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  • MTV Unplugged In New York MTV Unplugged In New York Quick View

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    MTV Unplugged In New York

    Ranked 311/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Recorded in November 1993, less than six months before singer Kurt Cobain killed himself, Nirvanas MTV Unplugged is a watershed document that presents a band at the peak of its powers. Unlike any other unplugged affair, the diverse album is not a simple stripped-down regurgitation of greatest hits or a cash-it-in set of nostalgic favorites. Rather, the live effort is among the most emotionally naked spectacles ever released an album so starkly intense and profoundly personal, its impossible not to get chills down the spine.


    Made primarily with acoustic instrumentsGrohl even trades sticks for brushes, Krist Novoselic picks up an accordion, and cellist Lori Goldston prominently figures in the arrangementsUnplugged in New York reveals Nirvanas folksier side and clear ambition to move beyond abrasive rock. The setlist is as surprising as the stylistic makeover. Save for renditions of All Apologies and Come As You Are, the adventurous material includes brooding covers of the Meat Puppets' Lake of Fire, Plateau, and Oh Me as well as harrowing versions of David Bowies The Man Who Sold the World, and the Vaselines Jesus Dont Want Me for a Sunbeam.


    And then there's the heart-shattering climax. Intensely private and disturbingly primal, Nirvana's rendition of the Leadbelly standard Where Did You Sleep Last Night takes its place among the most cathartic songs ever committed to record. Its the musical equivalent of the insides of Cobain's soul being ripped out and put out display for all to see.


    Hurry! Do not pass up this chance to own the Nirvana swan song that Rolling Stone named one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time!

    1. About A Girl
    2. Come As You Are
    3. Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam
    4. The Man Who Sold The World
    5. Pennyroyal Tea
    6. Dumb
    7. Polly
    8. On A Plain
    9. Something In The Way
    10. Plateau
    11. Oh Me
    12. Lake Of Fire
    13. All Apologies
    14. Where Did You Sleep Last Night
    Nirvana
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    Like A Prayer

    Ranked 237/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Import


    Madonna's fourth studio album, Like A Prayer, co-produced with Patrick Leonard, hit #1 around the world upon its release in March of 1989. The album's title track reached the top of the singles chart in both the U.S. and U.K. and was followed by four more U.S. hits: Express Yourself (#2), Cherish (#2), Oh Father (#20) and Keep It Together (#8). Dear Jessie was also released as a single in the U.K. and hit #5.


    The album's videos earned seven MTV Video Music Award nominations, including best video of the year (Like A Prayer) and best female video (Express Yourself). In 1990, the video for Oh Father, directed by David Fincher, won the Grammy for best short form music video. Like A Prayer has sold in excess of four million copies in the U.S., and another seven million internationally. 180g vinyl reissue with original artwork and inner sleeves.

    1. Like A Prayer
    2. Express Yourself
    3. Love Song
    4. Till Death Do Us Part
    5. Promise To Try
    6. Cherish
    7. Dear Jessie
    8. Oh Father
    9. Keep It Together
    10. Spanish Eyes
    11. Act of Contrition
    Madonna
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  • Nostalgia (Awaiting Repress) Nostalgia (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Nostalgia (Awaiting Repress)

    Annie Lennox describes Nostalgia as the album she has been waiting her whole life to record. Produced by Lennox and frequent collaborator Mike
    Stevens, the collection features hauntingly beautiful takes on iconic American songs such as "Summertime," "Mood Indigo" and "Strange Fruit." While the
    album pays tribute to some of the greatest artists of the 20th century (Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday), the songs were also chosen for
    their continuing ability to resonate in the 21st century. The Scottish artist has sold 80 million records and won four GRAMMYs, two MTV VMAs, an Oscar
    and a Golden Globe. VH1 named her "The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive" and Rolling Stone counted her as one of "The 100 Greatest Singers of All
    Time."
    1. Memphis In June
    2. Georgia On My Mind
    3. I Put A Spell On You
    4. Summertime
    5. I Cover The Waterfront
    6. Strange Fruit
    7. God Bless The Child
    8. You Belong To Me
    9. September In The Rain
    10. I Can Dream, Can't I?
    11. The Nearness Of You
    12. Mood Indigo
    Annie Lennox
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    Sound Of A Woman


    Combining the thickest and most addictive bassline you're likely to hear this year with flashes of fizzing EDM synths and an impressive powerhouse
    vocal, this future deep house classic is the perfect mix of the old and the new. - Yahoo!


