Unplugged...and Seated

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Unplugged...and Seated
Live album by Rod Stewart
Released 24 May 1993
Recorded 5 February 1993
Genre Rock, pop
Length 69:57
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Michael Ostin
Rod Stewart chronology
Lead Vocalist
(1993)
Unplugged...and Seated
(1993)
A Spanner in the Works
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Q 3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

Unplugged...and Seated is a live album released by British musician Rod Stewart on 24 May 1993. It is Stewart's second live album and his first (and only) appearance on MTV Unplugged. The album was released by Warner Bros. Records (WEA 9362-45289-1/2). The unplugged versions of "Have I Told You Lately" by Van Morrison, "Reason to Believe", "Having a Party", and "People Get Ready" were released as singles, with "Have I Told You Lately" and "Having a Party" reaching success as singles. A special collector's edition was released in March 2009 on Rhino Records. This two-disc package included the DVD of the MTV performance with 13 songs while the CD contained 17 tracks including two songs ("Gasoline Alley" and "Forever Young") not on the original 1993 release.

Album information[edit]

The album was recorded on 5 February 1993 at Universal Studios, Los Angeles, CA as part of MTV’s "Unplugged" series. The event aired on television on 5 May of the same year. Unplugged finds Stewart reunited, for the first time in nearly twenty years, with Ronnie Wood, a fellow Faces band member. Stewart performs some of the classics from his repertoire such as "Tonight's the Night" and "Maggie May", but also adds some new material such as "Having a Party" and "Highgate Shuffle". The album title comes from a small joke Stewart made during the taping. Six songs that were taped were not included on the subsequent album release.

Track listing[edit]

CD release[edit]

  1. "Hot Legs" (Rod Stewart, Gary Grainger) – 4:25
  2. "Tonight's the Night" (Stewart) – 4:04
  3. "Handbags and Gladrags" (Mike d'Abo) – 4:25
  4. "Cut Across Shorty" (Wayne Walker, Marijohn Wilkin) – 4:58
  5. "Every Picture Tells A Story" (Stewart, Ron Wood) – 4:45
  6. "Maggie May" (Stewart, Martin Quittenton) – 5:45
    • (studio version previously released on Every Picture Tells a Story)
  7. "Reason to Believe" (Tim Hardin) – 4:07
    • (studio version previously released on Every Picture Tells a Story)
  8. "People Get Ready" (Curtis Mayfield) – 4:59
    • (studio version previously released as a single with Jeff Beck)
  9. "Have I Told You Lately" (Van Morrison) – 4:08
  10. "Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda)" (Tom Waits) – 4:40
  11. "The First Cut Is the Deepest" (Cat Stevens) – 4:12
  12. "Mandolin Wind" (Stewart) – 5:23
    • (studio version previously released on Every Picture Tells a Story)
  13. "Highgate Shuffle" (arrangement by Stewart) – 3:54
    • (previously unreleased)
  14. "Stay with Me" (Stewart, Wood) – 5:27
  15. "Having a Party" (Sam Cooke) – 4:44
    • (previously unreleased)
  16. "Gasoline Alley" (Stewart, Wood)
    • (bonus track on the "Unplugged…and Seated Collector’s Edition")
    • (studio version previously released on Gasoline Alley)
  17. "Forever Young" (Stewart, Jim Cregan, Kevin Savigar)
    • (bonus track on the "Unplugged…and Seated Collector’s Edition")
    • (studio version previously released on Out of Order)

Live performance[edit]

  1. "Hot Legs"
  2. "Tonight's the Night"
  3. "It's All Over Now" (Bobby Womack, Shirley Womack)
    • (studio version previously released on Gasoline Alley)
  4. "Reason to Believe"
  5. "Cut Across Shorty"
  6. "Highgate Shuffle"
  7. "Every Picture Tells a Story"
  8. "Maggie May"
  9. "People Get Ready"
  10. "Handbags And Gladrags"
  11. "The Killing of Georgie" (Stewart)
    • (studio version previously released on A Night on the Town)
  12. "Have I Told You Lately" (Van Morrison)
  13. "Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda)"
  14. "Forever Young" (Stewart, Jim Cregan, Kevin Savigar)
  15. "Gasoline Alley" (Stewart, Wood)
  16. "First Cut Is the Deepest"
  17. "I Was Only Joking" (Stewart, Grainger)
    • (studio version previously released on Foot Loose & Fancy Free)
  18. "Mandolin Wind"
  19. "Stay with Me"
  20. "Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller" (Chuck Berry)
    • (studio version previously released on Smiler)
  21. "Having a Party"

Personnel[edit]

  • Rod Stewart – lead vocals, banjo
  • Ron Woodguitar
  • Jeff Golub – guitar
  • Jim Cregan – guitar
  • Don Teschner – guitar, mandolin, violin
  • Carmine Rojasbass guitar
  • Charles Kentiss III – piano, organ
  • Kevin Savigar – piano, organ, accordion
  • Phil Parlapiano – accordion, mandolin
  • Dorian Holley, Darryl Phinnessee, Fred White – backing vocals
  • Strings arranged and conducted by Jeremy Lubbock
  • Additional members of the band: Marilyn Baker, Haim Shtrum, Mari Tsumura, Jay Rosen, Kwihee Shamban, Miran Kojian, Brian Leonard, Jean Hugo, Joel Derouin, Bruce Dukov, Joseph Meyer, Ronald Clark, Joan Elardo, David Shostac, Norman Ludwin, Drew Dembowski, David Shamban, Suzie Katayama, James Ross, Larry Corbett.

Production[edit]

  • Michael Ostin – executive production
  • Joel Stillerman – executive production
  • Patrick Leonard – production
  • Alex Coletti – production
  • Audrey Johns – production
  • Milt Lage – directing
  • Jerry Jordan – engineering
  • Charlie Bouis – assistant engineering
  • David Gallo – assistant engineering
  • Marc Moreau – assistant engineering
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Neal Preston – photography
  • Greg Ross – design

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 4
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[7] 7
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 17
German Albums (Official Top 100)[9] 15
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 13
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 8
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 16
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 2
US Billboard 200[14] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[15] Gold 30,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[16] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Germany (BVMI)[17] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Unplugged...and Seated – Rod Stewart: Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Sandow, Greg (28 May 1993). "Music Review: Unplugged and Seated (1993) – Rod Stewart". Entertainment Weekly (172). ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Review: Unplugged...and Seated by Rod Stewart". Q: 100. July 1993. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Rod Stewart". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Considine, J. D. (24 June 1993). "Album Review: Rod Stewart – Unplugged...and Seated". Rolling Stone. ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rod Stewart – Unplugged... and Seated". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Rod Stewart – Unplugged... and Seated" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Rod Stewart – Unplugged... and Seated" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Rod Stewart – Unplugged... and Seated". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Rod Stewart – Unplugged... and Seated". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Rod Stewart – Unplugged... and Seated". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Rod Stewart – Unplugged... and Seated". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  13. ^ "1993-07-03 Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Unplugged...and Seated – Rod Stewart: Awards". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Gold & Platinum Discs". CAPIF (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Rod Stewart – Unplugged... and Seated". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Rod Stewart; 'Unplugged')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Rod Stewart – Unplugged and Seated". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 January 2013.  Enter Unplugged and Seated in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Rod Stewart – Unplugged. . .". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 January 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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