Tuesday, September 20, 2011
New music Tuesdays....Pearl Jam Twenty Soundtrack
To celebrate Pearl Jam's twentieth anniversary, award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe created a definitive portrait of the seminal band carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot concert and interview footage.
Pearl Jam Twenty chronicles the years leading up to the band's formation, the chaos that ensued soon-after making grunge a radio staple in the nineties, their step back from center stage, and the creation of a work culture that would sustain them.
To accompany the release of the film, Pearl Jam is releasing the Pearl Jam Twenty soundtrack, available today. The soundtrack includes 29 rare and unreleased tracks on 2 CDs, hand-selected by Cameron Crowe, complete with his original liner notes and never-before-seen photos in a 36-page booklet.
The rarities includes early concert recordings, such as a cover of Mother Love Bone’s “Crown of Thorns,” Mike McCready’s instrumental version of “Given to Fly” and two additional Temple of the Dog demos.
Songs from MTV Unplugged and Saturday Night Live are included throughout, and there are enough familiar tunes on this compilation to please even the casual fan, too.
Pearl Jam Twenty is truly geared for the die-hard PJ fanatic who can distinguish various bootlegs from the various years of the band's twenty year history together.
Accordingly, the real highlights here are previously unheard tracks like “Acoustic #1” and the demo version of “Nothing As It Seems” with Jeff Ament singing lead.
It's a must for any fan of Pearl Jam and a welcome addition to their never-ending discography.
-Will Fisher, The Showbiz Kids
Showbiz Kids Rating: 8 out of possible 10