Mirror Ball leftovers create Merkin Ball (Pearl Jam in 1995)

On Dec. 23, 1995, a two-song single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #7. It was “I Got id / Long Road” from Pearl Jam. The recording is also known as the EP (extended play) Merkin Ball.

Only three members from the band are on the recording (and only two perform on both songs): guitarist/vocalist Eddie Vedder, (new to Pearl Jam) drummer Jack Irons, and Jeff Arment on bass (on “Long Road” only). Guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready are not on either song, but Neil Young is.

On four days in late-January and early-February, Pearl Jam performed as the backup band for Young’s 23rd studio album, Mirror Ball. The entire band performed on Young’s LP and are credited individually (contractual legalities prevented Pearl Jam’s name from appearing on the album). “I Got id” and “Long Run ” were recorded in February at the end of the sessions (without Gossard and McCready), but were not released on Mirror Ball.

A version of “Long Road,” titled “The Long Road,” was re-recorded by Vedder with singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khanalso and appears on the soundtracks for the movies “Dead Man Walking” and “Eat, Pray, Love.”

In September of 2001, following the 9-11 tragedy, Vedder, McCready and Young performed “Long Road” on the televised benefit concert America: A Tribute to Heroes.

Here are Vedder, Irons, Arment & Young on “Long Road” http://youtu.be/_2bqXzmpCzM

And here are Vedder, Irons & Young with Brendan O’Brien on bass (he also produced Mirror Ball) performing “I Got id”   http://youtu.be/uYGUrKKR3q8


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