    Kiesza is a fascinating pop polymath whose music is as colourful, diverse and surprising as the twists and turns that led her where she is today. - MTV


    Kiesza's sound is as diverse as her resume. Having served as a reservist in the Royal Canadian Navy and competed in Miss Universe Canada, she
    played folk ditties before gravitating toward the electronic grooves of her debut album. The release is anchored by the breakout single Hideaway, a
    pulsing house number that hearkens back to the genre's early-'90s heyday, with Kiesza providing the sultry vocals.

    1. Hideaway
    2. No Enemiesz
    3. Losin' My Mind (feat. Mick Jenkins)
    4. So Deep
    5. Vietnam
    6. Bad Thing (feat. Joey Bada$$)
    7. What Is Love
    8. Sound Of A Woman
    9. The Love
    10. Piano
    11. Giant In My Heart
    12. Over Myself
    13. Cut Me Loose
    Kiesza
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  • Paradise is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings Paradise is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings Quick View

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    Paradise is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings

    Natalie Merchant's career began when, as a college student, she joined the seminal alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs. Serving as lead vocalist, lyricist, and sometime pianist, Merchant released five critically acclaimed studio albums with the band, including the platinum-selling In My Tribe (1987), Blind Man's Zoo (1989), Our Time in Eden (1992), and MTV Unplugged (1993). Merchant left the group in 1993, after 12 years, to record her first solo album. Tigerlily (1995) was certified five-times platinum, and was followed by the platinum Ophelia (1998), Natalie Merchant Live (1999), and Motherland (2001).


    In 2010, Merchant returned with a thematic double album entitled Leave Your Sleep, her debut for Nonesuch Records. A meditation on childhood and mothering, the anthology comprised 19th and 20th century American and British classic children's poetry by the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson, Christina Rossetti, Robert Graves, Edward Lear, and E.E. Cummings that Merchant had set to music. The result was praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic, with The Wall Street Journal calling it an ideal fit between poetic and musical forms, and the Independent, a hugely ambitious and beautifully realized double album.

    1. San Andreas Fault
    2. Beloved Wife
    3. Carnival
    4. River
    5. The Letter
    6. Where I Go

    7. I May Know the Word

    8. Seven Years

    9. Cowboy Romance

    10. Jealousy

    11. Wonder
    Natalie Merchant
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    Lollipop

    Lollipop is the newest release from the legendary Meat Puppets. Recorded at HiFi Studios in Austin, TX, the album features the indelibe Kirkwood brothers, Cris and Curt, and the addition of drummer Shandon Sahm, son of Doug Sahm.


    The highly influential Meat Puppets started as a punk rock band, but established their own unique style, blending punk with country and psychedelic rock. They later gained significant exposure when the Kirkwood brothers served as guest musicians on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance in 1993. The band's subsequent album Too High to Die went gold and became their most successful release. The band reunited in 2006.

    1. Incomplete

    2. Orange
    3. Shave It
    4. Baby Don't
    5. Hour of the Idiot
    6. Lantern
    7. Town
    8. Damn Thing
    9. Amazing
    10. Way That It Are
    11. Vile
    12. The Spider and the Spaceship
    Meat Puppets
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    Power Windows

    200 Gram Vinyl


    Remastered At Abbey Road Studios Using The Direct To Metal Mastering Audiophile Copper Plating Process, All From Original Analogue Masters


    Power Windows introduced more keyboard synthesizers into the band's sound. The Big Money and Mystic Rhythms were both made into music videos featured in MTV's rotation at the time. This was the era in which the band were expanding into new directions from their progressive rock base, and they had on their then recent albums tightened up their sidelong suites and rhythmic abstractions into balled-up song fists, art-pop blasts of angular, slashing guitar, spatial keyboards and hyperpercussion, all resolved with forthright melodic sense

    1. The Big Money
    2. Grand Designs
    3. Manhattan Project

    4. Marathon
    5. Territories
    6. Middletown Dreams
    7. Emotion Detector
    8. Mystic Rhythms
    Rush
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  • Ingenue (25th Anniversary Edition) Ingenue (25th Anniversary Edition) Quick View

