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West Seattle's Feedback Lounge is hosting a listening party for Pearl Jam's Live on Ten Legs at 9 p.m. tonight. The album, which hits stores

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Pearl Jam Fans: Get an Early Listen to Live on Ten Legs Tonight at the Feedback Lounge

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West Seattle's Feedback Lounge is hosting a listening party for Pearl Jam's Live on Ten Legs at 9 p.m. tonight. The album, which hits stores Tuesday, will be available for purchase.
If you're the kind of person who foams at the mouth over all things Pearl Jam, then you've already heard the 18 tracks on the band's Live on Ten Legs, which hits stores tomorrow. The tracks are pulled from a trove of official bootlegs the band has been releasing for more than a decade, and features ripe renditions of oldies like "Jeremy" and "Alive" alongside songs from relative newbies The Fixer and World Wide Suicide. While these tracks may be old news, Pearl Jam obsessives may find it comforting to enjoy a night out with a few people who feel the same way.

Local music chronicler Charles R. Cross, the former editor of the departed Rocket and author of such books as Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain, writes about Live on Ten Legs and Pearl Jam's evolution for us in Wednesday's paper.

Here's a taste:

By Charles R. Cross

Live on Ten Legs is the first salvo of PJ's 20th anniversary celebration, which will see deluxe reissues of Vs. and Vitalogy (PJ's two best albums), a festival concert this summer, and Cameron Crowe's documentary Pearl Jam Twenty. All will bring increased focus upon the early days, times witnessed by few but remembered by many, often with Vaseline on the lens. Live on Ten Legs illustrates another part of the PJ story that gets distorted as well, but for different reasons. As much as the band's early shows get inflated reviews, their last decade is often disregarded and diminished by nostalgia for Ten.

By 2000, a new Pearl Jam began to take shape, and a better one. Matt Cameron became the drummer; new albums were no longer instantly platinum; and Pearl Jam's live show became the primary creative outlet. At the same time, PJ were releasing "official bootlegs" of every concert, putting out seventy-two such releases that year alone.

Live on Ten Legs culls a dozen and a half tracks from the official bootleg tapes from the last decade. The hard-core fan base already has this stuff, which is one reason some of the spin on online fan message boards has been less enthusiastic about this CD. But for a casual fan, or one with less than a hundred PJ bootlegs, Live on Ten Legs is an ideal foothold to explore their modern era show.

The Feedback Lounge is located at 6451 California Avenue Southwest in West Seattle.

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