Pearl Jam Album Release In April Revealed

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As the comebacks and throwbacks continue to overtake the music world, Pearl Jam have been splattered back into the headlines. For those who are fans of the band you will be happy to hear that a special rare Live LP is being released. But where and when will this piece of music history be available for purchase. Read on…

As per SPIN, The live Pearl Jam album which was recorded in Melbourne Australia at the start of the Yield tour in 1998, but was scrapped days before its planned release, is finally seeing the light of day. Give Way will be released by Legacy Recordings on gatefold black double vinyl and CD as part of Record Store Day on April 22, featuring 17 tracks from the band’s March 5, 1998, show at Melbourne Park.

That performance was broadcast live on radio and the internet by JJJ and was widely bootlegged, but was later planned to be included as a free promotion to fans who purchased the Pearl Jam documentary Single Video Theory at Best Buy upon its early August 1998 release. At the last minute, Pearl Jam’s label Epic Records halted the release for unspecified reasons, prompting the destruction of nearly all of the 50,000 CD copies that had been pressed. One copy is currently selling for nearly $600 on Discogs.

Give Way, which nods to the Australian version of the American “yield” traffic sign, finds Pearl Jam five shows into its first tour in a year-and-a-half and just beginning to incorporate material from the month-old Yield into its set lists. It contains powerful versions of “Faithfull,” “Brain of J,” “MFC,” and “Given To Fly” from that album, plus older cuts such as “Hail, Hail,” “State of Love and Trust,” “Immortality,” “I Got ID,” “Corduroy” (with a country-specific tease of Midnight Oil’s “Beds Are Burning”), and “Animal.”

The full concert featured 25 songs, eight of which are omitted on Give Way. This was drummer Jack Irons’ final tour with Pearl Jam; his last show came 15 days later in Perth. He was replaced by Matt Cameron, who has drummed with Pearl Jam ever since and whose maiden tour with the group that summer was chronicled on another 1998 live album, Live on Two Legs.