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Basically, where to start with Pearl Jam. I missed the boat regarding this band but I have and like the album Ten.
I'd recommend Vs. next.
I *love* Live on Two Legs, their first live album. And I'm a sucker for their bootlegs too.
Here's a Pearl Jam Spotify playlist I made if you're into that:
yield. I do like the other records but some go a little more punk rock than i like them I think vs and no code are both very good and different records though. yield is like a hybrid of them.
I hate that guy's voice.
would be my advice as the preeminent DiS Pearl Jam fanboy.
Vs > Yield > Vitalogy > No Code > Ten > Riot Act > Pearl Jam > Binaural > Backspacer >
Vitalogy > No Code > Vs > Yield > the rest.
Do them in order up until Yield. Then cherry pick the rest.
But the first two have to be considered.
So just start at the start and keep going until you (almost inevitably, as per most people, seemingly) get a bit bored.
I rate Backspacer, too.
Radiohead angle: until Vitalogy I used to mentally file them under the same heading as Radiohead, i.e. overwrought SRS BSNS. Have never become a fanboy of either band (and probably never will), but they've both been good to go back to and become slowly more familiar with over time.
Then Vitalogy, then No code, then Yield.
The others are pretty patchy.
Thanks everyone for their replies. It all started with me watching something on bbc4 last weekend about the story of Pearl Jam and I thought hmm I give them a go.
(not much of a response, admittedly)
are my faves, and I think they come over quite well now, whereas Vs and especially Ten quite struggle
On the other hand, if you wanted to buy a copy of Eddie Vedder's "Ukelele Songs", do a massive shit on it and then leave it on a bus stop seat, that would constitute a nice piece of public performance art
Other than his voice, there aren't really many other reasons to hate them that I can understand. Maybe if you don't like rock AND roll?
but it's a hipster thing.
stay mad, whoever replies.
I've got love fr the first 4 albums but Vitalogy has loads of nostalgia value for me so it edges the others. I remember hating No Code when I bought it (day of release) but its definitely sprouted as one of my favorites. The packaging on both of those was seriously top notch, they are pretty much what inspired me to become a graphic artist.
But felt Ten was right up there with Nevermind and Siamese Dream during that 'grunge' phase. In Utero probably tops all of them though. I remember some ridiculous Nirvana vs Pearl Jam argument at the time. They seemed quite different to me, Pearl Jam were a lot more 'polished'. I assume the remix undoes all of that - is it a reissue?
It was remixed by Brendan O'Brien, who produced all the band's albums from Vs-->Yield. He basically stripped away a lot of that awful reverb that Ten was drenched in. I'm with AD on this: the remixed version is the only one I listen to these days - a vast improvement.
VS > Vitalogy > Binaural
the rest is very......mediocre. Honourable mention goes to Yield.
Went down other paths and never returned really. I have a rip of yield tho so Im gonna check that tomorrow.