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September 21, 2011  | by: Adrienne Wenner

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam is doing everything big for their twentieth anniversary, including a Cameron Crowe documentary (now playing in theaters everywhere), a coffee book, a two-day festival in Wisconsin, a Canadian and South American tour, and now a two disc album.  Containing fan favorites and some rarities, the eclectic soundtrack gives everyone something to enjoy.

Kicking off with a haunting live version of “Release” from their first album, Ten, Pearl Jam shows what they do best.  Ten hit “Alive” makes an appearance as expected. “Alive” is raw, with Mike McCready shredding like there’s no tomorrow, backing up Eddie Vedder’s killer vocals. It’s nice to hear a not-so-perfect demo version of “Alive” before it came to be such a huge radio hit.

The Twenty soundtrack also includes a rare demo of “Nothing as it Seems” and a powerful rendition of “Indifference.”  Rolling Stone readers’ favorite, “Black,” has a more emotionally charged energy to it rather than the subdued radio edit.  A duet with Neil Young and a song from their last album, “Backspacer,” make the cut as well.

“Garden” is a rough live version with audience members’ conversations heard in the beginning at what seems to be an intimate club concert. You’ll never see Pearl Jam playing somewhere as small as a club anymore!

Pearl Jam give you an inside look into their music through this very personal soundtrack. It includes 29 songs and has just hit shelves.

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