MTV Unplugged (Maxwell EP)

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MTV Unplugged
Live album (EP) by Maxwell
Released July 15, 1997
Recorded May 7, 1997 at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City, New York
Length 34:18
Label Columbia
CK 68515
Producer MUSZE (Maxwell)
Maxwell chronology
Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite
(1996)Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite1996
MTV Unplugged

MTV Unplugged is a live EP by American neo soul singer Maxwell, released by Columbia Records in mid-1997. The album features recordings of Maxwell's performance on the MTV concert series program MTV Unplugged, filmed in New York City earlier in the year. The album includes covers of songs such as Kate Bush's "This Woman's Work" and Nine Inch Nails "Closer."[1]

The singer was asked to do MTV Unplugged, despite only having released only one album, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite. Maxwell's episode of MTV Unplugged first aired on the network on July 22, 1997".[2]


Despite only having released only one album, the music video television channel MTV saw his burgeoning popularity and asked him to tape an episode of the concert series MTV Unplugged in New York City. The show was taped live on June 15, 1997, and he performed his own songs as well as covers of songs by Kate Bush ("This Woman's Work") and Nine Inch Nails ("Closer").[3] (Unfortunately he clashed with his label about the release of a full album of his session, resulting in the release of only an extended play, or EP instead,[4] containing seven songs.) The episode of MTV Unplugged first aired on the network on July 22, 1997".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly (C)[6]
NY Amsterdam News (favorable)[7]
Rhapsody (favorable)[8]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Suite Urban Theme" Maxwell 5:17
2. "Mello: Sumthin (The Hush)" Maxwell 3:05
3. "The Lady Suite" Maxwell, Hod David 4:20
4. "This Woman's Work" Kate Bush 4:25
5. "Whenever Wherever Whatever" Maxwell, Stuart Matthewman 4:45
6. "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" Maxwell, Itaal Shur 4:10
7. "Gotta Get: Closer" Maxwell, Trent Reznor 7:16
8. "...Til the Cops Come Knockin" (international bonus track) Maxwell, David 6:41


Chart (1997) Peak
The Billboard 200 (U.S.) 53
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 15
French Albums Chart 26
Dutch Albums Chart 58
UK Albums Chart 45


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

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