Saturday, December 29, 2018

Top Ten Pearl Jam Moments of 2018, #4

The Green River Reissues

2018 marked the 20th anniversary of Yield, but Pearl Jam has long since dropped the ball on releasing super-deluxe boxed sets of their music.  Fans were saved though, because this year saw the reissue of the full Green River catalog.

Come On Down was the first, reissued for the first time since its 1985 release, by Jackpot Records, with a previously unreleased demo of Your Own Best Friend.

Later in the year, after the announcement of a really cool 45 of Green River performing Away in a Manger (paired with the U-Men performing Blue Christmas) for Record Store Day, Sub Pop announced reissues of Dry As a Bone, including Green River’s cuts from the crucial Seattle-scene compilation Deep Six, as well as long-lost songs that were recorded to the now-archaic format Betamax, and Rehab Doll, including a version of Swallow My Pride recorded to 8-track at Endino’s Reciprocal Recording, which features a more accurate depiction of how the band sounded when they played live.  Both were offered as CD, vinyl, or a special edition "Loser" edition with colored vinyl.

It was a quiet year for Pearl Jam fans, but Jeff Ament fans may be overwhelmed.