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    Ingenue (25th Anniversary Edition)

    Nonesuch releases k.d. lang's IngÉnue: 25th Anniversary Edition to celebrate the double platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning album's silver anniversary. This new two-disc set includes remastered versions of the album's original ten tracks, including its huge hit Constant Craving, along with eight previously unreleased performances from lang's 1993 MTV Unplugged episode, recorded in New York City's famed Ed Sullivan Theater.
    LP 1
    1. Save Me
    2. The Mind of Love
    3. Miss Chatelaine
    4. Wash Me Clean
    5. So It Shall Be
    6. Still Thrives This Love
    7. Season of Hollow Soul
    8. Outside Myself
    9. Tears of Love's Recall
    10. Constant Craving


    LP 2
    1. Save Me (MTV Unplugged)
    2. The Mind of Love (MTV Unplugged)
    3. So It Shall Be (MTV Unplugged)
    4. Miss Chatelaine (MTV Unplugged)
    5. Season of Hollow Soul (MTV Unplugged)
    6. Wash Me Clean (MTV Unplugged)
    7. Constant Craving (MTV Unplugged)
    8. Still Thrives This Love (MTV Unplugged)

    k.d. lang
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  • Angel Dust (Deluxe) Angel Dust (Deluxe) Quick View

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    Angel Dust (Deluxe)

    180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl With Gatefold Sleeves


    Features A 2nd LP With A Selection Of Rarities


    As Faith No More prepares to unleash its first new album in nearly 20 years, Rhino Records celebrates the back-to-back classic albums that helped establish the band's vital and visceral musical legacy with Deluxe Editions of THE REAL THING and ANGEL DUST.


    Each album will be offered as a double LP, 180gm heavyweight black vinyl format of each album, featuring the original album and a selection of the rarities related to each. The release date of the vinyl formats is planned for August.


    Like all bands who transcended their time to become cornerstones of an era, Faith No More sounded like nobody else. The group's commercial breakthrough came in 1989 with the release of THE REAL THING. It was the band's third album, but the first to feature the line-up of Mike Bordin (drums), Roddy Bottum (keyboards), Bill Gould (bass), Jim Martin (guitars), and Mike Patton (vocals). The album was incredibly diverse, yet every song was linked by the band's own developing style. It peaked at #11 on the charts and was certified platinum, spawning the singles, "From Out Of Nowhere" and "Falling To Pieces," as well as "Epic," which was ubiquitous on radio and MTV.


    After extensive touring, the band returned in 1992 with ANGEL DUST. It climbed to #10 on the U.S. album charts and would later be recognized as one of the most influential releases of the era. The album swings between extremes-aggressive and disturbing, but also beautiful and soothing-showing off every facet of the band's quirky eloquence on such diverse tracks as "Midlife Crisis," "Jizzlobber," "R.V." and "Small Victory."


    Among the nine tracks featured on the bonus disc is a mix of "Midlife Crisis" by the band's longtime producer Matt Wallace, a trio of live recordings from a concert in Munich, Germany, as well as covers of the Dead Kennedys' "Let's Lynch The Landlord" and the band's unforgettable take on the Commodores' "Easy."

    LP1 (as per 1992 1LP version)


    1. Land Of Sunshine
    2. Caffeine
    3. Midlife Crisis
    4. RV
    5. Everything's Ruined
    6. Malpractice
    7. Kindergarten
    8. Be Aggressive
    9. A Small Victory
    10. Jizzlobber
    11. Smaller And Smaller


    LP2
    1. Easy

    2. Midnight Cowboy

    3. Crack Hitler

    4. Midlife Crisis (The Scream Mix) Remixed by Matt Wallace
    5. The World Is Yours (Angel Dust outtake)
    6. As The Worm Turns (Mike Patton vocal / Japan bonus track)
    7. Das Schutzenfest (German version)
    8. Let's Lynch The Landlord (B-Side)
    9. Be Aggressive (Live in Munich 9th November 1992)
    10. Kindergarten (Live in Munich 9th November 1992)
    11. We Care A Lot (Live in Munich 9th November 1992)

    Faith No More
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  • MTV Unplugged, 2001 MTV Unplugged, 2001 Quick View

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    MTV Unplugged, 2001

    R.E.M. Unplugged, 2001 shares the band's set for MTV's MTV Unplugged acoustic performance. The release highlighted the band's 2001 album Reveal.


