Friday, November 22, 2019

Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Turns 25

    



     



      On November 22, 1994, Pearl Jam released their 3rd studio album Vitalogy on vinyl. A couple of weeks later on December 6 it would debut on cassette and cd. The vinyl debut would land on number 55 on the Billboard 200 chart selling 34,000 copies. At the time the highest a vinyl release since CDs became the main music source. The latter release would go on to sell 877,000 copies debuting at #1. The album has been certified 5x platinum by the RIAA. 





The band would perform a few of the songs in concert prior the release. Better Man, Immortality, Whipping, and Spin the Black Circle were heard at their shows before Vitalogy was completed. They performed 'Not for You' on Saturday Night Live while still promoting their sophomore album 'Vs'. Like Vs., Vitalogy did not have a music video for any of its singles. Spin the Black Circle was the first single released with Tremor Christ as the b-side. And it was the highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number 18. Better Man was not released as an official single but has become one of their and rock's biggest hit on the radio. 

Vitalogy was nominated for Album of the Year and Rock Album at the 38th annual Grammys. Losing out to Alanis Morisette on both occasions. They did win Best Hard Rock Performance for Spin the Black Circle. At the time their only Grammy until 2015 when Lightning Bolt won for Best Recording Package.




Listen to Vitalogy

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