Thursday, March 31, 2011
The album's intro carries a guitar riff that comes right out of the Kings of Leon songbook. The 90 second instrumental is a nice way to get the listeners attention for what's to come. The band has a great sound that alternative radio can't ignore. The choruses of "So Sure" and "Paper Hearts" are too hard to resist. The only cure is listening to the album over and over again. The album's first single "Like It's Hot" has an ingenious idea of a hip-hop chorus sung to an attractive performance of sound. The welcome addition of keyboards helps the landscapes of the songs "Girls Aren't Robots" and "For The Signs". The band does show their punk tendencies in "Foxy", but "Fireworks" is a six-minute pop journey that Bears On Fire bring the listener on. The album closes with the dance hall beats of "Dude Love" which shows off the band's more experimental side.
Bears on Fire are currently scheduling shows for their upcoming tour. Check out the band's website (bearsonfiremusic.com) for more information on this band that's about to explode onto the music scene.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The album proudly displays Julian's love for performing. You can hear the passion in his voice as he strains to express the lyrics of "The Waves". "A Young Man's Money" sounds like Iggy Pop meets the Sex Pistols with its raw electrical charge. Ivan Julian shows his maturity on "Hardwired" sticking to a more mainstream attempt that keeps you wanting more. "That Look" carries a funky beat that gives the song a 70's vibe. Julian experiments with his sound on "The Beat" and pulls off his Mick Jagger sound-alike in "Sticky", but has the most fun with "You Is Dead".
Ivan Julian just wrapped up a performance at the SXSW festival and will be hosting a record release party on April 4th and the Bowery Electric in New York City. Please visit ivanjulian.com for more information on the latest release from Ivan Julian.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Thomas Dolby is releasing a new EP entitled "Oceanea" on March 28. The EP is an introduction to his new album "A Map of the Floating City" which will be released this summer. Recorded on his solar powered lifeboat, the songs carry a very gentle, smooth flowing sound. The barely heard synthesizer floats in the background of the vocals supplies by Dolby and guest Eddi Reader on the EP's title track. It gives you the feeling of being alone on the sea. "Simone" is a more structured song featuring a sax solo from Joe Cohen. The acoustic strumming of "To The Lifeboats" is the perfect background for Dolby's voice. The song builds-up to a more modern pop feel with the chorus but quickly returns the soft sounds of acoustic guitars.
Thomas Dolby is not only busy finishing his new album, but he has also created a social-based network game entitled "The Floating City". This puzzle-solving adventure will allow fans to discover new songs as well as win tickets to a private show this summer. For more information, please visit thomasdolby.com.
Monday, March 28, 2011
The album begins slowly with the piano and voice interchange of "After Tomorrow" before the rest of the band joins in to give the song more substance. The bass driven "If Only" and the 80's pop dance beat of "What Will You Do?" show different sides to what this band has to offer. Yeallow quicken the beat for "Strange Days" and "Oversized" which appeals more to Fred C's deep lead vocals.
The band is also offering a free download of their newest single "The Bright Side II", a keyboard driven modern rocker. For a complete list of tour dates and information on this rising European band, please visit yeallow.net.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
The album begins with pop/dance beats surrounding her vocals in "Youth Knows No Pain" and continues along those lines with the album's second single, "I Follow Rivers." Lykke Li uses minimal instrumentation in "Unrequited Love" in order to stress the importance of the lyrics as the song carries a doo-wop flavored sound. The album's first single "Get Some" has a sinister beat of drums to reflect the dark lyrics of prostitution. "Sadness Is A Blessing" sounds like it came right from Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" production. Lykke Li slows down the tempo with the 6-minute ballad "I Know Places" before returning with the grand sounding "Jerome". The album closes with the storytelling lyrics of "Silent My Song."
Lykke Li is currently performing overseas, but will be returning to the U.S. in May. For a complete list of tour dates and information on this hot new artist, please visit lykkeli.com.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
The lights went out as Guns ‘N’ Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle” blared out from the speakers. At the conclusion of the song, Bret Michaels’ solo band took over with the intro guitar riff to one of Poison’s biggest hits “Talk Dirty To Me”. Michaels’ high energy entrance brought the entire theater to their feet. Bret proceeded to scan the front stage audience, slapping hands to the delight of the female fans that had rushed to the forefront. The evening was full of Poison’s greatest hits including “Look What The Cat Dragged In”, “Your Momma Don’t Dance” and “Unskinny Bop”. Michaels’ also threw in some covers including Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and Sublime’s “What I Got”. His persona was very personable with the audience as he preached about his new solo album being released this summer and his 25th anniversary tour with Poison. A heartfelt version of the Poison classic “Something To Believe In” was dedicated to the men and women fighting in the United States armed forces as the audience waved their arms in unison to show support. His extremely short set ended with his #1 ballad “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and an energetic version of “Fallen Angel”. As if on cue, Michael’s exited the stage as exactly one hour had passed.
