October 29, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

The key word this week is Vs. It’s the title of Pearl Jam’ssophomore effort, which debuts at No. 1. Rush, those arty Canadiandinosaurs who have spent a whole career vs. the critics, come in atNo. 2, their highest chart position ever. In the past-vs.-presentdivision, the all-star album of Eagles tunes, Common Thread, tops thecountry charts. And Eazy-E hits No. 5 with the latest skirmish in hisrunning battle vs. Dr. Dre, his former N.W.A cohort. As they say,conflict creates art.Last Weeks onWeek Pop Albums Chart

1 – Pearl Jam Vs., Epic Associated. 12 – Rush Counterparts, Atlantic 13 1 Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, MCA 64 3 Nirvana In Utero, DGC. 55 – Eazy-E It’s On (Dr. Dre) 187UM Killa, 1Ruthless/Relativity6 10 Various Artists Common Thread: 2The Songs of the Eagles, Giant.7 5 Mariah Carey Music Box, Columbia. 88 4 Billy Joel River of Dreams, Columbia. 119 2 Garth Brooks In Pieces, Liberty. 810 6 Janet Jackson janet., Virgin. 23

Country Albums

1 4 Various Artists Common Thread: 2The Songs of the Eagles, Giant.2 1 Garth Brooks In Pieces, Liberty. 83 2 Reba McEntire Greatest Hits Volume Two, 4MCA Nashville4 3 George Strait Easy Come Easy Go, MCA Nashville. 45 5 Alan Jackson A Lot About Livin’ 55(And a Little ‘Bout Love), Arista6 6 Vince Gill I Still Believe in You, MCA Nashville 607 7 Wynonna Tell Me Why, Curb/MCA 248 8 Mark Chesnutt Almost Goodbye, MCA Nashville. 189 11 Confederate Railroad Confederate Railroad, 78Atlantic10 10 Brooks & Dunn Hard Workin’ Man, Arista. 35

College Music Albums

1 1 Breeders Last Splash, 4AD/Elektra. 82 2 Nirvana In Utero, DGC 53 3 Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream, Virgin…. …134 4 Buffalo Tom Big Red Letter Day, 6Beggars Banquet/EastWest…….5 7 Soundtrack Judgment Night, Immortal/Epic Soundtrax 56 5 Cracker Kerosene Hat, Virgin 88 6 Juliana Hatfield Three Become What You Are, 12Mammoth/Atlantic9 10 Curve Cuckoo, Anxious/Charismas 510 8 My Life with The Thrill Kill Kult 613 Above the Night, Interscope

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