Pearl Jam's crowded release schedule is becoming even more jam-packed. On its official Web site, the band confirmed that it is compiling b-sides and odds-and-ends for a planned rarities compilation, a

Pearl Jam's crowded release schedule is becoming even more jam-packed. On its official Web site, the band confirmed that it is compiling b-sides and odds-and-ends for a planned rarities compilation, and hopes to release it by Christmas on Epic. Bassist Jeff Ament tells Billboard.com that the band is truly combing the Pearl Jam archives for goodies. "A lot of it is on cassettes in a milkcrate," he says with a laugh.

The album is likely to include soundtrack and compilation appearances, as well as unused tracks from past album sessions. One or two new songs may also find their way on to the set.

"I think there's a handful of songs that we're all bummed out ended up as a b-side and got forgotten, whether it's 'Dead Man,' or even 'Yellow Ledbetter,'" Ament says. "They're songs that we feel are really great. Even the 'Merkin Ball' EP. It's hard to even find that thing anymore."

The rarities set will complete an unprecedented series of releases from the Pearl Jam camp, including authorized bootlegs from its 70+-date world tour in support of last year's "Binaural" album, as well as the upcoming concert DVD/VHS, "Touring Band 2000." As previously reported, the video will be available to members of the band's fan club on April 3 and week later at retail.