In Concert/MTV Plugged

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In Concert/MTV Plugged
Bruce Sringsteen - In Concert MTV Plugged.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedApril 12, 1993
RecordedSeptember 22, 1992
VenueWarner Hollywood Studios, Los Angeles
ProducerBruce Springsteen, Jon Landau
Bruce Springsteen chronology
Lucky Town
In Concert/MTV Plugged
Greatest Hits
Singles from In Concert/MTV Plugged
  1. "Lucky Town (Live)"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

In Concert/MTV Plugged is a 1992 concert video and 1993 live album by Bruce Springsteen.

It is part of MTV's Unplugged series, recorded on September 22, 1992 at the Warner Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles near the start of Springsteen's tour for Human Touch and Lucky Town.

Springsteen played one song, the previously unreleased "Red Headed Woman", solo on acoustic guitar, then he and his hired band (this was during the time the E Street Band was dissolved, although members Roy Bittan and Patti Scialfa continued to perform with Springsteen) used amplified instruments the rest of the show; hence, the concert was called MTV Plugged (sometimes written XXPlugged after the album cover art). Reportedly Springsteen had been unhappy with the touring band's rehearsals of acoustic arrangements, and this is what led him to break the Unplugged format. Commercially the album was certified Gold in the US.[2]


The album had a moderate reception. "With E Street ringers focusing on Bruce's 'solo' material...," said Entertainment Weekly, "Well, we won't go there."[3] The numbers played on the show were relatively intense renditions, as highlighted by Springsteen's vocals and much of the instrumental accompaniment. The sombre, folk-oriented "Atlantic City" was played in a rock setting, with a rhythm intro on electric guitar as well as Springsteen's solos on the outro. Springsteen played outro solos on most of the rock numbers, including "Lucky Town". The album reached number 4 in a seven-week run on the UK chart.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bruce Springsteen

  1. "Red Headed Woman" (previously unreleased) — 2:51
  2. "Better Days" (from Lucky Town) — 4:27
  3. "Atlantic City" (from Nebraska) — 5:38
  4. "Darkness on the Edge of Town" (from Darkness on the Edge of Town) — 4:40
  5. "Man's Job" (from Human Touch) — 5:43
  6. "Human Touch" (from Human Touch) — 7:30
  7. "Lucky Town" (from Lucky Town) — 5:08
  8. "I Wish I Were Blind" (from Human Touch) — 5:14
  9. "Thunder Road" (from Born to Run) — 5:28
  10. "Light of Day" (from the soundtrack to the film Light of Day - originally performed by Joan Jett & Michael J. Fox) — 8:17
  11. "If I Should Fall Behind" (from Lucky Town) — 4:45
  12. "Living Proof" (from Lucky Town) — 6:05
  13. "My Beautiful Reward" (from Lucky Town) — 5:58


A VHS release of the show preceded any audio release, coming on December 15, 1992 and running 120 minutes. More songs were present here than on the later audio incarnation and on what actually aired on MTV.

On November 9, 2004, a DVD reissuing of this performance was released.

Selection listing[edit]

  1. "Red Headed Woman"
  2. "Better Days"
  3. "Local Hero"
  4. "Atlantic City"
  5. "Darkness on the Edge of Town"
  6. "Man's Job"
  7. "Growin' Up"
  8. "Human Touch"
  9. "Lucky Town"
  10. "I Wish I Were Blind"
  11. "Thunder Road"
  12. "Light of Day"
  13. "The Big Muddy"
  14. "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)"
  15. "My Beautiful Reward"
  16. "Glory Days"

Bonus songs not included in the MTV show:

  1. "Living Proof"
  2. "If I Should Fall Behind"
  3. "Roll of the Dice"



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Entertainment Weekly: TV Recaps, Movie & Music News -". Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  4. ^ The Guinness Book of British Hit Albums, 1996
  5. ^ Discogs - Zachary Alford - (profile & discography)