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Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) - Ultimate Archive Collection

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

From "Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)"















14.

Ain't No Sunshine

Written by Bill Withers

4:05 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Drums
Robbie McIntosh:
Piano
Hamish Stuart:
Guitar, Lead vocals
Paul Wickens:
Acoustic bass
Blair Cunningham:
Percussion
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Gary Stewart:
Assistant engineer
Peter Craigie:
Assistant engineer
Gary Bradshaw:
Monitor engineer

Concert From "MTV Unplugged" in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991





2.

From "Biker Like An Icon" promotional CD


1.

Things We Said Today

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:48 • LiveL3

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Harmonium
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Acoustic bass, Vocal harmonies
Paul Wickens:
Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Gary Stewart:
Assistant engineer
Peter Craigie:
Assistant engineer
Gary Bradshaw:
Monitor engineer

Concert From "MTV Unplugged" in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991


2.

Mean Woman Blues

Written by Claude Demetrius

2:58 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Percussion (?)
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Acoustic bass, Vocal harmonies
Paul Wickens:
Piano (?)
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Gary Stewart:
Assistant engineer
Peter Craigie:
Assistant engineer
Gary Bradshaw:
Monitor engineer

Concert From "MTV Unplugged" in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991


3.

Midnight Special

Written by Traditional

4:41 • LiveL1 • From "Biker Like An Icon" promotional CD

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Percussion
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Acoustic bass, Vocal harmonies
Paul Wickens:
Piano
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Gary Stewart:
Assistant engineer
Peter Craigie:
Assistant engineer
Gary Bradshaw:
Monitor engineer

Concert From "MTV Unplugged" in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991


4.

We Can Work It Out

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:05 • Live • [edit]

Disc 2


1.

Paul Talks About 'Unplugged'

3:22 • Interview • Interview footage of Paul was shot as part of an ‘Unplugged’ promotional press showing at Westcliff-on-Sea, on July 19. It was cut into the Japanese TV broadcast in segments.


2.

Rehearsals


1.

Things We Said Today

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:43 • Live


2.

She's A Woman

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:50 • Live • Blackbird/Blue Moon Of Leningrad/ [rehearsal]


3.

She's A Woman

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:31 • Live


4.

Cut Across Shorty

Written by Marijohn Wilkin, Wayne P. Walker

1:58 • Studio rehearsalL3

Session Rehearsal:
January 1991
Studio:
The Barn, Hog Hill, Rye, UK


5.

Rock Island Line

Written by Traditional

1:44 • LiveL2

Session Recording:
January 1991
Studio:
The Barn, Hog Hill, Rye, UK


6.

Hi-Heel Sneakers

Written by Tommy Tucker

3:29 • Live

Session Recording:
January 1991
Studio:
The Barn, Hog Hill, Rye, UK


7.

Love Me Tender

Written by George R. Poulton, Ken Darby

0:49 • Studio rehearsalL1

Session Recording:
January 1991
Studio:
The Barn, Hog Hill, Rye, UK


8.

I've Just Seen A Face

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:24 • Live

Session Recording:
January 1991
Studio:
The Barn, Hog Hill, Rye, UK


9.

Cumberland Gap

Written by Traditional

1:33 • LiveL1

Session Recording:
January 1991
Studio:
The Barn, Hog Hill, Rye, UK


10.

Froggie Went A-Courtin'

Written by Traditional

2:46 • LiveL1

Session Recording:
January 1991
Studio:
The Barn, Hog Hill, Rye, UK


11.

Tequila

Written by Daniel Flores

2:07 • Live

Session Recording:
January 1991
Studio:
The Barn, Hog Hill, Rye, UK


12.

Midnight Special (Prisoner's Song)

Written by Traditional

4:57 • Live

Session Recording:
January 1991
Studio:
The Barn, Hog Hill, Rye, UK


3.

Oobu Joobu

Written by Paul McCartney

0:21 • Live • Theme [edit]


4.

Introduction

2:20 • Live


5.

