January 8, 2007

Brand new Pearl Jam (!!): “Love Reign O’er Me”

Just over a half hour ago, the formidable KISW in Seattle aired the new Pearl Jam song (Who cover) “Love Reign O’er Me” in their, um, Nine O’Clock Cock Fight, which pits two songs against each other. Thanks to Oxypoet, who knows I am as big of a Pearl Jam fan as he is, I have the full audio for you.

As previously mentioned here, this brooding song was recorded for the new Adam Sandler/Don Cheadle movie Reign Over Me, and contains lush orchestration — and several of the most skin-tingling Vedder screams in many moons.

According to the KISW DJ, this won’t actually be on the Reign Over Me soundtrack, only in the movie. That leaves it as fair fodder for the Christmas single?


Love Reign O’er Me (Who cover) – Pearl Jam

Update from the Pearl Jam Ten Club:
Many of you have been asking about the holiday single release…Is it out yet? When will it be released? Well…Not yet, but the songs have been selected, so we can at least give you something to curb your appetite until it lands on your doorstep. Artwork is waiting approval and will be posted soon, as well.

The 2006 Annual Single will include:
Side A- Love Reign O’er Me
written by Pete Towshend, performed by Pearl Jam from the upcoming Sony Motion Picture
Reign Over Me.
Side B- Rockin in the Free World
written by Neil Young, performed by Pearl Jam, featuring Bono and The Edge from U2 from the
Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne, Australia.

Ohhh, the internet. How you change things.

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  • That’s magnificent! How I wish PJ would cover Gone Shootin’ or some other Bon era AC/DC song!


    Anonymous — January 10, 2007 @ 8:30 am

  • too bad those losers from u2 are on your holiday single, too. bah humbug. (wait, what holiday exactly is this single usually released on?)


    c — January 10, 2007 @ 10:13 am

  • i remember the first time i ever saw quadrophenia…. IT ABSOLUTELY BLEW MY MIND!!!

    if anyone has never seen it… get yourself the vid on a rainy sunday, and have a few shots an watch it…


    jethronh — January 10, 2007 @ 10:15 am

  • c-

    Easter. It’s an Easter single. And yes, the PJ boards are already all a-moanin’ about the U2 (and not moaning in a good way, I can assure you). Ingrates.

    heather — January 10, 2007 @ 10:20 am

  • great tune. great cover. 2 great bands.

    LOng live rock. Long live PJ and THE WHO.

    Anonymous — January 10, 2007 @ 12:12 pm

  • I think there are no words for that song and that voice together. THANK YOU!!! I still have goosebumps all over.

    Anonymous — January 10, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

  • Damn, I would have loved it if the collaboration with U2 was in studio…but oh well.

    Great post


    The Barbarian — January 10, 2007 @ 3:54 pm

  • SICK.

    thx heather. that’s some fuel right there…

    cwb — January 10, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

  • yay!!!! I heard some of this on another Seattle radio station today. I’m a fan of Quadrophenia, and used to lovvvvvvve Pearl Jam. I googled to find out more about this cover, and found yr site, including link to the mp3. :D

    Now that I don’t listen to PJ regularly, my physical connection with them is much stronger. Like how I was working in a house behind Eddie’s property, until my employers moved a couple months ago. I’ve been to Studio Litho. Still never met any of the members, though. One time I rode by Matt Cameron while on a bus. Oh yeah! I forgot about when Stone came to the radio station I used to work at, with Brad. But he kept to himself.

    Which relates to your post because ummm… it’s about Pearl Jam? Can’t help it when the Pearl Jam love flows. I have to let it.

    unless you're eddie — January 10, 2007 @ 11:23 pm

  • the grasshopper outdoes the master..makes me want to hear PJ do Won’t Get Fooled Again.

    any idea who the musicians are on this one, especially the piano?

    thanks for posting Heather, otherwise I’da been waiting for this Easter egg until April!

    dwymer7003 — January 11, 2007 @ 9:22 am

  • I am pretty sure that is the amazing Boooooom Gaspar on the keys.

    heather — January 11, 2007 @ 10:38 am

  • Puno hvala za ovu stvar….

    Thank you very much for this great song! ;)

    It’s evolution baby!!!!

    pearl — January 11, 2007 @ 11:49 am

  • Wow! I’m so behind. I’ve been busy all week and not reading the blogs. I heard this song this morning on Howard Stern, of all places.
    Heather, I was hoping you had it!

    aikin — January 11, 2007 @ 8:32 pm

  • Pianist could also be brendan o’brien who kisw dj says produced the track. It does have a certain clarity that i associate with the bo’b albums.

    lbc — January 12, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

  • On top of being my favorite band, Pearl Jam is also my favorite cover band ever. That shit totally rocks.


    Anonymous — January 12, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

    Selena — January 13, 2007 @ 9:44 pm

  • Thank you. This cover is great — definitely one of their best.

    vedjen — January 16, 2007 @ 6:45 pm

  • I cannot get enough of this song! The story seems interesting…but with the addition of this tune in the movie, it makes it a must-see!
    I’d go out on a limb and say it’s their BEST cover yet!
    Thanks Heather for posting!

    Anonymous — January 19, 2007 @ 9:30 am

  • Pretty good cover, but I think The Who’s version is much better.Roger
    Daltrey’s vocals on it are spine chilling.Oh well,I guess they can’t keep using Who originals in every movie.I love Eddie mostly because he loves The Who,but PJ is a damn good live band.

    Anonymous — February 4, 2007 @ 12:27 am

  • Pearl Jam keeps on surprising…
    Great cover from an ever reliable band of our time… Classic covered in its own classical way… Love Reign for Pearl Jam Forever

    Dino — February 6, 2007 @ 8:44 pm

  • you also can listen to it here http://www.rhapsody.com/pearljam/lovereignoerme
    just thought I would share enjoy

    pearljamroxs — February 6, 2007 @ 11:05 pm

  • im sorry, but no one can cover the who. it just can’t be done. the cover was terrible in my opinion and pearl jam should shove a cork up their ass for that lousy peformance of a great song by the who. i bet half of you don’t even realize this is a song by: THE WHO, one of the greatest rock n’ roll bands of all time. Check out the original version SO MUCH BETTER THAN THIS CRAP.


    John — March 10, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

  • John,

    You’re an idiot.

    Anonymous — March 10, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

  • No band could have covered Love Reign O’er Me better than Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam. I can only guess that Pete Townsend is flattered. Vedder loves the Who and pays proper respect in this great cover of an all-time great.

    HalH — March 21, 2007 @ 11:12 am

  • Thanks for the nice post!

    free ps3 — September 14, 2007 @ 6:21 am

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