MTV Unplugged (10,000 Maniacs album)

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MTV Unplugged
Natalie Merchant sitting on a stool and singing into a microphone
Live album by 10,000 Maniacs
Released October 26, 1993 (1993-10-26)[1]
Recorded April 21, 1993 (1993-04-21), Sony Music Studios, New York City, New York, United States
Genre Alternative rock, folk rock, soft rock
Length 60:03
Language English
Label Elektra
Producer Paul Fox
10,000 Maniacs chronology
Our Time in Eden
(1992)Our Time in Eden1992
MTV Unplugged
Love Among the Ruins
(1997)Love Among the Ruins1997
Singles from MTV Unplugged
  1. "Because the Night"
    Released: October 28, 1993

MTV Unplugged is a 1993 live album by 10,000 Maniacs, recorded for the MTV Unplugged series. Between the recording and release of the album vocalist Natalie Merchant left the band to pursue a solo career. In addition to the songs released on this album, four takes of "How You've Grown" were recorded, second takes of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith's "Because the Night" and "Gold Rush Brides", a brief take of "Puff the Magic Dragon" and three other songs with David Byrne as a guest singer: "Let the Mystery Be" (two takes, one of which was released as a B-side to "Few and Far Between" and on Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure and Unknown Recordings), Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and "Dallas".


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B− link
Q 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

The album debuted at its #13 peak and spent 45 weeks on the charts.[2] It was certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA.[3]

The single release "Because the Night" reached #11, two positions higher than Patti Smith's original version in 1978. It remains the band's biggest hit.

Track listing[edit]

Cassette and Compact Disc
  1. "These Are Days" (Rob Buck and Natalie Merchant) – 4:22
  2. "Eat for Two" (Merchant) – 4:12
  3. "Candy Everybody Wants" (Dennis Drew and Merchant) – 3:19
  4. "I'm Not the Man" (Merchant) – 3:46
  5. "Don't Talk" (Drew and Merchant) – 5:22
  6. "Hey Jack Kerouac" (Buck and Merchant) – 3:29
  7. "What's the Matter Here?" (Buck and Merchant) – 4:50
  8. "Gold Rush Brides" (Buck and Merchant) – 4:12
  9. "Like the Weather" (Merchant) – 4:15
  10. "Trouble Me" (Drew and Merchant) – 3:40
  11. "Jezebel" (Merchant) – 4:20
  12. "Because the Night" (Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen) – 3:44
  13. "Stockton Gala Days" (Jerome Augustyniak, Buck, Drew, Steve Gustafson, and Merchant) – 5:25
  14. "Noah's Dove" (Merchant) – 5:07
Laser Disc and VHS
  1. "Noah's Dove" (Merchant) – 5:07
  2. "These Are Days" (Buck and Merchant) – 4:22
  3. "Eat for Two" (Merchant) – 4:12
  4. "Candy Everybody Wants" (Drew and Merchant) – 3:19
  5. "I'm Not the Man" (Merchant) – 3:46
  6. "Don't Talk" (Drew and Merchant) – 5:22
  7. "Hey Jack Kerouac" (Buck and Merchant) – 3:29
  8. "What's the Matter Here?" (Buck and Merchant) – 4:50
  9. "Gold Rush Brides" (Buck and Merchant) – 4:12
  10. "Like the Weather" (Merchant) – 4:15
  11. "Trouble Me" (Drew and Merchant) – 3:40
  12. "Jezebel" (Merchant) – 4:20
  13. "Stockton Gala Days" (Jerome Augustyniak, Buck, Drew, Steve Gustafson, and Merchant) – 5:25
  14. "Because the Night" (Smith and Springsteen) – 3:44
  15. "Let the Mystery Be" (Iris DeMent)
  16. "Jolene" (Dolly Parton)
  17. "Dallas" (Jimmie Dale Gilmore)


10,000 Maniacs
Additional musicians
Technical staff
Special guest


During the Introduction to "Hey Jack Kerouac" Natalie reads a passage from On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

During the Introduction to "Gold Rush Brides" Natalie reads a passage from "Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey" by Lillian Schlissel.[4][5][6]



Year Chart Position
1993 Billboard 200 13[citation needed]
1993 UK Albums Chart 40[7]


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