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Tracklist for MTV Unplugged revealed: 8 bonus tracks!


EMI finally published the enhanced tracklist for MTV Unplugged as featured on the RoxBox:

MTV UNPLUGGED!



01 THE LOOK

02 QUEEN OF RAIN

03 HOTBLOODED

04 Interview

05 I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVE YOU)

06 IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE

07 FINGERTIPS

08 Interview

09 HEART OF GOLD

10 CHURCH OF YOUR HEART

11 LISTEN TO YOUR HEART

12 Interview

13 HERE COMES THE WEEKEND

14 JOYRIDE

15 SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK 'N' ROLL STAR



BONUS TRACKS:

16 DANGEROUS

17 SPENDING MY TIME

18 THE HEART SHAPED SEA

19 CRY

20 WATERCOLOURS IN THE RAIN

21 SURRENDER

22 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE)

23 PERFECT DAY

This is not the correct order of the tracklist (see below), for instance, "Dangerous" was played as the intro song, but all songs performed are on the DVD. The tracks "Things Will Never Be the Same," "The Big L" and "So far away" were supposed to be played but were cut due to lack of time.



From the REACH MEDIA RELATIONS, INC. NEWS pressrelease



  Swedish chart-toppers Roxette may be known as a pop band, but they showed a lot of rock 'n' roll heart during the rehearsals for MTV's Unplugged, which was taped in Stockholm, Sweden, January 8th [1993].




  On a side-note, the tracklist for the German and Spanish "One Wish" single is identical to the Austrian release:

01 One Wish

02 The Rox Medley

03 It Must Have Been Love (Christmas For The Broken Hearted)

04 Turn To Me

This is the actual playlist.

Dangerous

Hotblooded

Spending My Time

The Heart Shaped Sea

Fingertips

Cry

I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Loved You)

Heart of Gold

Surrender

It Must Have Been Love [twice]

So You Wanna Be a Rock'n Roll Star [3 times]

Watercolors in the Rain

Fading Like a Flower

Here Comes the Weekend

The Look

Perfect Day



  [End of part 1]



Listen to Your Heart

Church of Your Heart

Joyride

Queen of Rain

  What follows here is one account of that day [while we were told this was an MTV press release, it was more likely written by a fan]:

  In MTV Unplugged, artists turn off the smoke machines, unplug the amplifiers and get back to basics with pure unadulterated music. The series, which premiered on MTV Europe in 1990, has been critically acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic and has featured some of the world's greatest contemporary musicians including Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and Elton John.


  Roxette is the first Swedish band to feature on MTV Unplugged and their appearance also marks the first recording of the show in Scandinavia. MTV Unplugged will be Roxette's only concert appearance in 1993.


  Already by early morning there were many fans standing outside the Cirkus theatre, where the show was taking Wplace. They waited patiently in the bitter cold until 6:30 pm. when it was time to take their seats. The audience were all dedicated Roxette fans who had either won tickets through competitions or were guests of EMI and MTV.


  The show began with an introduction from the hostess, Rebecca de Ruvo, explaining a few things to the audience about the recording.


  Then Per and Marie came on stage with Jonas Isacsson (lead guitar) and Pelle Alsing (drums) to perform the first song "Dangerous."


  After the first song Marie welcomed the audience in both Swedish and English, while the rest of the band, Staffan Öfwerman, Anders Herrlin, Clarence Öfwerman and Vicki Benckert, entered the stage.


  The stage was draped in white with real candles. The band remained seated throughout and were dressed in black. Marie wore a small black beret and Per his John Lennon sunglasses.


  With the entire band now assembled they played "Hotblooded," a much slower version with a bluesy feel, quite amazing.


  Next came "Spending My Time," "The Heart Shaped Sea" and "Fingertips."


  A new version of "Cry" performed by Marie accompanied only by Jonas, was another unexpected revelation. after a while they were joined by the audience, so it almost sounded like a gospel song.


  Then it was time for the first cover, an old favorite of Marie's, Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved a Man (
The Way I Loved You)," which showed how accomplished Marie is at delivering soul songs.


  Then it was Per's turn with Neil Young's "Heart of Gold," but with Marie singing most of it, followed by "Surrender" (from the album "Pearls of Passion") and the Tourism version of "It Must Have Been Love."


  At this point there was a short break, due to a technical hitch, but Per and Marie quickly had the audience entertained with some silly jokes and spontaneous chit chat. "so far we're quite good aren't we?" said Per and the audience laughed and cheered.


  After introducing the band Per announced the next cover of the Byrds hit "So You Wanna Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star," which wasn't actually planned, but had been improvised during rehearsal.


  They then played "Watercolours in the Rain," and a slow version of "Fading Like a Flower." For the next song, "Here Comes the Weekend," Pelle was actually playing a Samsonite suitcase, just like he did on the album Tourism much applause followed a fantastic blues version of "The Look" which was very special. "Queen of Rain" sounded a bit strange without keyboards, but the next one "Listen to Your Heart" performed only by Per and Marie really proved just how talented they both are.


  A slower version of "Church of Your Heart" came next, followed by the first notes of "Joyride," which was virtually unrecognizable until they begun to sing the lyrics, it was incredible. the last song was "Perfect Day," which just about summed it up for the lucky Roxette fans who were present to witness the magic, versatility and undoubted talent of Roxette.

This article was written for an earlier version of The Daily Roxette.
Technical errors may occur.

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September 13th, 2006


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