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5.0 out of 5 stars
'Greatest Hits', not 'Best Of', 8 Nov 2004
Greatest hits albums, as a rule, tend to be something of a dissapointment to me. It seems to signify that the band in question cannot be bothered to produce new material or don't care enough to do so. It can also be an exercise in money spinning from said bands record company. I definatly think that is the case with this compilation, yet somehow, it still contains a fine collection of superb tracks from what I consider to be the 'ideal' rock group, conciencious, for-the-fans, hard working and constantly growing into something exciting whether the mainstream likes it or not. i also know that Pearl Jam aren't exactly 'not bothered' with putting new stuff out, after all we have had Lost Dogs, the bootlegs and Live at Beyanora, plus the MSG DVD and relentless touring (albeit in the US) from the group since 2002. I read that their contract with Sony is just about up so they are trying to get one last album out Pearl Jam. This is a band that is still very active, with energy to burn for a long time yet.
And I must say, from a fans perspective, Sony have done a good job collecting tracks for this album. this is a band with so much quality material that it is impossible to produce a best of, so here we have a greatest hits. Big difference. I cannot deny that these are the most radio-friendly and commercial tunes from Pearl Jam, so while I may consider 'No Way' to be one of their best songs, it was not a hit or a single, so I can't argue for it's inclusion. What we have here is a nice collection of the bands most well known songs, handily packaged together for new-comers or fans like me who want all the songs available, but can't be bothered with an Ipod.
Every track on here is pure gold, I can't imagine any person getting to the end of this album and not having liked a least three songs. There really is something for everyone. I am a fan of later albums so I would have liked to see more Binaural/Riot Act stuff here but, like I said, this is greatest hits, not best of. And a little correction from another review, there is one Binaural track on here; Light Years, a brilliant song with such sublty powerful lyrics that remains too catchy for words.
I am confused by the decision not to remix Even Flow, but then that song has always been quality, and always will be, even if they rerecord it in a dumpster. Inclusion of tracks like State of Love and Trust and Breath is a massive bonus too.
In short, this is an album for anyone who considers themselves a serious music fan or any Pearl Jam fan/potential fan. The CD is not let down by a single track and looks to flow nicely. If I have any critisism, it would be the lack of any live tracks, as Pearl Jam are at their strongest when they are feeling it on stage, and also, the cover art, which is a bit too Grunge IMO. I guess you can tell which image Sony is capitalising on. But the music is there, the passion is there, and with this band, that's all that's ever mattered.