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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Holy leaked Pearl Jam demos, Batman!

Recently a cool little Pearl Jam promotional CD which circulated during the production of Lost Dogs made its way to my ears, and I am beyond excited. It's a loose assemblage of demo versions and rough mixes of Pearl Jam songs from over the years, with the occasional live cut tossed in. A couple of these songs have never been heard before by John & Susie Q. Superfan (including me), while others were tunes that I have on various cassette tapes (like this KISW performance of Bee Girl, the alternate version of Alone, or Just A Girl) but haven't dug out or heard in years.

When something is a great find, my innards shake a little while I am downloading them. This was an innard-shaker.

Anything In Between (unreleased, Binaural outtake, 1999)
In The Moonlight (rough mix, Binaural outtake, 1999)
Fatal (rough mix, Binaural outtake, 1999)
Sad (a.k.a. Letter to the Dead, rough mix, Binaural outtake, 2000)
Wishing Well (live) (written by The Free, Mookie Blaylock, 1990)
Hitchhikers (rough mix, Binaural outtake, 1999)
Puzzle And Game (unreleased, vastly different demo of "Light Years", Binaural outtake, 2000)
Education (rough mix, Binaural outtake, 1999)
Sweet Lew (rough mix, Yield outtake, 1997)
Sunburn (unreleased, w/ Stone on vocals, No Code outtake, 1995)
Hold On (rough mix, Ten outtake, 1991)
(Just A) Girl (rough mix, Ten outtake, 1990)
Alone (rough mix, lyrics differ from Lost Dogs version, Ten outtake, 1991)
Brother (rough mix w/ different vocals, Ten outtake, 1990)
Don't Gimme No Lip (rough mix, No Code outtake, 1996)
Bee Girl (on Rockline, KISW FM, Seattle, 10/18/1993)
Against The '70s (From Mike Watt album 'Ball-Hog or Tugboat?', 1995)
"New" Jeremy (live version from Red Rocks, CO, 06/20/1995)

ZIP UP THE PEARL JAM DELICIOUSNESS

Also, for those baseball fans out there (I can't talk about the Giants this year, it's too painful) Ed's gonna be singing at the Cubbies game this Friday. Now that's my kind of seventh inning stretch.

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47 Comments:

At August 01, 2007 1:44 AM, Blogger Dylan Gaughan said...

Marry me.

 
At August 01, 2007 6:54 AM, Anonymous Aaron said...

I know exactly what you mean about the innards shaking. This is awesome!!! THANK YOU!! (is that too many exclamation points?)

 
At August 01, 2007 8:31 AM, Anonymous Mick said...

Thanks so much for posting this! I've had a vast majority of these tracks on cassette tape at one time or another, but never in an entire collection. I have downloaded, burned and am calling my cd "Lost Cats".

Me-ow!

 
At August 01, 2007 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an amazing post, this is going to have to console me for not getting tickets to the Vic Theatre tomorrow night! I had about half of these songs before but there are quite a few in here that are new for me and I'm loving it. Just like "cowbell" we always need more PJ - thank you!!!

 
At August 01, 2007 9:41 AM, Anonymous Yellow Bedwetter said...

thank you sooo much for leaking this...now I don't have to search for it and buy it!!
you have the best music blog out there!

 
At August 01, 2007 9:44 AM, Blogger heather said...

YB, it was already out there, I didn't personally leak it...and you can't buy it, it's highly unlikely it would ever be commercially available. Just wanted to say that. Thanks!

 
At August 01, 2007 10:24 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

Wow! This is so great, thanks!!! This just makes me wish even more that I had been able to move my flight to Chicago up to Thursday for the Vic show! This is the best pre-lolla present.

 
At August 01, 2007 10:30 AM, Blogger lbc said...

you're the tops, heather.

