Liam Gallagher - MTV Unplugged (Vinyl)

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Last summer Liam Gallagher joined the list of all-time greats (Paul McCartney, Page and Plant, Nirvana and many more) who have filmed a prestigious MTV Unplugged session. Having missed Oasis’s 1996 session through illness, the show at Hull’s City Hall found Liam fulfilling some unfinished business entirely on his own terms. Now Liam is set to release the ‘MTV Unplugged’ live album of the show on April 24th.The show’s electrifying atmosphere is palpable from the very beginning with a phenomenal reaction as Liam takes to the stage with ‘Wall of Glass’. Material from Liam’s solo career such as his personal favourite ‘Once’ and the joyous ‘Now That I’ve Found You’ resonates in this stripped-back format, with his vocal shining alongside a trio of backing singers and string arrangements performed by the 24-piece Urba.Oasis guitarist Bonehead features on performances of ‘Some Might Say’, ‘Stand By Me’, ‘Cast No Shadow’ and Liam’s first ever live vocal performance of the ‘Definitely Maybe’ bonus track ‘Sad Song’. The show concludes on a crowd-pleasing high with an emotive take on the classic ‘Champagne Super. Liam launches the ‘MTV Unplugged’ album by sharing the new version of ‘Gone’, which was one of the strongest performances of the night. Stripped of the force of the studio recording, ‘Gone’ instead reveals new-found bombastic dynamics and an evocative cinematic atmosphere.

 



I don’t think the irony of Mr Gallagher doing a MTV unplugged show is lost on many of his fans, as he infamously pulled out of Oasis own MTV performance at the last moment. Which I think shows a more professional attitude Liam now has for his craft (whether that’s a good thing..). A good collection of songs, with Liam’s solo tracks fitting in well with the Oasis numbers, my favorites being “Gone” & “Stand by me” (his brother has dismissed the album “Be Here Now” as drug-fueled self-indulgence, I paraphrasing a little bit), but they do all have quite complex arrangements, especially the tracks featuring the orchestra, which I don't think was the original idea of the MTV unplugged series, but I'm not going to tell his nibs. Only criticism is the show only lasts 43 minutes, with “Champagne Supernova" cut down to just three & a half minutes. Which seems a little short, perhaps it's so the concert could fit into hour long time slot for TV. Still a strong live album, with Liam in great form & certainly not going through the motions, it's just a shame there isn't more of it.


By: JimiJac


A1 Wall Of Glass
A2 Some Might Say
A3 Now That I've Found You
A4 One Of Us
A5 Stand By Me
B1 Sad Song
B2 Cast No Shadow
B3 Once
B4 Gone
B5 Champagne Supernova



Includes Exclusive Poster
Recorded live at Hull City Hall on the 3rd August 2019
Liam Gallagher is managed worldwide by Sam Eldridge / Roy Eldridge at UROK Management and Debbie Gwyther
Original photography by Jake Green
Design and art direction by Liam Gallagher and Richard Welland