Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bookas: PJ20

I bought the PJ20 coffee table book from Fully booked Greenbelt last December 6, 2011 
I bought another from and a friend brought it from Minnesota to Manila
last January. It came together with my PJ20 DVD and CD book purchase.
The other PJ20 CD (non-book version) was a local release, it was a surprise
gift from a team of mine from work, thanks Journey!
For a PJ fan like me the book was an awesome buy
Most of the PJ members came from Mother Love Bone
Unfortunate for Wood he OD-ed and his band's fame was cut short
The guys recruited Vedder and changed their name to Mookie Blaylock
Yep the basketball player, although it didn't last long so the name Pearl Jam was used
Together with Soundgarden's Cornell and Cameron the band made a tribute for Wood
They named the band Temple of the Dog and released a self titled
album having Vedder as backup vocals
I got both CDs from a CD mail promo that my Aunt in New Jersey purchased
Thanks Auntie!
I was in college back then when I purchased a BASF casette tape of Pearl Jam just out of curiosity
After listening to Ten for several times I ended up purchasing a CD, it was expensive to buy a CD back then
CDs were kept on a locked cabinet, you'd need to request for assistance if you want to browse for a title.
I figured it was worth having as a collectible and yes it was
The band made a cameo on the Cameron Crowe movie Singles.  Crowe also made the PJ20 movie after 2 decades.
I later purchased the DVD when I got a job as an IT software engineer at SVI during the late 90s
VS was in my Christmas 1993 list. My brother and sister-in-law (who was still her girlfriend back then)
gave me quite a surprise for Christmas,  the CD was not yet release here back then but he managed to
buy me an imported CD from somewhere, how sweet!  He loves me that much.
90s College students like me are really easy to please
I got this from a College classmate and friend
He has this connection, a record label I think, that made me purchase this cd at a discounted price
 just can't remember how much.  Then again it's all for Crazy Mary!
I think I bought Vitalogy using my savings, my brothers and I had this monthly thing where we would contribute 100 pesos
each and buy a cd .  The remaining 75 pesos would come from the person who would pick what album to buy.
It was a fair rotation we put into place, hence the Vitalogy purchase was made possible.
What do you know? PJ is coming to town.  700 pesos back in 1995 was huge.
I conjured up all my powers not to spend much so as I can get a hold of a ticket.
Behold I was one of the 6500 people on the platform watching.... wait for it.... Pearl Jam!
I remember paying the SM ticket lady a bundle of old twenty peso bills one afternoon,
getting that ticket made me so damn cool then.
Concert day, we were falling in line with my friends and the band 'the teeth' was in front of us
ah, memories...
Merkin ball was a single that PJ made to compliment Neil's Mirror ball
The band continued on with the advocacy of not using plastic cd cases for their album
No code came with reprints of Vedder's polaroids, behind them are song lyrics and such.
The concept was unique and I believe you'd get different prints per cd purchase, I can't remember.
Bought this single back in Minnesota at half priced bookstore in Apple Valley
It cost me a dollar to get this treasure.  Also, my friend was able to dig up a 25 cent book about
PJ titled 5 against 1 that really made my day
Yield was something I bought automatically not even knowing what songs are there
I just saw a new PJ album, got one from the shelf and payed for the damn thing
It was at odyssey SM Annex North Edsa
No boundaries was a tribute album that contains two PJ songs,
I remember the price was a bit expensive than ordinary foreign cds
I was always browsing around the DVD area in record bars back then when DVDs
were not yet pirated in bulk.  So I chanced upon this DVD, reviewed it a little
and decided to buy one myself after numerous days of evaluation.
Learned about this release at the entertainment pages of Inquirer that prompted
me to seek for a copy
PJ released a number of live concert recordings, I decided to try one and ended up
with this Acoustic set  
I felt I need to have a copy to listen to unreleased songs, huh it was a 2 cd set, lucky!
The self titled Avocado album.
This was way before the big bang Theory comedy series :)
The OST that I don't have :(
After almost 20 years, the music still catches my ear.  I love this album!
Shows great growth yet all the trademarks are there.
An amazon purchase, a digitally remastered Ten album with bonus tracks on a different CD.
A DVD of the famous MTV Unplugged performance.  Back then I settled for a VHS recording of the
show now that I got this DVD I was able to dispose of the VHS tape and the player
If you are wondering where's the cover of the book, I hanged it on my AV room
I'm still stuck in the 90s

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