Pearl Jam releases track list for ‘Pearl Jam 20’ soundtrack


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The soundtrack to the forthcoming Pearl Jam documentary ‘Pearl Jam 20’ has been released, and it contains a bounty of previously unreleased tracks and live recordings sure to make the band’s devoted fans giddy. The film, directed by longtime Seattlite and former music journalist Cameron Crowe, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month before landing in theaters for a one-night-only screening Sept. 20. An accompanying coffee table book featuring an introduction by Crowe will offer a more detailed history of Pearl Jam; it hits the shelves the week prior. The film will continue its run as part of PBS’s ‘American Masters’ series on Oct. 21 before landing on DVD and download later in the year.


Crowe has known the band for nearly its entire career; they appeared in his ode to the Seattle rock scene and the so-called grunge movement, ‘Singles,’ in 1992. The director is best known for his films ‘Jerry McGuire’ and ‘Almost Famous,’ and has harnessed his storytelling skills to craft an inside look at the band’s fascinating career.

The film, which I saw last week, features remarkable footage of transformative live shows from throughout their career, including a look at pre-Pearl Jam band Mother Love Bone and its magnetic lead singer, the late Andrew Wood; early studio sessions; and interviews from band members and friends of the band (great contextual information from Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell) from throughout the band’s career.

Crowe organizes all of these glimpses to display the peaks and valleys. He narrates the film, and looks not only at the late ‘80s-early ‘90s Seattle music scene -- the first shot is of someone holding up albums by the Melvins and the U-Men -- but the supposed ‘rivalry’ between Pearl Jam and Nirvana, the transition from local band to international headliners. He also offers inside looks at more challenging aspects of Pearl Jam’s career, including the battle the band waged against ticketing giant Ticketmaster and the tragedy at the Roskilde Music Festival in Denmark in 2000, where nine fans were crushed to death during a Pearl Jam show -- an incident that the band says marked a turning point for them.

A few days ago Pearl Jam released a stream from the soundtrack: their version of Mother Love Bone’s ‘Crown of Thorns.’

1-11 Crown Of Thorns by pj20

Click on for the ‘Pearl Jam 20’ track listing.

‘Pearl Jam 20’ soundtrack track listing:

Disc One
“Release” Verona, Italy
“Alive” Seattle
“Garden” Zurich, Switzerland
“Why Go” Hamburg, Germany
“Black” MTV Unplugged
“Blood” Auckland, New Zealand
“Last Exit” Taipei, Taiwan
“Not For You” Manila, Philippines
“Do the Evolution” Monkeywrench Radio
“Thumbing My Way” Seattle
“Crown of Thorns” Las Vegas
“Let Me Sleep” - (Christmas Time) Verona, Italy
“Walk With Me” - Mountain View, Calif.
“Just Breathe’ - ‘Saturday Night Live’

Disc Two
“Say Hello 2 Heaven” - Demo
“Times of Trouble” - Demo
“Acoustic #1” - Demo
“It Ain’t Like That” - Demo
“Need to Know” - Demo
“Be Like Wind” - Demo
“Given to Fly” - Instrumental
“Nothing as It Seems” - Demo
“Nothing as It Seems” - Seattle
“Indifference” - Bologna, Italy
“Of the Girl” - Instrumental
“Faithfull” - Pistoia, Italy
“Bu$hleaguer” - Uniondale, N.Y.
“Betterman” - New York
“Rearviewmirror” - Los Angeles


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Updated, Aug. 22, 11:45 a.m.: The original version of this post provided the wrong date for the first airing of ‘Pearl Jam 20’ on American Masters. It will run on Oct. 21, not Oct. 1 as was originally written. The text has been changed above to reflect this.

Top photo: Director Cameron Crowe, left, and Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder in the early 1990s. Credit: ‘Pearl Jam 20.’