Here’s an example of why Pearl Jam is the world’s best band ever. Yellow Ledbetter was a Ten outtake and one of the first songs Pearl Jam wrote as a group. It’s a huge fan favourite and a staple of their live shows and this song had such humble beginnings! Yellow Ledbetter was selected by the band to be the second B-side to the 1992 single for the song Jeremy, which was where it first appeared. The song eventually found its way onto radio, peaking at number 21 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song was included on the 2003 B-sides and rarities album, Lost Dogs, and on Pearl Jam’s 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991–2003).
McCready’s guitar playing on Yellow Ledbetter bears strong similarities to the guitar style of Jimi Hendrix with the mimicking of Hendrix’s “May This Be Love” from the 1967 album, Are You Experienced, and Little Wing from the 1967 album, Axis: Bold as Love. The version of Yellow Ledbetter that was eventually released was the second take of the song. Without being released as a single, Yellow Ledbetter peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number 26 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1994. The song has managed to become a staple among fans of the band. Although the song has never been released on one of the band’s studio albums, it remains to this day one of the band’s most popular songs.