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Album Review: On Earth as It Is: The Complete Works [Box Set] by Mother Love Bone
Excellent, Based on 2 Critics
Classic Rock Magazine - 80 Based on rating 4/5
Band’s brilliant sole album, now with a wealth of delightful added extras Seattle’s Mother Love Bone may be best recognised today as the band that gave us Pearl Jam – MLB’s guitarist and bassist were Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament – but thinking of them in just those terms is to do a massive disservice to a group that could have been so much more had fate not so cruelly intervened. .
The 1992 compilation Mother Love Bone didn't contain everything the doomed Seattle grunge band recorded -- far from it, actually, as the 2016 set On Earth as It Is: The Complete Works makes plain. Sprawling out over three CDs and a DVD, On Earth as It Is pairs the 1990 LP Apple and the 1989 EP on the first disc, essentially replicating the 1992 comp, and then over the course of two CDs it serves up all the B-sides, alternate takes, demos, and unreleased rarities. Some of this material, particularly the B-sides, are as finely honed as Apple, but the tracks that really kick are the rougher material on the third disc.