Live on Two Legs is the first major live album by the American alternative rock band Pearl Jam, released on November 24, 1998 through Epic Records. The album has been certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States.


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Live on Two Legs consists of live performances of songs from different shows of the band's summer 1998 North American tour. Guitarist Mike McCready stated that the band released the live album due to the strength of Pearl Jam's shows on the tour.[7] It debuted at number fifteen on the Billboard 200 album chart. Live on Two Legs has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[8]

"Daughter" features vocalist Eddie Vedder singing lyrics to Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" (as the band continues a quiet jam to "Daughter") along with lyrics to Pearl Jam's own "W.M.A." towards the end of the song. The album contains Pearl Jam's rendition of the Young song "Fuckin' Up".

Allmusic staff writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album three out of five stars. He said that "Pearl Jam still sounds good, but they lack the wild energy that distinguished their early years. Professionalism has its good points, however, and it's true that Live on Two Legs is eminently listenable, thanks in no small part to a fine track selection...Live on Two Legs is a souvenir, a thank you to fans who have stood by throughout the years, and on those terms, it's successful."[1]Entertainment Weekly reviewer David Browne gave the album an A-. He said, "Despite the band's continuing self-importance and fuzzy-around-the-edges arrangements, this set of uptight anthems ("Corduroy", "Better Man", "Go") packs a post-grunge wallop."[3]

Track listing[edit]Edit

Information taken from various sources.[9][10]

  1. "Corduroy" (Eddie VedderDave AbbruzzeseJeff AmentStone GossardMike McCready) – 5:05
  2. "Given to Fly" (McCready, Vedder) – 3:53
  3. "Hail, Hail" (Gossard, Ament, McCready, Vedder) – 3:43
  4. "Daughter"/"Rockin' in the Free World"/"W.M.A." (Gossard, Vedder, Abbruzzese, Ament, McCready)/(Neil Young) – 6:47
  5. "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town" (Vedder, Abbruzzese, Ament, Gossard, McCready) – 3:49
  6. "Untitled" (Vedder) – 2:02
  7. "MFC" (Vedder) – 2:28
  8. "Go" (Abbruzzese, Vedder, Ament, Gossard, McCready) – 2:41
  9. "Red Mosquito" (Ament, Gossard, Jack Irons, McCready, Vedder) – 4:02
  10. "Even Flow" (Gossard, Vedder) – 5:17
  11. "Off He Goes" (Vedder) – 5:42
  12. "Nothingman" (Ament, Vedder) – 4:38
  13. "Do the Evolution" (Gossard, Vedder) – 3:45
  14. "Better Man" (Vedder) – 4:06
  15. "Black" (Gossard, Vedder) – 6:55
  16. "Fuckin' Up" (Young) – 6:17


Pearl Jam
  • Barry Ament – layout, poster art
  • Ames – layout
  • Mark Atherton – layout, poster art
  • John Burton, Sam Hofstedt – assistant engineering
  • Kristin Callahan, Lance Mercer – color photos
  • Vito Costarella, Hatch Show Prints, Ward Sutton, Nate Williams – poster art
  • Brett Eliason – recording and mixing
  • George Estrada – layout, poster art
  • Joe Gastwirt – mastering
  • Coby Schultz – layout, poster art

Chart positions[edit]Edit


Chart (1998) Position
Australian Albums Chart[11] 4
New Zealand Albums Chart[12] 11
US Billboard 200[13] 15
Canadian Albums Chart[13] 7
Norwegian Albums Chart[14] 20
Dutch Albums Chart[15] 37
Belgian Albums Chart (Vl)[16] 42
German Albums Chart[17] 49
French Albums Chart[18] 59
UK Albums Chart[19] 68


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Main


US Mod




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