 
At August 01, 2007 11:26 AM, Blogger Jimmy Diggs said...

heather.
this is rocktastic.
i'm really diggin' the "sunburn" track with gossard!!
very, very cool.
thanks yet again for amazing music!
cheers.

 
At August 01, 2007 1:33 PM, Blogger paco said...

just another reason why i look at this blog daily. now i can do the happy dance. thanks!

 
At August 01, 2007 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so awesome, thank you!

- Neil

 
At August 01, 2007 3:02 PM, Blogger Caryl said...

Thanks for posting this. It is awesome!

 
At August 01, 2007 3:47 PM, Anonymous RNRNegro said...

YB - this was an Internal Promo.

FWIW, posting commercially UNavailable tracks would be kosher, but nothing to the contrary (just short of an official imprimatur).

 
At August 01, 2007 5:49 PM, Anonymous JoJo said...

Heather, you are the shit!! Thanks a million for this...

 
At August 01, 2007 6:06 PM, Anonymous kristen said...

you rock, plain & simple. thanks for this gem!

 
At August 01, 2007 7:03 PM, Anonymous aaron said...

I Just listened to this at work today and it literally made my week. Sometimes I find myself wishing that PJ would follow their first instincts on songs. These rough mixes are amazing, and it shows that some of the final versions would have benefitted from less studio tinkering. Thanks again.

 
At August 01, 2007 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't get much better. Thanks so much!

 
At August 01, 2007 11:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew when I read this on TSIS where to come pick 'em up. Nice work ;)

 
At August 02, 2007 2:05 AM, Blogger Anuj Gupta said...

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At August 02, 2007 2:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Links don't work :(

 
At August 02, 2007 3:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dammit not working! :(

 
At August 02, 2007 4:07 AM, Blogger Anuj Gupta said...

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At August 02, 2007 7:36 AM, Blogger Branden said...

Heather, is hero too strong of a word to describe you right now?

Does anyone know more background about these songs? Does the band want these out there?

 
At August 02, 2007 8:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many many thanks from little Belgium ...

 
At August 02, 2007 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Branden, I would say the band wouldn't mind at all, for several reasons. First, as I understand it, this was a promo CD created by Sony, hopefully with the OK of someone at PJ HQ. Second, most of the songs are rough mixes of songs that made Lost Dogs. Others, like the live Bee Girl, Brother, and the "new" Jeremy, have been available on various bootlegs for years.

I always read that the band, particularly Ed, was sensitive about "Brother" for some reason - there's some reason why the version on Lost Dogs doesn't have vocals. Anyone know the details?

 
At August 02, 2007 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I'll answer my own question:

Brother" (instrumental): An early candidate for "Ten," having made it as far as the rough mix of the album sent to Epic executives. The song disappeared from the Pearl Jam canon shortly thereafter and is presented here as an instrumental.

McCready: Well, "Brother" was a big point of contention between [guitarist] Stone [Gossard] and [bassist] Jeff [Ament]. I remember Jeff really loving it and Stone either not liking it or being indifferent about it. Jeff and Stone were arguing a lot about this song and were kind of mad at each other. Jeff got so pissed he went off and started dunking basketballs. It was like, "What's up, dude?" He got really pissed. He related this story to me recently.

It was the typical Stone goes one way/Jeff goes the other. That is just how they work. They have been together forever and the dynamic between the two of them makes things work. There was a big, heated argument. But I thought it was a cool song with a cool vibe. It may have been an example of mid-tempo-itis. I recall the big argument between the two. Jeff said it was almost like he was going to quit. It was serious sh*t. When it came back up recently, they didn't argue, but it was kind of a reliving in a way smaller way. Stone was still not into it. Ed didn't really like the original lyrics. He was like, "Hey man, if you want, go in and put some guitar stuff on it." I didn't have really any idea what to do, but I went down and listened to it and thought I'd do some Brian May-style layered guitars on it. I guess this is a final chapter and a lyrical burial.

