2. Pearl Jam (1992)
Pearl Jam were just beginning to gain a national profile when they taped their Unplugged special at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens on March 16th, 1992. They'd just wrapped a grueling European tour and had little time to prep. "We literally got off the plane from Europe, spent all day in a cavernous sound studio in New York, and did the show that night," said bassist Jeff Ament. "It's pretty powerful, and Ed's singing great. Yet it's kind of naive, which is awesome." The group later said they wished they had more time to put together a whole set of newly arranged songs like Nirvana would do late the following year, but it's still an amazing look at a band just starting to realize their own incredible power and range.