Pearl Jam

Live: 8-6-00 - Greensboro, North Carolina

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In a move to beat bootleggers to the punch, Pearl Jam decided to release each of their 2000 American concert performances in a series of inexpensive double-CD sets. The August 6th concert recorded in Greensboro, NC, begins with their most frequent opener, "Of the Girl," before tearing into an energetic version of "Corduroy." Eddie Vedder spends a good portion of "Daughter" playing with words in true Jim Morrison dark poetry fashion and injecting sections of "It's OK" by Portland, Oregon, indie rock band Dead Moon before blasting through several more high-energy songs. In the second set, the kind-hearted Vedder spends some time helping out a concertgoer who is taping the show by setting the fan's tape recorder on stage so he can hold hands with his girlfriend during the romantic songs. The Who-influenced "Breakerfall" is balanced nicely by the quiet ukulele tune "Soon Forget," and the album closes with the fan-pleasing "Smile" containing the lines "I miss you already -- I miss you always" which seem genuinely aimed at the crowd. While there are no overwhelming moments, it is a solid set with plenty of highlights for Pearl Jam aficionados.

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