Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

by groove on March 18, 2013


For St. Patrick’s Day, we could have easily grabbed Van Morrison or U2 from the shelf and taken some vinyl for a spin. Maybe some Irish Rovers or Thin Lizzy. Instead, we dug a bit deeper and tried to find a way to tie our vinyl hunting in Portland last week to this special day to celebrate all that is Irish. So, we decided upon Pearl Jam “Live On Ten Legs”…….? Well, we’re not 100% certain, but we believe Mike McCready is very much an Irishman. According to the origin of the surname “McCready”, it may be traced to Irish or Scottish roots, however most of the research we conducted pointed to the Emerald Isle. So, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Pearl Jam’s “Live On Ten Legs” is a compilation of arguably the best songs the band has produced in their impressive discography. The Groove Garden has been a fan of “State Of Love and Trust” since the release of the song on the “Singles” soundtrack. To own the song now on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl is worth the entire album’s cost in itself. Of course, the inclusion of “Just Breathe” and “The Fixer” are a bonus considering “Porch”, “Alive” and “Jeremy” are on this album as well. In addition to the band’s original material, there are a couple of great covers of Joe Strummer and PIL songs. Mr. Groove Garden favours “Yellow Ledbetter” and is very happy it is the closer to the album.

About the album packaging, this gatefold cover contains 2 heavyweight 180 gram vinyl records on which the 18 songs are etched for our listening pleasure. The vinyl is protected in anti-static sleeves, while the paper picture sleeves are also included. Another example of why vinyl rules over CD or MP3; the artwork and sheer substance of the product.

From Wiki: Live on Ten Legs is a live album by American alternative rock band Pearl Jam released on January 17, 2011. The album is composed of songs recorded during the band’s 2003–2010 world tours, and is a companion piece to their 1998 live album, Live on Two Legs. All songs on the album have been remixed by long time Pearl Jam engineer, Brett Eliason.

The album packaging is similar to the previous official live compilation. Photos of the band in concert are featured on the inside of the cover. A gatefold opens to reveal photos of the road crew and full colour reproductions of various concert posters from the band’s tours of this era.

jamesonWhat better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than a glass or two of their finest export, the smooth Jameson Irish Whiskey. We became acquainted with this country treasure on our visit to the green isle in 2008. I have to say it’s the only hard liquor I can drink on it’s own without any accompaniment other than an ice cube or two.

So, to celebrate this finest of days with one of my most favourite bands I raise my glass of Jameson to you all and wish you all peace, happiness and the best St. Patrick’s day with many more to come.

p.s. We’re still recovering from our fabulous trip to Portland. I’m in the process of compiling pictures so stay tuned for a couple of posts dedicated to our trip.


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