Let's say you wanted to have a single 80-minute disc of all the best Pearl Jam songs. How would you go about making it? I had this conversation with a buddy today, who said something along the lines of, "That's easy; just take all of Ten and add a few other tracks."
I don't think it's that simple. I'm one of those in-between fans - not solely dedicated to Ten but in no way a PJ aficionado (i.e. I own no live bootleg albums). I'm not afraid to say I love the band's early singles, but I would have a tough time not including songs like "Sad" and "Fatal" (both from the band's B-sides collection, Lost Dogs).
So, where does that leave my 80-minute collection? About 20 minutes too long. Right now I can't bring myself to delete any of these songs, and I'm still wondering whether I missed a few gems. Here's where I'm at:
1. State of Love and Trust
2. Even Flow
7. Better Man
8. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
10. Given to Fly
15. All Night
16. Just Breathe
20. Nothing As It Seems
23. Man of the Hour
24. Yellow Ledbetter
Thoughts? What did I miss? And is it worth even trying to cut this down to one burnable (80 minute) disc?