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MTV Unplugged in New York

DGC DGC-24727 LP / DGCD-24727 CD / DGCC-24727 Cassette, released 1994 (U.S.)

Geffen GEF 24727 LP, released 1994 (Europe/France)

Geffen GED 24727 CD, released 1994 (Europe/UK/Germany/Spain/Israel/Australasia/Malaysia)

Geffen DGC 24727 CD / Geffen/Polygram GEFC-24727/DGM 1407 Cassette, released 1994 (Indonesia)

Geffen GEC 24727 Cassette, released 1994 (Europe/UK/Spain/Italy/Hungary/Bulgaria/Poland/Turkey/Philippines)

Geffen GEFD-24727 CD, released 1994 (Colombia/Australia/Australasia/Saudi Arabia)

Geffen GEFC-24727 Cassette, released 1994 (Australia/New Zealand/Indonesia/Singapore/Saudi Arabia)

Geffen SGCD 24727 CD / DGC DGCSD-24727 CD / DGCC-24727 Cassette / CDGCC-24727 Cassette, released 1994 (Canada)

Geffen GEF-24727 LP / DGC GED24727 CD, released 1994 (Brazil)

Geffen DGCD 24727 (24) CD / Geffen GEFD2 CD / GEFC2 Cassette, released 1994 (Mexico)

Geffen 35521 4 CD, released 1994 (Europe)

Geffen 24727 CD / TSM 24727 Cassette, released 1994/95/96 (Argentina)

Geffen 8013 Cassette, released 1994 (Bolivia)

Universal 4247272 CD, released 1994 (Colombia)

Geffen/BMG Records Africa CDGEF (WF) 24727 CD / Geffen L4GEF(N)24727 Cassette, released 1994 (South Africa)

Geffen MVCG-163/GEFD-24727 CD, released 1994 (Japan)

DGC DGCD-24727 CD, released 1994 (Malaysia)

Geffen/BMG Chile S.A. GEFC-24727-4 Cassette, released 1994 (Chile)

Geffen 529-1174 Cassette, released 1994 (Ecuador)

Geffen Cassette, released 1994 (Peru)

DGC/BMG Venezuela 70232 Cassette, released 1994 (Venezuela)

DGC/BMG (Han Kook) Music Co. DGCD-24727/BMGFM-5070 Cassette, released 1994 (South Korea)

Crescendo/DGC Premium 50225/DGCC-24727 Cassette, released 1994/95/98 (India)

Geffen 929-1174 LP, released 1995 (Ecuador)

Colombia 720642472743 Cassette, released 1995 (Colombia)

Geffen MVJG-25005 LP, released 1996 (Japan)

DGC GED24727 CD, released 1996 (Brazil)

Universal Music Colombia S.A./Geffen GEFD-24727 CD, released 1996 (Colombia)

Geffen GEC 24727 Cassette, released 1996/99 (Poland)

Geffen GED 24727 CD, released 1997 (France)

Geffen GEFD24727 CD, released 1997 (Australasia)

Simply Vinyl SVLP 0053 LP, released 1998 (UK)

Geffen GEFD-24727 CD, released 1998/2010 (Brazil)

Geffen 24727 Cassette, released 1998 (Chile)

Western Thunder WT-364 Cassette, released 1998 (Ukraine)

Geffen STARCD 6460 CD, released 1999 (South Africa)

Geffen 424 727-4 Cassette, released 1999 (India)

Geffen 4247272 CD / 24727 Cassette, released 2000 (Chile)

Geffen 24727 CD, released 2000/04/07 (Argentina)

Geffen 424727-2 CD, released 2000 (Venezuela)

Geffen GED24727 CD, released 2000 (Singapore)

Geffen 424 727-1 LP, released 2001 (Europe)

Universal CD-029 HDCD, released 2001 (China)

Universal/Ukrainian/PolyGram 424727-4 Cassette, released 2001 (Ukraine)

DunHuang B0033 CD, released 2002 (China)

Universal/Silverline ISRC CN-D16-03-313-00/A.J6, LG-0125 HDCD, released 2003 (China)

Geffen UICY-2421 CD / UICY-9803 CD / UICY-9803 CD / UICY-6136 CD / UICY-93361 CD / DGC UIBO-9126 DVD / Geffen UICY-91062 CD / DGC UICY-94347 DVD / DGC UICY-75128 CD / Geffen UICY-25070 CD, released 2003/05/06/07/09/11 (Japan)

DGC DGCD-24727 CD, released 2004 (Venezuela)

Geffen GED 24727/424 727-2 CD, released 2005-ish (Europe/UK)

Geffen GED24727 CD, released 2005 (Brazil)

Universal/Geffen 4247272G/24727 CD, released 2005 (Malaysia)

Geffen B0010263-09 DVD, released 2007 (U.S.)

