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Vs [Import]

Pearl Jam Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Pearl Jam rose from the ashes of Mother Love Bone to become the most popular American rock & roll band of the '90s. After vocalist Andrew Wood overdosed on heroin in 1990, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament assembled a new band, bringing in Mike McCready on lead guitar and recording a demo with Soundgarden's Matt Cameron on ... Read more in Amazon's Pearl Jam Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Oct 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000028UK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Go
2. Animal
3. Daughter
4. Glorified G.
5. Dissident
6. W.M.A.
7. Blood
8. Rearviewmirror
9. Rats
10. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
11. Leash
12. Indifference

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw beauty for the head and heart 9 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Following the sweeping epic "Ten" was always going to be tough . Or so we thought . The boys from Pearl Jam showed how easy it all was when they released this blistering album , and consequently held the record for five years for the fastest selling album in the world ..EVER. Moonwalk on that thought Mr Michael Jackson. It's easy to see why "Vs" struck a chord with so many people - it has the intimate beauty of acoustic numbers such as "Daughter" ; the percussion led anger and passion as typified by "WMA" , "Animal " and "Rearviewmirror" , and perhaps the most poignant love song they had at this stage penned in "Dissident". Eddie's vocals are wounded and howling , yet that rich baritone is always bubbling under the surface - proving why he is the greatest rock singer of his or any other generation. The lyrics are insightful and heartwrenching as always. On "WMA " (White Middle American ) Vedder raises the political stakes and declares how easy the affluent white population have it - "He won the lottery , by being born.... police stopped my brother today ". A singer with a song and a cause to sing. The music is tight and fluid and aches to be played loud. It rushes out of the starting box with "Go" and never goes flaccid for a second. You end up shell shocked and breathless , but I guarantee you will be reaching straight for that repeat button before you know it. Truly astonishing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Defining 20 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
When Vedder and Co burst onto the scene with "Ten", the burning question was "How the hell do you follow that?" Here Pearl Jam provided the answer with an album full of visceral savage rock and songs aimed at all sections of American society, from gun-nuts to bigoted Police Officers.
From the opening ferociousness in "Go" to the bittersweet tenderness of Indifference, in which Vedder really lets his voice do all the work to carry a haunting chiming riff this is an album that confirmed Pearl Jam as MAJOR league players.
The band sound tight, yet retain a power and urgency and fluidity straight out of the practice room.
Along with "Ten", they would never be this immediate and downright angry again...truly essential Pearl Jam
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece! 17 July 2005
By Sasukle
Format:Audio CD
I must admit to being slightly biased here because I love Pearl Jam but even I didn't think the band could come close to reaching the dizzying heights of perfection that was their debut 'Ten' but boy, was I wrong!
This, their 2nd album, actually has a more varied and experimental edge. Full-on rock anthems such as 'Go', 'Animal' and 'Leash' sit alongside more melodic songs such 'Daughter', and 'Elderly Woman...' and the funk-fuelled 'Glorified G' and 'Rats'. This is the sound of a band not afraid to try out new things and further expand their musical horizons.
Eddie Vedder's voice and lyrics are are strong as ever and his ability to tell stories through the songs is second to none, in my opinion. It is hard to pick out stand-out tracks from this record because everything is so tight and it would probably be quicker to pick songs that you did not like.
This stands shoulder-to-shoulder with 'Ten' as one of the best rock records of recent times. Please, if you are a fan of good music - buy this album!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Ten (in my humble opinion) 10 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
Bottom line: This album is better than Ten. Hard to believe as that is, I think it is more diverse and manages the feat of being consistently great. It is an unsung classic that deserves it place amongst the great rock albums of the 90s along with Ten, Nevermind, Superunknown and Dirt of the same era.
It takes a few listens to sink in but, like all truly great recordings, before you know it you will fall in love with this album.
It rocks: Opener 'Go' is frenetic, and 'Animal' and 'Leash' possess a thunderous groove. 'Blood' is a raw explosion of noise which has Vedder howling himself hoarse over a thunderous rock barrage.
It soars: 'Dissident' is Vs' answer to 'Alive' and very nearly as good!
It sooths: 'Daughter' and 'Elderly Woman...' are gentle, poignant, mainly acoustic numbers.
It's political: 'Rats' compares humans (unfavourably) to rats - its true, think about it, 'Glorified G' is a mocking take on America's gun culture many years before Columbine, Micheal Moore and Marilyn Manson - with lines such as 'Got a gun, in fact I got two but that's OK cos I love God!'. WMA tackles racism in the police force.
It has the ultimate album closer: 'Indifference' where Vedder ponders how much difference anything you do makes over a gently ambient soundscape of guitar, organ and bass. It is the ultimate late night with an incense stick type of song and is lyrically superb.
Buy this give it a few listens and fall in love. If you already have then, hey, you know I'm right...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World Class! 5 Oct 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Pearl Jam's second album and they now team up with BrendanO'Brien who becomes the producer of all their albums here on. A good reason why Brian has now been kept by the band as he brought the best out of Pearl Jam. The album starts off at full tilt with 'Go' this song steps on the gas and doesn't let go till the very end. Now after listening to that they hit you with 'animal' which almost takes you over the edge and you're left with the thought that this is not the same band as you herd on 'Ten'. They slow down things with 'Daughter' its like 'Jeremy' but a female version and just as thought provoking. Now Pearl Jam want to show you what a pioneering band they have become with excellent songs that can only be described as genius foresight these are 'Rearviewmirror, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In a Small Town.' Eddie Vedder shows us that he is a world class singer-songwriter and as for the band they show us how diverse they can become. The band leave us with 'Leash and Indifference' which show us how thy have changed and what's to become of them, this is an overall better more in-depth album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Ten and the album that really broke the band
After the success of Ten, the pressure was on Pearl Jam to make a great second album. Fail and this band may have been short lived. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colonel Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam Newbie
My musical taste varies....a bit....Foos, Everclear, REM, RATM, Korn, etc. You can see where this is going

I bought this and Ten as I'd never listened to Pearl Jam... Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
Consistently brilliant as ever, Pearl Jam deliver. Go, Animal, Rearview Mirror & WMA are among the excellent tracks here. Superb.
Published 12 months ago by jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam
Great music from superb band , will last the test of time as all great bands do, if your not a fan just give it try , might convert you !!
Published 14 months ago by silver surfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good
Probably one of my favourite Pearl Jam along with Ten. This album demonstrates the musical range of Pearl Jam, with heavy riff based tracks and soft acoustic tracks, without it all... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Samuel
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good album
This is a must-have album for any Pearl Jam fan, It's one of those records where every song is worth listening to on repeat. Read more
Published on 9 April 2012 by BG
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album great condition
Im glad i bought this album again, (my old copy was stolen)
its was packed really well and the case book and cd are all in top condition
very happy with my purchase.
Published on 5 Nov 2011 by BIKEBOARDER
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Try
Not a bad album. Worth it for the derranged Go, and Rats is quite good, but goes on a bit in places.
Published on 23 Nov 2010 by Mr. A. D. Bickerstaffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
Often overlooked in comparison to Ten and Vitalogy, Vs. is quite simply the finest album ever to come out of the Pearl Jam Workshop. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2010 by Jungleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a Blast!
Grunge metal at it's best. A brilliant album from start to finish. Angry, melodic, and soulful all at once. Read more
Published on 28 April 2010 by T. Wright
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