Pearl Jam - Ten

Black Vinyl LP Record Reissue

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Ten is the debut studio album by American grunge rock band Pearl Jam, originally released in August 1991 via Epic Records.

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. It's easy to see why Pearl Jam clicked with a mass audience, 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 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.

Similarly, Eddie Vedder's impressionistic lyrics often make their greatest impact through the passionate commitment of his delivery rather than concrete meaning. His voice has 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.

Ten reaches its greatest, most belligerent call to arms for the disaffected on its singles: “Alive”, “Jeremy” and “Even Flow”. However, it was Pearl Jam’s ability to rock like men possessed on tracks like “Why Go” and “Porch” yet craft a song of such delicate beauty as “Black” that marked them as a band of real depth and versatility.

Many feel that Ten is not Pearl Jam’s finest moment, but the fervour it created could never and would never be repeated. The revolution that Ten started kicked off a new age of full scale rock that continues to this day.

This LP record is a reissue on standard black vinyl with a printed inner sleeve, pressed in the US via Epic Records.

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Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Once

3:51

A2

Even Flow

4:53

A3

Alive

5:40

A4

Why Go

3:19

A5

Black

5:43

A6

Jeremy

5:18

B1

Oceans

2:41

B2

Porch

3:30

B3

Garden

4:58

B4

Deep

4:13

B5

Release

6:36

SKU 889853768714
Record Label Epic Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88985376871
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 10 November 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 27 August 1991
Barcode # 889853768714
Shipping Weight 0.2600kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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