For anyone who missed Pearl Jam's roots in classic rock, "Yellow Ledbetter" spelled them out loud and clear. A gentle, Jimi Hendrix-esque ballad with an intro heavily indebted to "Little Wing," "Yellow Ledbetter" was actually never released on a Pearl Jam album, instead appearing as one of two B-sides on the "Jeremy" single. Pearl Jam had a knack for coming up with strong B-sides during their early years, and it's easy to see how "Yellow Ledbetter" could have made the cut for inclusion on Ten with just a bit of tightening up. As it was, the song achieved a surprising amount of college radio play for a B-side upon its release in 1992, and grew to become a fan favorite and concert staple. Lead guitarist Mike McCready receives a rare co-writing credit, and it's easy to see why, since his airy Hendrix imitations provide the essential meat of the song; his solo even ends in a trill lifted verbatim from Hendrix's solo on "May This Be Love." Eddie Vedder's vocal is alternately intense and achingly wistful, with the latter particularly suiting the song's mood. Overall, though, "Yellow Ledbetter" is something a little more than that -- it's the sound of a band overflowing with prime material.