Live at Benaroya Hall: Oct. 22, 2003

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Having wriggled free from the strictures of the major-label system -- for the time being -- Pearl Jam have put themselves in a position to release pretty much anything they choose. As an appetizer, the quintet dish out this two-disc concert set, a collection that, while billed as acoustic, packs as much punch as anything they've put on disc in the past. Benaroya is not a greatest-hits set -- the best-known tunes included are "Daughter" (with a dash of the Beatles' "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" tucked in for good measure) and "Yellow Ledbetter," which top off the encore that ends Disc 2 -- but it's easily the band's most personal collection. The covers that pepper...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Having wriggled free from the strictures of the major-label system -- for the time being -- Pearl Jam have put themselves in a position to release pretty much anything they choose. As an appetizer, the quintet dish out this two-disc concert set, a collection that, while billed as acoustic, packs as much punch as anything they've put on disc in the past. Benaroya is not a greatest-hits set -- the best-known tunes included are "Daughter" (with a dash of the Beatles' "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" tucked in for good measure) and "Yellow Ledbetter," which top off the encore that ends Disc 2 -- but it's easily the band's most personal collection. The covers that pepper the performance draw the spotlight to the heart that Eddie Vedder wears on his sleeve, both in terms of politics (aired in a seething rendition of Bob Dylan's "Masters of War") and steadfast love of the music that inspired him (most evident in the anthemic reading of the Ramones' "I Believe in Miracles"). While Vedder takes a goodly share of the spotlight -- even going so far as to ditch the band entirely for solo versions of "Can't Keep" (on which he plunks along gamely on ukulele) and "Dead Man" -- his mates don't go unnoticed. Mike McCready, in particular, dashes off some soaring solos, most notably the breathless lead on "Nothing Is as It Seems." With the wide array of shows they've put on disc over the past few years, a Pearl Jam live set isn't really a novelty, but Live at Benaroya Hall still manages to sound like an event.
All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Of the many, many live albums Pearl Jam publicly released, their October 23, 2003, show at Benaroya Hall is one of the more novel ones. The show itself is a charity event for the YouthCare organization, and it's a mainly acoustic affair featuring an atypical set list that's heavy on obscurities. In particular, covers of Bob Dylan's "Masters of War," Shel Silverstein's "25 Minutes to Go" immortalized by Johnny Cash on his At Folsom Prison live album, and Victoria Williams' "Crazy Mary" are high points, as are non-album tracks like "Fatal," "Man of the Hour," "Down," and "Dead Man" and live rarities like "Around the Bend," "Can't Keep," and "I Believe in Miracles." Yes, there are some well-worn live favorites -- "Immortality," "Lukin," "Black," "Daughter," and the set-closing, very electric "Yellow Ledbetter" -- but these are the exceptions to the norm here. Such novelty, of course, doesn't make Benaroya Hall an especially excellent set in fact, it feels a little one-dimensional and subdued because of the acoustic instrumentation, though it is one of the more unique and interesting of the many, many shows Pearl Jam released publicly over the years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828766342420
  • Catalog Number: 63424

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Of the Girl
  2. 2 Low Light
  3. 3 Thumbing My Way
  4. 4 Thin Air
  5. 5 Fatal
  6. 6 Nothing As It Seems
  7. 7 Man of the Hour
  8. 8 Immortality
  9. 9 Off He Goes
  10. 10 Around the Bend
  11. 11 I Believe in Miracles
  12. 12 Sleight of Hand
  13. 13 All or None
  14. 14 Lunkin
Disc 2
  1. 1 Parting Ways
  2. 2 Down
  3. 3 (Encore Break)
  4. 4 Can't Keep
  5. 5 Dead Man Walking
  6. 6 Masters of War
  7. 7 Black
  8. 8 Crazy Mary
  9. 9 25 Minutes to Go
  10. 10 Daughter
  11. 11 (Encore Break)
  12. 12 Yellow Ledbetter
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pearl Jam Primary Artist
Eddie Vedder Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Victoria Williams Composer
John Burton Engineer
Dave Abbruzzese Composer
Jeff Ament Composer
Ed Brooks Mastering
Stone Gossard Composer
Mike McCready Composer
Dee Dee Ramone Composer
Daniel Rey Composer
Eddie Vedder Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!!

    JUST BRILLIANT IF YOU DON'T HAVE THIS ALBUM,GET IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome acoustic set

    I am lucky enough to have Pearl Jam coming to my town, Asheville, NC as part of the Vote For Change Tour. I have several of their studio albums and have been a big fan for years, so I thought I'd get a live CD to get a preview of the upcoming concert. If the concert I am going to see in October is anything like this CD, it will be incredible! Though the concert I see probobly will not be acoustic, this CD shows Pearl Jam can put on a great concert. Every song is tight, the musicianship excellent. Some of the tunes, such as Nothing as it Seems, Off He Goes, and Around the Bend simply blow away their studio versions. Plus we get added jewels like the cover of Dylan's Masters of War. I highly recommend this CD to any Pearl Jam fan, no matter how big or small. It's a great CD to reconnect with a band that you may have almost forgotten about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Forgot about Dre? You won't forget this one!

    So.......Are you one of the many that thought Pearl Jam just faded away? Wrong! This double disc is an excellent refresher course for those of you who might not have listened to the Jammers since Vitalogy. The 2+ hour set is amazing, featuring the band in a mellow mood, playing a variety of old and new, popular and obscure songs, in a small theater. Its a "one night only" glimpse of the journey thats taken Pearl Jam miles away from the "Ten" album. Still, they maintain the passion they had some 14 years ago. I highly recommend this album to any music fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT

    Although I haven't listened to a Pearl Jam album in a long time, this double disk shows the true musicianship of a phenomenal band that I forgot about for a long time. I hope to hear more acoustical stuff in the future!

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    Posted November 9, 2008

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