MTV Unplugged is the first live album recorded by Mexican singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas. The album features a selection of her greatest hits, along with new tracks, including the singles "El Presente" and "Algún Día". A handful of guest artists was included: Gustavo Santaolalla, Natalia Lafourcade, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, La Mala Rodríguez. The album sold more than 2.5 million copies.
This album received the Latin Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album and the DVD released from this live performance also won for Latin Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video. "El Presente" was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
The live performance of this album was recorded in Mexico City, on March 6, 2008 at the Estudios Churubusco, before 450 fans. This show was broadcast on July 5, 2008 through MTV Latin America, and premiered on June 12, 2008 on the MTV Tr3s. The recording includes collaborations from La Mala Rodríguez performing the hip-hop section of "Eres para mí"; two-time Oscar-winner Gustavo Santaolalla playing banjo on "Algún día"; Brazilian singer Marisa Monte performing in "Ilusion", a brand new song in Spanish and Portuguese; Jaques Morelenbaum participating in "Como sé"; and Natalia Lafourcade included as a part of Venegas's band. Julieta Venegas played the accordion, guitar, and piano. On the track "Esta vez", the Cuarteto Latinoamericano is included, and Juan Son (from the band Porter) joined Venegas on "De mis pasos". The violet dress that the artist wore during the performance was designed by Andrés Jiménez.
Jose Tillan served as the executive producer and producer (along with Michael Dagnery) for MTV Networks.
Track listing CD and DVD
The track listing by iTunes Store Mexico.
||"Limón y Sal"
||"Algo Está Cambiando"
||"Eres Para Mí" (featuring La Mala Rodríguez)
||Venegas, Tijoux, Rodríguez
||"Algún Día" (featuring Gustavo Santaolalla)
||"De Mis Pasos" (featuring Juan Son)
||"Ilusión" (featuring Marisa Monte)
||Venegas, Monte, Antunes
||"Como Sé" (featuring Jaques Morelenbaum)
||"Mira La Vida"
||"Making of Julieta Venegas MTV Unplugged"
- Gustavo Borner: Recording engineer, mixing, mastering. Mixed at: Igloo Music (Burbank, California)
- Juan Pablo Falluca: Mobile recording
- Juan Carlos Ertze: Recording assistant
- Gabriel Castanon: Recording assistant
- Daniel Castillo: Recording assistant
- Alberto Rodríguez: Recording assistant
- Joseph Greco: Mixing assistant
- Justin Moshkevich: Mixing assistant
- Nikolai Baxter: Mixing assistant
- Guillermo Gutiérrez: A&R direction
- Gilda Oropeza: A&R
- Charlie García: Coordination
- Reyna Espinoza: Coordination
- Claudio Jiménez: Sound engineer
- Marco López: Sound engineer
- Marcos Juache: Stage
- Kike Sánchez: Stage
- Liz Gil: Stage manager
- Mannu Mannucci: Tour & personal manager
- Alejandro Ros: Concept
- Silvia Canosa: Design
- Enrique Covarrubias: Cover photography
- Nicolás Turchetto: Back cover and live photos
- Yvonne Venegas: Rehearsal photos
- Karla Ortíz: Wardrobe
- Lorena Ortíz: Assistant
- Juan Chialvo: Assistant
- Corina Figueroa: Assistant
- La Mala Rodríguez: Vocal on "Eres Para Mí"
- Gustavo Santaollala: Banjo and vocal on "Algún Día"
- Juan Son: Vocal on "De Mis Pasos"
- Marisa Monte: Vocal on "Ilusión"
- Jaques Morelenbaum: Cello on "Cómo Sé"
- Cecilia Bastida: Piano, rhodes piano, clavinet, glockenspiel, vocals
- Natalia Lafourcade: Vibraphone, banjo, timple, musical saw, cavaquinho, glockenspiel, clavinet, vocals
- Mariana Baraj: percussion, vocals
- Sol Pereyra: Trumpet, cuatro, ukulele, vocals
- Edy Vega: drums, percussion
Chart and certifications
The album debuted at number 61 on the Mexican album charts, climbing to number-one the following week where it spent 10 consecutive weeks, replacing Para Siempre by Vicente Fernández and being replaced by A Little Bit Longer by Jonas Brothers. MTV Unplugged received a gold certification in México after two weeks of its release. In United States debuted and peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums and at number 169 on the Billboard 200. It also peaked within the Top 20 in Spain and at number 39 in Switzerland.
|Mexican Album Chart
|Mexican Album Chart (Spanish Album Chart)
Latin Grammy Awards
Latin Billboard Awards