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Alanis Unplugged Live

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 23 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Maverick
  • ASIN: B00002MZ12
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 175 customer reviews
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1. You Learn
2. Joining You
3. No Pressure Over Cappuccino
4. That I Would Be Good
5. Head Over Feet
6. Princes Familiar
7. I Was Hoping
8. Ironic
9. These R The Thoughts
10. King Of Pain
11. You Oughta Know
12. Uninvited

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A phenomenal '90s success story, Alanis Morissette caps off the decade with a recognized symbol that an artist has achieved enormous popularity - an MTV "Unplugged" special and album. Her third Maverick album, Alanis "Unplugged" follows the landmark Jagged Little Pill and 1998's Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. Alanis "Unplugged" finds the edge singer-songwriter baring the acoustic souls of hits such as "You Oughta Know", "Ironic", "Hand In My Pocket" and "Uninvited" in an intimate and powerful performance. Certified at Gold by the RIAA. (1/00)

Cutting the electricity only really began to sound like a good idea when Kurt Cobain picked up his acoustic on Nirvana's Unplugged In New York sessions, and on the whole it tends to bring out the worst in an artist and their audience--muso tendencies, obscure cover versions, and a reverential hush punctuated only by obsequious applause. Alanis Morissette's Unplugged, accordingly, is a mixed bag--there's plenty of dispensable moments, like the warbly dirge of "Joining You", or a singularly pointless "Head Over Feet", almost a carbon copy of the original. The gems, though, include a stripped-down, Tori Amos-esque take on "You Oughta Know", which reverberates with repressed bitterness over the minimal tones of piano and keening violin. Quite wonderful, but if only the sycophantic industry crowd weren't quite so enthusiastic in their praise. --Louis Pattison

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Format: Audio CD
Alanis has out together a nice Unplugged CD. It's a great recording - has the real open ambience of a live performance.
Some thoughts on the tracks:
1. You Learn -A nice version, but not significantly different from the studio version.
2. Joining You - Beautiful vocal performance.
3. No Pressure Over Cappuccino - An interesting new song.
4. That I Would Be Good - GREAT song, very heartfelt. This song pulls you in and doesn't let go.
5. Head Over Feet - A nice version, but again, not significantly different from the studio version. I still think this song has one of the funniest harmonica parts ever.
6. Princes Familiar A song left off of Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. I LOVE this song. Possibly my favorite song on this album.
7. I Was Hoping -Great performance.
8. Ironic A nice version, but again, not significantly different from the studio version
9. These R The Thoughts A song left off of Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie . Alanis thoughts while alone. Haunting.
10. King Of Pain - A nice version, but Alanis doesn't really make the song her own,. I was hoping for more out of this one.
11. You Oughta Know A nice version, but again, not significantly different from the studio version
12. Uninvited - Heartbreaking. Beatuful.
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Format: Audio CD
I started my Brazilian Valentine's day, 6/12/2000, by walking on my 50,000 inhabitants city streets all by myself. So I went to a CD store about 3 kilometers from my house and saw that red album with strange words, with a white-skin colour wrote on the singer's face. So I remembered her form all his success in 1995-1996 here in Brazil. All her videos on MTV were exaustively played here, in Brazil. Her studio version to That I Would Be Good was played more than 3 times in a morning on our main radio station. I recognized her face, her single and then other musics as the so-commented You Oughta Know. I bought that CD intuitively, without knowing how good it could be. So I brought it home, and I didn't have a cd player. My sister made me lend it to her and then lended it to another one, a friend of her. Twenty months later I could get it finally. So I started to listen to it as it was the world's only cd. Everytime. I got and so all its lyrics, translated them into Portuguese, sent it to relatives and friends. Alanis' poetry, voice and mainly the marvelous unplugged songs (as Joining You, No Pressure Over Cappuccino and Uninvited) made me stay wondered by that magnificent kind of art. Alanis' unplugged was my first real contact with her opus. I think unplluged version of Joining You is the world's best song. I think this album is accessible to everyone, because heavy rock songs are translated into acoustic ballads, as the ones we would like to listen to when we are with our girl or boyfriend. Alanis' unplugged has been one of the most ones: perfect songs, perfect lyrics, philosophy, music, formal perfection in arrengements, feminism, percussion, violoncello and violins (...) and relationships turned into art. A perfect piece of art.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
"Alanis Unplugged" is one of the best of these stripped down live albums that have become more common in the last couple of decades. I would probably have to go back to the one by 10,000 Maniacs for the last time I thought an artist came off better live and unplugged than they did in the studio. In large measure that has to do with Morissette reigning in her vocal affectations while singing most of these songs, which benefit from being stripped down so that the personal lyrics are emphasized more. With Morissette it is always about cryptic lyrics and moody melodies, but rally being able to hear the words and the way she vocalizes these songs in a more intimate situation makes them more approachable (e.g., "That I Would Be Good"). These songs are song without her voice being piercing or jarring, and there may well be those who find it too much of a change from what they first came to like about her music, but I would not be one of those people.
You also have to take the song choices into consideration of this album as well since Morissette only does four songs from her hit album "Jagged Little Pill," devoting more time to performing songs from to her less successful "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" album. There is only one cover song in the mix, but it is Sting's "King of Pain," which fits nicely into the overall tapestry of Morissette's songwriting, and several previously unreleased tracks such as "No Pressure Over Cappucinio" (a rare occasion for Morisette to let her voice soar into the higher octaves) and "Princess Familiar." I like the range of these songs. Both "Head Over Feet" and "Ironic" strike me as more playful and "I Was Hoping" more moody and mystical.
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As Alanis was contemplating an Unplugged session she was thinking that 'You Learn' so much in life that in 'Joining You' I feel 'No Pressure Over Cappuccino' in this setting and 'That I Would Be Good' enough that you might end up 'Head Over Feet' by the end of this lovely display and maybe 'Princes Familiar' might show up, at least 'I Was Hoping' she would but it would be 'Ironic' if she didn't but 'These R The Thoughts' of the 'King of Pain' as 'You Oughta Know' but then again I don't wish her to feel 'Uninvited' to this special event!
I was there when MTV began and when it shortly thereafter lost its way and turned into an overly commercialized and under utilized medium for "Music" television, I gave up on it. Since that departure, the only thing that has rarely drawn my attention back to MTV is when one of my favorite groups or singers does an "Unplugged" show, such as this exceptional recording.
Alanis Morissette MTV Unplugged is a beautiful rendition of some of her best songs minus the "electric" connection and it serves delightfully in bringing out even more, that which makes her music so phenomenal, her exquisite voice and her astonishing lyrics. Lyrically, much of Alanis' music is biting and there are those that may find those lyrics somewhat difficult to stomach; I entreat you to listen again because if you give it a chance, you may find that you've been missing something special. She brings such a depth of emotions to her lyrics, followed up by an equally well thought out melody, that one cannot help but listen to and feel the emotions she's trying to convey.
Simply put, this is another brilliant CD by Alanis Morissette and well worth the price! I highly recommend this and any other CD by Alanis Morissette! {ssintrepid}
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