Mean Woman Blues

Written by Claude Demetrius

3:02 • Live


6.

Matchbox

Written by Carl Perkins

3:22 • Live


7.

Midnight Special

5:04 • Live


8.

I Lost My Little Girl

Written by Paul McCartney

2:00 • Live


9.

Here, There And Everywhere

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:06 • Live


10.

San Francisco Bay Blues

Written by Jesse Fuller

3:43 • Live


11.

We Can Work It Out

Written by Lennon - McCartney

1:41 • Live • [takes 1 + 2]


12.

We Can Work It Out

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:40 • Live • [take 3]


13.

Blue Moon Of Kentucky

Written by Bill Monroe

4:09 • Live


14.

I've Just Seen A Face

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:06 • Live


15.

Every Night

Written by Paul McCartney

4:00 • Live

Disc 3


1.

Be-Bop-A-Lula

4:13 • Live


2.

She's A Woman

Written by Lennon - McCartney

4:01 • Live


3.

And I Love Her

Written by Lennon - McCartney

4:51 • Live


4.

The Fool

Written by Lee Hazlewood, Naomi Ford

4:07 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Percussion (?)
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Acoustic bass, Vocal harmonies
Paul Wickens:
Piano (?)
Blair Cunningham:
Drums
Geoff Emerick:
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Eddie Klein:
Assistant engineer
Gary Stewart:
Assistant engineer
Peter Craigie:
Assistant engineer
Gary Bradshaw:
Monitor engineer

Concert From "MTV Unplugged" in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991


5.

Things We Said Today

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:51 • Live


6.

That Would Be Something

Written by Paul McCartney

3:24 • Live


7.

Blackbird

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:52 • Live


8.

Hi-Heel Sneakers

Written by Tommy Tucker

4:14 • Live


9.

Good Rockin' Tonight

Written by Roy Brown

3:22 • Live


10.

Junk

Written by Paul McCartney

3:38 • Live


11.

Ain't No Sunshine

Written by Bill Withers

6:09 • Live • [take 1]


12.

Ain't No Sunshine

Written by Bill Withers

5:28 • Live • [take 2]


13.

We Can Work It Out

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:11 • Live • [take 4]


14.

Singing The Blues

Written by Melvin Endsley

4:23 • Live


15.

Things We Said Today

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:45 • Live • [banded]


16.

Midnight Special [banded]

4:55 • Live


About

From the liner notes:

Originally, I had planned on just making it a single disc, with just the album, the b-sides and the MTV VA album edit of We Can Work It Out (basically, what wound up as disc one of this set). I’d originally listed it that way on page one of this thread, and that was that. Some of you saw this and asked me to reconsider as there were a lot of other things worth including, like the complete show, for starters. I thought about it and figured I’d then make it a 2-CD set, with the second disc featuring the complete show, albeit edited slightly to fit on a CD (sort of like what I did for ‘Up Close’). However, once I started pulling this set together, I realized that I would then be leaving off all the cool rehearsals for the show that Paul shared with us on his ‘Oobu
Joobu’ radio show. And I also wouldn’t be able to include the “banded” versions of the live b-sides that were commercially released (only the ‘Biker Like An Icon’ promo CD single had the three live tracks flowing together as they do at the end of disc on on this set). Plus, the complete show ran 96 minutes, which would mean I’d have to cut off 16 minutes, meaning a song or two would have to go as well. What to do, what to do?? Well, the results are what you now see here – I decided once and for all to make it THREE discs (though not full to capacity – they average about 73 minutes each), with the rehearsals, the FULL show, and all the other goodies. Putting together the full show was a tricky task. There was a bootleg box set that came out a while back that had listed the “full show”, and while it did have almost all of the songs in great quality, it a) didn’t have everything, and b) was not sequenced in the correct order, and c) had some bad editing. I did have the full video, which I used as a reference to know where everything (music, chatter, etc.) belonged. It didn’t have the best audio quality, but it was essential to patch in some parts that were otherwise missing. So, I am proud to include the complete show here, edited together from the best sources available. These sources are (in order of preference used) a) the
released album + b-sides, b) the great sounding, yet incomplete bootleg, and finally c) the video. Thankfully, I only had to use the video sparingly… I think you’ll like this one as putting it together made me really enjoy this album / project from Paul all the more. The released album was fine, but it wasn’t the whole show, and that prevented me from being able to fully enjoy it. Now, I can pull this set out (and so can YOU!) and listen to this show as it happened. And what a show it is. Here’s hoping that this album someday gets Paul’s Archive treatment and he gives us the full audio + video. If you need help, Paul, I work cheaply + quickly!

