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Ten [Legacy Edition]
     

Ten [Legacy Edition]

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by Pearl Jam
 

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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

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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.].

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
Label:
Epic
UPC:
0886973984628
catalogNumber:
739846
Rank:
24308

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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
Mike McCready   Composer
Brendan O'Brien   Remixing
Tim Palmer   Contributor
Rick Parashar   Producer,Audio Production
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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Ten 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is some of Pearl Jam's finest work; don't miss it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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" ?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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