MTV Unplugged (Bryan Adams album)

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Unplugged
Live album by Bryan Adams
Released December 9, 1997
Recorded September 26, 1997
Genre Rock, acoustic rock
Length 52:26
Label A&M
Producer Bryan Adams, Patrick Leonard
Bryan Adams chronology
18 til I Die
(1996)
Unplugged
(1997)
On a Day Like Today
(1998)
Singles from Unplugged
  1. "Back to You"
    Released: 1997
  2. "I'm Ready"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[3]

Unplugged is an acoustic live album by Canadian musician Bryan Adams. The album was recorded completely on September 26, 1997 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Adams was joined by Irish piper Davy Spillane and Michael Kamen who wrote orchestrations for many of the songs and brought students from the Juilliard School to play them. Three new songs were included; "Back To You", "When You Love Someone", and "A Little Love". The song "If Ya Wanna Be Bad - Ya Gotta Be Good" makes its debut on an album, originally appearing on the B-side of "Let's Make a Night to Remember" - to which it is paired on the Unplugged album. Absent from both the CD and DVD is "Hey Elvis", which is available on the single of "Back To You". A second single was released in early 1998, an acoustic reworking of the hardrock song "I'm Ready".

The album includes only thirteen of the songs recorded at the show. The MTV Unplugged DVD included a few different songs and the song order is also different from on the CD.

The record sold over 500 000 units worldwide.[4]

CD track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Summer of '69"   Adams, Vallance 4:02
2. "Back to You"   Adams, Kennedy 4:30
3. "Cuts Like a Knife"   Adams, Vallance 5:04
4. "I'm Ready"   Adams, Vallance 4:29
5. "Fits Ya Good"   Adams, Vallance 3:02
6. "When You Love Someone"   Adams, Kamen, Peters 3:41
7. "18 til I Die"   Adams, Lange 3:31
8. "I Think About You"   Adams, Peters 2:36
9. "If Ya Wanna Be Bad - Ya Gotta Be Good/Let's Make a Night to Remember"   Adams, Lange, Peters 4:35
10. "The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You"   Adams, Lange 4:34
11. "A Little Love"   Adams, Kennedy, Peters 3:23
12. "Heaven"   Adams, Vallance 4:31
13. "I'll Always Be Right There"   Adams, Kamen, Lange 4:28

DVD Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Summer of '69"   Adams, Vallance 4:23
2. "Cuts Like a Knife"   Adams, Vallance 5:15
3. "I'm Ready"   Adams, Vallance 4:39
4. "Back to You"   Adams, Kennedy 4:28
5. "Fits Ya Good"   Adams, Vallance 3:02
6. "When You Love Someone"   Adams, Kamen, Peters 3:41
7. "18 til I Die"   Adams, Lange 3:41
8. "I Think About You"   Adams, Peters 2:36
9. "If Ya Wanna Be Bad - Ya Gotta Be Good"   Adams, Lange, Peters 2:19
10. "Let's Make a Night to Remember"   Adams, Lange 2:11
11. "(I Wanna Be) Your Underwear"   Adams, Kennedy, Peters 1:24
12. "A Little Love"   Adams, Kennedy, Peters 3:25
13. "Can't Stop This Thing We Started"   Adams, Vallance 3:17
14. "It Ain't A Party...If You Can't Come Round"   Adams, Kamen, Lange 1:19
15. "Heaven"   Adams, Vallance 4:39
16. "I'll Always Be Right There"   Adams, Kamen, Lange 4:35

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 6. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ "Bliss, Karen. "Adams recording new album". Jam!. Retrieved August 13, 2010.