Pearl Jam plans elaborate reissues of two albums

Updated: Feb 03, 2011, 11:31 AM IST

New York: It`s going to be a busy year, Pearl Jam fans.

As part of the band`s 20th anniversary celebration which also includes a Cameron Crowe-directed documentary and accompanying book, and a mini-festival, Pearl Jam is re-releasing its early albums "Vs." and "Vitalogy" in four special expanded editions due on March 29.

The albums, released through Sony Music`s Legacy Recordings heritage division, are available for preorder at

All versions will include the original albums in remastered form as well as a number of bonus tracks and other goodies.

The Definitive Legacy Edition of 1993`s "Vs." -- the band`s seven-times platinum second album -- adds a previously unreleased acoustic version of "Hold On," and studio outtake "Cready Stomp," and a cover of Victoria Williams` "Crazy Mary."

The Definitive Legacy version of 1994`s "Vitalogy" throws in previously unreleased studio versions of favorites "Better Man," "Corduroy" and a demo version of "Nothingman." Both are available as 180 gram vinyl ($19.98 - $24.98) or CD ($9.98).

Upping the ante, the Deluxe Editions of each album ($29.98) include everything from the Legacy versions plus "Live At The Orpheum Theater, Boston," a recording of the band`s April 12, 1994 show which featured a set list compiled by the crew.

And for the die-hard fans, there is the 5LP, 4 CD, 1 Cassette Limited Edition Collector`s Edition version ($150).

Similar to the massive 2009 collectors` edition of debut album "Ten," the new set includes the Definitive Editions of "Vs." and "Vitalogy" along with remastered vinyl versions of both albums, a vinyl version of the 1994 Boston show, a cassette of highlights from Pearl Jam`s 1995 national "Monkeywrench Radio" broadcast, a notebook full of photos and artwork created by frontman Eddie Vedder and bassist Jeff Ament, plus an envelope full of posters and other memorabilia.

A fourth version of each album -- the remastered version of each album on vinyl -- becomes available on April 12 in honor of Record Store Day.

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