Live on Two Legs

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For the 2011 live album, see Live on Ten Legs.
Live on Two Legs
Live album by Pearl Jam
Released November 24, 1998
Recorded June 24 – September 23, 1998, various venues
Genre Alternative rock, grunge
Length 71:17
Language English
Label Epic
Pearl Jam live albums chronology
Live on Two Legs
(1998)
Live at Benaroya Hall
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
NME (7/10)[4]
Pitchfork Media (6.1/10)[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]

Live on Two Legs is the first major live album by the American alternative rock band Pearl Jam, released on November 24, 1998 through Epic Records. The album has been certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States.

Overview[edit]

Live on Two Legs consists of live performances of songs from different shows of the band's summer 1998 North American tour. Guitarist Mike McCready stated that the band released the live album due to the strength of Pearl Jam's shows on the tour.[7] It debuted at number fifteen on the Billboard 200 album chart. Live on Two Legs has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[8]

"Daughter" features vocalist Eddie Vedder singing lyrics to Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" (as the band continues a quiet jam to "Daughter") along with lyrics to Pearl Jam's own "W.M.A." towards the end of the song. The album contains Pearl Jam's rendition of the Young song "Fuckin' Up".

Allmusic staff writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album three out of five stars. He said that "Pearl Jam still sounds good, but they lack the wild energy that distinguished their early years. Professionalism has its good points, however, and it's true that Live on Two Legs is eminently listenable, thanks in no small part to a fine track selection...Live on Two Legs is a souvenir, a thank you to fans who have stood by throughout the years, and on those terms, it's successful."[1] Entertainment Weekly reviewer David Browne gave the album an A-. He said, "Despite the band's continuing self-importance and fuzzy-around-the-edges arrangements, this set of uptight anthems ("Corduroy", "Better Man", "Go") packs a post-grunge wallop."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Information taken from various sources.[9][10]

  1. "Corduroy" (Eddie Vedder, Dave Abbruzzese, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready) – 5:05
  2. "Given to Fly" (McCready, Vedder) – 3:53
  3. "Hail, Hail" (Gossard, Ament, McCready, Vedder) – 3:43
  4. "Daughter"/"Rockin' in the Free World"/"W.M.A." (Gossard, Vedder, Abbruzzese, Ament, McCready)/(Neil Young) – 6:47
  5. "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town" (Vedder, Abbruzzese, Ament, Gossard, McCready) – 3:49
  6. "Untitled" (Vedder) – 2:02
  7. "MFC" (Vedder) – 2:28
  8. "Go" (Abbruzzese, Vedder, Ament, Gossard, McCready) – 2:41
  9. "Red Mosquito" (Ament, Gossard, Jack Irons, McCready, Vedder) – 4:02
  10. "Even Flow" (Gossard, Vedder) – 5:17
  11. "Off He Goes" (Vedder) – 5:42
  12. "Nothingman" (Ament, Vedder) – 4:38
  13. "Do the Evolution" (Gossard, Vedder) – 3:45
  14. "Better Man" (Vedder) – 4:06
  15. "Black" (Gossard, Vedder) – 6:55
  16. "Fuckin' Up" (Young) – 6:17

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
Australian Albums Chart[11] 4
New Zealand Albums Chart[12] 11
US Billboard 200[13] 15
Canadian Albums Chart[13] 7
Norwegian Albums Chart[14] 20
Dutch Albums Chart[15] 37
Belgian Albums Chart (Vl)[16] 42
German Albums Chart[17] 49
French Albums Chart[18] 59
UK Albums Chart[19] 68

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Main
[20]
US Mod
[20]
CAN
[21]
1998 "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town" (live) 21 26 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "allmusic ((( Live on Two Legs > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Pearl Jam". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Browne, David (1998-11-23). "Live on Two Legs". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  4. ^ "Pearl Jam: Live on Two Legs". NME. October 26, 1998. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
  5. ^ Fowler, Shan. "Pearl Jam: Live on Two Legs". Pitchfork Media. February 1, 1999. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
  6. ^ "Pearl Jam: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  7. ^ Aledort, Andy. "Aural Exam". Guitar World. July 2000.
  8. ^ "Gold and Platinum Database Search". Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  9. ^ "Pearl Jam: Live on Two Legs". SonyMusic.com.
  10. ^ "Live On Two Legs". Lukin.com.
  11. ^ "Australian-Charts.com". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  12. ^ Pearl Jam in New Zealand Charts. Charts.Org.NZ. Retrieved on May 28, 2008.
  13. ^ a b "Pearl Jam – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  14. ^ "Norwegian Single/Album Chart / Pearl Jam / Longplay". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  15. ^ "Dutch Single/Album Chart / Pearl Jam / Longplay". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  16. ^ "Belgian Single/Album Chart / Pearl Jam / Longplay". belgiancharts.com. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  17. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Pearl Jam / Longplay". musicline.de. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  18. ^ "French Single/Album Chart / Pearl Jam / Longplay". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  19. ^ "EveryHit.com". Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  20. ^ a b "Pearl Jam – Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  21. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 68, No. 11, December 07 1998". RPM. Retrieved 2008-03-07. 

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