    R.E.M. mark the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first single, Radio Free Europe, was released in 1981, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the early '80s, R.E.M. brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing guitar hooks with mumbled, cryptic lyrics and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band simultaneously sounded traditional and modern. Throughout the '80s, they worked relentlessly, releasing records every year and touring constantly, playing both theaters and backwoods dives. Along the way, they inspired countless bands, from the legions of jangle pop groups in the mid-'80s to scores of alternative pop groups in the '90s, who admired their slow climb to stardom.

    1. All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)
    2. Electrolite
    3. At My Most Beautiful
    4. Daysleeper
    5. So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)
    6. Losing My Religion
    7. Country Feedback
    8. Cuyahoga
    9. Imitation of Life
    10. Find the River
    11. The One I Love
    12. Disappear
    13. Beat a Drum
    14. I've Been High
    15. I'll Take the Rain
    16. Sad Professor
    R.E.M.
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    Live At Shea Stadium

    Recorded at New Yorks Shea Stadium in 1982, Live at Shea Stadium captures The Clash at the peak of its powers and on devastating form. Bristling with energy and attitude, Live at Shea Stadium is destined to feature alongside James Brown at the Apollo, The Who at Leeds and Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison as one of the greatest live recordings of all time!


    The Clash, opening for The Who on their farewell U.S. tour played two nights at the legendary Shea Stadium (12th & 13th Oct 1982). They had recently released the Combat Rock album, and the singles Rock The Casbah and Should I Stay Or Should I Go were enjoying mass audiences via MTV and radio airplay. Despite being the support act, the New York Post reported there were as many Clash fans on those nights as Who fans.


    Recorded by Glyn Johns, the album features the second nights performance in its entirety and shows the band at a fascinating and pivotal point in their career. They had risen from punk agitators to arena superstars and would break up less than a year later. One of the few remaining unreleased Clash treasures, the recordings have long been sought after by fans and were unearthed by the late Joe Strummer while packing for a move. This is a legendary Clash concert. More than an album, its an event.

    1. Kosmo Vinyl Introduction
    2. London Calling
    3. Police On My Back
    4. Guns Of Brixton
    5. Tommy Gun
    6. The Magnificent Seven
    7. Armagideon Time
    8. The Magnificent Seven (return)
    9. Rock The Casbah
    10. Train In Vain
    11. Career Opportunities
    12. Spanish Bombs
    13. Clampdown
    14. English Civil War
    15. Should I Stay Or Should I Go
    16. I Fought The Law
    Clash
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  • MTV Unplugged (Limited Edition) MTV Unplugged (Limited Edition) Quick View

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    MTV Unplugged (Limited Edition)

    Limited Edition Double LP Picture Disc


    On the 19th of August, Placebo performed a unique one-off show for MTV Unplugged at the London Studios in the UK. Here we present the results of this incredible show. The band were encased in spectacular LED box during the performance, from where they belted out some of their most well-loved tracks such as 'The Bitter End' and 'Every You Every Me.' Some new gems were dropped in for good measure, alongside surprise guests Joan As Police Woman and Majke Voss Romme (Broken Twin). No Placebo show would be complete without some signature cover versions and this set did not disappoint, from the breath-taking opener to the show- Sinead O'Connors 'Jackie' to a melancholy version of Pixies 'Where Is My Mind'.

    LP1
    1. Jackie
    2. For What It's Worth
    3. 36 Degrees
    4. Because I Want You
    5. Every You Every Me (feat. Majke Voss Romme)
    6. Song To Say Goodbye
    7. Meds
    8. Protect Me From What I Want (feat. Joan As Police Woman)
    9. Loud Like Love


    LP2
    1. Too Many Friends
    2. Post Blue
    3. Slave To The Wage
    4. Without You I'm Nothing
    5. Hold On To Me
    6. Bosco
    7. Where Is My Mind?
    8. The Bitter End

    Placebo
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  • MTV Unplugged MTV Unplugged Quick View

