Pearl Jam

In Rock We Trust

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Taken from two nights at Neil Young's 1994 Bridge Benefit Concert, In Rock We Trust captures Pearl Jam at one of their career high points. Seething with a tense energy, Eddie Vedder growls the two acoustic sets like a man possessed. Gems like "Elderly Woman" and "Corduroy" are given powerful, angry treatments that reflect Vedder's growing frustration with the band's increasing fan base and popularity. As with most sound board recordings, occasionally the crowd is louder than the band, which hurts the second half of the album more than the first half. But Pearl Jam fans will be delighted to find the unreleased "Bee Girl," the fan club single "Let Me Sleep (It's Christmas Time)," and a cover of Richard Thompson's "Walking the Cow" included among the album tracks. And the excellent B-sides "Footsteps," "Yellow Ledbetter," and "Wash" are all performed as well, making the album a great collection of rare tracks as well as a good live album. Even the first night's reading of "Daughter" includes snippets from "American Pie" and "Hey Hey My My," another rare treat for fans. This album is not only fan-friendly, but an excellent sampler of the powerful live force Pearl Jam had become in the 1990s. As far as live bootlegs go, few releases can match this for pure overall quality.

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