Bruce Springsteen - In Concert / MTV Unplugged

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Posted on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 7:33pm
by John MacMillan

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Album Overview

In Concert/MTV Plugged is a 1992 concert video and 1993 live album by Bruce Springsteen.

It is part of MTV's Unplugged series, recorded on September 22, 1992 at the Warner Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles near the start of Springsteen's tour for Human Touch and Lucky Town. (See: Bruce Springsteen and the 1992-1993 Tour).

Springsteen played one song, the previously unreleased "Red Headed Woman", solo on acoustic guitar, then he and his hired band (this was during the time the E Street Band was dissolved) used amplified instruments the rest of the show; hence, the concert was called MTV Plugged (sometimes written XXPlugged after the album cover art). Reportedly Springsteen had been unhappy with the touring band's rehearsals of acoustic arrangements, and this is what led him to break the Unplugged format.


1Red Headed Woman2:51
2Better Days4:27
3Atlantic City5:38
4Darkness On The Edge Of Town4:40
5Man's Job5:43
6Human Touch7:30
7Lucky Town5:08
8I Wish I Were Blind5:14
9Thunder Road5:28
10Light Of Day8:17
11If I Should Fall Behind4:45
12Living Proof6:05
13My Beautiful Reward5:58


The album had a lukewarm reception; Entertainment Weekly would later refer to "In Concert/MTV Plugged, which, with E Street ringers focusing on Bruce's 'solo' material ... well, we won't go there." The numbers played on the show were relatively intense renditions, as highlighted by Springsteen's vocals and much of the instrumental accompaniment. The sombre, folk-oriented "Atlantic City" was played in a rock band setting, with a rhythm intro played on electric guitar as well as Springsteen's solos on the outro section. Springsteen played outro solos on most of the rock numbers, including the song "Lucky Town". The album reached number 4 on the UK album charts.


A VHS release of the show preceded any audio release, coming on December 15, 1992 and running 120 minutes. More songs were present here than on the later audio incarnation and on what actually aired on MTV.

On November 9, 2004, a DVD reissuing of this performance was released.


The Road Band

  • Bruce Springsteen – lead vocals, lead & rhythm guitar & harmonica
  • Zachary Alford – drums
  • Roy Bittan – keyboards
  • Shane Fontayne – lead & rhythm guitar
  • Tommy Sims – bass
  • Crystal Taliefero – acoustic guitar, percussion & background vocals
  • Gia Ciambotti – background vocals
  • Carol Dennis – background vocals
  • Cleopatra Kennedy – background vocals
  • Bobby King – background vocals
  • Angel Rogers – background vocals
  • Patti Scialfa – acoustic guitar & harmony vocals on "Human Touch"


Engineer: Bob Clearmountain
Engineer: Toby Scott
Mastered By: Scott Hull
Producer: Alex Coletti
Producer: Joel Gallen
Producer, Executive Producer: Jon Landau


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