Live At Benaroya Hall October 22, 2003 (2CD) (Digi-Pak)

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Live At Benaroya Hall October 22, 2003 (2CD) (Digi-Pak)

Release date: 07/27/2004

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Track Listings

Disc 1 (of 2)

1. Listen Of The Girl
2. Listen Low Light
3. Listen Thumbing My Way
4. Listen Thin Air
5. Listen Fatal
6. Listen Nothing As It Seems
7. Listen Man Of The Hour
8. Listen Immortality
9. Listen Off He Goes
10. Listen Around The Bend
11. Listen I Believe In Miracles
12. Listen Sleight Of Hand
13. Listen All Or None
14. Lukin

Disc 2 (of 2)

1. Listen Parting Ways
2. Listen Down
3. Listen Encore Break
4. Listen Can't Keep
5. Listen Dead Man
6. Listen Masters Of War
7. Listen Black
8. Listen Crazy Mary
9. Listen 25 Minutes To Go
10. Listen Daughter
11. Listen Encore Break
12. Listen Yellow Ledbetter

About the Album

On Oct. 22 and 23 of 2003, Pearl Jam performed a concert to raise money for YouthCare, which provides assistance to homeless and at-risk youth in the Seattle area. The end result of this concert is the impressive two-disc Live at Benaroya Hall, a mostly acoustic effort that is certain to satiate the appetite of die-hard fans.

Casual listeners looking for a Pearl Jam retrospective or "best of" would do better to look elsewhere; some of the most obvious choices, such as "Jeremy" and "Evenflow," are noticeably absent. But what does shine through is the collection of material that Eddie Vedder & Co. has amassed through the years. Unexpected delights like "Masters of War," Bob Dylan's classic war protest song, offer a surprising musical turn of events and the crowd is appropriately pleased. In Vedder's hands, the '60s song becomes a contemporary plea for peace as it accuses those in power of being out of touch.

One of the most stirring moments in this collection comes early on with the song "Low Light." While many fans would agree that this isnt Pearl Jam's best piece of work, in this stripped-down form it is almost goose-bump inducing. The band adds a touch of electric guitar to effectively restore some of the song's original power.

The all-time crowd-pleaser, "Black," doesn't fail the band or the audience. Coming from the same disc as "Jeremy" and "Alive," this one has the same kind of angst and urgency and even a decade later, Vedder seems personally attached to the song as he sings it.

"Daughter" remains a powerful piece of musical prose in the PJ collection, and Vedder shows that his stirring tale about a troubled girl hasn't lost any of its power since it was first recorded in 1993. The crowd responds enthusiastically and Vedder delivers the song with the same heartfelt emotion that helped make it a hit.

The audience has to wait through a couple of encores to get the evening's biggest payoff. For "Yellow Ledbetter," Pearl Jam plugs in and gets a helping hand from the electric guitar, and becomes the perfect ending to this collection. While the subject of this song remains one of the most hotly contested debate among fans, you won't gain any new insights about its meaning here, but you might walk away with a newfound appreciation for its musical staying power.

Detractors could argue that Live at Benaroya Hall fails to please because it doesn't have many of the expected songs that became hits for Pearl Jam. In reality, that is precisely what makes this album such a refreshing experience.

By Paula Felps

Artist: Pearl Jam
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date:
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.147
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 0.42 x 5.63
Walmart No.: 000812049
UPC: 0082876634242

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