Music Diary – 22nd November

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 22nd November!

Pearl Jam - VitalogyOn the 22nd November 1993 the third studio album by Pearl Jam was released. „Vitalogy“ hit the stores only as a vinyl edition on this day and the album became the first LP to appear on the US chart since the CD relieved the old music format. The comapct disc edition (and also the MC release) of the new Pearl Jam album was available on the 6th December 1993. The 14 songs were recorded at different studios and finally produced by Brendan O’Brien. With 34,000 sold copies in its first week of release, „Vitalogy“ held the record until Jack White’s  LP „Lazaretto“ (2014) for most vinyl sales in one week.

The „Rolling Stone“ gave „Vitalogy“ four of five stars. Writer Al Weisel described the LP as „a wildly uneven and difficult record, sometimes maddening, sometimes ridiculous, often powerful.“ In „The New York Times“ the album was praised for the diversity compared to the band’s previous records. Editor Jon Pareles judged: „Fast but brutal punk, fuzz-toned psychedelia and judicious folk-rock, all of it sounding more spontaneous than before“.

The first single outtake „Spin the Black Circle“ (featuring „Tremor Christ“ on the flip side) received the band first Grammy Award in1996 for Best Hard Rock Performance. The other two outtakes were the singles „Not for You“ and „Immortality„.


In 2011 the remasterd version of „Vitalogy“ (including the second Pearl Jam studio album „Vs.„) was released. The expanded version includes three bonus tracks and a copy of the concert „Live at the Orpheum Theater, Boston, April 12, 1994“ on DVD.

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Music Diary – 27th August

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Pear Jam (2014)

Pearl Jam (2014)

On the 27th August 1991 the legendary Pearl Jam debut album „Ten“ was released. The LP was sold over 13 million times in the USA and features the three hit singles „Alive“, „Even Flow“ and „Jeremy“.

Pearl Jam - Ten (Cover)

Pearl Jam – Ten (Cover)

„Ten“ was released in different versions over the last years. The most interesting re-issue is the limited edition box (released in 2009), which features the following content:

„Ten“ newly remastered on CD, „Ten Redux“ (new remixes by Brendan O’Brien plus six previously unreleased tracks) on CD, „MTV Unplugged“ on DVD, 4 LPs („Ten“, „Ten Redux“ and „Drop in the Park“), MC (replica of the original demo cassette) plus a composition notebook and a lot of memorabilie reproductions.

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