DGC 0602517506305 DVD, released 2007 (Europe)

DGC 0602517571945 DVD, released 2007 (Europe/Poland)

DGC/UMe B001026309 DVD, released 2007 (Canada)

DGC/UMe 1750630 DVD, released 2007/13 (Argentina)

DGC/UMe 060251750630 DVD, released 2007/17 (Brazil)

Geffen 1750630 DVD, released 2007 (Australia)

DGC/Universal 1750630 DVD, released 2007 (New Zealand/Indonesia)

Universal/Geffen 060251750630 DVD, released 2007 (Philippines)

DGC/Universal 0602517506305 DVD, released 2007 (Malaysia)

Universal/Астра 0602517506305 DVD, released 2007 (Ukraine)

DGC UMFDVD 224 DVD, released 2007 (South Africa)

Geffen 0720642472712 LP, released 2008 (Europe)

Geffen 4247271 LP, released 2008 (Canada)

Universal/Geffen 460502601338 DVD, released 2009 (Russia)

Original Recordings Group ORG 034 LP / ORG 034/B0012764-01 LP, released 2009/11 (U.S.)

Geffen/OOO 460502670129, released 2009 (Russia)

Geffen GED 24727 CD, released 2010 (Benelux)

Geffen 759UNI LP, released 2012 (France)

Geffen/Universal 4605026701298 CD, released 2012 (Russia)

DGC DGC-24727 LP, released 2013 (U.S.)

Geffen 4605026701298 CD, released 2014 (Russia)

Geffen 0720642472712 LP, released 2015/16/17 (Europe)

DGC DGCD-24727 CD, released 2018 (U.S.)

DGC/UMe B0029512-01 2xLP / DGC DGC-24727 LP, released 2019 (U.S.)

DGC 00602577307348 2xLP, released 2019 (Europe)

Universal/DGC 42477272 CD (Argentina)

Sout El Hob Cassette (Egypt)

Geffen/DGC DGCD-24727 CD (Taiwan)

Geffen 424 727 4 Cassette (Germany)


One of the truly legendary MTV Unplugged performances. There were so many versions of this one. The addition of DVDs to the party kind of made the variants get out of control. Fortunately, I am only focusing on the vinyl, which should keep me relatively sane. We shall see.

There were four original U.S. vinyl variants: two on white vinyl and two on black. Each color came with two different versions of the labels: one said David Geffen Company and one said Geffen Records, Inc. All four are now expensive. The Geffen Records, Inc. ones seem to be a bit rarer, but the white vinyl David Geffen Company one sells for more than the white Geffen Records, Inc. one. No idea why. The two black vinyl versions are roughly equivalent in value.

The European one (pressed in Germany) also came on black and white vinyl. These had the Geffen logo on the labels minus the words underneath. The white version is worth almost as much as the U.S. white ones, but is a bit more common. The black one is a little cheaper. There were two other black vinyl editions in 1994: France and Brazil. True to form, the French one is quite rare and the Brazilian one is fairly common.

In 1995, we got an Ecuador pressing, which is very rare. 1996 brought the first Japanese pressing, which remained affordable for many years, and is no longer. That one came with a purple obi strip. In 1998, we got a Simply Vinyl re-press in the UK. It is reasonably priced because most people hate the sound of these pressings. In 2001, there was another random European pressing, which is common. All of the above were on black vinyl. There were some bootlegs made of the Simply Vinyl pressing on different colors of vinyl. Those are fakes. Just know that the real one is on black vinyl. There was a black vinyl fake as well, but there are enough real ones on the market at any given time that you shouldn't run into the copy.

After a long break between vinyl pressings, and the release of a preposterous quantity of DVD variants, the first Back to Black UK pressing came out in 2008. It is cheap and easy to find, as those tend to be. Then, we got the ORG pressings in 2009. There were RTI and Pallas pressings of both, and red and black variants of each of those. They're all pretty steep now. I've read there were 4,000 red RTI copies and 1,000 red Pallas copies, but I have no idea where those numbers cane from. Oddly, and unlike the three other major label albums that got the ORG treatment, the RTI ones seem to go for more. I don't have a clue why.

