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Pearl Jam are a grunge band that emerged in 1990 in Seatle, United States. They formed after the previous project Mother Love Bone ended abruptly with the death of lead singer Andrew Wood. When singer Eddie Vedder met the other band members, that is when Pearl Jam properly started their historical run:
You can download Pearl Jam´s Timeline by clicking on the image below:
Some spin offs are included in this story: Tribute to the late Andrew Wood, as mentioned, with Temple of the Dog (1991) a project leaded by Chris Cornell, of Soundgarden. Also, the fantastic record Above (1995) by Mad Season, a band that included late Layne Staley (from Alice in Chains) on vocals.
Pearl Jam´s History in short
Pearl Jam´s debut album Ten was released in 1991. It took some time for it to become a hit, but by 1992 the band was enjoying a lot of success with songs like Jeremy, Alive and Evenflow becoming classics of their setlists.
The band´s consistent line up is: Eddie Vedder (vocals), Mike McCready (guitar), Stone Gossard (guitar), Jeff Ament (bass). They have had several drummers, being their first Dave Krusen (who only pleayed in the album Ten). Dave Abbruzzese was in Pearl Jam for two records, until 1994. Jack Irons replaced him until 1998 and then Soundgarden´s Matt Cameron joined as a permanent drummer.
The band continued to be successful with 1993´s Vs. and 1994´s Vitalogy, but they were not enjoying their rock star status. This is why they stopped releasing music videos at that time. By 1996 Pearl Jam were living difficult times, having entered a legal fight with Ticketmaster and struggling with inner tension. Their fourth album, No Code was released that year.
In 1998 they released their amazing Yield, an album which features Pearl Jam´s first video in 6 years: Do The Evolution.
The early 2000s were a little quiet for Pearl Jam, as the grunge movement had already faded away in previous years. 2000´s Binaural and 2002´s Riot Act were well received but not a commercial success. Their selftitled album from 2006, Pearl Jam, geared up their sound a little bit.
In 2009 Pearl Jam released their shortest and most punk album to date: Backspacer. It notably includes the single Just Breathe, a well know acoustic track. Years later, in 2013 they released what I consider to be their weakest album, Lightning bolt.
And finally: Gigaton (2020). Not their best record, but definitely better than the previous one. Includes the Zeppelinesque track Quick Escape, definitely a great tune.
Recommended Pearl Jam albums:
Here is a really short and personal choice of Pearl Jam´s records, which I highly recommend. 1993´s Vs. is my favourite Pearl Jam album:
- Vs. (1993)
- Ten (1991)
- Binaural (2000)
- Yield (1998)
- Pearl Jam (2006)
Having said that, Vitalogy is a fan favourite, often referred as their second best album. The debut Ten is often considered their top 1.