2023 RECORD STORE DAY EDITION. The original Give Way was to be a promotional live CD featuring 17 tracks from the Pearl Jam concert in Melbourne, Australia on March 5th, 1998.
It was intended to be given away for the release of Single Video Theory to the first customers purchasing the video from Best Buy stores. The day before the release, the CDs were recalled and destroyed by Sony. Supposedly this promotion was not properly cleared with the label and/or the band.
Of the 50,000 CDs pressed, most copies were destroyed and it is rumoured Best Buy was threatened with a $10,000 fine for each unreturned disc. Despite that, a number of copies surfaced over the years (impossible to exactly determine how much of them are survived, but a good guess would be at least 250/300).
This album has been has been mixed and mastered for this release. The title Give Way is a nod to the Australian counterpart to the Yield sign of the United States.