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Five Against the World There are two Eddie Vedders One is quiet shy barely audible when he speaks Loving and loved in return The other is tortured a bitter realist a man capable of pointing out injustice and waging that war on the homefront inside himself On a warm and windy late-spring day in the San Rafael Calif its easy to see which Eddie Vedder is shooting baskets outside the Site the recording studio where Pearl Jam are finishing their second album It is tortured Eddie the one with the deep crease between his eyebrows Your shot calls Jeff Ament the groups bassist He bounces the ball to Vedder who takes a long outside jumper It rattles into the basket and rolls away By the time Ament retrieves the ball Vedder has already disappeared into the studio His mind is on a new song Rearviewmirror This is the last day of recording at the Site and the tracks fate hangs in the balance Its a song about suicide but its too catchy The choice of the studio seemed perfect back in February when the band decided to record the new album here This idyllic studio compound in the hills of outside San Francisco offered privacy and focus Keith Richards had recorded here his thank-you note to the studio framed on the living room wall This is gorgeous country where locals look out at the expansive green horizon and say things like George Lucas owns everything to the left This is where Pearl Jam would face the challenge of following up Ten one of the most successful debut albums in rock There was only one problem I f---ing hate it here says Vedder standing in the cool blur room where he is about to sing Ive had a hard time He places the lyric sheet in a stand between two turquoise-green guitars How do you make a rock record
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