Live At The Garden [DVD] review by Pearl Jam

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  • Released: Nov 11, 2003
  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 10
  • Production Quality: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.6 (25 votes)
Pearl Jam: Live At The Garden [DVD]

Sound — 10
Pearl Jam! Okay, if you didn't jump for joy on that one, you must not really be accustomed to their presence. This DVD was masterfully composed and organized, with the band giving an all out performance at the Garden. They seemed to utilize every aspect of the arena. Whether it be the lighting fixtures, the camera angles, or the feel of the crowd, Pearl Jam was definitely "Rocking In The Free World." With stellar performances by all of the guys in the band, the Garden is lucky to be in one piece. Each sound that leaped from the stage seemed to penetrate each soul that was present in the arena. Every song seemed to fit and was magnificent in its arrival. It was truly an amazing night.

Content — 10
The features were utterly a delight. With it being a two disc set, you realize the amount of songs and commentary that would be awaiting, and it was hard to mistaken the vibe it put out. Songs like "Evenflow," one of the most rocking songs of all time. The forever popular lullaby "Black," a song that still has bands covering it (but good luck getting it to sound like the real thing). Not to mention the immortal "Yellow Ledbetter," a heartfelt tear jerker that doesn't leave anyone untouched. It's really hard to not think of a song of Pearl Jam's that doesn't mean something. Whether it be "Love Boat Captain," a tribute to unfortunate audience members who passed away, or "Crazy Mary," a slow acoustic anthem written by songwriter Mary Williams, this DVD has it all. Another special thing about this DVD is that it offers a few extra tracks that weren't in the show. "Bushleaguer," a song protesting the presidency of George W. Bush and its fairness, or you could join Eddie with a little sit down and watch him strum his stuff with "Dead Man." Not to mention, this concert DVD offers great special guests. My fav. one was the couple of appearances made by Ben Harper. Cameras lit up the darkened arena all by themselves when both he and Pearl Jam were on stage laying down a few songs. Now that was magical.

Production Quality — 9
The production quality seemed very rough, but seemed to work out for the DVD. It somehow fit in with the attitude with Pearl Jam. But there were bright spots in the tricks used in the DVD. One for instance takes place when the song "Crazy Mary" is played. The camera is set looking right at Eddie and his cloud of smoke from his cigarette. That just exuded cool! Plus, with the purple lights surrounding him, that perspective seemed to give the band a mysterious glow, almost a divine light. Also, I can see where camera angles played a big part in the making of this film. I believe that it was done remarkably well and fit perfectly in the scheme of things. I also like the beginning when there is a close up on Eddie's guitar and it is all dark except for maybe a tiny light reflecting off the guitar. Amazing!

Overall Impression — 10
In comparison with other artists, I would say that this DVD blows any of them pretty much out of the water. It was a masterful show that was put on exremely effectively. There is not one thing that I did not love about this DVD. From the feiry skull on the cover or the setlist, all was spectacular and well coordinated to the finest detail. Except that it was too short! Haha, I would definitely buy this CD again, maybe for a duplicate.

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    The third reviwer seems to think that all we care about is what the band looks like! The music,man, the music
    the third guy doesn't even know what he's talking about. do you know what good music is? i don't think you do.
    the third guy blows dick. and sounds like he never even watched the DVD. Ed is into all the songs.. Last Exit, Even Flow. HEllO. did u watch the damn thing. and some of the time Ed was playing guitar... Mike did not look fat, and hes had the buzz cut look a while before then. Stone never has moved around the stage much just in his lil area, and Matt has always had that haircut. so go back to your mammas tit lil boy.....
    guy 3 has no clue! Boom gaspar was huge on riot act and as a result works well live, McCready is awesome, what would u rather have, the slim, clean cut McFly guitarists??!! or Good Charlotte!!?? go away and listen to Beyonce or Justin Timberlake, who are famous mainly for being hot, which it sounds like u are more concerned with!