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    MTV Unplugged

    Import

    Remastered


    In 1996 Alice In Chains performed their first show in three years for MTV Unplugged. Unfortunately, it also turned out to be one of the last ones they would ever do, as lead singer Layne Staley's drug addiction was already getting the better of him. Visibly frail, he and band members Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez and Sean Kinney still out-performed many of the other acts that crept in front of MTV's camera, making this one of the most legendary performances of the series. The band perform songs from both Facelift and Dirt albums as well as their critically acclaimed E.P. Jar Of Flies, creating new and exciting arrangements for their heavier songs while reinventing others. The tension and excitement in the audience is palpable throughout the entire show, and it makes this a fantastic record of the greatness of Alice In Chains.

    1. Nutshell
    2. Brother
    3. No Excuses
    4. Sludge Factory
    5. Down In a Hole
    6. Angry Chair
    7. Rooster
    8. Got Me Wrong
    9. Heaven Beside You
    10. Would?
    11. Frogs
    12. Over Now
    13. Killer Is Me
    Alice In Chains
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  • MTV Unplugged, 1991 MTV Unplugged, 1991 Quick View

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    MTV Unplugged, 1991

    R.E.M. Unplugged, 1991 shares the band's set for MTV's MTV Unplugged acoustic performance. The release draws largely from 1991's Out of Time and five albums in total, as well as a cover of the Troggs' Love Is All Around.


    R.E.M. mark the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first single, Radio Free Europe, was released in 1981, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the early '80s, R.E.M. brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing guitar hooks with mumbled, cryptic lyrics and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band simultaneously sounded traditional and modern. Throughout the '80s, they worked relentlessly, releasing records every year and touring constantly, playing both theaters and backwoods dives. Along the way, they inspired countless bands, from the legions of jangle pop groups in the mid-'80s to scores of alternative pop groups in the '90s, who admired their slow climb to stardom.

    1. Half a World Away
    2. Disturbance at the Heron House
    3. Radio Song
    4. Low
    5. Perfect Circle
    6. Fall on Me
    7. Belong
    8. Love Is All Around
    9. It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
    10. Losing My Religion
    11. Pop Song 89
    12. Endgame
    13. Fretless
    14. Swan Swan H
    15. Rotary 11
    16. Get Up
    17. World Leader Pretend
    R.E.M.
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  • MTV Unplugged No.2.0 MTV Unplugged No.2.0 Quick View

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    MTV Unplugged No.2.0

    Import

    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    4-Page Insert


    Featuring Mystery Of Iniquity, Oh Jerusalem And The Conquering Lion


    Lauryn Hill is best known for being a member of The Fugees and for her critically acclaimed solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which won numerous awards, broke several sales records and was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest albums of all time.


    The acoustic MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 double album from Lauryn Hill came nearly 4 years after the first solo album and gives an insight into her deeper thoughts and emotions about her life, artist, the judicial system (in Mystery Of Iniquity) and spiritual side. Lengthy intros, conversations, and deeply personal songs like Conquering Lion accompanied with her acoustic guitar, with the audience add to the intimate performance in her typical raspy voice.


    The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and her song Mystery Of Iniquity was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Rap Solo Performance and used as an interpolation by Kanye West for his single All Falls Down. Great acoustic songs like Adam Lives In Theory, Oh Jerusalem and I Gotta Find Peace Of Mind complete the album.


    MTV Unplugged No 2.0 was her last album and pressed in limited quantities. This reissue comes just in time for its 15th year anniversary in 2017.

    LP 1
    1. Intro
    2. Mr. Intentional
    3. Adam Lives In Theory
    4. Interlude 1
    5. Oh Jerusalem

    6. Interlude 2
    7. Freedom Time
    8. Interlude 3
    9. I Find It Hard To Say (Rebel)
    10. Just Like Water
    11. Interlude 4
    12. Just Want You Around


    LP 2
    1. I Gotta Find Peace Of Mind
    2. Interlude 5
    3. Mystery Of Iniquity
    4. Interlude 6
    5. I Get Out
    6. Interlude 7
    7. I Remember
    8. So Much Things To Say
    9. The Conquering Lion
    10. Outro

    Lauryn Hill
    $39.99
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  • Kiss: MTV Unplugged Kiss: MTV Unplugged Quick View

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    Kiss: MTV Unplugged

    Celebrating four decades of decibels, KISS, Mercury Records and UMe proudly announce reissuing the legendary KISS albums on 180g audiophile vinyl
    starting in 2014. Remastered to high definition 192kHz/24-bit audio for maximum fidelity, these albums have never sounded so amazing and now
    vinyl collectors will get what they've been demanding. All posters, sleeve art, stickers, etc that appeared in the original LP release where applicable have
    been faithfully reproduced for the KISS Army.


