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Bob Dylan: MTV Unplugged
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Bob Dylan: MTV Unplugged
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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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, incl...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Bob Dylan
Title: Bob Dylan: MTV Unplugged
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 5/2/1995
Release Date: 5/2/1995
Album Type: Live
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Folk Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074646700020

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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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A terrific document of well arranged Dylan classics
tupac wayne gacy | tha baghdad basement | 05/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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. His songs are still challenging and poetic, and sound better then they have in years thanks to the all-star support he gets on this. a terrific addition to any Dylan collection, with hard edged classics getting a new and improved treatment. All I can say is, it certainly took awhile!"
Very Good Live Dylan Performance of his Classics
B. Marold | Bethlehem, PA United States | 03/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"'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. At its heart, it is simply Dylan performing nine of his most famous compositions with an amplified backup band, plus 'Shooting Star' and 'Dignity' which are not that familiar to me.

Now any performance of Bob Dylan material, especially by Bob Dylan, is not to be overlooked, but there is a lot of overlap here, if you already own Dylan's albums up through 'John Wesley Hardin'. In a sense, Dylan is doing covers of his own classic stuff. And, in many cases, the covers are different, but not necessarily better than the originals. 'All Along the Watchtower', for example, is clearly not as good as the original, and it is not even quite as good as the great cover done by Jimi Hendrix, but it's still Dylan, so it's a very respectable and interesting collection, just a bit more interesting than a 'Best of' collection of original recordings."