Ten [Legacy Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For the twentieth anniversary of their debut Ten -- an event that arrives in 2011 and is being celebrated in 2009, but who's counting? -- Pearl Jam went all out and delivered not one but three reissues, all in increasing levels of lavishness. First off is a standard two-CD set, followed by a triple-disc set that adds a DVD of the band's 1992 performance for MTV Unplugged and then there's a gargantuan, frankly ludicrous, collectors edition that has all that plus four slabs of vinyl containing the two mixes of the album plus a 1992 live show, one cassette that replicates the original demo Eddie Vedder turned in as his audition, and assorted memorabilia that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For the twentieth anniversary of their debut Ten -- an event that arrives in 2011 and is being celebrated in 2009, but who's counting? -- Pearl Jam went all out and delivered not one but three reissues, all in increasing levels of lavishness. First off is a standard two-CD set, followed by a triple-disc set that adds a DVD of the band's 1992 performance for MTV Unplugged and then there's a gargantuan, frankly ludicrous, collectors edition that has all that plus four slabs of vinyl containing the two mixes of the album plus a 1992 live show, one cassette that replicates the original demo Eddie Vedder turned in as his audition, and assorted memorabilia that retails for $200.00. All this commotion camouflages the really noteworthy aspect of this anniversary edition: Pearl Jam brought in their longtime producer Brendan O'Brien to remix Ten from the ground up, to strip away the studio affectations of producer Rick Parashar and mixer Tim Palmer that made it a bright, shiny anomaly during the dingy heyday of grunge and make the album sound more liked the rest of the band's work (which O'Brien produced, after all). This isn't full-scale cultural revisionism on the order of George Lucas -- the original album is preserved in remastered form on the first disc -- nor is it akin to the massive reworking of Raw Power that took liberties with the aesthetics of a classic, altering some crucial reasons why it was influential, but rather like a director's cut that's designed to be closer to the artist's original intentions. Since Ten is the odd man out among Pearl Jam's albums -- its shimmering surfaces and gated rhythms too eager to crossover -- this revision also seems logical, bringing it closer to the sound and feel of Vs. and Vitalogy without drastically altering its character. Actually, it's quite arguable that this lean, muscular remix is a marked improvement on the original mix, as it's easier to focus on both the songs and group's interplay. The only room for complaint is that for a deluxe reissue this seems to skimp on the bonus tracks, never bothering to include all the relevant non-LP songs from Ten. It's seems that the logic behind their absence is that they're all available on the compilation Lost Dogs and the bonus material here is all unreleased: a version of "Brother" with vocals (an instrumental was on Lost Dogs), early versions of "Breath and a Scream" and "State of Love and Trust" recorded a year before the Singles soundtrack, and the unreleased "Just a Girl," "2000 Mile Blues," and "Evil Little Goat." Although the latter two sound like the unfinished outtakes they are, it's still nice to have all this material in circulation, but even so it doesn't feel quite right to have a reissue of Ten that misses the B-side "Yellow Ledbetter," a song that received a lot of radio play during the peak of the album's popularity. It also doesn't feel right to have that original demo available only as a cassette in the super-deluxe version of Ten -- or to have the live show only on vinyl, for that matter -- when it would have been easy to expand the set out to three CDs and have this material available for everyone, but in a sense, that's nitpicking: the mad collectors are going to invest in the $200.00 set while the less dedicated will be happy with the remix which is certainly reason enough to justify this entire multi-format project. [A "Legacy Edition" was also released.].
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 886973984628
  • Catalog Number: 739846
  • Sales rank: 26,044