    On April 10, KISS will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - which will be broadcast in May -
    and then will kick off a summer co-headlining tour with Def Leppard starting in June.


    After sinking deep into this musical celebration, even the not-so-avid listener will surely know something more about Kiss, a classic rock icon of the '70s roaring back in vibrant and passionate form. This recording of a session done expressly for the program MTV Unplugged in 1996 brought together a special group for a remarkable, if unexpected, reunion. Throughout this record, you can feel the support and raw adoration of the audience present, certainly a mixture of long-time fans and new admirers. The members of Kiss got together to rock hard on their axes and crash big on the drums, bringing a renewed sense of freshness and excitement. Nearly rock & roll legends, they exceeded expectations and, given their newfound energy, charisma, and love for the music, their performance provided the catalyst for the beginning of a successful world reunion tour. Coming Home delivers a feverish and electric opening that gets the crowd on its feet in a hurry. Soon the emotion and presence of this group are brought back with startling grace and wisdom on Plaster Caster, and the beautiful acoustic medley Goin' Blind. The decades of Kiss, their costumes, and their wild stadium shows roll back in a heartbeat through the crashing tune Do You Love Me. Perhaps one of the most bewildering tunes that really reflects the image of Kiss is the rocking blues tune Domino. The crowd is really fired up now, next experiencing the charming and soulful power rock ballad Sure Know Something. A World Without Heroes is very subdued and reflective. Rock Bottom is delicate and mysterious in the opening seconds, with a lush minor harmony delivered picking style on the acoustic. Now it gets rough, expresses Stanley, grooving in a racy blues statement. See You Tonight is a romantic and pretty ballad delivered with sweetness, and the group sings, I'll see you tonight/And if I can't, I'll cry, I'll cry/I see you tonight, outside. Then on comes the darker resonance of the band with I Still Love You, expressing grave longing after a grueling breakup. I got to make you see, is a gripping line in a haunting bridge section, before the shouted, emotional, sometimes painful chorus: Girl, it seems the price I have of losing you/Will be my hell to pay/It makes me want to die/'Cause I still love you. The solo during the bridge is reminiscent of the chord structure of the Guess Who's Undun. After this painful, depressing song, new breath is found with Every Time I Look at You, a song of forgiveness, delivered with sincerity and the feeling of hope: Every time I hold you/The things I never told you seem to come easily/'Cause you're everything to me. The bridge is brilliant and seems to elevate the melody to a gratifying level, before breaking into a chilling guitar improv, layered over with a shimmering string orchestra. Beth is the most heartwarming song of Kiss' power ballads: Beth I know you're lonely/And I hope you'll be alright/'Cause me and the boys will be playing all night. Finally, a Kiss show wouldn't be complete without the ultimate party song, Rock and Roll All Night, a tune still electric without electric guitars.


    - Shawn M. Haney (All Music Guide)

    LP 1
    1. Comin' Home
    2. Plaster Caster
    3. Goin' Blind
    4. Do You Love Me
    5. Domino
    6. Sure Know Something
    7. A World Without Heroes
    8. Rock Bottom


    LP 2
    1. See You Tonight
    2. I Still Love You
    3. Every Time I Look At You
    4. 2,000 Man
    5. Beth
    6. Nothin' To Lose
    7. Rock 'N' Roll All Nite
    8. Got To Choose

    Kiss
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    MTV Unplugged - Summer Solstice

    In the land of the midnight sun, the clocks tick slightly different than they do elsewhere. This is especially true during the summer solstice, when the sun hardly sets at all, bathing the small Norwegian island of Giske - where a-ha played their first ever two acoustic concerts - in an eerie twilight.


