In celebration of Pearl Jam releasing their 10th studio album Lightning Bolt today (currently #1 on iTunes) and the fact that they are coming to play the Barclays Center on Friday and Saturday night, I wanted to play major fanboy for a minute and list the essential Pearl Jam tracks that aren't on Rearviewmirror, their greatest hits album covering 1991 to 2003.
Rearviewmirror is a fine representation of songs everyone knows and also some "hits" from later albums that were less successful -- the quotes are to signify the extreme looseness in that word because John Q. Public stopped caring about Pearl Jam the moment they heard No Code. But I often meet people who recently discovered the band and use Rearviewmirror as their sole refresher course in all things PJ. What a disgusting disservice that is to the rest of the catalogue, which includes over 160 songs.
With that in mind, I will be picking two songs per studio album through Riot Act and then three songs off their last three albums since they were released after Rearviewmirror. Also, I will add seven more from b-sides to round out the list and make it an even 30, because Pearl Jam has the uncanny ability to leave great songs off their albums. Again, these 30 songs ARE IN ADDITION TO EVERYHTING ON REARVIEWMIRROR.
So yeah, add these to Rearviewmirror and you've got yourself 63 songs and a sensational playlist to get fired up for the Barclays concerts. Full playlist down below, but first the "best of the rest" for lack of a better term.
Could also argue for "Indifference."
Sleight of Hand
If I could pick a third: "Grievance"
"The Fixer" was the lead single off this album, but I think it's shit. You may disagree.
My Father's Son
These three, along with a few others, are the most interesting to me on the first 10 spins of the new album. I've kind of worn myself out on "Mind Your Manners" and "Sirens" in the last few months.
Lost Dogs/Other B-Sides
Hard to Imagine
"Cold Confession" and "Of The Earth" both deserve a nod here. Damn these goddamn limits I placed on myself!
Here you go. All 63 songs in one playlist. If you don't like my choices, we can have a heated argument about it. And then one of us can go fuck himself. I won't say who.