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Once (3:52)
  2. 2 Even Flow (4:52)
  3. 3 Alive (5:41)
  4. 4 Why Go (3:20)
  5. 5 Black (5:42)
  6. 6 Jeremy (5:18)
  7. 7 Oceans (2:41)
  8. 8 Porch (3:30)
  9. 9 Garden (4:59)
  10. 10 Deep (4:18)
  11. 11 Release (9:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Once (3:51)
  2. 2 Even Flow (4:53)
  3. 3 Alive (5:40)
  4. 4 Why Go (3:18)
  5. 5 Black (5:38)
  6. 6 Jeremy (5:16)
  7. 7 Oceans (2:41)
  8. 8 Porch (3:30)
  9. 9 Garden (4:58)
  10. 10 Deep (4:17)
  11. 11 Release (8:59)
  12. 12 Brother (3:59)
  13. 13 Just a Girl (5:02)
  14. 14 Breath and a Scream (5:58)
  15. 15 State of Love and Trust (4:48)
  16. 16 2,000 Mile Blues (3:58)
  17. 17 Evil Little Goat (1:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pearl Jam Primary Artist
Dave Abbruzzese Drums
Jeff Ament Bass
Stone Gossard Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Walter Gray Cello
Dave Krusen Drums
Mike McCready Guitar
Rick Parashar Organ, Percussion, Piano
Eddie Vedder Vocals
Technical Credits
Jeff Ament Composer, Writer, Liner Notes, Artwork, Art Direction, Concept, Memorabilia
Alex Coletti Producer
Nick DiDia Engineer
Don Gilmore Engineer
Stone Gossard Composer
David Hewitt Engineer
Dave Krusen Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering, Remastering
Mike McCready Composer
Brendan O'Brien Remixing
Tim Palmer Contributor
Rick Parashar Producer
Eddie Vedder Composer, Lyricist, Writer, Liner Notes, Artwork, Art Direction, Concept, Memorabilia
Cameron Crowe Memorabilia
Billy Bowers Engineer
Dave Hillis Engineer
Adrian Moore Engineer
Tom McPhilips Art Direction
Joel Gallen Director
Kevin Shuss Memorabilia
Steve Pitstick Artwork
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  • Posted November 18, 2012

    Good stuff

    Good stuff

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    "Ten" The BEST of 90's Grunge!

    This is a great CD, I love ALL the songs on it, although some of the songs like Why Go, I cant listen as I am only 13, and can't hear the F-bombs! :) But I have heard them and I still like them all, if you are a fan of Nirvana, or any of that 90 grunge this CD is a MUST buy!

    But as I said, I dont recommend it if you dont want to hear the occasional language.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Pearl Jam On Guitar Hero? Yes...then there's the ALBUM!

    Hard to believe nearly twenty years has passed since Pearl Jam released their debut album, "Ten". They, along with Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains, helped catapult grunge rock into the mainstream and made Seattle as enticing and exciting a music scene as Liverpool in the 1960's and New York in the late 1970's. Twenty years later, Pearl Jam have not only outlasted and outsold their compatriots but "Ten" still has an emotional and sonic whallop that makes it stand out in every sense.

    Epic Legacy, whose re-releases have been more than impressive, have re-released "Ten" in four different editions---a single disc, a double-disc featuring additional cuts, a triple-disc featuring the band's appearance of MTV's "Unplugged" and a deluxe edition featuring all of these as well as a "Guitar Hero" version of Pearl Jam's music. Any edition of "Ten" is worth having, as far as I'm concerned.

    Pearl Jam became one of those bands embraced 1970's hard rock, not just in its style but also in its road muscle by building a strong audience (if you don't believe that, take a look at all the live albums they've recorded). Their sound was also as angry and driven as late 1970's punk and 1980's underground music. This explains why they chose not to do videos anymore after this album made them stars.

    From the charging opening of "Once", you can tell that Pearl Jam had conviction written all over themselves. However, even when they do slower, almost ballad-like songs like "Black", there's a degree of menace in singer Eddie Vedder's ragged voice. And yes, even though the hit singles "Alive", "Jeremy" and "Even Flow" have long been enshrined in the memories of those who have heard them, they still sound powerful after all this time. The same can be said of the twin guitar thrashing of Mike McCreacy and Stone Gossard.

    What's impressive about this re-release is that the second disc contains the album in its entireity with producer-engineer Brendan O'Brien's original mix which gives this album a sharper and more fluid sound. It also contains unreleased material such as "Brother" and "Just A Girl" which would have fit in nicely with "Ten" as well as "State Of Love And Trust", that brilliant song featured on the 1991 soundtrack of "Singles".

    Of course, you've got the "Guitar Hero" version of this album as well. I haven't had a chance to check that out yet. However, if a video game can get young people into this timeless classic, so much the better.

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