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Pearl Jam rose from the ashes of Mother Love Bone to become the most popular American rock & roll band of the '90s. AfterMother LoveBone's vocalist, Andrew Wood, overdosed on heroin in 1990, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Amentassembled a new band,bringing in Mike McCready on lead guitar and recording a demo with Soundgarden's Matt Cameron ondrums. Thanks to future Pearl Jamdrummer Jack Irons, the demo found its way to a 25-year-old San Diego surfer named EddieVedder, who overdubbed vocals and originallyrics and was subsequently invited to join the band (then christened MookieBl ...read more

Pearl Jam rose from the ashes of Mother Love Bone to become the most popular American rock & roll band of the '90s. AfterMother LoveBone's vocalist, Andrew Wood, overdosed on heroin in 1990, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Amentassembled a new band,bringing in Mike McCready on lead guitar and recording a demo with Soundgarden's Matt Cameron ondrums. Thanks to future Pearl Jamdrummer Jack Irons, the demo found its way to a 25-year-old San Diego surfer named EddieVedder, who overdubbed vocals and originallyrics and was subsequently invited to join the band (then christened MookieBlaylock after the NBA player). Dave Krusen was hired as thefull-time drummer shortly thereafter, completing the originallineup. Renaming themselves Pearl Jam, the band recorded their debut album,Ten, in the beginning of 1991, although it wasn'treleased until August; in the meantime, the majority of the band appeared on the AndrewWood tribute project Temple of theDog. Krusen left the band shortly after the release of Ten; he was replaced by Dave Abbruzzese.

Ten didn't begin selling in significant numbers until early 1992, after Nirvana made mainstream rock radio receptive toalternative rockacts. Soon, Pearl Jam outsold Nirvana, which wasn't surprising. After all, Pearl Jam fused the riff. heavystadium rock of the '70s with the gritand anger of '80s post-punk, without ever neglecting hooks and choruses; "Jeremy,""Evenflow," and "Alive" fit perfectly onto album rockradio stations looking for new blood. Pearl Jam's audience continued togrow during 1992, thanks to a series of radio and MTV hits, as wellas successful appearances on the second Lollapalooza tourand the Singles soundtrack. Meanwhile, Temple of the Dog's self-titled albumbegan a platinum-selling hit, thanks to renewedinterest in the project (which, in addition to Pearl Jam, featured grunge heavyweight ChrisCornell) and strong radio supportfor the single "Hunger Strike." Stone Gossard also embarked on a side project called Brad, which releasedthe album Shame inearly 1993.

Despite their status as rock & roll superstars, Pearl Jam refused to succumb to the accepted conventions of the musicindustry. The grouprefused to release any videos or singles from their second album, 1993's Vs. Nevertheless, it was anothermulti-platinum success,debuting at number one and selling nearly a million copies in its first week of release. On their spring1994 American tour, the band decidednot to play the conventional stadiums, choosing to play smaller arenas, includingseveral shows on college campuses. Pearl Jam canceledtheir 1994 summer tour, claiming they couldn't keep ticket pricesbelow 20 dollars because Ticketmaster was pressuring promoters tocharge a higher price. The band took Ticketmaster to theJustice Department for unfair business practices; while fighting Ticketmaster, theyrecorded a new album during the spring andsummer of 1994. After the record was completed, the group fired Dave Abbruzzese, replacinghim with former Red Hot ChiliPeppers and Eleven drummer Jack Irons.

Vitalogy, the band's third album, appeared at the end of 1994. For the first two weeks, the album was only available as alimited vinylrelease, but the record charted in the Top 60. Once Vitalogy was available on CD and cassette, the album shot tothe top of the charts andquickly went multi-platinum. Pearl Jam continued to battle Ticketmaster in 1995, but the JusticeDepartment eventually ruled in favor of theticket agency. In early 1995, the band recorded an album with Neil Young.Meanwhile, Vedder toured with his wife Beth's experimental bandHovercraft in the spring of 1994 as Stone Gossard foundedan independent record company. Mad Season, Mike McCready's side projectwith Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, released itsfirst album, Above, in the spring of 1995. Comprised entirely of Neil Young songs, MirrorBall appeared in the summer underYoung's name; although the individual members of the band were credited, the name Pearl Jam did notappear on the coverdue to legal complications. Pearl Jam released a single culled from the sessions, titled Merkinball and featuring thesongs "I GotId" and "Long Road," during the fall of 1995.

