Pearl Jam: Eddie Vedder (vocals); Mike McCreedy, Stone Gossard (guitar); Jeff Ament (bass); Dave Krusen (drums).
Additional personnel: Walter Gray (cello); Rick Parashar (piano, organ, percussion).
Engineers: Dave Hills, Don Gilmore, Adrian Moore.
Recorded at London Bridge Studios, Seattle, Washington from March to April, 1991.
CD contains 3 bonus tracks.
Personnel: Eddie Vedder (vocals); Mike McCready, Stone Gossard (guitar); Walter Gray (cello); Rick Parashar (piano, organ, percussion); Jeff Ament (8-string bass, 12-string bass, fretless bass).
Audio Mixer: Tim Palmer.
Recording information: London Bridge Studios, Seattle, WA (03/1991/04/1991).
The first Seattle band to hit the big time after Nirvana, Pearl Jam was not anyone's pick to be successful. Yet, Pearl Jam's brand of hard rock made them more accessible than any other Seattle band, including Nirvana. Pearl Jam's music is not as confused as Mudhoney, as melodic as Nirvana, as menacing as Alice In Chains, or as bloated as Soundgarden. Ten is remarkably clear-headed and clean, and very politically correct -- a perfect soundtrack for the 1990s. The muscular, melodic rock of "Jeremy," "Alive," and "Evenflow" brought Pearl Jam crossover success, helping Ten climb into the Top Ten and sell over nine million copies. [Ten is also available in an import release.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rolling Stone (p.66) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Alive' hits harder; 'Black' feels broader in scope; and Eddie Vedder's soaring vocals on 'Oceans' shine brighter."
Spin (9/99, p.136) - Ranked #32 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."
Spin (1/93) - Ranked #15 in Spin's list of the 20 Best Albums Of 1991.
Q (12/99, p.74) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q (1/93, p.73) - Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.
Q (3/92, p.79) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a raucous modern rock, spiked with infectious guitar motifs and powered with driving bass and drums...may well be the face of the 90's metal..."
Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #34 in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.
Stereo Review (1/92, p.80) - Performance "Challenging" / Recording "Good" - "...the band sounds larger than life, producing a towering inferno of roaring guitars, monumental bass and drums, and from-the-gut vocals...the tunes here surge, ebb, and surge again..."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.51) - "[T]hese songs are as touching today as the day they came out..."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "With its nod to classic '70s rock in the shotgun guitars and engaging Vedder's ragged, back-to-the-wall fury dissecting a fractured family life anthem like 'Alive' and 'Jeremy' sound as relevant and impassioned today as they did on the original release."
Q (Magazine) (p.123) - "The hit singles 'Jeremy' and 'Alive' wove serious lyrical subject matter to flurrying guitar solos and singer Eddie Vedder's hectoring vocals..."
Q (Magazine) (p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] classic songwriting that wasn't afraid to wear its influences on its sleeve....The freewheeling guitars of 'Even Flow' and 'Jeremy' sounded vintage even then, so it's no surprise that they've held up so well after all these years."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "TEN is a classic of the grunge era, its super-sized anthems and introspective mood pieces powerfully voiced by Eddie Vedder..."
Blender (Magazine) (p.64) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "It's an exhilarating punk howl....It's a batch of outsider's tales coursing with beefy swagger..."
Uncut (magazine) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "It sounds great...from the inflammatory guitar intro to the momentous 'Once' to the final handsome drift of 'Release,' it's a resplendent thing."
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