Vitalogy

Vitalogy

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by Pearl Jam
     
 

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Thanks to its stripped-down, lean production, Vitalogy stands as Pearl Jam's most original and uncompromising album. While it isn't a concept album, Vitalogy sounds like one. Death and despair shroud the album, rendering even the explosive celebration of vinyl "Spin the Black Circle" somewhat muted. But that black cloud works…  See more details below

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Thanks to its stripped-down, lean production, Vitalogy stands as Pearl Jam's most original and uncompromising album. While it isn't a concept album, Vitalogy sounds like one. Death and despair shroud the album, rendering even the explosive celebration of vinyl "Spin the Black Circle" somewhat muted. But that black cloud works to Pearl Jam's advantage, injecting a nervous tension to brittle rockers like "Last Exit" and "Not for You," and especially introspective ballads like "Corduroy" and "Better Man." In between the straight rock numbers and the searching slow songs, Pearl Jam contribute their strangest music -- the mantrafunk of "Aye Davanita," the sub-Tom Waits accordion romp of "Bugs," and the chilling sonic collage "Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me." Pearl Jam are at their best when they're fighting, whether it's Ticketmaster, fame, or their own personal demons.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/06/1994
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646690024
catalogNumber:
66900

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pearl Jam   Primary Artist
Dave Abbruzzese   Drums
Jeff Ament   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Stone Gossard   Guitar,Vocals,Mellotron
Jack Irons   Drums
Mike McCready   Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Eddie Vedder   Guitar,Accordion,Vocals

Technical Credits

Pearl Jam   Producer
Dave Abbruzzese   Composer
Jeff Ament   Composer
Nick DiDia   Engineer
Brett Eliason   Engineer
Stone Gossard   Composer
Mike McCready   Composer
Brendan O'Brien   Producer,Engineer
Eddie Vedder   Composer
Joel Zimmerman   Art Direction
Barry Ament   Artwork

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Vitalogy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vitalogy is probably the best CD Pearl Jam came out with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. I mean you get a nice little booklet with the CD and you won't find any better songs from these guys than: ''betterman'', ''spin the black circle'', ''Not for you'', ''Whipping'', ''nothingman'' and ''Tremor Christ'' but darn it, no one, and I mean NO ONE is gonna be reaching for Vitalogy and cueing up the jackass accordion(?!) ramble ''Bugs'' about all these bugs in his room, broom, head, bed (you get the idea). It's like Eddie's brain slid out of his head while writing and performing that song. Many suspect he snuck it onto the album without the others noticing. People also won't be jumping when they hear ''Aye Davaita'' or whatever it's called or ''Satan's Bed''. It's hard to believe that pearl jam is responsible for this mess. Oh yeah, what about that STUPID Beatles Revolution9 inspired tapelooped...collection of noises at the end of the disk called ''heyfoxymophandlemamathatsme''? Hardly worth a mention except that it is unlistenable. And it clocks in at 8 MINUTES!! You have to ponder why the band would allow that garbage to be released to the public...PERIOD! Waste of space and time. I sure hope Pearl Jam didn't spend a lot of time on THAT track. To sum, some of the best stuff that band has done but the vastness of the garbage that is on here weighs it down from ever becoming one of Pearl Jam's or even the 90's greatest releases.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pearl Jam is defenitly the best group there is, so of course this is a great CD. All the songs are great musically and lyrically. I don't think I need to say much else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At its first listen, Vitalogy surprises audiences because it lacks the clear cut, accessible studio sound that lead to the ultimate success of its two predecessors. One should not let the album's strange conceptuality stray them from a well-deserved listen through, however, for after a few runs one discovers that Vitalogy features some of Pearl Jam's greatest achievements. The album is as bold and unusual as its cardboard cover and "medical" booklet; the music is grungy, straightforward, and yet largely un-mainstream. "Better Man," "Corduroy" and "Not For You" eventually proved to be the album's most popular, accessible songs, but during a listen through Vitalogy they merely blend in with a sea of mature, highly developed songs, some energetic and punky - "Spin the Black Circle" and "Whipping" - others somber, subtle, emotional - "Nothingman" and "Immortality." Then there are the strange, unexpected filler tracks like "Pry, To" and "Aye Davinata" and the disturbing closer "Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me" that leave the listener a little shaken and contemplative. Vitalogy gets into the brain of its audience and doesn't let go until the final wails of its guitars fade out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the album is somewhat odd and obscure, the creativity makes up for all of that. "Better Man" is by far the best song on the entire album. This is one of Pearl Jam's best albums ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is THE BEST. No kidding. It isn't just some monkeyish album that follows the lead of some monkeyish musical fad. Peal Jam has its own soul, and this album definately shows that. The music is diverse, powerful, forceful, amazing, creative, uncommon, beautiful, and sincere. Oh, and it totally rocks dude! I love it, love it, love it! I listen to it almost every night, and the songs on this album have come to mean a lot to me. Sometimes I stay up really late and listen to it over and over and over, becuase it's impossible to get tired of these songs. Please give this album a try, becuase chances are you will love it as much as I do. My love to everyone! ~Be the flamingo on the lawn of life!~
trippyrocker More than 1 year ago
Pearl Jam has never been the same since the release of this album. In sound, looks, and performence. Don't get me wrong they still put on a killer show, but you don't see Eddie Vedder crawling up the lights of a jam-packed 50,000-60,000 seat stadium. But hey.... no ones the same after twenty years. Just a year after the release of the iconic Ten follow up Vs, Pearl Jam sued ticketmaster, played smaller venues, and released their third album Vitalogy. Every who heard this record all say it's more punk sounding than anything else PJ has done, which i agree with. However it did'nt hit me like their first two albums did. The lound, long lasting guitar solos are barely heard. Probebly the biggest thing that stuck out to me were the couple of tracks that were weird techno sounding instrumentals (Bugs,Ave Davanita,"and the worst of all" Hey Foxymophandlemama, thats me) would be the only "throw away' tracks on the album. Everything else is just OK. However there were three killer tracks (Nothingman,Corduroy,and Better Man), which can all be found on the Rearviewmirror Greatest Hits CD. Other than thows nothing really made a big impression on me. Im not saying it's terrible, i even heard one reviewer call the record "The White Album" of the 90's." It's defintly very punk sounding right at the start with Last Exit and Spin The Black Circle. The only thing we can all agree on, is that even thow they rock, Pearl Jam never was the same after this album. The only thing i can recommend would be Nirvana's later albums, which Vitalogy did remind me off.
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