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Merkinball (Reissue) (2 Tracks

Pearl Jam Audio CD
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1. I Got ID - Pearl Jam
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«Merkinball» is a double track single released as a companion to Neil Young's album «Mirrorball», recorded in a couple of days in February 1995 with Pearl Jam. Eddie Vedder, author of the lyrics and musics of both songs, had the cooperation of the band's bassist Jeff Ament, long time producer Brendan O'Brien and, of course, Neil Young, to release the single.
As for the songs, both are tremendous in every single way and seriously under-rated.
«I Got ID» (also known as «I Got Sh*t») is a very emotional and strong song, much to the style of Eddie Vedder in Pearl Jam's earlier years. Ed's raw and angry voice contrasts with beautiful lyrics and music, producing an amazing and inspiring song. I really lack words to describe this song and to be very honest, it's one of the best and deepest songs I have ever heard and I don't say this any often, so you can see how I feel about this song.
«Long Road» is not as under-rated as «I Got ID», but still is very unknown for the 'common audience'. This is also a truly amazing song and I cannot pick which of the two is best.A very intimate, calm and beautiful song and I just can't pick which of the two I like the most. A pearl for the band's fans. This songs has also been re-recorded with the World Music pakistani artist, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, to feature on Dead Man Walking's soundtrack (this version is significantly longer) and later, in 2001, for the benefit album «America: A Tribute to Heroes» (in a beautiful acoustic version, featuring Eddie Ceddr, Mike McCready and Neil Young=.
If you like Pearl Jam, I strongly suggest you to go and get this single. Even though it only has two songs, it's perfectly worth purchasing since these songs, especially when combined in one record, are true pearl's of the 90's music scene (and these versions of both songs can't be found elsewhere).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two A-Sides May 6 2004
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"I Got Id" was the song released to radio, but "Long Road" is the one that counts. It's among PJ'S five best songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspired move Nov. 13 2009
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Although only a single, it stands on its own and should be rereleased. Merkinball is an incredible disc, in truth as good if not better than anything on Mirrorball, the Pearl Jam / Neil Young album. Merkinball has a sound that is a perfect instance of how powerful Pearl Jam is musically, with a great singer and lyricist thrown in the mix. Time for a re,reissue!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid. Sept. 17 2001
By Me - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This single is packaged exactly like Neil Young's "Mirrorball", which is fitting since it's actually a "companion piece" to that album and Neil even plays guitar on "I Got ID". It only includes two songs, but both songs are top quality material. "I Got ID" has a sort of a ballad-ish feel to it for a while until the heavy guitar chorus kicks in... really hard to explain this song, but trust me when I say that it's one of the band's finest. The version on this CD is great, but I personally prefer this song live (a GREAT live version of this song, also called "I Got S**t", can be found on the Katowice 2 live album). The second song, "Long Road", is really the reason why every Pearl Jam fan should own this album; it is simply too beautiful to put to words. If you've heard a live version of it before, forget about it; the studio version blows all other versions of this song away. This song is also included on the "Dead Man Walking" soundtrack, along with another Vedder contriution called "Face Of Love", so if you like this one, check the other one out as well. Also worthy of notice is a hard-to-find Pearl Jam B-Side called "Dead Man" that was originally written for the film, but never included on the soundtrack. Find it on the import "Off He Goes" single.
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5.0 out of 5 stars at the height of their powers April 8 2002
By Pen Name? - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These 2 songs deserve the cd all to themselves. Pearl Jam and Neil Young push each other to the best they can deliver on this one (in contrast to Mirrorball, which I found a real disappointment). Young's guitar playing on Id is reminiscent of his Rust Never Sleeps era, and is simply electrifying, conveying even more emotion than Vedder's vocals.
Long Road displays Pearl Jam's ability slow it down a bit and make really beautiful music.
I don't really think these 2 songs quite mesh with any of their full lengths in style. But this cd is a must for anyone who likes Pearl Jam, in my opinion... the versions released on the live cds still don't compare to these recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS ONE OF PEARL JAMS' BEST Aug. 15 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an avid Pearl Jam fan, and have disovered that their best work is often found on their singles, and this 2 song album. I Got ID and The Long Road are probably two of their greatest songs, along with Yellowledbetter and Breath, I think that Pearl Jam has shown that they are truly great artists. Don't get me wrong, their other albums rocked also, and since their release of Yeild I am anxiuos to see what they have in store for fans like myself in the future. Ever since Ten came out I have been following Pearl Jam, and really like the work that Neal Young has inspired in them. I only hope to see them do something together again in the near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie's finest 10 minutes Sept. 24 2001
By Mr. R. Verma - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, the last review is pretty much spot on. Long Road is not only probably PJ's best song, it is one of the most beautiful songs for years. Wriiten as a reaction to the passing of one of his High School teachers, Long Road is a sombre, yet ultimatley uplifting song. Although Eddie's vocal is full of emotion, it's as if he accepts the grief + sadness because he believes they will meet again ("there's no need to say goodbye").
It's a subject he would revisit in later years, ( Light Years ) but this release, in between Vitalogy and No Code is a perfect mark for the 2nd phase of Pearl Jam's work. Neil Young lends his experience to both songs, as Mike + Stone did not play on either track. It's a release that is probably owned by most dedicated Pearl Jam fans, it's a release that should be in all homes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST FIVE DOLLARS YOU'LL EVER SPEND March 12 1999
By pbonig@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a Pearl Jam fan for a long time, so there was no doubt whether or not to buy this CD- the name on the label told me it was good. But when I heard the sample of "I got Id", I still was completely in awe. It was a soothing blend of guitars fronted by Eddie's priceless voice. That clip of the song stayed in the back of my head until the CD came in the mail. "Long Road" is also far from average song. Pearl Jam amazes me time and time again how they can come up with songs that touch emotions better than anything else you can experience. I'm only sad I hadn't heard it sooner. Pearl Jam fan or not, this is the best five bucks you'll ever spend.
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