    Giske is a tiny island in close proximity to the city of Ålesund on the shore of the North Atlantic Ocean - a popular city much frequented by day trippers arriving on huge cruise ships during Norway's short yet intense summer season. But a-ha's audience didn't get to Giske on such boats. Coming from destinations all over the world, for them getting to Giske meant embarking on a plane to Oslo and from there to Ålesund. And from there you finally have to drive through a series of seemingly endless and frighteningly deep undersea tunnels to reach Giske, an island so beautiful and, well, remote, that one immediately wonders why a-ha handpicked this specific location to play their long awaited first MTV Unplugged shows on the night of the 2017 summer solstice, right where the world seems to end.


    Pål Waaktaar-Savoy: "Choosing Giske is like most of the things we do: It's been 50% chance and 50% planned. We were discussing many different places to play these special shows - among them Manaus in the Amazon jungle, Berlin, London and New York. At the end of the day it was the Ocean Sound Recordings studio in Giske that made the difference. We knew that we could rehearse undisturbed in an extremely good sounding facility."


    a-ha booked the Ocean Sound Recordings studio, which looks out onto the ocean, to revisit their own back catalogue for two weeks together with producer Lars Horntveth, who had already been working on the acoustic arrangements for more than half a year. The nearby Øygardshallen (Giske Harbour Hall) turned out to be the perfect venue to stage their two first ever acoustic shows: They simply had to lay cables from A to B and then were able to use the studio at Ocean Sound Recordings to capture the shows perfectly. a-ha performed in front of an audience of just 250 people - the Øygardshallen's glass front allowed the audience to gaze out into the pale night and onto a number of LED video steles that had been set up behind the band, serving as a minimalist backdrop to the concert. Suffice to say, the concerts were sold-out within minutes, as a-ha were to play "concerts so close to our audience like never before". As Magne Furuholmen puts it: "These were by far the most intimate concerts we've ever given."


    Yet the beauty of the North Atlantic Ocean, the light of the midnight sun and the exclusivity of the concerts are only one half of the story. The other half is that the idea of a-ha playing their vast catalogue of world hits stripped down to their very essence is indeed a promising endeavor.


    Pål: "We've talked about this idea for so many years. And in many of our concerts we've also played some acoustic songs. But if you consider that we don't use much technology at all when we write the songs, the idea an entirely acoustic show makes total sense. Playing all these songs now in their acoustic versions is like returning to their origins."


    Magne expands the thought in a more universal direction: "Most of our songs draw inspiration from a childhood directly exposed to Norwegian culture, even the folk music tradition, perhaps more so than we thought. We were constantly faced with questions from journalists implying how our 'Norwgian-ness' was a unique part of our sound, even though we lived and worked in London.


    As a creative person it is almost easier to tap into this nordic mindest from a distance. History is full of good examples of how iconic Norwegians in the past did their best work away from home; The writer Henrik Ibsen wrote on universal topics with a strong Norwegian tone while living in Italy, Edvard Munch's melancholic force defined expressionism while living in Berlin - yet he simply couldn't be from anywhere but this country. And of course there is Edvard Grieg, who took a lot of inspiration directly from folk music. His music always felt particularly resonant in our ears growing up. With such strong figures and influences defining what it is to be a Norwegian, it becomes part of what you are. Our darker, melancholic streak definitely harks back to these early influences. We feel connected to all that, which is why we thought returning home for this project was a very natural step.


    Morten Harket stresses the fact how crucial it was to have arranger/producer Lars Horntveth on board as a catalyst and fearlessly driving force behind the scenes: "He confronted our music by presenting completely new arrangements, also taking out 'untouchable' parts, which easily came across as being disrespectful. I say this as a compliment, by the way... And of course we hated it! But we also needed it! This was exactly what we had asked of him. We needed someone who would boldly question everything that we stood for as a band - someone who could stand up to us. Of course it led to shouting matches. It's part of the creative process. Lars deserves the credit for bringing the band closer together than we have been for a very long time."


