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Unreleased Pearl Jam song Better Days hits the web

Eddie Vedder turn in a fine vocal performance on the unreleased Better Days
Eddie Vedder turn in a fine vocal performance on the unreleased Better Days (Image credit: Rune Hellestad/Corbis)

Pearl Jam's unreleased song Better Days has been leaked online, and apparently it's all because of a mysterious man named Pete who posted it online on behalf of the group's manager, Kelly Curtis.

"Gary, [manager] Kelly [Curtis] wanted you to hear this, please give it a listen," wrote Pete on the Monkey Wrench Records site - and minutes later the post was taken down.

But you can hear the track on the Antiquiet site. Reportedly, the song was from the band's 2002 Riot Act sessions, and it makes for a fascinating listen. Featuring some of Eddie Vedder's most forceful and emotive singing, hand percussion, according and mandolin, it's a hands-down winner. Surprising it was never properly released.

Check it out here.

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.