band October 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is the cd version of the MTV Plugged show Bruce did back in 1992 with the band he assembled to tour with him on his Human Touch/Lucky Town tour. Unfortunately, the shows from this tour are always compared to those with the E Street Band and they, of course, fall short. That being said, there are some good performances on this disk. Bruce knew what were the best songs from those two disks were and they appear here. The performances of "Lucky Town", "Living Proof", "I Wish I Were Blind" & "Better Days" are all solid and among his older songs "Atlantic City" stands out. The performance of "Light Of Day" has a tremendous amount of energy and there is some excellent guitar interplay on it. All in all, it's not the pinnacle of Bruce's career, but still fun to listen to.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice little record April 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I can't help but wonder why MTV allowed Bruce Springsteen to play a regular electric "club date" instead of actually playing unplugged. There are hours of live Springsteen available, but only a few acoustic songs, and it would have been a lot more interesting to hear him recast some of his songs in an acoustic format.

On "MTV (Un)plugged", Springsteen opens with an acoustic solo performance, the dirty but good-natured "Red Headed Woman", after which he completely abandons the unplugged format, playing a regular (if slightly subdued) electric concert featuring mainly songs from his then-current albums "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town". And while it's a shame that he took the easy way and played a predictable electric set instead of an acoustic show, this is actually a really good little concert album.

This is from Springsteen's non-E Street Band period, but the most immediately recognizable part of his "sound", keyboardist Roy Bittan, is onboard, and the five-piece band plays well, although without a whole lot of personality.
The track list includes a couple of old war horses ("Thunder Road", "Atlantic City", "Darkness On The Edge Of Town"), but the vast majority of these thirteen songs are from the 90s, and Springsteen fortunately plays almost all the best songs from "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town", most of which actually sound better in this live setting than on the original studio recordings.

The pleasant trifle "Man's Job", which features harmony vocals by 70s soul crooner Bobby King, is really good, as is a slightly subdued by quite moving version of "I Wish I Were Blind".
"Human Touch" is better in the original rendition, but "Lucky Town" really benefits from the tough live arrangement and a great lead vocal by Springsteen.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Springsteen Grown Up February 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to Bruce for 25 years an enjoy just about all of his music. It is CD's like this that keep me listening. It doesn't matter if you've heard it before--he always delivers a different slant. How many Thunder Road versions are out there? This one is beautiful. Far and away the best of the slow songs here is "I Wish I Were Blind".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good April 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I grew up listening to Bruce's music, official and bootlegged, so much it's part of my DNA. I like Bruce, though not as feverently as my siblings. Reading what I've read, and hearing what I'm hearing for the first time, I think the Plugged cd is quite good. Older songs are refreshed, newer songs, dripping with energy. I know how good the E Street Band are, believe me, but this band he was playing with enabled Bruce to do something different, and perhaps to do something basically for himself. I think he succeeded in a big way. A chance to play with other people and reinterpret his catalog. Dylan does it all the time, and everyone knows about the history of comparison between those two. Regretfully the 'fans' couldn't accept the change.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boss at his best! February 12, 1999
By qleaper
Format:Audio CD
At first I thought it was... too plugged, too live, if such a thing exists. It just had me out of breath, no pauses between songs, it seemed too hurried up. But after repeated listenings I have realized what a great cd this is. A true gem. I always thougt Lucky Town and Human Touch were truly under-rated, and here I have proof. His renditions of these two songs, plus Better Days, Man's Job, My Beautiful Reward, and one of my favorites, If I Should Fall Behind, are even better than the original recordings! And of course, a great, strong yet restrained version of Thunder Road -- this is a keeper for Springsteen's fans, or for those who only own the Greatest Hits!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT BUY IT NOW! June 2, 2000
By Daniel
Format:Audio CD
This is one excellent LIVE cd! I found it one day and purchased it on a whim. Am I ever glad I did. It is one of the best sounding live disks. Although to some, the song selection is missing a few good old rockin tunes by the boss, but "Thunderoad, Red-Headed Women, If I fall Behind, and finally, Light of Day" are AMAZING. It is a disk that you put in, lay back, and relax and let Bruce take you to that special place "under the willow". I would strongly recommed buying this cd. If you are a dedicated Boss fan then this is essential to your collection and for your own personal reward! BUY IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This is clearly a good show. Not one of Bruce Springsteen's epic, 'for the ages,' legendary marathon stands...just live music. But Bruce's new band proves how powerful the material from the 'Lucky Town' album can be. "Living Proof," "Lucky Town," & "If I Should Fall Behind" are wonderful highlights, and Bruce does 2 rare songs - "Red Headed Woman" & "Light of Day."
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2.0 out of 5 stars The recording was not clear
2 of the songs were really bad recorded. I thought it was becuase the CD was scrashed but that was not the case.
Published 11 months ago by Loubna
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boss!!!
Great album, with several high energy versions of some of Bruce's hits. Great version of Light of Day, Lucky Town, and Better Days. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Richard Kendrick
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing audio!
Super amazing audio recording of a great show! This was not a recent show, by any means, but it stands the test of time! Read more
Published 14 months ago by anthony dimenno
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best .........
In my humble opinion I feel that this band of session players don't quite have the feel for the Boss's music. Read more
Published on February 18, 2012 by TheBigC
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, this is a great CD
Hey, this is a great Bruce CD full of terrific songs and dynamic performances. So what if it's not the E Streeters. Try it, you'll like it.
Published on September 29, 2011 by Richard B. Fenner
4.0 out of 5 stars good album from the boss
Bruce springsteen proves that he is better off playing live.This cd with Bruce Springsteen in NYC LIVE are really good. Read more
Published on December 24, 2010 by Rohit R
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible back up band...some of the worst drumming ever
You know you are in trouble when the best musician in the band is Bruce Springsteen. Bruce Springsteen is not a bad musician and has some very good moments on this CD. Read more
Published on November 9, 2010 by kireviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars You cant go wrong with the Boss!
Anyone who saw this tour wondered how Bruce would be without the E Street band. To my surprise they rocked the house down! If your a die hard Bruce fan you will love this album. Read more
Published on August 8, 2008 by R. L. Edwards
3.0 out of 5 stars OK Bruce...
Not a great CD, not a bad CD...but worth it for the killer version of "Thunder Road." As a Jersey Guy, I was never a fan of Bruce without the E Street Band, but this one track... Read more
Published on July 23, 2008 by Ronald T. Shuman
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Springsteen~It has to be good!
For the devoted fan of "The Boss" this CD will be a purchase without question. For the casual fan it is well worth it for the simple fact that it is Bruce doing what Bruce does... Read more
Published on March 27, 2008 by Patrick
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