Ten[Deluxe Edition] - Pearl Jam Album Review
Let's get one thing straight - Pearl Jam were very much part of the grunge crossover scene back in the early 90s and so became almost as synonymous with heart-felt rock delivered by everyday Joes in slashed up old denims and posters on student walls the world over as Kurt Cobain / Nirvana and Soundgarden. Like it or not they also made some pretty decent records along the way. I remember watching an MTV programme devoted to the new Seattle tricksters, a programme that explored everyone else BUT Nirvana (tagged as "No Nirvana - Nevermind") - PJ performed "Alive" with an electrifying blast of the senses and suddenly everyone wanted a piece of them.
"Ten" is a very good album but is not a great album. Too many noodlings towards the conclusion of the set makes this a great potential 8 track album (First 7 songs and the last track, "Release"). So what do you get for your hard-earned this time around? Well the entire album has been remixed and given a new breath of life by PJ producer and mixer, Brendan O Brien and for the most part it all sounds a damn site punchier and fresher. They picked probably the only person suitable to be honest and you can compare the results with the other disc in the set that features the original mix. But I can't help feeling this package is a bit of a mish-mash and hardly representative of their importance. Yes there is an additional MTV DVD performance on the 3rd disc (limited versions) and 6 unreleased songs from that period at the end of the remixed disc (half and half in quality) but where are the informative liner notes? Why are the words and pictures crammed into miniature on the cheap cover? This has been a clear cut case of cutbacks surely - fans will feel rather disappointed I am sure. excellent music, poor package.