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Good Listening: Pearl Jam – Tivoli: Utrecht, Holland – 3/4/92

Pearl Jam - Ten

Seventeen years ago today, Pearl Jam released their debut album Ten. As of 2003, the album has been certified twelve times platinum in the United States, and remains the band's best selling album.

So you might find it hard to believe that the album wasn't an immediate success, and took nearly a year to reach the Top Ten of the Billboard charts. And thanks to the great musical talent (*gag*) of Billy Ray Cyrus, the album peaked at #2, unable to unseat Cyrus' Some Gave All from the top of the charts.

Prior to the eventual chart success of the Ten album, the band toured hard and quickly began to build a reputation as a must-see band in the live setting.

Pearl Jam played a couple of notable early Cleveland shows, including a 1991 show opening for Smashing Pumpkins and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in November at Music Hall. Earlier that same day, the band played a charity basketball game vs. local radio personalities that is still frequently part of conversation when local Pearl Jam fans talk about their favorite Pearl Jam memories.

Allegedly, the game was carried on local public television, which I don't remember hearing, but that would be a cool tape to see if someone has a copy!

The band also played an April date in 1992 at Peabody's Down Under with Eleven (featuring future Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons) opening.

I've talked to many that supposedly were in attendance for the Peabody's show, and then several others that produced their actual ticket stub proving their attendance.

My friend Matt had the coolest Pearl Jam mementos of all, hand written letters and an autographed setlist, all obtained from Eddie Vedder via postal correspondence in those early days.

As for me, I missed both shows - much like my recent Woodstock '94 tale, I can't give you a good reason why I missed them.

All of Pearl Jam's hard work finally paid off with the album's success, and Ten continued to sell so well, that it outsold its followup Vs. in 1993, notching sales that made Ten the eighth best selling album of 1993.

But keeping their egos in check, the Spin Doctors Pocket Full of Kryptonite album outsold both Ten and Vs. in 1993.

Ten got a lot of really good reviews, and also got at least one lukewarm review courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:

Like many of its Seattle cohorts, Pearl Jam also flail about in search of a groove and a song. Occasionally, as in the single ''Alive,'' they find both. More often, they lose themselves in a sound that only goes to show that just about anything can be harnessed and packaged.

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My favorite Pearl Jam albums/tunes?

Good question.

I will tell you that my buddy Matt (mentioned previously above,) helped me to see the light on No Code, which at the original time of release I was not a fan of.

Walking past his office on a daily basis, I would frequently hear him playing something that sounded really good. One particular morning, I stopped to ask him what that album was, and he informed me that it was in fact that No Code album that I disliked (and had made a point of telling him how much I didn't like it.)

These days, No Code is one of my favorite Pearl Jam albums. Some of my favorite tunes are on No Code, including "Smile," "Present Tense," and "Off He Goes."

Yeah, I like the moody stuff from Vedder.....but I also like the rockers too - "Once," "Animal," "Porch," and "Not For You" are high on my list.

Album-wise, I'm generally okay with most of the PJ catalog - Ten still ranks high on my list, but I probably listen to No Code the most, followed by the two most recent albums, Riot Act and Pearl Jam.

What about you?

Since we're talking about Ten, how about a really cool Ten-era live show recorded on March 4th, 1992 in Holland?

According to Vedder's comments from the stage, it's also the first Pearl Jam show that he played with a tattoo. There's a random historical fact for you all, I guess.


PJ Ticket Stub - Holland 1992

Ticket stub courtesy of Five Horizons

Pearl Jam
March 4, 1992
Tivoli: Utrecht, Holland

complete zipped download

Disc One:

1. Intro/Release
2. Even Flow
3. Why Go
4. Jeremy
5. Deep
6. Alive
7. Black
8. State Of Love And Trust
9. Once

Disc Two:

1. Sympathy For The Devil
2. Porch


3. Jam
4. Alone
5. Outshined/Leash
6. Hunger Strike
7. Garden/Jam

Relevant Links:

Pearl Jam's official site

Purchase Pearl Jam's Ten from Amazon - CD

Purchase Pearl Jam's rearviewmirror (greatest hits) - CD or MP3

  • alexa

    this is excellent. i have no forwarded this to some people that will much appreciate it.

  • Dan

    Sounds great!!!!

  • Lostboy79

    Ten evokes such great memories for me. “Even Flow” does the trick every day of the week and I love “Oceans” too . Nice article Vinyl – I’ll be back man. Thanks.

  • Jose

    When I was growing up I absolutely loved when they used to play all those Pearl Jam concerts. There this one from Atlanta I taped it and I wore that tape out. That really makes me want to hear yellow ledbetter.

    On a side note I hate their cover of “Last Kiss” from that No Boundaries compilation. Back when that was really popular. I was the music director for my college radio station and every time I went up to the station someone was always playing that damn song.

  • Matt Wardlaw

    Alexa – cool to have you here….glad you dig it!

    Lostboy – welcome….Ten is indeed an album that takes you back!!

    Jose – the Atlanta show is one of my alltime favorite Pearl Jam boots…such a great show!

    I also like the Chicago Soldier Field show (which I think we played on the radio) from 1995 – that one was a good one, and I think I just recently got a copy of that one again…I’ll have to take a look around.

    Last Kiss I’m okay with….it’s not my favorite, but I don’t hate it. I do remember how totally overplayed it was though.

    Love State of Love and Trust and I Got Shit too….the Live on Two Legs live album is one of my favorite live albums from any performer…..always a sucker for Elderly Woman wherever it pops up!

  • David Snusgrop

    Thanks for this, always nice to add another PJ show the old collection.

    You should go to my blog and check out my modified version of Binaural. I think it might give you a new appreciation for it.

  • Matt Wardlaw

    Dave- will do…I’ve been to your blog before…apparently I need to spend more time there…because I missed that post!

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  • Strider06

    Ohw yeah,
    One of the best shows i've ever seen. Lots of thankz for this!!!

    After the show in Tivoli, Eddy Vedder draw the Tivoli Logo on his shirt.
    He wore this shirt during the pinkpop (netherlands) concert in june 1992. The show where Vedder jumped his famous jump of the camera crane into the crowd.

  • Strider06

    Ohw yeah,
    One of the best shows i've ever seen. Lots of thankz for this!!!

    After the show in Tivoli, Eddy Vedder draw the Tivoli Logo on his shirt.
    He wore this shirt during the pinkpop (netherlands) concert in june 1992. The show where Vedder jumped his famous jump of the camera crane into the crowd.

  • Pearl Jam Tickets

    Pearl Jam is currently on tour. Hope they will play some tracks from the album Ten.

  • Ericvanderlist

    hi there, I happened (?) to be at this concert, but the link doesn’t work any more. Would it be possible to get hold of the concert somewhere

  • Ericvanderlist

    HI, heb jij misschien de lossless files van het concert nog? Ben er enorm naar op zoek!