This little known album was recorded at Universal Studios in 1993 in front of a live audience and was produced by David Briggs. It is part of the extremely popular MTV unplugged series and was released on Reprise records in the aforementioned year.
Obviously, Mr. Young needs no real introduction, and his contributions to popular music are almost unparalleled along with The Stones, The Beatles and Bob Dylan.
As the title suggests, this album is acoustic, featuring Nils Lofgren (E Street Band) on guitar and accordion, legendary session player Ben Keith on Dobro, Spooner Oldham (Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, The Box Tops) on piano and keyboards, Tim Drummond (An almost endless list of appearances on blues and soul luminaries’ albums), Oscar Butterworth on drums and Astrid Young and Nicolette Larson on backing vocals. So with such a star studded cast, you’d expect an excellent recording. However, it has been well documented that Young was unhappy with most of the performances on the night and was reluctant to release the album. I can’t hear any lackluster performances myself, but you can clearly hear Young’s tension at times. More »