He returned for a one song encore performing the party anthem “Nothin’ But A Good Time”. No sooner that he exited the stage that the curtain was drawn on a crowd hoping for more. But for good reason, the set was cut short to auction off Bret’s shirts and hats worn that very evening to benefit the American Diabetes Association. Fans need not worry because Michaels will be returning this summer to Connecticut along side his Poison band mates.
Talk Dirty To Me
Look What The Cat Dragged In
Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Your Momma Don’t Dance (Loggins & Messina)
Something To Believe In
What I Got (Sublime)
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Nothin’ But A Good Time
Friday, March 25, 2011
The new album is led by the husband and wife team of Ben and Nancy Parent. The lead vocals flip back and forth between Ben's pop rock sound and Nancy's powerful folk-sounding vocals. The title song "Signs" is an up-tempo country rocker featuring Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, CSN, Etta James) on B-3 hammond organ and Vivian Sessoms (Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder. Pink) on backing vocals to flesh out the chorus. "Roadrunner Blues" has a nice raw, rock sound with just the right touch of acoustic and electric guitars. The folk-style ballad "I Don't Think About You Much Anymore" highlights Nancy's vocals perfectly, while the album closer "Shallow End" is Ben's new height in song-writing.
The new album was produced by Eddie Shea along with Ben Parent and recorded and mixed at The Underground in Ledyard, CT. The album was mastered by Michael Arafeh in Middletown, CT. The Rivergods have a few dates lined up in the New England area. Please visit their website, therivergods.wordpress.com for more information on this Connecticut band.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The soundtrack begins simple with J. Ralph's warm voice dancing around an acoustic guitar on "The Reasons Why". The album then gets taken over by guest musicians including Norah Jones's sultry piano and singing on "Change Is Gonna Come" and legend Carly Simon's fragile voice on "The Letter." Ben Harper adds the gentle touch of his voice in the powerfully moving song "More Like You." Vashti Bunyan's angelic touch enwraps "Flower & The Lion" while Bob Weir gives us "Breaking The Hold" which sounds like it was plucked from the Grateful Dead's acoustic American Beauty/Workingman's Dead era. Ralph's vocals return with help from Devendra Banhart in the tribal beats of "Lying Down Statues." The album also includes songs from musical legends Judy Collins and Stephen Stills. Actress, singer Scarlett Johansson gives a smokey nightclub feel to the song "One Whole Hour" while Bonnie Bramlett's soft whisper-like vocals barely appear in the quiet "Breakers & The Wind". One of the major highlights of the album is the return of Nic Jones after a 30-year absent to perform the vocals on "Pretty Words Lie". All of the twenty songs of this soundtrack have a moving message of Autism for all to hear.
The album will be released on April 5 exclusively through Barnes & Noble Bookstores. The film has screenings planned through July of 2011. Visit the movie's website (wretchesandjabbers.org) for a complete list of screening dates and soundtrack information.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The songs "Lost", "Bucket of Lies", and "All Days" carry a grittier, edgier vocal and guitar delivery which work well together, but sound a bit different from the other songs on the album. Midnight Hike also expand upon their song-writing with the funk rock sounding "Long Way From Yesterday". The band seem the most comfortable with the pop rock sounds as displayed in "The Only Place".
Midnight Hike has a few dates scheduled over the next couple months in the Northeast. The album is available now on iTunes. For more information, please visit midnighthikemusic.com.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The sound of the album's lead song, "The One" carries strong similarities to alternative rockers Evanescence. "Demons & Friends" has a heavier sound with a simpler, stronger lyric progression. Memnoir slows the tempo down a bit for the dark, but memorable "Confession" with its repetitive chorus, while the complex sounding "Soundtrack For A Nightmare" expands upon his song-writing talents. The album closes with the heartfelt ballad "Empty Strings."
Check out memnoir.com for song samples and information about this new artist.
Monday, March 21, 2011
The speed of the drums kicks in to high gear on the album's lead-off single "Dead To Rights". Dez's vocals are strong, powerful and demand your attention. The band motors through "Hardened" which features a rare guitar solo, but keeps the energy up in "Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)." DeviDriver let their feelings known in "You Make Me Sick" and "Blur" about how people overreact. The album's second single "Coldblooded" is a straight-to-the-point, adrenaline rocker about staying true to yourself. Included is a cover of 16 Horsepower's "Black Soul Choir" as a way of paying homage to the Gothic Americana style of music. The speed and energy just keeps flowing in the closers "Crowns of Creation" and "Lend Myself To The Night."
