Ten

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Nirvana's Nevermind may have been the album that broke grunge and alternative rock into the mainstream, but there's no underestimating the role that Pearl Jam's Ten played in keeping them there. Nirvana's appeal may have been huge, but it wasn't universal; rock radio still viewed them as too raw and punky, and some hard rock fans dismissed them as weird misfits. In retrospect, it's easy to see why Pearl Jam clicked with a mass audience -- they weren't as metallic as Alice in Chains or Soundgarden, and of Seattle's Big Four, their sound owed the greatest debt to classic rock. With its intricately arranged guitar textures and expansive harmonic vocabulary, Ten especially ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Nirvana's Nevermind may have been the album that broke grunge and alternative rock into the mainstream, but there's no underestimating the role that Pearl Jam's Ten played in keeping them there. Nirvana's appeal may have been huge, but it wasn't universal; rock radio still viewed them as too raw and punky, and some hard rock fans dismissed them as weird misfits. In retrospect, it's easy to see why Pearl Jam clicked with a mass audience -- they weren't as metallic as Alice in Chains or Soundgarden, and of Seattle's Big Four, their sound owed the greatest debt to classic rock. With its intricately arranged guitar textures and expansive harmonic vocabulary, Ten especially recalled Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. But those touchstones might not have been immediately apparent, since -- aside from Mike McCready's Clapton/Hendrix-style leads -- every trace of blues influence has been completely stripped from the band's sound. Though they rock hard, Pearl Jam is too anti-star to swagger, too self-aware to puncture the album's air of gravity. Pearl Jam tackles weighty topics -- abortion, homelessness, childhood traumas, gun violence, rigorous introspection -- with an earnest zeal unmatched since mid-'80s U2, whose anthemic sound they frequently strive for. Similarly, Eddie Vedder's impressionistic lyrics often make their greatest impact through the passionate commitment of his delivery rather than concrete meaning. His voice had a highly distinctive timbre that perfectly fit the album's warm, rich sound, and that's part of the key -- no matter how cathartic Ten's tersely titled songs got, they were never abrasive enough to affect the album's accessibility. Ten also benefited from a long gestation period, during which the band honed the material into this tightly focused form; the result is a flawlessly crafted hard rock masterpiece.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/1991
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644785722
  • Catalog Number: 47857
  • Sales rank: 10,888

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Once (3:51)
  2. 2 Even Flow (4:53)
  3. 3 Alive (5:40)
  4. 4 Why Go (3:19)
  5. 5 Black (5:48)
  6. 6 Jeremy (5:18)
  7. 7 Oceans (2:41)
  8. 8 Porch (3:30)
  9. 9 Garden (4:58)
  10. 10 Deep (4:18)
  11. 11 Release (6:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pearl Jam Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jeff Ament Bass
Stone Gossard Guitar
Walter Gray Cello
Dave Krusen Drums
Mike McCready Guitar
Tim Palmer Percussion
Rick Parashar Organ, Percussion, Piano
Eddie Vedder Vocals
Technical Credits
Pearl Jam Producer
Jeff Ament Composer, Artwork, Art Direction
Don Gilmore Engineer
Stone Gossard Composer
Dave Krusen Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mike McCready Composer
Tim Palmer Engineer
Rick Parashar Producer
Eddie Vedder Composer, Artwork
Dave Hillis Engineer
Adrian Moore Engineer
Steve Pitstick Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grunge With a Style

    If Nevermind was the breakthrough, Ten was the watershed. With more intricate guitar licks and insightful lyrics, Pearl Jam proves they are the best band of the grunge movement and maybe since U2 hit the scene. Keeping rocking Vedder. Who can forget the song "Jeremy" ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Probably the Best Pearl Jam album...

    Ahhh Grunge, my era, my music. If you want an honest opinion, this is the best Pearl Jam CD I own in my whole Grunge collection, becuase it's just "one of those" typical CD's you can run through and be like "Yeah I think I'll listen to some Pearl Jam today!" And you get a kick out of it as well... Another thing is you can listen to this CD in any mood you're in, People have there varieties of music they listen to, like Cannibal Corpse would be their "pissed off" music... I however disagree with that, since music brightens my life so much. People who are "moody" when it comes to music can listen to this CD in any mood they're in, You can just relax to this CD, or headbang to it or you could take it out on the CD when your pissed while it calms you down, This CD has those powers, I love Pearl Jam, I love Grunge!!! BUY THIS CD!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest Grunge Album... EVER!!!

    This album is hands-down the greatest grunge album. It is original, expressive and unique! Pearl Jam rules! Eddie Vedder is one of the Greatest vocalists in Rock History! Pearl Jam is an awesome band!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Epic Debut

    Pearl Jam's first album is musically and lyrically perfect. Each song has its own identity and style. Even Flow, Alive, and Jeremy will be played on classic rock stations for eternity. Every other song is indeed deserving of the same title. Black and Deep are lyrically some of Pearl Jam's best. Lastly, I could not think of a better song than Release to end this record. The best album of the 90's. If not in your collection, add it as soon as possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ten!!!

    Really peaceful rock songs. Made with style! Good voice, good guitars. "Alive", "Black", "Even Flow" and "Jeremy" are true classics. This album is for every one who like peaceful rock. Perfect album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The masterpiece of the early 90's neo-classic rock movement

    Selling 11 million copies and shaping the style of 90's rock and roll that spawned from Seattle, Ten is a masterfully crafted and impeccably produced LP. Taking likeable minor-chord progressions and turning them into catchy, timeless rhythm-lead licks, the band struck gold with the Zeppelin-esque numbers "Even Flow" and "Alive." What made Ten powerful, however, was the fact that there was no "filler" material. Every song is bathed in warm, embracing, richly-textured studio perfections, which brings the hard rock riffs to possess great emotional capabilities. The energetic guitar interplay between Gossard and McCready fuels the solos of "Alive" and "Garden," but the band's ability to restrain and filter their talents to create gentler, calculated numbers like "Black" and "Jeremy" proved that the band was capable of stepping outside the comfortable limits of minor-key rock and roll and expressing their deep emotions to their audiences. Vedder's powerful and deeply poetic lyrics also bring Ten to a higher level of contemplation and ingenuity, while the odd but sleep inducing "Oceans" and the opening and closing psychadelic instrumental "Master/Slave" hinted at the innovative and unique style of music that Pearl Jam would identify with in their later work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    some of Pearl Jam's finest work

    This is some of Pearl Jam's finest work; don't miss it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ten is #1

    This album is excellent! I can see why they outsold Nirvana's "Nevermind," which is still a great album. Jeremy, Alive, Even Flow, and Black are the best songs on this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ten is the best!

    Nirvana's nevermind was an excellent album that formed a new style of music, but pearl jam's ten is the best album of the 90s, simpily because eddie vedder's vocals are amazing and mike mccready is the best rock guitarist of the 90s. Ten is a classic album that is too good to not own!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best

    if i were stranded on a desert island, this is the one album i would want stranded with me. this is truly the finest of the pearl jam collection.

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