Review: Mother Love Bone – On Earth As It Is: The Complete Works (Universal Music Canada)

Before Pearl Jam precursor band Mother Love Bone were given the chance to shine on the international stage, their light was prematurely snuffed out with the fatal drug overdose of vocalist Andrew Wood in 1990.

Leaning more upon glam rock than grunge, On Earth As It Is: The Complete Works serves as the definitive collection of Mother Love Bone’s legacy, compiling the group’s Shine EP and their sole full-length LP, Apple, along with a disc of B-sides and rarities, and alternate versions of various songs, including highlights such as their cover of Argent’s “Hold Your Head Up,” and original tracks like “Stardog Champion,” “Bone China,” and “Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns.”

Also included in this fantastic set is the group’s highly coveted home video Love Bone Earth Affair on DVD. Originally released in 1993, the video boasts interview footage with Wood and other members of the group, in addition to live performances of “Half Ass Monkey Boy,” and Queen’s “I’m In Love With My Car.”