In late summer of 1996, Pearl Jam released their fourth album, No Code. Although the album was greeted with fairly positivereviews anddebuted at number one, its weird amalgam of rock, worldbeat, and experimentalism dissatisfied a large portion oftheir fan base, and itquickly fell down the charts. The record's performance was also hurt by Pearl Jam's inability to launch afull-scale tour, due both to theirbattle with Ticketmaster and a reluctance to spend months on the road. The band spentmost of 1997 out of the spotlight, working on newmaterial; Gossard also released a second album with his side project Brad,titled Interiors. By the end of the year, Pearl Jam had completeda new, harder-rocking record entitled Yield. The album wasgreeted with enthusiastic reviews upon its February 1998 release, but itscommercial fortunes weren't quite as clear cut.While their sizable cult embraced the album, sending it to number two its first week ofrelease, Yield quickly slipped down thecharts. Pearl Jam supported the record with a full-scale arena tour in the summer of 1998, issuingthe concert LP Live on TwoLegs at the end of the year; Jack Irons did not participate due to poor health, prompting the band to bring ex. Soundgardendrummer Matt Cameron back into the fold.

In 1999, Pearl Jam scored an unlikely pop radio smash with their cover of the J. Frank Wilson oldie "Last Kiss," originallyreleased as theseventh in a series of fan club-only singles that had also featured several incongruous covers in the past.Demand from fans and radioprogrammers resulted in the nationwide release of "Last Kiss," and it eventually became the band'shighest-charting pop hit to date,peaking at number two and going gold. The group returned in 2000 with the Tchad Blake-produced Binaural. In order to circumventbootleggers, their subsequent European and American tours were recorded in fulland released in an unprecedented series of double-CDsets, with each of the 72 volumes featuring a complete concert. RiotAct, a muscular -- and critically lauded -- collection of new songs thatfound the group dabbling in experimental art rock, wasreleased in 2002.

Two anthologies arrived in 2003 and 2004, Lost Dogs: Rarities and B Sides and Rearviewmirror: Greatest Hits 1991-2003. Theywerefollowed in 2006 by the eponymous (and all-new) Pearl Jam, a number two hit on the album charts. As the band's 20thanniversary loomedon the horizon, Pearl Jam launched a series of album reissues, beginning with a deluxe version of Ten in2009. That same year also saw therelease of their ninth studio album, Backspacer, which doubled as the group's firstindependently released project, initially appearingexclusively in Target stores in the U.S. The band supported the album withan extensive 2010 tour. Live on Ten Legs, a collection ofconcert highlights from 2003-2010, appeared in January 2011. Laterthat year, Vedder released a solo album of standards accompaniedonly by ukulele, and the band celebrated their two. decadeanniversary by launching a two-day festival in Wisconsin, commissioningCameron Crowe to produce a music documentarynamed PJ20, and releasing a soundtrack of rare songs from the film. « hide

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LPs
Lightning Bolt
10/14/2013

3.4
300 Votes
Backspacer
2009

3.5
759 Votes
Pearl Jam
2006

3.5
830 Votes
Riot Act
2002

3.2
540 Votes
Binaural
2000

3.3
603 Votes
Yield
1998

3.7
750 Votes
No Code
1996

3.7
630 Votes
Vitalogy
1994

3.9
1,145 Votes
Vs.
1993

4.1
1,454 Votes
Ten
1991

4.4
2,686 Votes
EPs
Live at Easy Street
2006

3.3
10 Votes
Merkinball
1995

3.7
82 Votes
Live Albums
Live On Ten Legs
2011

3.7
43 Votes
Drop In The Park
2009

4
14 Votes
Live at Lollapalooza 2007
2007

4.2
8 Votes
Live at the Gorge 05/06
2007

4.1
59 Votes
Live in NYC 12/31/92
2006

3.7
7 Votes
Live at Benaroya Hall
2004

4.1
32 Votes
Live: 07-11-03 Mansfield, MA
2003

3.9
26 Votes
Live: New York, New York (7/8/03)
2003

3.9
28 Votes
Touring Band 2000 DVD
2001

4
42 Votes
Pearl Jam - 8/21/00 Columbus, Ohio
2001

3.4
7 Votes
09-05-2000 Pittsburgh, PA
2001

3.4
6 Votes
Jones Beach
2001

4.1
9 Votes
16 6 00 - Spodek - Katowice, Poland
2000

3.5
2 Votes
Live On Two Legs
1998

3.8
112 Votes
MTV Unplugged
1992

4.5
21 Votes
Compilations
Pearl Jam Twenty Soundtrack
2011

3.9
34 Votes
Ten (2009 Remix & Remaster)
2009

4.7
51 Votes
rearviewmirror
2004

4.2
321 Votes
Lost Dogs
2003

3.7
212 Votes
Greatest Hits
2002

3.6
6 Votes

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