Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2010 US Tour Compilation

2010 US Tour started off in New Orleans and ended up with two Madison Square Garden shows. The band was fantastic, Ed showed his peak vocal form and audience support was terrific. Even in Kansas City it was surprisingly loud audience and in Hartford, Boston and New York people completely screamed their lungs out. So I think it was the one of the best Pearl Jam tours ever. Every show of the tour was great, but the very best was Madison Square Garden 2 and maybe MSG1 and Boston. Hartford was extremely loud and my favorite set-list show is Newarc.
This tour provided so many special performances that I had nothing to do but to create a long show-emulating compilation with three peaks and two sections to drop off some pressure. Check for completely re-arranged slow version of Lukin, altered tags for Better Man and Black, alternative ending riffs for Daughter, Alive and Porch (for the last two songs it was the same riff played). As always, some great covers including legendary Hunger Strike (from MSG2) with Ben Bridwell from Band Of Horses.

  1. Of The Girl
  2. Why Go
  3. Once
  4. Jeremy (altered chorus)
  5. Better Man (altered version of Save It For Later tag)
  6. Daughter (Blitzkrieg Bop) (W.M.A.)
  7. (improv from Kansas City)
  8. Rearviewmirror
  9. Fatal
  10. Nothingman
  11. Lukin II (completely re-arranged; slow tempo; acoustic; with strings)
  12. Black ("Isolation" version of We Belong Together tag)
  13. Alive
  14. Porch
  15. Jersey Girl
  16. Hunger Strike (with Ben Bridwell from Band Of Horses)
  17. (improv from St. Louis)
  18. Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love
  19. Fuckin' Up
  20. Indifference
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Friday, December 3, 2010

Vitalogy Live

Vitalogy sounds great live. Many songs differ from their album sisters quite significantly. Nowdays Better Man has got very long outtro, Mike likes to improvise playing Immortality. Nothingman has become a campfire song with damn loud audience singalongs, Better Man is even louder, Corduroy and Not For You also greatly evolved.
I was always unsure about songs order for this compilation, changed it couple of times and now this is a new, almost perfect version. But I still haven't found my favorite performance of Better Man (as criteria of the "best" version evolves in my mind), so the song with the full tag of Save It For Later would be here for some time. Same for both versions of Not For You with different tags (the last one is a proper one to close this compilation).
  1. Whipping
  2. Last Exit
  3. Spin The Black Circle
  4. Corduroy
  5. Tremor Christ
  6. Better Man (Save It For Later)
  7. Not For You (Modern Girl)
  8. Nothingman
  9. Immortality (acoustic)
  10. Bugs
  11. Satan's Bed
  12. Out Of My Mind
  13. Not For You (improv tag: love that remains)
Updated to ver. 1.03 (2012-12-13): Replaced "Better Man".

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

2009 Backspacer Tour US Leg Compilation

Backspacer Tour started in Seattle, focusing on the West Coast of USA, and ended with four incredible shows in Philadelphia Spectrum. The final one lasted approx. 3,5 hours and is one of the longest ever Pearl Jam gigs. Philadelphia shows are also famous because the band decided to perform something like their 2003 Boston experiment. Of course, they couldn't play the entire Pearl Jam catalog, but they did almost 100 different songs including some really obscure rarities like the debut of Bugs from Vitalogy. Another pearls for this tour were: the introduction of string quartet to perform The End, Just Breathe, Parting Ways and... Lukin, first time horns on stage for The Real Me and Ben Harper on lap steel guitar on Red Mosquito.
So it was really interesting and special. Maybe some people were alienated by Eddie's usual vocal problems - ACL taping video translation showed how terribly worn Ed's voice was. But both ACL shows were the bottom of his fall. Other shows are better and at Philadelphia 4 Ed was absolutely alright, so together with long and very special set-list it makes this show a true "must have" for everyone. Some more shows were great: Los Angeles 4 and Philadelphia 3.
All songs in "Backspacer section" are different from the ones in Backspacer Live: there is no or almost no Boom Gaspar on The Fixer, Amongst The Waves and Force Of Nature (also with altered solo), Supersonic from Seattle was played with completely different lyrics (only once). Also look for Bugs (full song with falstart first attempt), acoustic Lukin with strings and best version of Jazz Odyssey improv. Red Mosquito with Ben Harper is with longer solo than the one I selected for No Code Live. Daughter with crappy Ed's vocals was taken for very interesting Mike's riff at the end on the song (altered version was then often played in 2010).
  1. Life Wasted
  2. Daughter (Sympathy For The Devil) (W.M.A.)
  3. Supersonic (completely different lyrics)
  4. The Fixer
  5. Amongst The Waves
  6. Force Of Nature
  7. Just Breathe (with strings)
  8. The End (Ed solo)
  9. Golden State
  10. Rearviewmirror
  11. Bugs (full version)
  12. Lukin (acoustic with strings)
  13. Improv (Jazz Odyssey) (version 1)
  14. Red Mosquito (with Ben Harper on lap steel guitar)
  15. Out Of My Mind
  16. All Those Yesterdays
  17. Parting Ways (with strings)
  18. So You Wanna Be A Rock And Roll Star (contains Ed's story: This job I got now I'm never gonna fuckin' quit!)
Updated to ver. 1.01 (24-11-2010): Porch removed; Just Breathe is now from LA4; Bugs is now full performance (with falstart); changed songs order.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pearl Jam: 20-years anniversary