There have been a few more pressings since then. There was a weird French reissue in 2012. I'm not 100% convinced this was a legitimate pressing. I will treat it as such for now, but I need more info. It's rare, but seemingly inexpensive. In 2013, there was another black vinyl 180g U.S. pressing. This one was pressed at Pallas but was not an ORG pressing. In 2015, we got a follow-up Back to Black pressing in Europe, and then additional pressings in 2016 and 2017. All of these are readily available and cheap.

2019 brought the 25th anniversary pressings. There were double LP versions in the U.S. and Europe. In the U.S., there were color vinyl and black vinyl versions. For the color one, the first disc was on purple marble vinyl and the second was on orange marble vinyl. That one is fairly expensive, but easy to find. The black vinyl version is cheap and common. The European version was also on black vinyl. It's slightly more expensive than the U.S. black one, but way cheaper than the U.S. color vinyl. Wrapping things up, there was a Target exclusive pressing on oraque purple vinyl. It's not expensive yet, but it has the feel of one that may appreciate.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
DGC DGC-24727 LP White (U.S. - 1994 - David Geffen Company Labels) 120-140 3 Volatile
DGC DGC-24727 LP White (U.S. - 1994 - Geffen Records, Inc. Labels) 100-120 4 Volatile
DGC DGC-24727 LP Black (U.S. - 1994 - David Geffen Company Labels) 70-90 3 Stable
DGC DGC-24727 LP Black (U.S. - 1994 - Geffen Records, Inc. Labels) 70-90 5 Stable
Geffen GEF 24727 LP White (Europe - 1994) 70-90 2 Stable
Geffen GEF 24727 LP Black (Europe - 1994) 50-60 3 Stable
Geffen GEF 24727 LP Black (France - 1994) 60-80 8 Volatile
Geffen GEF-24727 LP Black (Brazil - 1994) 40-60 3 Stable
Geffen 929-1174 LP Black (Ecuador - 1995) 80-100 8 Volatile
Geffen MVJG-25005 LP Black (Japan - 1996) 90-120 3 Volatile
Simply Vinyl SVLP 0053 LP Black (UK - 1998) 25-35 3 Stable
Geffen 424 727-1 LP Black (Europe - 2001) 30-40 1 Stable
Geffen 0720642472712 LP Black (Europe - 2008 - Back to Black) 15-20 1 Stable
Original Recordings Group ORG 034/B0012764-01 LP Red (U.S. - 2009 - RTI) 110-130 3 Volatile
Original Recordings Group ORG 034/B0012764-01 LP Black (U.S. - 2009 - RTI) 60-80 4 Volatile
Original Recordings Group ORG 034 LP Red (U.S. - 2009 - Pallas) 100-120 4 Volatile
Original Recordings Group ORG 034 LP Black (U.S. - 2009 - Pallas) 60-80 5 Volatile
Geffen 759UNI LP Black (France - 2012) 20-30 6 Stable
DGC DGC-24727 LP Black (U.S. - 2013) 15-20 1 Stable
Geffen 0720642472712 LP Black (Europe - 2015 - Back to Black) 15-20 2 Stable
Geffen 0720642472712 LP Black (Europe - 2016 - Back to Black) 15-20 1 Stable
Geffen 0720642472712 LP Black (Europe - 2017 - Back to Black) 15-20 1 Stable
DGC/UMe B0029512-01 2xLP Purple Marble/Orange Marble (U.S. - 2019) 60-75 1 Stable
DGC/UMe B0029512-01 2xLP Black (U.S. - 2019) 20-25 1 Stable
DGC 00602577307348 2xLP Black (Europe - 2019) 20-30 1 Stable
DGC DGC-24727 LP Purple Opaque (U.S. - 2019 - Target) 25-35 3 Stable
U.S. White
U.S. Black
Europe White
ORG Red
Target Purple
U.S. 2xLP Purple Marble Disc 1
U.S. 2xLP Orange Marble Disc 2
Credits Discogs: Purple vinyl, Back to Black sleeve

This page was last updated on May 14, 2020.

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Scarcity Score Definition
10 Near impossible: Fewer than 50 copies or publicly sold every few years
8-9 Very rare: 50-199 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-499 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-999 copies or publicly sold ~10 times a year
1-3 Common: 1000+ copies, readily available, or publicly sold 20+ times a year

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