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Mariah Carey Unplugged EP was one classic cd made, this is done during her show with MTV in the program entitled Unplugged. It was 1992, and that time she was still starting a career but she already had hits like Visions of Love, Emotions and the revival song I'll be there. Its a live performance with live bands and with back up singers.This cd is not the full length cd or the whole show cd, the songs here are already been picked, 7 songs, 28 minutes long. I think in the full length cd its continuous and much longer, but this EP cd its already been edited that's why its the longevity is less . Under Colombia Label Produced and arranged by Walter Afanasiff and Mariah herself.
The songs: In every songs she has this introductions,like why she likes the song, who sung it, what's the story behind it and what is the significant 's of the song to her life.
This is the introductory song in this mini cd which is nice, because its a fast, danceable song to start with. I like how they start it, like the choral and the piano first then Mariah will do her vocals and then the song introduction. Basically the song speaks about being in love and all the sweet feelings of being in love. Its a 4 minute song with a nice vocal power and fast beat by Mariah.
IF IT'S OVER
A slow love song originally done by Carole King, I never heard the original one but I can say Mariah's version is a nice one. Of course more high and curl notes, in short she made it in her own way, which is the hard way. This is total the opposite of the first song, its about telling or asking if the feeling is gone and if the relationship is over. More than a 3 minute song 3:47 to be exact.
She said " We like to dedicate this next song to anyone who's ever been dumped by someone you love". This is not slow sad song, a fast song that like saying to someone who dumped you, "you will regret what you did to me". Its a good song, mariah singing it and with a good back up singers. A 3 minute 56 seconds song.
VISION OF LOVE
"This is my first single ever" Mariah said. The song is just one of her many biggest hits, and she won some awards with this, it talks about being love and after dreaming and waiting for the right love, she found a real and true love. Another good classic song by her.
MAKE IT HAPPEN
At that time this is her latest single, its a fast song. It tells about being down and no one to turn to, but being strong and believing in yourself you will surpass all the pains of life. In a way this is one inspirational song, which is she is also known for.
I'LL BE THERE
A revival of a Michael Jackson or Jackson Five song, which she gave a new flavor. The vocals and the melody is far different from Michael's version, its much higher because she had to do it in a girl version. A good song and she said this is one of her favorite song.
CAN"T LET GO
The last song and she is already saying her thank you to the audience. A heartbreaker song, the letting go and the pain that a person has to bare. This is the song that I been looking for a long time, I didn't know that this is her song.
Even if there is only 7 songs in the cd, I can say that its a complete combinations of songs, letting go, being in love, heartbreaker, inspirational and being strong, these are the songs included in this album. But because Mariah is a great artist you can help but shout for more, plus the band is playing great. Its only less than 30 minutes of live music, so its up to you if you want to buy the full length cd of this one. It is original that's why the sound is clear, you will truly enjoy the cd.
I bought it in amazon.co.uk for only 4.33 pounds, its worth the money for me. A good one for my collection.
As one of Mariah's first major live gigs, this really proves how well she can sing live. Basically the whole concert is note perfect and is perfect for anyone already a fan of the songs sung, or someone who wants a mix of songs from the first two albums to listen to. Being MTV Unplugged, this is a short intimate half hour or so concert recorded with acoustic instruments only. Well supposed to be, but Mariah does have electric guitars used. The piano features heavily with wonderful pianist and producer of Mariah's David Cole really showing what he can do, especially when he duets on a song with Mariah's writing partner Walter Afanasieff on "Make It Happen". Ofcourse one of Mariah's early hit singles "I'll Be There" (a cover of the Jackson 5 hit) is one of the most magical live performances of all time in my opinion, so simple and beautiful it will always be one of my favourite songs. Some of the renditions are better than the album versions due to the album versions being over produced, simplifying the songs in this way is the test of any song writer, and Mariah's songs come out of this shining.
This is a recording of an concert that Mariah did unplugged (only acoustic instruments). It is a great collection of Mariah's early stuff. It is a live performance but most of the time it is hard to tell the difference between live and recorded with Mariah. This shows true talent as there are not too many of today's singers that can sing all of their songs live. This is a great CD and can be found cheap in record stores. A great buy if you like Mariah's work. It would have been great to have been there though.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 If It's Over
4 Vision of Love
5 Make It Happen
6 I'll Be There
7 Can't Let Go