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Japanese edition of their multi-platinum 1991 debut smashwith a cover of the Beatles' 'I've Got A Feeling' added as abonus track billed under the title of '?' AND a hiddeninstrumental version of 'Once'! 13 tracks total, alsofeaturing the hits 'Even Flow', 'Black', 'Jeremy', 'Oceans','Once', 'Why Go', 'Alive' and 'Release'. A Sony release.
Part of the '90s Seattle grunge triumvirate completed by Nirvana and Soundgarden, Pearl Jam debuted with Ten, their most accessible, least self-conscious album. Over time, PJ's rep as a politically correct band just a little too above it all to prostitute its music on MTV has nearly superseded the music. But before that, they were a simply an in-your-face, in-your-head, loud, melodic rock band. And lead singer Eddie Vedder was known for his possessed stage presence and a primal growl that sounded like it required three vocal chords. The personal, narrative singles "Alive," "Jeremy," and "Even Flow" catapulted the reluctant band into the 10-million-plus-sales division. Subsequent albums are more intricate, subtle, thematically complex, and, in many ways, better than Ten. But the band may never repeat the stampede caused by this debut. --Beth Bessmer
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Penned and sung by Eddie Vedder, without a doubt one of rocks great vocalists, this album has a fair few of PJ's best-loved tracks.
If you're relatively new to Pearl Jam's music, I would recommend you buy either this release or their greatest hits album, 'rearviewmirror: Greatest hits 1991-2003'.
Fan favourites on this album are "Jeremy", "Alive", Even Flow" and "Black".
Some tracks I rate highly would be "Alive", "Garden", "Jeremy" and "Release".
Still, if you don't fancy buying the album, at least download some of the tracks I mentioned. You won't be dissapointed.
If you're a fan of Pearl Jam you might also like The Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Audioslave, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots or even Nirvana. If you like this record I would highly recommend listening to 'Siamese Dream' by The Smashing Pumpkins, or 'Superunknown' by Soundgarden, which is apparently one of Eddie Vedder's favourite albums.
Personally, I bought this rerelease primarily for the remastered first disc. The second disc was a great bonus for me, and the tracks sound great! However I still prefer the roughness of the original album. The second disc was more of a curiosity for me and I doubt I'll listen to it ever again.
That brings me to the first disc... Wow. They really screwed up royally on this one. One of the best tracks and biggest hits for the band - Alive - has been ruined. At around the 27 second mark, the sound gets muffled and at around the 1:20 mark the song gets clear and fine again. And this screwup is obvious! I noticed it while in my car with terrible 10 year old Mazda Protege speakers!
For pretty much this reason alone, I can't recommend this rerelease. The original album can be found for under $5.00 new, and really is superior, since Alive sounds fine.
If you're buying this rerelease for the remix disc only, then go for it. However, of you were buying it for the remastered first disc, save your money. What could have been a great package has been ruined by one obvious sloppy mistake.
Obviously, due to the price tag, this box is not for every fan. This set is for the diehards -- the ones who try to collect all the live bootlegs, all the singles, are members of the Ten club, and go see them live every year. Or, this is for people who just want to own something monstrous and cool looking. No matter who you are, if you have the disposable income you will not be disappointed. There are some things that I was mildly disappointed with (which I shall get to in a moment) but on the whole, if you bought this, you got exactly what you wanted.
This box is packed full of goodies so numerous that I can't list them all. Needless to say, don't let the kids get into it or stuff will go missing. From Vedder's lyric book, to photos, to even a reproduction Mookie Blaylock rookie card! (Pearl Jam's original name was Mookie Blaylock in case you wondered.) Like I said, this box is loaded. It will take days to absorb all the goodies inside, all packed within a very sturdy and attractive black case. Amazon shipped this set very well packed.
To some, all that stuff is just paper and doesn't matter next to the music, and in some sense they're right. So onto the music.
This box includes the original Ten on vinyl and CD. It also includes the 2009 remixed Ten on vinyl and CD. The CD version contains 6 bonus tracks. Brendan O'Brien himself helmed the remixes. I have never been fond of the sound of Ten, until now. If you liked the remixes done for Rearviewmirror, you will like this. I have always found the original mixes too muddy and dull, now they are very bright and crisp. Dare I say it, they are heavier and more rocking.Read more ›
1. Once - the album starts with a bass intro known as Master/Slave before going into loud powerfull guitar riff. 4/5
2. Even Flow - a song about homelessness. played at almost every one of their concerts with it's momentum really gets the crowd going. 5/5
3. Alive - one of pearl jam's most famous songs. tells the story of eddie's real father, and goes into what will no doubt be Mike Mccready's greatest guitar solo. 5/5
4. Why Go - one of pearl jam's lesser known songs, but still a great one. 4/5
5. Black - my favourite song on the album. some of eddie's best lyrics. just beautiful. 5/5
6. Jeremy - the band's first single. great tune. 4.5/5
7. Oceans - great singing from eddie on this one. one of my lesser favourites on the album but it's grown on me. 4/5
8. Porch - my second favourite song on the album. really gets you going with it's fast past and blazing guitar speeds. 5/5
9. Garden - an very underrated song. doesn't get the credit it deserves 5/5
10. Deep - probably the worst song on the album, but by no means bad. 4/5
11. Release - the album ends on a high note with the brilliant singing of eddie vedder. 5/5
Buy this album! I promise you will not regret it
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Both cases were smashed when I opened package in one was so bad I had to open it and make sure the disc was not brokenPublished 9 months ago by Nick Fisher