Pearl Jam has released 186 complete concert recordings on streaming services for the first time. The drop consists of the most sought-after bootlegs from fan-favorite tours during 2000, 2003, 2008, and 2013. Across the uploads, Pearl Jam listeners now have access to 5,404 live song recordings on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Tidal.
The release of these recordings coincides with the launching of Pearl Jam’s latest venture, Deep. Deep is a database of bootleg concerts with search accessibility and detailed information about them included shows. The microsite has been a long time coming. The band is launching Deep in collaboration with Universal Music Group and Republic Records.
Fans using Deep will have the ability to curate playlists that act as personalized setlists of the included music. Frontman Eddie Vedder has written out the titles to the featured tracks, adding the perk of users receiving a handwritten setlist graphic to accompany their unique playlists.
“We’re really trying to make it easier for longtime Pearl Jam fans, bootleg aficionados, and appreciators of Pearl Jam live music to stream the shows. We’re also hoping that these tools will introduce live and bootleg Pearl Jam to a new generation of fans, who are more adept at navigating the streaming environment,” Tim Bierman told Variety.
Bierman is the head of Pearl Jam’s fan organization Ten Club. The fan group was the first to have access to these newly released live recordings, which were made available for purchase through the organization before they were widely released.
“Back then, you could have a specific show playing in the background on your stereo while you read a review, but now you can be on your phone listening to that show while you scroll through the fan reviews on Deep,” Bierman added. “If they talk about something crazy happening during a specific song, you can go right to that track if you want to. For our hardcore fans, this is another level of immersion that they’re always looking for.”
Deep remains in beta mode for the moment, though it will include more functionality and features in the future.