As all the fans head to celebrate 20-th anniversary of Pearl Jam, Jessica Letkemann prepared a very nice book. This is her note:

There is so much more to the story of how Pearl Jam formed than has ever been shared. To uncover it, I interviewed Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell and other key players, I dug up original 1990 Pearl Jam artifacts and hunted down rare audio, I triangulated dates and gathered every fact.
To celebrate Pearl Jam’s 20th Birthday, I’m proud to present the fruits of over 10 years of exhaustive original research.
Brew a pot of coffee, fire up your printer, and prepare for a long, engrossing read in unprecedented detail about the events of 1990, the year that a series of magically wild coincidences brought together the unlikely group of people that became Pearl Jam.
Discover the amazing events of 1990
* Ed’s long-lost band with a member of Rage Against The Machine
* The Mother Love Bone riffs that survived to become Pearl Jam classics
* Eddie explains making “Momma-Son”
* The true story of Ed’s TWO “first weeks” in Seattle with Mookie Blaylock in October 1990
* Cornell talks Temple of the Dog, and Stone divulges the Pearl Jam fan-favorite that almost had lyrics by Cornell
* Stone, Jeff, and Eddie recalling the first show, first song, and first weeks
* Much, much more

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Monday, September 13, 2010

2009 Backspacer Tour Australasian Leg Compilation

Although Backspacer tour in Australia and New Zealand consisted only of seven dates, Pearl Jam tried hard to make it special. The band introduced some covers to local band's songs, including If You Want Blood by AC/DC (Mike McCready helped on back vocals) and couple of Neil Finn's songs with Neil himself on stage. And his son Liam performed with Pearl Jam at six shows out of seven. Three all-new covers were presented at three last gigs. Also Eddie's friend Ben Harper continued to tour with Pearl Jam and together they performed Red Mosquito at every show with Ben on lap steel guitar (another interesting version with altered solos included) and sometimes on vocals on Indifference.
As for the band, Mike once again completely changed solos for Off He Goes and Boom Gaspar finally learned how to play piano right on Love Reign O'er Me. Also I selected very solid classic version of In My Tree with slightly altered solo.
Ed's voice was constantly improving through the tour, it was much better than in States and in final shows it was almost perfect. Unfortunately, in Sydney Eddie has got terrible flue and his singing was hopeless fight against pain and heat. Fortunately, Sydney people gave Ed all support they could give and with all the band on fire saved that great show.

  1. Small Town
  2. Not For You (Ed's story of the local word "schoolie") (Modern Girl)
  3. In My Tree
  4. Off He Goes
  5. Red Mosquito (with Ben Harper on lap steel guitar)
  6. Indifference (with Ben Harper on vocals)
  7. Love, Reign O'er Me
  8. Throw Your Arms Around Me (with Liam Finn)
  9. Better Be Home Soon (with Neil Finn & Liam Finn)
  10. I Got You (with Neil Finn & Liam Finn)
  11. If You Want Blood / You Got It + Blood
  12. (band presentation: call me Eddie-ask-me-for-a-drink!)
  13. Yellow Ledbetter (AC/DC riffs)
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Friday, August 6, 2010

