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This review was originally written for the Alive EP, which is an import available right here at Amazon.com for around $25. If you are viewing this review from the page for the U.S. Alive single, I give that 5 stars and suggest that you get the Alive EP insted if you can. Now, on to the review of the Alive EP.
First of all, you might be wondering what this EP contains. Essentially, you get:
1) The "video version" of Alive - different from the album version, because the video featured a live performance of the song. 2) The "video version" of Even Flow - different from the album version because it features Dave Abruzzezze on drums instead of Dave Krusen, who played drums on Ten. Also, it starts with a scream by Eddie and finishes with some additional vocals dubbed into the song at the end. (Of course, both Alive and Even Flow are audio tracks; there are no videos included on this CD)
3) Dirty Frank - Pearl Jam meets the Chili Peppers... a really cool song, and the lyrics are a hoot!
4) Wash - a great song all around, very slow and reflective. Of all songs on Ten, it's probably closest to Release and Oceans.
5) A cool insert with handwritten lyrics to Dirty Frank, lyrics to other songs in both English and Japanese, pictures, and some other cool stuff.
So, should you buy this CD? Well, I was lucky enough to find a copy of it in a used CD store for $4. But I don't think that it's worth $25, hence the 3 star rating. If you really must have Dirty Frank and Wash, studio versions of these songs are available on other singles from Ten... I think Dirty Frank is on Even Flow, and Wash is on the regular Alive. You can also get the live version of Wash on the Pittsburgh official bootleg.
Anyhow, get this CD if you can afford it and really don't mind spending $25 on 4 songs.
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I bought this EP in japanese version 'cos the US edition doesn't contain "Alive" (Music video Live version) and "Even Flow"
(Re-recorded). Read more
I was a little boy growing in a little town in my contry when all the grunge move was on. But years later I listened to Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but specialy Pearl Jam, Hell! Read morePublished on February 18, 2009 by L. E. Fuentes Hernandez
Ha! I've completely forgotten all about this four track CD single that Pearl Jam had released after their first album came out. Read morePublished on November 28, 2006 by Mike Reed
i cannot complain about the cd in general, but the ... price seems a bit high just to get the rerecorded even flow, the only track not available elsewhere.Published on July 28, 2003 by M. Scholtz
As with all CD singles, get this one if you happen to be a Pearl Jam fanatic, looking for more stuff by the band. The first two tracks (ALIVE, ONCE) are taken from TEN. Read morePublished on November 25, 2002 by C. Carvajal
this is a must for any true pj fan, this song says it all about the best band of the 90's. I jam to this song on a regular basis. Read morePublished on August 24, 2000
I've been looking for this Pearl Jam CD for over two years. The re-recorded Evenflow track is totally awesome. The Alive(live) track is from their music video and is intense. Read morePublished on April 21, 2000 by Dub Jones