Mariah Carey

Kaufman Astoria Studios (Queens, NY)

Mar 16, 1992

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  1. 1 Introduction 01:53
  2. 2 Emotions (take 1) 03:57
  3. 3 Stage Banter & Introductions 00:51
  4. 4 If Its Over (take 1) 03:56
  5. 5 Stage Banter / Ambience / Song Intro 01:31
  6. 6 Someday 04:02
  7. 7 Vision Of Love 04:02
  8. 8 Stage Ambience / Banter 03:00
  9. 9 Make It Happen 04:22
  10. 10 I'll Be There / Vocal Ensemble Introductions 06:13
  11. 11 Stage Ambience 01:09
  12. 12 Emotions (take 2) 04:30
  13. 13 Saturday Night Live Horns Introductions 00:34
  14. 14 If Its Over (take 2 - false start) 00:56
  15. 15 Can't Let Go 04:46
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Core Band:
Mariah Carey - vocals
Walter Afanasieff - piano
David Cole - piano
Dan Shea - harmonium, harpsichord
Vernon "Ice" Black - guitar
Randy Jackson - bass
Greg "Gigi" Gonaway - drums
Ren Klyce - bells, celeste, timpani
Sammy Figueroa - percussion

Saturday Night Live Horns:
George Young - alto saxophone
Lenny Pickett - tenor saxophone
Lew Del Gatto - baritone saxophone
Earl Gardner - trumpet
Steve Turre - trombone

String Section:
Cecilia Hobbs - strings
Laura Corcos - strings
Belinda Whitney-Barratt - strings
Winterton Garvey - strings

Daryl Douglas Ensemble Choir:
Trey Lorenz - vocals
Patrique McMillian - vocals
Geno Morris - vocals
Spencer Washington - vocals
Liz Stewart - vocals
Peggy Harley - vocals
Henry Casper - vocals
Melonie Daniels - vocals
Cheree Price - vocals
Kelly Price - vocals

Following the success of Mariah Carey's second multi-platinum album in a row, Emotions, and her well publicized reluctance to tour, fans and critics alike questioned whether her perfect pitch and astounding 5-octave vocal range was a result of studio trickery. In reality, Carey's reluctance to tour was based on a very real case of stage fright and the strenuous workout that many of her songs required.

To put all claims of her being a manufactured artist to rest, Carey's management booked an appearance on the popular live music series "MTV Unplugged, " which would dispel all doubts and reach an enormous viewing audience simultaneously.

Presented here in it's entirety, is Mariah Carey's recording session from that memorable night in March of 1992, singing before an intimate audience at New York City's Kaufman Astoria Studios. Backed by an impressive roster of highly respected studio musicians that comprise her core band, in addition to a string section, vocal ensemble and the Saturday Night Live horn section, this now legendary Mariah Carey performance isn't strictly "unplugged," but for the first time ever it is presented here complete and unedited.