There’s not a Pearl Jam fan out there who doesn’t have Jeff Ament’s hypnotic bassline from “Master/Slave” sewn into the reptile part of their brain.  Though likely drawn to Ten via the singles played on radio and MTV, a bit of the instrumental preceded “Once” as the first thing 99% of folks heard on their first listen of Pearl Jam’s debut.  With clattering percussion and all manner of droning instrumentation, “Master/Slave” is indispensable to the magic of the record.  Without the song bookending the album, Ten would be just another straight-up modern rock record (well, not exactly of course). But “Master/Slave” adds much needed mystery and ambiance, like stage curtains lifting and falling on either end of a dramatic production.


~ by Michael on July 2, 2007.

3 Responses to “Master/Slave”

  1. Well put.

  2. the thing i like about it is i has this album on cassette at first and when you play the cassette with auto reverse it just loops the album so you have to listen to it again and again

  3. i agree completely about this giving the album a sense of mystery, in the intro it just kind of says “this album is going to be epic” and then at the end it wraps it up again and thats when you realize it really was epic. it also kind of ties the whole album together, even though all the songs seem to be about hugely different things it makes it seem like one story rather than just a list of songs.

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