Live on Two Legs

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Live on Two Legs
PearlJam-LiveOnTwoLegs.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedNovember 24, 1998
RecordedJune 24 – September 23, 1998, various venues
GenreAlternative rock, grunge
Length71:17
LanguageEnglish
LabelEpic
Pearl Jam live albums chronology
Live on Two Legs
(1998)
Live at Benaroya Hall
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[3]
NME(7/10)[4]
Pitchfork Media(6.1/10)[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 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]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[25] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[26] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[27] Platinum 15,000^
United States (RIAA)[28] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

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  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. Archived from the original on September 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  7. ^ Aledort, Andy. "Aural Exam" Archived 2005-02-10 at the Wayback Machine. Guitar World. July 2000.
  8. ^ "Gold and Platinum Database Search". Retrieved 2007-02-12.
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  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Pearl Jam – Live on Two Legs" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  17. ^ Pearl Jam in New Zealand Charts. Charts.Org.NZ. Retrieved on May 28, 2008.
  18. ^ "Norwegian Single/Album Chart / Pearl Jam / Longplay". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
  19. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  20. ^ "EveryHit.com". Retrieved 2007-02-16.
  21. ^ "Pearl Jam Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  22. ^ "Pearl Jam Chart History (Mainstream Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  23. ^ "Pearl Jam Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  24. ^ "Top Singles". RPM. December 7, 1998. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. Retrieved 2008-03-07.
  25. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  26. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Pearl Jam – Live on Two Legs". Music Canada. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  27. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Pearl Jam – Live on Two Legs". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  28. ^ "American album certifications – Pearl Jam – Live on Two Legs". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 27, 2020.

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