Acoustic,  Rock

Pearl’s Favorite Great-Grandson

Into The Wild

If you could find a picture of me in ’92 (though I doubt any exist) you’d see a young, scruffy, ‘musician-type’ wearing flannel shirts, drinking too much coffee and very likely listening to Pearl Jam. They were one of ‘my’ bands. You know the bands that you find long before everyone else does. I’ve had a long string of such bands in my lifetime but Pearl Jam is by far the one that started it all.

Somewhere between “No Code” and “Binaural” I lost touch with the group, and with last year’s self titled record they drew me back in. While I love the songwriting and band itself, the real draw was always Eddie Vedder and his voice, his passion, his vision. So I was giddy when I read over at I Am Fuel, You Are Friends that he was producing a soundtrack worth of solo material. I’ve had a week to listen to the record over and over and I have to say it far exceeded any unrealistic expectation I may have put on it. The tunes range from the dirge and strum of “Society” to the hope of the uplifting track “Hard Sun”, which is a cover of an obscure track by the group Indio and which I’ve provided below for everyone to sample. Have a listen and see how hard it is to not be singing along by the end of the tune.

Eddie VedderHard Sun (MP3)

Buy Into The Wild: Amazon |

Into The Wild (Movie): Official Site


  • Pete

    Good tune Michael! Pearl Jam / Vedder are one of the artists I’ve never really taken the time to get into. Probably should get around to changing that, eh?

  • Anonymous

    Nice post Ick!! Was very curious about this cd. I have recently taken the time to listen to Pearl Jam – prompted by their most recent album – and have really dug it. Great clip on Yutube of Pearl Jam and Neil doing Rockin’ in the Free World on an R & R hof. Did you post that one time? Keep up the GREAT work!
    e mort

  • McCrank's Juke

    Hey McCrank here:

    I think I will buy this album based on your recommendation. I have always like Pearl Jam from Vs. and Ten on…Lost track for a while during the wilderness years, but the album with the avacado was pretty good. Think I will buy this one based on your review. Good to know the old PJ sound is alive in Eddie’s solo work. McCrank’s Juke. Thanks!


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