MTV Unplugged [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
At the height of her decade-long rise to fame, Julieta Venegas released her first live album, MTV Unplugged, a star-studded and meticulously arranged performance recorded before 450 adoring fans in Mexico City. She performs her greatest hits, of course, but she also adds to her set list relatively obscure songs -- most delightfully "Esta Vez," a ballad from her debut album, Aquí 1998 -- and several new songs, including the international chart-topping lead single, "El Presente." As with many MTV Unplugged albums, guest stars are featured throughout; most noteworthy among them here are Spanish rapper Mala Rodríguez, who performs in the place of Chilean rapper Anita ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
At the height of her decade-long rise to fame, Julieta Venegas released her first live album, MTV Unplugged, a star-studded and meticulously arranged performance recorded before 450 adoring fans in Mexico City. She performs her greatest hits, of course, but she also adds to her set list relatively obscure songs -- most delightfully "Esta Vez," a ballad from her debut album, Aquí 1998 -- and several new songs, including the international chart-topping lead single, "El Presente." As with many MTV Unplugged albums, guest stars are featured throughout; most noteworthy among them here are Spanish rapper Mala Rodríguez, who performs in the place of Chilean rapper Anita Tijoux on "Eres Para Mí," and Brazilian superstar Marisa Monte, who duets in Portuguese on "Ilusión" a new song written by Venegas, Monte, and Arnaldo Antunes. Guest star or not, the performances are each interesting in their arrangements, which are generally quite different from their studio original counterparts. "Lento," one of Venegas' biggest and best hits, is the most drastically rearranged -- just piano and strings, plus chorus vocals, including some from the audience, who amusingly fight their collective urge to sing along. At least 20 different musicians are credited for the performance, chief among them Mexican alternative star Natalia Lafourcade, who switches instruments throughout. Given the guest star appearances and the small army of musicians, MTV Unplugged is best enjoyed on DVD, where the show can be seen as well as heard. This is a wonderful performance by Venegas, a pop star of the highest integrity and one with great regard for her craft. Fans of her music -- and fans of Latin pop in general -- shouldn't overlook this album because of the MTV affiliation. The new material and newly arranged versions of the hits are well worth checking out, and the performance is brilliantly executed. [This edition includes the CD and DVD in a two-disc package.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Sony U.S. Latin
  • UPC: 886972912028
  • Catalog Number: 729120
  • Sales rank: 55,111

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Limón y Sal (3:40)
  2. 2 Sería Feliz (3:30)
  3. 3 El Presente (3:40)
  4. 4 Algo Está Cambiando (4:11)
  5. 5 Eres Para Mí - Mala Rodríguez (4:42)
  6. 6 Esta Vez (3:27)
  7. 7 Algún Día (4:00)
  8. 8 Mírame Bien (3:50)
  9. 9 Lento (4:26)
  10. 10 De Mis Pasos (3:28)
  11. 11 Andar Conmigo (3:58)
  12. 12 Ilusión (3:46)
  13. 13 Cómo Sé (3:42)
  14. 14 Mira La Vida (3:19)
  15. 15 Me Voy (3:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Julieta Venegas Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Accordion, Vocals, Didjeridu, Vientos, Cuerda
Marisa Monte Vocals, Guest Appearance
Gustavo Borner Mezcla
Jaques Morelenbaum Cello, Didjeridu, Vientos, Cuerda, Guest Appearance
Gustavo Santaolalla Banjo, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Alvaro Bitran Cello
Saul Bitran Violin
Javier Montiel Viola
Cecilia Bastida Piano, Glockenspiel, Clavinet, fender rhodes, Coros
Alejandro Diaz Tuba
Aron Bitran Violin
Mala Rodríguez Vocals, Guest Appearance
Natalia Lafourcade Banjo, Glockenspiel, Timbales, Clavinet, Cavaquinho, Vibes, Coros
Edy Vega Percussion, Bateria
Mariana Baraj Percussion, Coros
Juan Son Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Marisa Monte Adaptation
Gustavo Borner Engineer, Mastering
Jaques Morelenbaum String Arrangements
Bob Small Concept
Jimmy Burns Concept
Alejandro Ros Graphic Design, Creative Consultant
Julieta Venegas Arranger, Composer
Charlie Garcia Recording Preparation
Milt Lage Director
Coti Composer
Jorge Villamizar Composer
Vicente Solís Producer
Jose Tillán Producer, Executive Producer
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