This is my Pearl Jam Ten vinyl review of the 2011 reissue. So, one day in 1991, when MTV stilled played videos, I came across a video of the song “Alive” by a new band called Pearl Jam, I was blown away. Who were these dudes? It was like something I have never heard before.
The vocals were amazing, it did not matter if I knew exactly what the song meant, I just could not get enough. Then my jaw dropped at the monumental guitar solo that ended the song. Of course, I had to run out and buy the CD right away.
My friends and I played it over and over again, not a bad song on this record, from start to finish. I was captivated by the music and Eddie Vedder’s beautiful , anguished, tortured vocals. When I got back into vinyl, this was one record I needed to get.
This vinyl reissue of Pearl Jam Ten is awesome. It is a deluxe 2 LP set, gatefold package, one record is the original Ten recording, and LP 2 is called ‘Ten Redux’ a special mix by original producer Brendan O’Brian. Sound quality on Ten is excellent. Having heard the original album many times, I first played the second vinyl ‘Redux’ curious to hear the difference.
‘Redux’ is like hearing Pearl Jam in a more intimate setting, like listening to them in a small club. To my ears, O’Brian raised up Eddie’s vocals a bit, and lowered some of the musical noise. This is particularly evident in the beautiful ballad ‘Black’ (one of my all time favorite songs).
I highly recommend this 2 LP set, and the price is a bargain. Buy the Pearl Jam Ten Vinyl Reissue Here