The album was released in February as a standard 12-track edition and a special 15-track edition that also includes a DVD of the history of the band as well as 5 music videos. DevilDriver have tour dates beginning at the end of April as the band make their way across the U.S. Check out devildriver.com for a complete list of tour dates and album information.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
The band comes roaring out of the gate with the intense energetic "If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is." Lead singer Craig Owens and his bandmates are making a statement with their hard rocking debut single. The right combination of blazing guitars, screaming vocals, a harmonizing chorus is a good way to describe most of the songs on the album. The album's second single "Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm" is powered by the drumming of Aaron Stern. The third single, "Sex Life" has a more alternative rock sound supplied by the duel guitars of Matt Good and Nick Martin. D.R.U.G.S. keep the speed up with "Stop Reading, Start Doing Pushups" before giving in to the more pop-oriented "I'm Here To Take The Sky." The album finishes with the aggressive fourth single "My Swagger Has A First Name."
D.R.UG.S. will be joining the 2011 Vans Warped Tour in July, but have two months of tour dates to wrap up first. They'll be making their way across the country hitting the Northeast in mid-April. For a complete list of tour dates and album information, check out thisisdrugs.com.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Emery come roaring out of the gate with the album's lead-off single "The Cheval Glass". The lead, screaming vocals of Toby Morrell and Josh Head makes you stand-up and take notice. The energy this band puts into their performances is felt in "Scissors". The music and song-writing put into this new album has become more complex. "The Curse of Perfect Days" finds Emery taking a more mainstream approach to their hard rock sound as the song will definitely draw in new fans. The band does bring the volume down for a moment in "Daddy's Little Peach", before returning to the keyboard intro, guitar driven "Addicted To Bad Decisions". The acoustics of "I Never Got To See The West Coast" shows another side to Emery's song-writing displaying that great lyrics can carry a song no matter the volume of music behind it.
Emery is currently headlining a tour that will last through March before heading overseas in April. The new album will be available March 29th. For more information, please visit emerymusic.com.
Friday, March 18, 2011
The harmonizing intro of "Hello Stranger" gives way to the up-tempo pop strength of "Presence of Greatness". The light sounds of his song "Temp Job" gets carried by the right combination of piano and horns which highlights Nick's vocals. The heartfelt acoustics show another side to his wonderful song-writing. The ballads "Downhearted", "Different World" and "Together" are some of Nick's strongest most complete songs on the album. Nick invites Stacy Lantz to add vocals to the playful duet of "Tired of Me", while the harmonizing on "Long Way Home" gives the song added strength to his already strong lyrics.
Visit NickFlora.com for more information on this new release.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
On the new EP, Tiersten sounds like the second coming of David Bowie. He mimics the rock idols vocals in the opener "In The Air" as his band the Ten Tiers motors on. The pop, mellowness of "Vertigo" shows a softer side to Tiersten's song-writing. His voice becomes his own in the radio-friendly "Black Rain" before experimenting on the album closer "Sancta Caecelia".
Jonathan Tiersten just finished a mini-east coast tour, but look for more dates to be announced soon. For more information on Jonathan Tiersten and his new album visit tentiers.com.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
From the first notes of the opener "You And A Little Bit Of Magic", Anil Macwan's music sounds like the Violent Femmes meets the British Invasion. His voice sounds smooth against the backdrop of a piano on "Bye Bye Beauty". His warming voice along with simple instrumentation captures the stories and feelings he trying to convey as in the acoustic ballads "Last Night" and "We're Not In Love".
The new EP is available on Amazon and on iTunes. Please visit Anil's website (anilmacwan.com) for more information on this emerging artist.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Her voice shines on the album's opening track "I Just Found Out About Love". The smooth Jazz sounds just float in the background of the songs "Je Cherche Un Homme" and "Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast" as Erin's vocals become the spotlight of all these songs. She picks up the tempo with "Tain't Whatcha Do" and "Walking With Your Barefeet On", but quickly returns to the sultry sounds of "Long Ago And Far Away". Erin tries her hand at a duet with a Louis Armstrong sound-alike in "Can't We Be Friends" and also some scat singing in "Loads of Love", but her strength is in her gentle, but powerful vocal deliveries.
Erin Dickens has some live dates scattered between April and June and her new album is available now at CDBaby, Amazon and on iTunes. Visit Erin's website (ErinDickins.com) for more information.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Let's not forget the enormous list of jambands that help make this festival what it is, including moe, John Butler Trio, The Rhythm Devils with Keller Williams, Dark Star Orchestra, and Assembly of Dust just to name a few. The event also features some of Connecticut's own homegrown music with appearances by The McLovins and Deep Banana Blackout.
The event have been moved up from its usual August dates in past years to July 21-24. The location is the same, Seaside Park in Bridgeport and single day, camping and VIP tickets are available now. Visit gatheringofthevibes.com for more information about this wonderful yearly event.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and their presenters are:
- Alice Cooper will be inducted by Rob Zombie (White Zombie)
- Neil Diamond will be inducted by Paul Simon
- Dr. John will be inducted by John Legend
- Darlene Love will be inducted by Bette Midler
- Tom Waits will be inducted by Neil Young
- Jac Holzman will be inducted by John Densmore (The Doors)
- Art Rupe will be inducted by Lloyd Price
- Leon Russell will be inducted by Elton John
Saturday, March 12, 2011
As the synthesizers began his introduction song “Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding”, Elton John took the stage. Dressed in a black suit with tails and minimal sequence accompanying a purple silk shirt, Elton was ready to get down to business. The crowd hopped to their feet for “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)”. Elton impressed early with extended versions of his “Madman Across The Water” trilogy (Levon, Madman Across The Water, and Tiny Dancer). The hits just kept coming with ”Philadelphia Freedom”, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and an epic version of ”Rocket Man” that included a gritty piano solo that Jerry Lee Lewis would be proud of.
Next was the big surprise of the evening. Elton proceeded to introduce his piano mentor as Leon Russell took the stage at his own piano situated across from Elton’s piano. The two music icons ran through songs from their 2010 album entitled “The Union”. The mini setlist included the Leon Russell written “If It Wasn’t For Bad”, the up-tempo “Monkey Suit”, and the heartfelt ballad “When Love Is Dying”. After “A Dream Come True”, Leon Russell left the stage to a standing ovation. Elton was ready once again to bring the crowd to their feet and he did not disappoint. The audience swayed to “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” and sang along to “Candle In The Wind” before Elton brought out the big hits of “Bennie and the Jets” and “The Bitch Is Back”. Elton closed his 2 ½ hour set with "Crocodile Rock” as the audience attempt to hit the high notes singing along.
Elton John returned for the encore, circling the stage, slapping hands and signing autographs. He would sit at his piano for once last song of the evening. As he thanked the sold-out audience, he finished with one of his earliest singles from 1970, “Your Song”. A night full of music is all fans could have asked for and Elton John was more than accommodating.
Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
Madman Across The Water
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
If It Wasn’t For Bad - with Leon Russell
Hey Ahab - with Leon Russell
The Best Part Of The Day - with Leon Russell
Gone To Shiloh - with Leon Russell
Monkey Suit - with Leon Russell
When Love Is Dying - with Leon Russell
Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody) - with Leon Russell
Dream Come True - with Leon Russell
Sand Songs (Say So Much)
Take Me To The Pilot
Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Candle In The Wind
Burn Down The Mission
Bennie And The Jets
The Bitch Is Back
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Listening to this album, you feel like you stepped back in time and found Ella and Oscar performing together at some Las Vegas lounge. Ella voice is perfect, her scat singing on "When Your Lover Is Gone" is priceless. Oscar Peterson gives Ella the spotlight, but takes his piano solos whenever the moment calls for it. Ray Brown adds his bass to a handful of songs, but only to flesh out the sound little more. The duo pick up the pace on "I Hear Music", but the album closer "April In Paris" is reason alone to get this album.
The new release also contains previously unreleased bonus tracks. The bonus tracks contains alternate takes to four of the songs already present on the album, but it shows another side to the song's progress.
The newly remastered CD will be released by the Concord Music Group. For more information on these newly released Jazz albums please visit concordmusicgroup.com.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The energy that this version of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers puts out for this performance is felt right in the opening song "One By One". The 11-minute "Ugetsu" just carries you away, and the sound is so good you forget it was performed live.
The new release of this album also features 4 bonus songs that were recorded that same evening, but did not fit on the original vinyl release. While Blakey himself never had a drum solo on the original album, he gives us a taste of his talents on "Conception". The highlight of the bonus tracks is an up-tempo number called "The High Priest" written by trombonist Curtis Fuller. The only complaint I have is that the tracks are not in order of how they were performed, but this is in order to keep the original album in-tack.
The newly remastered CD will be released by the Concord Music Group. For more information on these newly released Jazz albums please visit concordmusicgroup.com.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Recorded in 1958 at the Marines Memorial Auditorium in San Francisco, this recording shows how professional a group of performers, who never played together before, can produce a timeless album. The 11-minute, up-tempo "Ginza Samba" is a great way to start off an album. Cal Tjader's vibes-work is just spectacular. The clarity of this 50+ year old recording is still outstand. The originals, "Crow's Nest", "Liz Anne" and "Big Bear" spotlight Cal Tjader, but also allow Stan Getz and Vince Guaraldi to explore the compositions.
Their are no known out-takes to exist for this recording, so what you get is over 40 minutes of great Jazz done on only one- or two-takes. The newly remastered CD will be released by the Concord Music Group. for more information on these newly released Jazz albums please visit concordmusicgroup.com.
Monday, March 7, 2011
The first thing that strikes you his how great a job was done remastering this album. Recorded back in 1957, it sounds like you were in the studio with these musicians performing just for you. The wonderfully performed "Well, You Needn't" gives each performer the opportunity to strut their stuff with their own solos. Monk also gives the full-band try to "Off Minor" which was originally written for a trio, before expanding once again with a 10-minute version of "Epistrophy".
The new album also carries three bonus tracks recorded during the same sessions. Different takes of the songs "Off Minor" and "Crepuscule With Nellie" give the listener another view to the song's structure before Monk settled on the final piece of music. Also included as a bonus track is the song "Blues For Tomorrow" in which Monk himself does not appear on, but performed by his band the day prior to recording the album.
"Monk's Music" should not only be considered one of Thelonious Monk's best albums, but one of the greatest Jazz albums ever recorded. The newly remastered CD will be released by the Concord Music Group. for more information on these newly released Jazz albums please visit concordmusicgroup.com.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
The album begins with "Medicine Man," the song carries country-blues groove strait out of New Orleans. It's the perfect formula to expand on at live shows. The band's Americana sound shines bright on the songs "Should Have Known" and "The Other Broadway." The blues gets brought out in "Enough" which just adds another dimension to their sound. The band picks up the tempo and energy in "I Ain't Running," replacing their acoustic guitars with the sound of electric, giving the song a '70's rock vibe. The album closes with some more great Americana music, especially the acoustic, campfire song "Gris Gris Satchel." These great songs are sure to give this band their third #1 album on the Americana charts.
The Band of Heathens have tour dates booked from now until mid-April. Be sure to check their website (bandofheathens.com) for a complete list of tour dates as well as information on the band's new release.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
The album leads-off with the country/folk sounding song "The Fear". While the guitar and lyrics are straight-forward, there is a lot going on in the background that leads to the song's big finish. The album's single "Heartattack" shows us another side to LOVETT's sound with electronic drum beats and a more grand alternative rock sound. LOVETT switches gears again with a simple pop song "Same Old Song" almost daring you to hear all that is going on within the music. The gentle acoustics of "Like A Moving Train" and "Two Lovers" puts the emphasis on the lyrics which take you on a storytelling journey.
LOVETT has a tour beginning March 9 in the Carolina's. He will also be making an appearance at the SXSW festival in mid-March. For more information about LOVETT and his new album, as well as videos, please visit lovettmusic.com.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The album's first single "I'll Be Yours" is pure power pop. At times, the band draws strong similarities to veteran alternative rockers No Doubt. The mainstream sound of "Can't Find Entrance" really puts lead singer Linnea Jonsson's vocals on display. Those Dancing Days bring out their energy on the punk sounding single "Fuckarias". The surf/punk drumming of Cissi Efraimsson is the motor that drives these songs into your minds.
The new album “Daydreams & Nightmares” was released on March 1 on Wichita Recordings. The band is currently overseas, but will be visiting the US in mid-March performing at the SXSW Festival. For more information on Those Dancing Days and their new release, please visit thosedancingdays.com.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The album begins with the album's first single "My Baby" which is an "in your face" hard rocker. The band's love of punk music shines through on this opening track. The energy still flows in "Oh, Lord" before the band slows the tempo down for "God Told Me." The song "Holes In The Road" draws upon Dug Pinnick's hard rock roots with McCready lending a hand on the solo. You can almost pinpoint the years when some of the songs were written, as "In The Middle" sounds like a reflection of a Pearl Jam song written in the past decade. Tres Mts. show off their bluesy side on "She's My New Song", but don't stray too far from their formula, returning strong in the ballad "Break" and the up-tempo beats of "Mystery."
The band has booked a mini-five date tour in the northeast starting in March, which also includes an appearance on Live with Jimmy Kimmel. The album is currently available for pre-order from Pearl Jam's website (pearljam.com). The album will be released through Monkeywrench Records. For more information, please visit tresmts.com.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
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.
- 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.