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Vitalogy

Pearl Jam Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Dec 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000025AP3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Last Exit
2. Spin The Black Circle
3. Not For You
4. Tremor Christ
5. Nothingman
6. Whipping
7. "Pry, To"
8. Corduroy
9. Bugs
10. Satan's Bed
11. Better Man
12. Aye Davanita
13. Immortality
14. Stupidmop

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PEARL JAM Vitalogy (1994 UK 14-track CD the third album from the Eddie Vedder-led US outfit. Includes the singles Spin The Black Circle & Not For You housed in a super gold embossed book style digipack with integral booklet - a very cool design for a very cool album!)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars `A Truant Finds Home' 8 Oct 2006
By Nobody VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After the mega success of both "Ten" and "VS" Pearl Jam were in the position to do effectively whatever they wanted and in my opinion that's exactly what they did. Gone is the polished production and in comes the more live sound with a bit more of punkier vibe. Pearl Jam always sounded like a fusion of Led Zeppelin, Hendrix and Husker Du, remove one these and I just don't think they are as good and it was here that they found that perfect balance of all three. `Ten' was over polished and `VS' was a bit patchy but this however is far warmer and the song writing is more consistent if somewhat darker than both of the previous two. Anyone thinking that this is too experimental is obviously referring to tracks `Pry, To', `Bugs', `Aye Davinita', `Heyfoxymophandlemama, That's Me' but even if it's not for you they don't overstay their welcome. So don't let that put you off, I actually believe it's those tracks that give the other tracks room to breath and add to the charm of this record. Lyrically the album is a like tribute to both the death of vinyl (Spin the Black Circle), Kurt Cobain (Immortality [the ability to live by dying], Corduroy) and the pressures of success (Not For You, Corduroy). The thing I always liked about Pearl Jam lyrically was that their songs always seemed to be a helping hand rather than a descent into nihilism.

This is Pearl Jam's finest album, in which they really are on top form, and the essential purchase for any Pearl Jam fan. `Vitalogy' is definitely my personal favourite Pearl Jam album and a treasure in my collection. I wish they'd make them like this again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam's New Path 5 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
With the release of Vitalogy, Pearl Jam takes on a new direction toward obscurity. After the two extremely popular, rock anthem, grunge records, "Ten" and "Vs.," Eddie Vedder and company have made a rather impressive attempt at growing beyond the grunge roots that made them what they are today. This record is amazing, and main-stream enough. But, you can feel the winds of change coming in the new material.
There are some extremely strong songs on Vitalogy. The first single off the record, called "Spin the Black Circle" was rather punk-rock, very different than most Pearl Jam. The B-Side was the better of the two tracks on the single. "Tremor Christ" ended up being the bigger radio song in the long run, as the single did not do all that well. It was strange to see what they released as singles from the record. Next was "Not For You," a rock anthem, very Pearl Jam. It's B-Side is a non-album, improv track called "Outta My Mind." The final single released was a great song called "Immortality," Its B-Side, a cover of "Rearview Mirror" from "Vs.," by a band called "The Frogs."
The strange thing about the record is the songs that weren't released as singles. "Betterman," "Corduroy," and maybe even "Nothingman" were great songs that found their way the radio even without the backing of Epic Records. They are some of the strongest songs on the LP, they could have easily done better than they did with a little marketing.
Though, it does seem, that Pearl Jam does some of this to themselves. A band, troubled for some time, with internal shake-ups, squabbles, and an ongoing battle with Ticketmaster, seemed to be allergic to the limelight. This record came out in the middle of the aforementioned strife in the band's history.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, and a Stupid Mop. 31 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
This, along with 'Riot Act' is classic Pearl Jam. What they're all about in my opinion. This is a brilliant record with some of the greatest Pearl Jam songs ever stacked nicely throughout. Add to that the brilliant book and overall Vinyl feel to it, and you're rocking. A classic album.
Vitalogy is split into two parts, 1 & 2. 1 consists of the strong, brilliant tracks and 2 focuses more on their experimental stuff, ending with the frankly quite disturbing "hey foxymophandlemama, that's me" or "Stupid Mop." It's a 7 and a half minute opus about mops and sex, and sex with mops. It's really odd. I mean really odd. Disturbing. The voiceover and stuff just makes it sound like something from 'Silence of the Lambs', but that aside, it's an ace record. You always get the feeling that Eddie & co. always stick something on the end of their records to stop them from being perfect. Just to annoy us lol. I think so anyway.
Anyway, why all the fuss?
Well, "Corduroy", "Spin The Black Circle", "Last Exit", "Tremor Christ", "Not For You", "Immortality", "Nothingman" AND "Betterman" are all on here. See why now? lol
This is a brilliant album, and many people's favourite for obvious reason. Add to that the brilliant, jammy "Aye Davanita" and Eddie's romp with an accordion classic "Bugs", and you have probably the perfect PJ album. Not my favourite, however. It feels too dark. It sounds too dark. It is, too dark. Not in the same league as 'Ten' as dark albums go, but for sure a close second.
Did I mention the booklet? I love that thing.
5 Stars. Just Get It. Now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam sell out.......not 15 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is Pearl Jam darkest, and most experimental album. Recorded at a time when the band had become disenchanted with their sudden rise to fame, and in the wake of Kurt Cobain's recent suicide, the album sounds like a band trying their hardest to alienate their audience. While songs such as 'Bugs' and 'Stupid Mop' are Pearl Jam at their most self indulgent, the album features many classics, such as the punk 'Spin the Black Circle', the mournful Immortality, Corduroy, one of the band's best rockers, and many more of the band's best songs. The lyrics are also Vedder at his best, in turn angry and introspective. Although not as commercial as their debut, Ten, Vitalogy is without a doubt the band's most ambitious album to date, and while it may take some time to sink in, it will soon reveal itself as a dark, mournful classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic
great cd one of the best in pearl jams collection of albums this one is great check out nothingman, betterman there all good
Published 10 months ago by lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jammed
As ever with Vedder and co.; this album goes from the sublime to the meh. Never quite matched Ten for strength in depth.
Published 12 months ago by Mr Gordon Bowie
4.0 out of 5 stars The White Album of the 90s, January 13, 2000
[NOTE: I am reissuing my Amazon.com reviews on Amazon.co.uk. This review was originally published on Amazon. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I'm very pleased with this achievement, all the package and its containing was fantastic. I will for sure make more requests from this place.
Published on 18 Sep 2011 by Fernando Silva
4.0 out of 5 stars Their Second Great
After the success of their debut masterpiece, Pearl Jam used more experimenting and less commercial tunes for "Vs." and it didn't always pay off. Read more
Published on 17 May 2011 by Paperback Critic
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible songs that somehow combine to make a somewhat disappointing...
This album does not make up it's mind. It has some truly awesome songs, Immortality and Nothingman come to mind. Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2008 by SBS
5.0 out of 5 stars a true gem
this album seems to generate a lot of mixed feelings in people. being a child of the grunge generation i bought this on release having been a fan of the band since ten. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2008 by Ben
4.0 out of 5 stars The White Album of the 90s
Back in 1968, The Beatles released their double set called The Beatles, more commonly known as The White Album. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2007 by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Sheep of pearl Jam Albums but fantastic
im not sure why people give this such a hard time, i can be a little shaky in places yes but the album has some fantastic songs on in 'Corduroy' makes it worth it by itself not to... Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2007 by scrumpmonkey
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many fillers and curveballs
This is basically a great album wrapped up in pap. They had a lot of baggage to carry with two hugely commercially successful albums and were determined to throw it off. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2007 by AndrewS
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