Pearl Jam’s “Ten” goes deluxe
Fanboy alert, beware. This is the only music from Pearl Jam I can listen to, and although I’m sure they created good stuff since, I’ve always found Vedder to be “Bono Jr” and I just wanna smack him on the nose with a rolled up newspaper. But their debut album “Ten” is magnificient, and is getting completely revamped 18 years down the line:
NEW YORK (Billboard) — As Pearl Jam’s blockbuster 1991 debut, “Ten,” gets a re-release on March 24 so deluxe that it would be fairer to call it a complete reimagining, the veteran Seattle band’s bassist and co-founder Jeff Ament sat down with Billboard to talk about what went into the four extras-laden editions of the 12-times platinum album.
Each of the four versions of the “Ten” reissue includes a digitally remastered version of the original album as well as a completely new remix of the set by longtime producer Brendan O’Brien. The version that has sent hardcore fans into a tizzy is the two-CD, one DVD, four LP “Super Deluxe Edition.” The linen-covered, slip-cased clamshell box includes a replica of “Momma-Son,” the audition demo tape Vedder sent to Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard in 1990 to land the job in Pearl Jam, the previously unreleased September 20, 1992, concert at Seattle’s Magnuson Park on two vinyl LPs, a replica of Vedder’s composition notebook packed with notes and photos and assorted stickers and other memorabilia from the “Ten” era.
Trivia quiz: What is the album named for?