- Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
- Number of Discs: 7
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B000Q677KO
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,364 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Live at the Gorge 05/06
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Audio CD, June 26, 2007
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From the time of their spectacular arrival 17 years ago, Pearl Jam has continually earned and maintained the respect of one of popular music's most devoted followings. Live At Gorge represents why. Weighing in at 7« hours of unparalleled, nonstop incendiary rock 'n' roll, this box faithfully presents an all-time legend at the height of their power. Pearl Jam, Live At The Gorge is sure to be one of the biggest rock releases of 2007 and many years to come.
Perhaps it's the color scheme and imagery on the slipcase art for Live at the Gorge, recalling Roger Dean's classic 1970s-era album jackets, but this 7-disc set of live Pearl Jam feels warmly retro. Fans will concur, of course, since the 100 tracks favor Ten and Vs. And let's not kid ourselves, it'll be mostly committed fans that buy Gorge, given the sprawl and the fact that several tunes appear three times. That fact alone is retro: Fans buy live albums; generalists stay away. What fans will get--and generalists miss--here is an old-school, road-proved rock throwdown, from start to finish. Eddie Vedder's connection to fans is palpable in the between-song chatter and the Brit-style sing-a-longs (not to mention the Tom Petty goading he has going strong on the 2005 gig or the two appearances of Petty's "I Won't Back Down"). The general soundscape goes like this: The 2005 set is somber and slow-to-build, with its highlight in "I Believe in Miracles" as a show-opener. The 2006 discs, all four of them, are heated and gritty, with the final show's opening, "Severed Hand," providing a great vantage point into Pearl Jam's version of what Keith Richards calls "guitar weaving." It was a sweltering day at the Gorge (in George, Washington, no less), and the music embodies the heat. --Andrew Bartlett
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I like Live CDs for the same reason that I like live shows - there is an energy there that is never in the studio, and that's what music is about in any discipline. You absolutely need a dialectic between the audients and the musicians, both actively engaged, for anything like Music to lean over and take all and everyone into its confidence. LSO in the classical world do only live CDs and they are always among the best each year.
In the case of Pearl Jam, they are meant to be heard live and certainly few other artists give you so much in quantity and quality. That said, I wouldn't suggest listening to these straight through. You'd be better served with a significant break between each date. The initial September show is spectacular - one of their very best. The succeeding July shows are each enthusiastic roars for the home town crowd, and there is an abundance of commitment from both sides of the mic on display. I can hardly wait for blu-ray editions of this Band's work.
I have no favourites among the discs or the songs, they are all delivered witha sense of urgency. The musicianship is stellar throughout. Yet each time I hear them do Young's "Rocking in the Free World" I sincerely wish that they would collaborate again. There is an absolutely hillarious anecdote that Vedder tells on the Sepetmeber disc, but we'll leave that for you to discover.
All in all, a constant trajectory of superb performances continues from thsi band, and no matter how many times I hear them do a particular song, I seem to find something else interesting in each performance.
3 shows in their entirety and very raw yet excellent sounding. The crowd sings along to a lot of tracks, which is good for the feel, but can be annoying. Small complaint to an otherwise flawless live set. The set-lists themselves offer a great variety and hit on each disc. A couple extras and fun covers are here too. The packaging is excellent and is cool for collectors.. Songs do repeat in the set, but makes the shows legit.
I really pick my spots to purchase 'Live' CD's, but i have to say that this one is really well done. A no-brainer for PJ fans. And is a decent value for 7-discs if you find it onsale. Even live rock junkies should have this as the band sounds tighter than ever.
All 3 shows are great. I see why the band decided to release as boxed set.