I always believe you should go through life with as few regrets as possible. Last summer I had the opportunity to get a ticket for PJ in Manchester. I had a few other gigs on the go at the time and although I had their first four albums I had lost interest in them over the years and so decided I'd save my money for another gig. Last week I was in a certain well known high street cd store and noticed this at a knock down price. I thought about it and decided to go for it, 7 discs at £22 it had to be good value, didn't it? Well, I certainly don't regret paying that £22 but now after listening to this collection I do regret not buying that ticket last summer, hell it wasn't even expensive compared to most major bands these days.
I won't go into too much detail, but basically you get 3 full gigs at over 7 hours of music. All the favourites are on there including 'Alive', 'Even Flow', 'Yellow Ledbetter' etc and yes many of the songs are repeated but bands like Pearl Jam don't merely repeat what was recorded and there are extended jams on a number of the songs with quite a few interesting covers thrown in for good measure. Eddie's between song banter is quite amusing especially on the first concert where he tries to get the crowd to tempt Tom Petty out of his nearby hotel. You can tell that everyone's having a great time and that this is not a band who are just going through the motions. Each of these gigs is important to them and they are playing with a passion that only the very best live acts can match. So, if you're wondering whether to go out and invest in this collection, wonder no more, even at £30 this is excellent value for money, you won't regret it. As for the next time they come to Manchester, I will buy that ticket.