    For the MTV Unplugged shows, a-ha played 17 songs in completely new arrangements as well as two new songs and two cover versions on vintage acoustic instruments, accompanied by a backing band featuring Karl Oluf Wennerberg on drums, Even Ormestad on acoustic bass, Morten Qvenild on piano and various acoustic keyboards, Lars Horntveth on multiple instruments and Madeleine Ossum on violin and vocals, Tove Margrethe Erikstad on cello and Emilie Heldal Lidsheim on viola and backing vocals. Furthermore, a total of four guest stars served as duet partners for Morten Harket. Most notably, Echo & The Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch had been invited by Magne Furuholmen to sing "Scoundrel Days" and Ian's very own "The Killing Moon" on the first of the two shows. On the second night, a-ha were joined by Alison Moyet of Yazoo fame to duet with Morten on "Summer Moved On". Highasakite's Ingrid Helene Håvik guested on "The Sun Always Shines on TV" on both nights, while, last but not least, American singer Lissie did the same on "I've Been Losing You".


    "In the cacophonic world of popular music, with its high-impact effects and productions, the music is often somewhat lost as it ends up being premeditated." Morten Harket addresses the subject of subtlety: "The world of pop is a world where everything always has to be more than anything else."


    Attending the concerts and the last full day of the rehearsals, you could tell that the whole group and especially Morten did indeed try to reveal the soul of each and every song performed. During the last run-through on the day before the first night the band took things extremely seriously. Songs were started, stopped and deconstructed. Discussions between Morten and the group as well as with the recording engineers dealt with the tiniest details of sound, cohesiveness and attitude. As a result, the two shows benefited profoundly, both in terms of microstructure (the new arrangements reveal so much of the songs' essences), as well as in that the overall dramaturgic arc of the concerts, which steadily built towards a climax that would astound even the most dedicated follower of the group. During the encore, a-ha would play - "as usual" - their first and biggest hit to date, "Take On Me". But an unexpected chord change in the chorus and the skeletal arrangement not only allowed a new perspective on the song's lyrics, it also left the audience with tears in their eyes.


    Magne: "When you rearrange songs for an acoustic rendition it is also an opportunity to do more than to just simplify them. I especially like what happened when we took a fresh look at Take on me, which went from being an uptempo syntheziser-driven popsong to a much more melancholic, yearning ballad in this slowed down arrangement, it shows with much more clarity how the song at its core is not some standalone upbeat track, but belongs squarely inside our catalogue alongside more thoughtful, darker songs like scoundrel days etc.


    There are only a few bands in the world who can look back on similarly close ties with the music channel MTV as a-ha. Alongside the likes of Duran Duran and Yello, in 1985 a-ha were worldwide pioneers who immediately understood the power of the music video as both a narrative and commercial tool. Steve Barron's classic "Take On Me" clip is still a milestone of music video and in 2003 was voted by the MTV audience as one of the top ten best videos ever made. There have long been efforts by a-ha and MTV to organize an Unplugged concert.


    The fact that the two MTV Unplugged concerts in June 2017 actually took place on Giske also left a deep impression on a-ha themselves. Like every other band that has been successful on a worldwide scale for over three decades, a-ha have had their share of problems, split-ups and re-unifications. A thoughtful Magne reflects: "After such a long time, a-ha have now become a band that simply continues from project to project. This turned out to be a very healthy approach for the three of us, because going acoustic also had the taste of a new project."


    Pål: "When we recorded our last few albums, we were sometimes working pretty isolated from each other. We should do this again - sitting and recording in the same room together for a couple of weeks or months and see what comes out as a result. We may argue about a lot of things, but we are also a band that has very close ties."


    After the closing applause that seemed would never end, the band left the stage and walked out of Øygardshallen into the living daylights. Having performed two triumphant concerts together, the three band mates climbed into three separate vehicles and headed off into the sunlit night. But everybody in the audience had a feeling that a-ha had now just opened a brand new chapter in their unparalleled career. To quote a line from one of the highlights of these unplugged shows: "Cause I've been told / Stay on these roads / We shall meet, I know."


    -Max Dax

    LP 1
    1. This Is Our Home (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
    2. Lifelines (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
    3. I've Been Losing You (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
    4. Analogue (All I Want) (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
    5. The Sun Always Shines on TV (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
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    7. Foot of the Mountain (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)


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    2. This Alone Is Love (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
    3. Over the Treetops (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
    4. Forever Not Yours (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
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    7. The Killing Moon (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)


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    2. Memorial Beach (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
    3. Living a Boy's Adventure Tale (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
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    5. The Living Daylights (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
    6. Hunting High and Low (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
    7. Ake on Me (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)

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