2009 Pre-Backspacer Warm-up Tour Compilation

This small tour was a warm-up prior to the release of Backspacer album and consisted of 9 dates in Europe and North America. The band played some songs from new album: The Fixer, Got Some, The End and Supersonic (live debut). Another debut at this tour was Brother - it was performed just one time in 1991 as a instrumental track and now it returned as a full song (after release on Ten Reissue). Rats was played many times with Ben intro, probably to the memory of Michael Jackson suddenly died that year.
2009 was another disastrous year for Eddie's voice and the first show of the tour - Virgin Festival at Olympic park in Calgary - was one of the worst ever shows vocally for Pearl Jam (Eddie was not prepared for the hight of that place and found himself completely out of breath). However the reception was warm and the whole tour was definitely successful. Some vocal problems continued, but later shows (especially European) were almost good in terms of Ed's voice and absolutely fantastic in terms of audience support. My favorite show from this tour is Rotterdam - fire in band's guitars and extremely loud crowd made pretty simple set-list sound great! Also I think that other European shows were better, at least in terms of audience singing.
This tour's compilation is short so it would not take too much time to listen. Ed changed some lyrics in Lukin, there are some alterations in In Hiding usual solo, Supersonic is slightly different early version. Nothingman from Rotterdam is powered by very intense audience support, Rolling Stones' Angie was played as a snippet. And, as always, look for some cool jams on Porch and Even Flow.
  1. Supersonic
  2. Brother
  3. Even Flow
  4. Lukin
  5. In Hiding
  6. Nothingman
  7. (Ben) Rats
  8. (Angie)
  9. Alive
  10. Black (We Belong Together)
  11. Porch
Updated to ver. 1.01 on 2010-09-02: Removed In My Tree, because more special classic-like version with altered Mike's ending solo added to 2009 Australasian tour compilation.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

2008 US Tour Compilation

In 2008 Pearl Jam completed small US tour, focusing on the East coast. It included 13 official dates and one secret show (only audience bootlegs available) in New York. After powerful 2006 World tour Eddie was on his way down and opening dates for 2008 were disrupted by his vocal problems. As usual, Ed improved show by show and near the end of the tour, from Madison Square Garden night 2 his was good. Not perfect, but good. Fans elected Hartford to be the best show of the tour. But in my opinion, Hartford was great only in terms of it's set-list and Mike's solos, but Ed's voice was not there. I think the best shows were Madison Square Garden night 2 and both Boston performances. And also audience singing was loudest there.
Highlights for this tour are the debut of the old song All Night (it had two slightly different versions), hugely reworked Who You Are, reworked W.M.A., return of classic version of Garden. Also Love Reign O'er Me and No More were played almost at every show. Another special thing for this tour is the sound quality of official bootlegs. It was really big improvement over last boots - wider dynamic range with powerful bass (most powerful so far - 2009 was not so powerful) and better treble.
Disappointment for this tour was Boom Gaspar's piano "playing". He plays piano on almost every song where he doesn't play organ and for some strange reason it was recorded at very high sound level. I was shocked, when piano on Down was even louder than Mike's brilliant solo guitar. And the worst thing is that Boom is not a piano player at all - he should attend children's music school first. I really think Boom completely destroyed Release, Down, Black and some other great guitar songs. The only good thing is that he was reduced from Madison Square Garden and this is another reason why the last shows are the best.
This compilation is like a full Pearl Jam show with three peaks and two sections to slow down. Look for very touching set of slow songs: Footsteps-Off He Goes-Immortality (with fine Mike's improv. solos), rare tags and very loud audience on Indifference.
  1. Sometimes
  2. All Night
  3. Wishlist (improv tag: Give love to this world)
  4. Daughter (War)
  5. Even Flow
  6. W.M.A.
  7. Garden
  8. Who You Are (2008 version)
  9. Nothingman
  10. Porch
  11. Guaranteed
  12. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
  13. Present Tense
  14. Footsteps
  15. Off He Goes
  16. Immortality
  17. Better Man (Save It For Later)
  18. Rearviewmirror
  19. No More
  20. Black Diamond
  21. Black (We Belong Together)
  22. Indifference
  23. Rockin' In The Free World
Updated to ver. 1.01 on 2010-09-04: Removed Love Reign O'er Me, because much better version added to 2009 Australasian tour compilation.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

2008 Covers Live

Some good covers from 2008 US Tour. Black Diamond is a song by Kiss and was performed only two times so far (recorded once in official quality). I actually don't know who is the author of It Rains On Me, but this rarity also was performed as a song only one time (and once as a snippet in 2003). Love Reign O'er Me is taken from VH1 Honors The Who show later that year. No Boom Gaspar on keys and it's great, because I don't think he is any kind of good piano player (there was another guy).
  1. It Rains On Me
  2. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (The Beatles cover)
  3. Black Diamond (Kiss cover)
  4. Love, Reign O'er Me (The Who cover)
  5. The Real Me (The Who cover)
  6. All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover)
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