 
At August 02, 2007 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome, downloading "as we speak".
Love your Blog b.t.w.
/Fred

 
At August 02, 2007 10:44 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

this is great. thanks so much. just watched the disgustingly awesome vic setlist roll in online, a mile away from the fucking theater. (yes, i really am bitter.) so this helps. :)

 
At August 02, 2007 11:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so when i read this post, well i peed a little..how i wish i was the Vic right now...now i am off to change my pantaloons and listen to these sweet, sweet tracks...thanks, HB-eezy

RR

 
At August 03, 2007 2:16 AM, Blogger Ig said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you - with deep joy from the UK!

 
At August 03, 2007 6:25 AM, Blogger Sean said...

Someday we will get the vault to open and get all of pjs demos

 
At August 03, 2007 8:51 AM, Blogger Thomas said...

do you have an actual CD or did you find this online? this is so cool... thanks for posting it...

thomas

 
At August 03, 2007 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my, my, you rock, Heather...
what a delight !!!!

Frank, Belgium

 
At August 03, 2007 10:43 AM, Blogger Thomas said...

Sweet Lew has some Masonic imagery in it... hmmm... interesting... i wonder what this song really is about...

thomas

 
At August 03, 2007 1:24 PM, Blogger andyracer said...

Heather, you so rok! thanks for this amazing post. IT is going to be a great soundtrack for my beach hosue in the Outer Banks next week.
any thoughts on the "Live at the Gorge" Box set? I really love it: the set lists are fantastic and the sound quality is superior to many of the other "bootleg" releases. A little skimpy on the art work, though.
just curious what u thought.
anyway, thanks again for this post, and all the other ones that so often so brighten my day !

 
At August 04, 2007 12:09 PM, Blogger DEREK BOCCIA said...

Hey Heather,

THANK YOU for posting this! I've had most of these (in poor condition) and it's great to get some cleaned up versions. And, I actually prefer the "altered" versions found here to the originals, Education in particular. I was not a fan of that song, lovin' this alternate cut.

And the crown jewel for me - a CLEAN PUZZLES & GAMES! YAY YAY YAY! (Oh, how I wish this was the Binaural release!)

Well, enough of the gushing. Again - THANK YOU!

 
At August 04, 2007 5:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm on a 2 week cycle with your blog, every two weeks I check back in and every time I do.....well you never let me down. Good for you Heather!!!
Thanks for the great PJ schwag....

 
At August 04, 2007 11:43 PM, Blogger Anuj Gupta said...

Does anyone know more about 'Anything In Between'? Sounds familiar.

 
At August 07, 2007 11:06 PM, Blogger Trent said...

Your site rules!

 
At August 09, 2007 8:00 AM, Blogger Joe said...

Can I be your best friend now? Because this is just like finding a goldmine.

 
At August 19, 2007 8:09 AM, Anonymous Scootp2 said...

Thanks so much. A friend just sent me this link. I can't believe how easy it was to get it on my iPOD. Thanks again.

 
At August 25, 2007 12:50 PM, Blogger Joan said...

like jack johnson says.. "is always more fun to share with everyone" hahaha. Long life to the music and PJ.
Good job Heather ;)

 
At September 11, 2007 4:34 PM, Anonymous isaac lara said...

CHILEAN PEOPLE LOVE YOU HEATHER

THANKS FOR ALLL PEARL JAM RARITIES AND LIVE PEFOMANCES

SIGUE ASI DE BIEN LINDA !!

 
At September 26, 2007 7:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is the best thing.
i felt the same way when i began to press savelink!!!

 
At July 12, 2008 2:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Against The 70s" is a Mike Watt song that Eddie Vedder sang and played some guitar on. It's on Mike Watt's "Ball-Hog or Tugboat?" album.

 
At January 07, 2009 11:34 AM, Anonymous SOLAT319 said...

Very cool that you share the goodness with other fans.

 
At May 03, 2009 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!!!!! You are a goddess!

 

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