Various Artists ~ The Unplugged Collection, Volume One

Various Artists ~ The Unplugged Collection, Volume One

Various Artists ~ The Unplugged Collection, Volume One

The Unplugged Collection, Volume One is a compilation of performances taken from MTV Unplugged featuring sixteen artists – including R.E.M., k.d. lang, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Soul Asylum.

The songs were culled from the artists' appearances on the show in the 1990s. Individual songs also appeared on the artists' own albums, such as Eric Clapton's Unplugged, Rod Stewart's Unplugged...and Seated, 10,000 Maniacs' MTV Unplugged, Paul McCartney's Unplugged (The Official Bootleg), and Annie Lennox's Cold. Colder. Coldest.

According to Spin's James Hunter, Annie Lennox, "sings 'Why,' the best thing she has ever done," Elton John and Paul Simon give "completely realized" performances and Rod Stewart "sings the shit" out of "Gasoline Alley" (the title track of his eponymous 1972 album, co-written with Ronnie Wood). Neil Young rescores "Like a Hurricane" using harmonica and pump organ. On McCartney's "We Can Work It Out", a performance mistake is left in the recording; Hunter characterizes McCartney as being "tickled by the wonderful informality of it all."

1 Pride And Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan

2 Before You Accuse Me - Eric Clapton

3 Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz

4 Somebody To Shove - Soul Asylum

5 Barefoot - K.D. Lang

6 Graceland - Paul Simon

7 Dont Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John

8 Like A Hurricane - Neil Young

9 Gasoline Alley - Rod Stewart

10 Pink Houses - John Mellencamp

11 We Can Work It Out - Paul McCartney

12 Deep Dark Truthful Mirror - Elvis Costello And The Rude 5

13 Come Rain Or Come Shine - Don Henley

14 Why - Annie Lennox

15 Don't Talk - 10,000 Maniacs1

16 Half A World Away - R.E.M.

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