As many of you know, I used to, on a consistant basis, make a recomendation for an Album of the week on Sundays. It wasn’t a new one, or one you’d never heard of, it was just a great album that deserved to be added to your iPod or tossed in your car. In an effort to get back on track with consistency in blogging, I offer you this weeks Album of the Week.
In 1994, Pearl Jam was on top of the world. Their 1991 debut Ten was a staple in every college student’s CD or even cassette collection. Their second album Vs. (though I will always call if Five Against One because my tape had that as the title) was still making waves a year after it’s release. Eddie Vedder was featured on the cover of Time magazine in August of 1993. Fame was taking it’s toll on the grunge music scene. Kurt Cobain left in April of 1994. Back in the days when there were American rock bands, Pearl Jam were the kings of the charts. They recorded their third album in 3 cities and it took 3 drummers, but they put together one of the finest albums in Rock history. Vitalogy was different from what they’d done on their previous albums, yet they accomplished it very similarly to them too. Some of the songs on Vitalogy are timeless and still have the same effect on me today as they did in late 1994 when the album was released. The album was released on December 6, 1994. Between Christmas and New Year’s of that year I took a road trip with [Sch]Metzger and Noveau Riche (sic). We started out wanting to go to Boise or some nonsense like that…we ended up going to the Grand Canyon with lots of stories on the way to and from. Two albums stand out from that trip the first being Vitalogy because it was new and fresh but also Jackson Browne’s I’m Alive. What a combination, eh? Anyway, do yourself a favor and revisit Vitalogy this week. Here are two tracks to get you started.
And of course the album as well as the rest of the Pearl Jam catalog, and yes even the Jackson Browne album are all available in the iTunes music store.
Jackson Browne – I’m Alive