Pearl Jam

Flashpoint Featuring Eddie With The Doors

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Featuring three different performances edited together on one disc, Flashpoint is equally a showcase for the twin guitar attack of Mike McCready and Stone Gossard on the Pearl Jam tracks and the acid-throated vocals of Eddie Vedder on the Doors' songs. On the first few tracks (especially "Why Go" and "State of Love & Trust"), it is Gossard and McCready who absolutely steal the show with their awesome leads and moody guitar melodies. Although the rest of the band impresses on these tracks, the guitarists really go the distance and stand out. On the songs that Vedder sings with the three remaining Doors members, the reunited band sounds awesome with Vedder out in front. His passionate vocals fit into the mix perfectly, complementing the amazing guitar by Robbie Krieger. This lineup, which performed these songs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, packs the same power as some of the classic Jim Morrison performances from the '60s. Finally, the disc ends on a weird note with another version of "State of Love & Trust" and a decent cover of the Who's "Baba O'Reilly." The sound quality is very good throughout, especially on the Doors songs. This album is worth searching out for these songs alone, but fans will probably be pleasantly surprised by the excellent live show that precedes those tracks.

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