The recording of MTV Unplugged in New York by Nirvana in November 1993 was important at the time — it was the world’s biggest band in the intimate confines of the Unplugged studio, playing a special set of songs that resulted in a deeply moving live album.
Then, a few months later, front man Kurt Cobain was found dead. In the wake of his loss, the Unplugged album took on a significant weight, and today marks the 25th anniversary of its release, which came roughly six months after his passing in April 1994.
Originally released 25 years ago today, 'MTV Unplugged In New York' is now available digitally & as a 2LP set, including five rehearsal performances previously only available on DVD.
— Nirvana (@Nirvana) November 1, 2019
The special 25th anniversary reissue is available in expanded 2-LP format — click here to purchase a copy.
Cobain had a propensity to be reticent about embracing the commercial appeal of his own songs, which is partly why the set list NIrvana played for this show was mostly obscure songs and covers of other acts, such as David Bowie, the Meat Puppets and Lead Belly.
The end result is a haunting portrait of who Kurt Cobain was toward the end of his tragically short life, and serves as a tribute to the musical visionary he was — so the special anniversary reissue is a must for anybody who found themselves moved by this particular set of recordings.
Stream the 25th anniversary edition below, via Spotify: