Offered for sale is an original copy of the numbered, limited edition live LP Unplugged by Paul McCartney, issued in Spain in 1991.
While the cover and disc were manufactured in Spain, this copy has an inner sleeve that says “Made in Great Britain,” as some copies were distributed via McCartney’s UK label.
About this copy: This copy of Unplugged – The Official Bootleg is a 1991 Spanish pressing on the EMI/MPL label.
This copy is number 3136 of an unknown number of copies.
The cover is M-. The disc is M- and looks unplayed. Clean disc!
A nice copy of a scarce McCartney LP. This copy looks like new.
Background: It was pretty hard to find albums on vinyl in the early 1990s. American record companies had largely abandoned the format, and while they were still released in Europe, most releases came from one country only, for distribution throughout Europe.
Such was the case with Unplugged – The Official Bootleg, a recording of a McCartney appearance on MTV in 1991. McCartney and his label rightly thought that the performance would quickly be issued as an album by bootleggers, so they released the album in a limited edition – both vinyl and CD, in order to thwart them.
The majority of vinyl discs for Unplugged – The Official Bootleg were pressed in Spain (we’ve heard of a few UK pressings) and all of the covers had liner notes in Spanish. All of the covers were individually numbered and the album was out of print within a few weeks of release.
Released after the studied, meticulous Flowers in the Dirt, the live acoustic concert album Unplugged was a breath of fresh air, and it remains one of the most enjoyable records in McCartney’s catalog. Running through a selection of oldies — not only his own, but Beatles and rock & roll chestnuts — McCartney is carefree and charming, making songs like “Be-Bop-a-Lula” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (which finds Paul melding Bill Monroe with Elvis) sound fresh. But the real revelations of the record are the songs McCartney hauls out from his debut — “That Would Be Something,” “Every Night,” and “Junk” — which sound lovely and timeless, restoring them to their proper place in his canon. They help make Unplugged into a thoroughly enjoyable minor gem.
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