Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
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Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged In New York' Gets Vinyl Reissue For 25th Anniversary
Grunge rock legends Nirvana's epic 1993 performance for MTV Unplugged, an acoustic performance series from the Viacom network, is getting a vinyl reissue.
The album, MTV Unplugged In New York, reissue is a double-LP featuring five rehearsal performances, previously only featured in the DVD release, according to Pitchfork.
The performance was released as a 14-track live album in 1994 and has become a classic for its rawness—frontman Kurt Cobain forces an awkward smile at one point and reportedly asked producers not to edit it out because his manager had told him he needed to smile more—and for bold setlist choices—the performance does not include the band's major hit at the time "Smells like Teen Spirit," but includes lesser-known songs and a few covers at a time in which the network felt the show needed the "hit" to be played.
In an interview with MTV News, MTV Unplugged director of the time Beth McCarthy-Miller said Cobain took a lot of chances on the show. "Musically they took a lot of chances I think, song choices they took a lot of chances."
The performance also become meaningful to fans because it was taped months before Cobain's death.
"Retroactively, postscript, it became his funeral for his fans and for the audience, but in that moment he was very switched on ... he was really happy with it," MTV Unplugged producer Alex Coletti said.
The reissue is due out Nov. 1.