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Some people thought that The Corrs hadn't been around long enough to do an MTV "Unplugged" album, well this proves that they were ready for it! The photogenic four and their faithful sidekicks (Anto Drennan on "lead" guitar and Keith Duffy on bass) play some of their best songs from their first two albums together with two new covers (Thin Lizzy's "Old Town" and R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts") and two "new" songs of their own that were unheard at the time of this recording which later were included on "In Blue".
The vocals in particular really stand out in this live recording but the orchestral accompaniment to some of the songs also adds to the enjoyment. It is very sympathetic to the songs and is never over-done. You can see how relaxed they all were and this must have helped lift their performance level. The high point for me is the beautiful duet "No Frontiers" sung by Sharon and Caroline with only Jim on piano providing accompaniment. It is so simply done and that helps the harmony and quality of their voices really shine through.
This album marked the first time that The Corrs worked with Mitchell Froom as their Producer, and when you hear the quality of the arrangements and performance you will understand why they wanted to work with him again and again after this (on "In Blue", "Live in Dublin" and "Home"). I feel that it is a shame though that the producers of the CD felt the need to edit out the "bum note" that Caroline played at the very end of "Runaway" and the banter between the band and the audience that followed, the DVD leaves this in. They also changed the order of the songs for some reason.
However, this does not spoil what is a truly excellent CD, a worthwhile addition to your collection even if you already have all of The Corrs' studio albums.
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I do having bought it with just one key track in mind but it is terrific from start to finish and the production values are nearly to the standard of a studio album.
beautifully performed album. Lovely acoustics. It is very enjoyable hearing the acoustic versions of the songs supported by an orchestra. I now prefer the acoustic versions to the original versions. This is an essential album for your collection.
First saw this Gig on telly. Im a bit dubious about buying recordings of live shows unless its a decent recording with enough clear detail and good solos. Im Impressed with this live recording to say the least. If you love the Corrs ,then youll love this.