Pearl Jam “Ten” Gets Deluxe Edition

 

 

 

Big news for Pearl Jam fans was just released to the media. The
full press released follows; read on….

 

 

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PEARL JAM ANNOUNCES THE REISSUE OF
BAND’S DEBUT ALBUM, TEN:

FOUR SPECIAL EDITION PACKAGES IN
STORES MARCH 24, 2009

 

PRE-SALE OF SUPER DELUXE EDITION
BEGINS TODAY AT PEARLJAM.COM

 

Album extras found across the four
editions of Ten include:

Remaster of original Ten album +
remix by producer Brendan O’Brien   • 

DVD of previously unreleased 1992
Pearl Jam MTV Unplugged performance with 5.1 surround sound audio
remix   •  LP of the band’s 1992 “Drop in the Park”
concert    •   Replica of Pearl Jam three-song demo
cassette with Eddie Vedder’s original vocal dubs  •  Recreation of
Eddie Vedder composition notebook   •  Never before seen
memorabilia   •  Bonus tracks and more.

 

SEATTLE – Ten, the debut
album that sold 12 million copies and introduced the world to Pearl Jam in 1991, will be reissued in four (4) new and expanded editions. Pre-orders
of the Super Deluxe Edition begin today, December 10, 2008, through the band’s
Ten Club at www.pearljam.com,
with all four
editions
available at retail on March 24, 2009. The reissue of Ten serves as the launch of a planned two-year catalogue re-release campaign
leading up to the band’s 20th anniversary in 2011.

 

Each
Ten package will include two versions of the album: the remastered
version of the original album PLUS an accompanying remixed version done
by the band’s long-time producer, Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC,
Audioslave). Details on specific extras for each of the four packages are
attached.

 

“The band
loved the original mix of Ten, but were also interested in what it would
sound like if I were to deconstruct and remix it,” says producer Brendan
O’Brien
. “The original Ten sound is what millions of people bought,
dug and loved, so I was initially hesitant to mess around with that. After
years of persistent nudging from the band, I was able to wrap my head around
the idea of offering it as a companion piece to the original – giving a fresh
take on it, a more        direct sound.”

 

TEN RE-DESIGN

Pearl Jam
bassist Jeff Ament, who served as the art director for the original Ten packaging, reprised his role for the reissues collaborating with designer, Andy
Fischer, of Cameron Crowe’s Vinyl Films (Into the Wild soundtrack
LP, Vanilla Sky soundtrack LP, Harold and Maude anniversary
edition soundtrack LP).

 

“The
goal was to assemble the ultimate fan-piece,” explains Fischer. “Something Pearl Jam lovers could pore over as they experience an indelible
record all over again, in an entirely      new
way.”

 

“The
original concept was about really being together as a group and entering into
the world of music as a true band…a sort of all-for-one deal,” says Jeff
Ament
. “There were some elements of the original Ten artwork that
didn’t turn out the way we had hoped, due to time constraints. With this
reissue, we’ve been able to take our time and invest resources into making the
design the way we had originally intended.”

 

REPLICA
OF PEARL JAM THREE-SONG DEMO CASSETTE IN SUPER
DELUXE EDITION

In the
process of digging through his archives for this project, Ament came across an
old cassette marked “Momma-Son” – the fabled original Pearl Jam demo tape
featuring the first recorded versions of “Alive,” “Once” and “Footsteps.” Ament
and guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready had recorded instrumental tracks
of these songs to help solicit a singer for their newly formed band. Mutual
friend – and then Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer – Jack Irons suggested they
send the tape down to San Diego surfer and little-known singer Eddie Vedder.

 

Completely
inspired by what he heard from these musicians that he then only knew by name,
Vedder quickly wrote lyrics, put these vocals to the music tracks and shipped
the tape back to Seattle.
Upon hearing how Vedder had transformed the songs, