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Merkinball [EP]

Pearl JamAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 5, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B000002D3M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,968 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Got ID - Pearl Jam
2. Long Road - Pearl Jam

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid. September 17, 2001
By Me
Format:Audio CD
This single is packaged exactly like Neil Young's "Mirrorball", which is fitting since it's actually a "companion piece" to that album and Neil even plays guitar on "I Got ID". It only includes two songs, but both songs are top quality material. "I Got ID" has a sort of a ballad-ish feel to it for a while until the heavy guitar chorus kicks in... really hard to explain this song, but trust me when I say that it's one of the band's finest. The version on this CD is great, but I personally prefer this song live (a GREAT live version of this song, also called "I Got S**t", can be found on the Katowice 2 live album). The second song, "Long Road", is really the reason why every Pearl Jam fan should own this album; it is simply too beautiful to put to words. If you've heard a live version of it before, forget about it; the studio version blows all other versions of this song away. This song is also included on the "Dead Man Walking" soundtrack, along with another Vedder contriution called "Face Of Love", so if you like this one, check the other one out as well. Also worthy of notice is a hard-to-find Pearl Jam B-Side called "Dead Man" that was originally written for the film, but never included on the soundtrack. Find it on the import "Off He Goes" single.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS ONE OF PEARL JAMS' BEST August 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am an avid Pearl Jam fan, and have disovered that their best work is often found on their singles, and this 2 song album. I Got ID and The Long Road are probably two of their greatest songs, along with Yellowledbetter and Breath, I think that Pearl Jam has shown that they are truly great artists. Don't get me wrong, their other albums rocked also, and since their release of Yeild I am anxiuos to see what they have in store for fans like myself in the future. Ever since Ten came out I have been following Pearl Jam, and really like the work that Neal Young has inspired in them. I only hope to see them do something together again in the near future.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars at the height of their powers April 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
These 2 songs deserve the cd all to themselves. Pearl Jam and Neil Young push each other to the best they can deliver on this one (in contrast to Mirrorball, which I found a real disappointment). Young's guitar playing on Id is reminiscent of his Rust Never Sleeps era, and is simply electrifying, conveying even more emotion than Vedder's vocals.
Long Road displays Pearl Jam's ability slow it down a bit and make really beautiful music.
I don't really think these 2 songs quite mesh with any of their full lengths in style. But this cd is a must for anyone who likes Pearl Jam, in my opinion... the versions released on the live cds still don't compare to these recordings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie's finest 10 minutes September 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
First of all, the last review is pretty much spot on. Long Road is not only probably PJ's best song, it is one of the most beautiful songs for years. Wriiten as a reaction to the passing of one of his High School teachers, Long Road is a sombre, yet ultimatley uplifting song. Although Eddie's vocal is full of emotion, it's as if he accepts the grief + sadness because he believes they will meet again ("there's no need to say goodbye").
It's a subject he would revisit in later years, ( Light Years ) but this release, in between Vitalogy and No Code is a perfect mark for the 2nd phase of Pearl Jam's work. Neil Young lends his experience to both songs, as Mike + Stone did not play on either track. It's a release that is probably owned by most dedicated Pearl Jam fans, it's a release that should be in all homes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST FIVE DOLLARS YOU'LL EVER SPEND March 12, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Pearl Jam fan for a long time, so there was no doubt whether or not to buy this CD- the name on the label told me it was good. But when I heard the sample of "I got Id", I still was completely in awe. It was a soothing blend of guitars fronted by Eddie's priceless voice. That clip of the song stayed in the back of my head until the CD came in the mail. "Long Road" is also far from average song. Pearl Jam amazes me time and time again how they can come up with songs that touch emotions better than anything else you can experience. I'm only sad I hadn't heard it sooner. Pearl Jam fan or not, this is the best five bucks you'll ever spend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the greatest Pearl Jam creation ever October 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
These two songs definetly deserve their own album. "I Got ID" is an emotional catharsis and Vedder's howling voice will bring you to tears. "Long Road" has the exact effect, but on a more tragic level. The first song stings with anger while the second leaves you breathless. You will never stop listening to this. Believe me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
«Merkinball» is a double track single released as a companion to Neil Young's album «Mirrorball», recorded in a couple of days in February 1995 with Pearl Jam. Eddie Vedder, author of the lyrics and musics of both songs, had the cooperation of the band's bassist Jeff Ament, long time producer Brendan O'Brien and, of course, Neil Young, to release the single.
As for the songs, both are tremendous in every single way and seriously under-rated.
«I Got ID» (also known as «I Got Sh*t») is a very emotional and strong song, much to the style of Eddie Vedder in Pearl Jam's earlier years. Ed's raw and angry voice contrasts with beautiful lyrics and music, producing an amazing and inspiring song. I really lack words to describe this song and to be very honest, it's one of the best and deepest songs I have ever heard and I don't say this any often, so you can see how I feel about this song.
«Long Road» is not as under-rated as «I Got ID», but still is very unknown for the 'common audience'. This is also a truly amazing song and I cannot pick which of the two is best.A very intimate, calm and beautiful song and I just can't pick which of the two I like the most. A pearl for the band's fans. This songs has also been re-recorded with the World Music pakistani artist, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, to feature on Dead Man Walking's soundtrack (this version is significantly longer) and later, in 2001, for the benefit album «America: A Tribute to Heroes» (in a beautiful acoustic version, featuring Eddie Ceddr, Mike McCready and Neil Young=.
If you like Pearl Jam, I strongly suggest you to go and get this single. Even though it only has two songs, it's perfectly worth purchasing since these songs, especially when combined in one record, are true pearl's of the 90's music scene (and these versions of both songs can't be found elsewhere).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Great
The CD is perfect and I really enjoy it when I play it. I will shop here again when I need another CD.
Published 14 months ago by Ralph Kinlinger
2.0 out of 5 stars not best condition.
first track skipped a lot, unplayable. Disc has no marks, looks brand new so maybe recording was off. Very disappointed.
Published 20 months ago by janice
4.0 out of 5 stars Great single (albeit too short), and must-have for PJ fans
I fell upon this in the used CD bin in my local record store for next to nothing, peanuts really, the other day and couldn't believe my luck. Read more
Published on May 23, 2011 by Paul Allaer
4.0 out of 5 stars Young but wise
A great reminder to fans the power the band once held (and still dabbles in), this tiny disc released after Vitalogy effortlessly showcased merging influences of more folk and... Read more
Published on September 8, 2008 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden jem
This two song CD is really a hidden jem of the complete Pearl Jam collection. In my opinion, the slow and dark, "Long Road", is the outstanding piece off this release. Read more
Published on June 29, 2007 by Scottie73
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best single of 1995
I recall when this collaboration between Neil Young and Pearl Jam came about. Mirrorball was huge and Neil was even getting play on MTV for the song "Downtown". Read more
Published on March 12, 2006 by John Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars worth every penny...
these two songs are some of pearl jam's best of all time. these songs hearken back to the TEN days (a VERY VERY good thing) and in some ways surpass a lot of the TEN days material. Read more
Published on July 3, 2005 by Grungemonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
Credited to Pearl Jam, "Merkinball" is a companion to Neil Young's "Mirror Ball", two songs by Ed Vedder-- "I Got Id" and "Long Road", performed by Vedder accompanied by Neil... Read more
Published on June 7, 2005 by Michael Stack
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jams least known song - I Got ID - one of their best
I would honestly have to say that "I Got ID" is one of the best songs Pearl Jam have done.

It is nice and loud and there are some awesome guitars on here. Read more
Published on September 10, 2004 by Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars ITs "I got I.D." You friggin morons
I would love to know who works in Amazons Editing Dept. Cause he/she needs to check over every thing on this site...... Read more
Published on August 16, 2004 by RFI
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