NOTES:

On January 25, 1991, Paul McCartney and his band gave an intimate concert for circa 200 people in the Limehouse Television Studios in Wembley. The concert was filmed and recorded by director Bruce Gowers for the TV company MTV in their series of Unplugged concerts. The aim of the series was to show featured musicians performing unplugged versions of their electric repertoire.

The show was recorded in under two and a half hours (including breaks) and, with a couple of small exceptions, the versions on the official releases and broadcast were done in one take. Of this 48 minutes were distilled for the actual TV programme, that was debuted on April 3, 1991 in the U.S. and on August 26, 1991 in the U.K.

Paul was so happy with the results that he decided to compile a live album from it (mixed by Geoff Emerick). This would become the first Unplugged album. Other artists would follow, like Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen and Nirvana.

Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) was originally released as a limited edition of 250.000 copies on vinyl and “less than a million” worldwide on cd.

Paul promoted the live album with some special concerts throughout Europe. These shows had an acoustic and an electric part and took place in small concert halls with less than 4.000 people.

To date the only officially released video footage from the show are new cropped widescreen edits of ‘I Lost My Little Girl’, ‘Every Night’, ‘And I Love Her’ and ‘That Would Be Something’ on 2007’s ‘The McCartney Years’ DVD set.


NOTES:

CD 1

Tracks 1 – 17: Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) as released on May 20, 1991 in the U.K. and on June 4, 1991 in the U.S.

Note: The official version (cd and TV) of ‘We Can Work It Out’ is a composite edit of take 1 (count in only), take 4 (except the last chord) and take 3 (the last chord and audience reaction). ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ is mostly take 1 with two 26-second segments removed.

18-20 – Originally it was planned that ‘Biker Like An Icon’ would be released as the third British single from Off the Ground, on April 26, 1993. On the cd-single there would outtakes from MTV Unplugged, with the three live tracks flowing together. While promo’s were send to radio stations, the actual single didn’t materialise.

21 – We Can Work It Out (edit) – alternate edit from a various-artists U.S. compilation called The Unplugged Collection: Volume 1, released on December 1, 1994.

CD 2

1 – Paul Talks About ‘Unplugged’ – interview footage of Paul was shot as part of an ‘Unplugged’ promotional press showing at Westcliff-on-Sea, on July 19. It was cut into the Japanese TV broadcast in segments.

2 – 13 – Rehearsals for the show took place in the weeks before the recording, in Paul’s The Barn At The Mill, in Sussex. Some 70 titles were tried. The tracks presented here were used in the Oobu Joobu radio
series, transmitted in March and April 1995.

14 – Oobu Joobu Theme (edit) – probably recorded in February 1989

CD 2, tracks 15-22.

The complete show, including a few repeat performances due to camera problems or a couple instances where Paul kept forgetting some lyrics on ’We Can Work it Out’ and starting over, carefully reassembled for this VooDoo release.

CD 3

1-14 – the second part of the complete show.

15 – Things We Said Today (banded) – released on the cd-single ‘Biker Like an Icon’, released in mainland Europe, on November 28, 1993

16 – Midnight Special (banded) –see 15

17 – Down To The River – recorded live on July 24, 1991 in the Falconer Salen, Copenhagen, Denmark, during the Unplugged tour.

Last updated on June 17, 2019


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