Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pearl Jam Revists Their Past With Some New Releases

One of the biggest bands in the world of music today are celebrating their 20th anniversary in grand fashion. Pearl Jam were one of the leaders of the 90's grunge movement along with Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. The band has since gone on to achieve superstardom with record setting album sales and one of the best live shows around. This year, being the 20th year of the band's existance, Pearl Jam are re-releasing two of their biggest selling albums in deluxe form, presenting a Cameron Crowe directed documentary movie about the band and putting on a weekend music festival.

Last year saw the re-release of the band's debut album, "Ten" which was remastered, remixed and repackaged along with many extras. This year on March 29th, Pearl Jam will re-release their second and third albums (Vs. and Vitalogy). Both albums will be remastered and released with extra tracks in 4 different versions, see the details below.

Details on the new Reissue Formats of Vs. and Vitalogy are as follows:
1. Expanded Editions (CD and Digital) The expanded editions of Vs. and Vitalogy -- including the original studio albums, newly remastered, along with album-era bonus tracks -- will each be available on CD and digital formats:

The Expanded Edition of Vs. includes three bonus tracks recorded by Brendan O'Brien at The Site studio during the Vs. sessions:
- a previously unreleased acoustic version of "Hold On";
- "Cready Stomp" - a previously unreleased studio outtake;
- and the band's cover of Victoria Williams' "Crazy Mary" featuring Williams on backing vocals and guitar.

The Expanded Edition of Vitalogy includes three bonus tracks:
- the previously unreleased guitar/organ-only mix of "Betterman";
- a previously unreleased alternate take of "Corduroy" from the Vitalogy session (recorded by Brendan O'Brien);
- a previously unreleased demo version of "Nothingman," taken from the original DAT (recorded at John and Stu's in Seattle on October 14, 1993, featuring Richard Stuverud on drums).

2. Deluxe Editions (3 CDs or Digital Download Bundle at Various Digital Service Providers)

Deluxe Edition CD version - Vs. and Vitalogy will be available together in a CD deluxe edition which includes:
- the Expanded Edition of each album;
- a copy of Live at the Orpheum Theater, Boston, April 12, 1994. A special performance recorded at the tail end of the mythic Vs. tour, Live at the Orpheum Theater showcases a dream setlist created especially by the Pearl Jam crew and has for years been one of the most sought-after recordings among serious aficionados.

3. Limited Edition Collector's Box Set (5 LPs, 4 CDs, 1 Cassette, Digital Download, Composition Notebook, Memorabilia-filled Envelope)

Vs. and Vitalogy will be available together in a limited edition collector's box set that includes 59 unique Pearl Jam performances on four CDs, five LPs and one cassette in addition to a number of guest artist performances. The Limited Edition Box set is only available for sale at pearljam.com.

Contents include:
- Expanded Editions of Vs. and Vitalogy remastered with bonus tracks on CD;
- Remastered Vinyl Editions of Vs. (single LP) and Vitalogy (double LP);
- Double vinyl LP and CD of Live at the Orpheum Theater, Boston, April 12, 1994 plus an exclusive digital download of the concert.
- Exclusive collector's cassette featuring live tribute and studio performances from a number of Pearl Jam's fellow artist friends. Broadcast on January 8, 1995, this recording is part of the legendary Monkeywrench/Self-Pollution Radio series produced by the band;
- 80-page composition book filled with photos, drawings and artwork by Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament;
- A glassine envelope containing a collection of Vs. and Vitalogy- era memorabilia including beautiful lithographs of each band member, postcards, posters and much more.

4. Record Store Day Vinyl Editions (Remastered) - Available April 12th

Vs. (single LP) and Vitalogy (double LP) - both remastered, will be available at independent record retailers in new commemorative Vinyl Editions on April 12th in time for Record Store Day 2011 (April 16th).

The next release to look forward to is the Cameron Crowe documentary entitled "Pearl Jam Twenty". The video documentary will also be accompanied with a book about the band and a soundtrack to the documentary. While little information is currently available about this release, guitarist Mike McCready said the Crowe would have access to "all our footage, with all of our existing footage that we have". Look for this to be released later this year.

There are also rumors of Pearl Jam putting on a weekend music festival. They will invite friends, fellow colleges and some of their idols to perform and Pearl Jam will close out each night of the festival. This is still in the planning stages, so as far as a date or location, the band has mentioned about having it somewhere in the middle of the country and possibly this summer. We'll just have to keep our ears open as new info pours out of the Pearl Jam camp.

All this exciting news is bringing me back to when I first saw their videos on MTV and heard them on the radio and thought that one day this band would be huge. Here's to another 20 years of Pearl Jam music.

1 comment:

MacKenzie said...

I am so excited for the re-issues to be out today! There are so many packages to choose from!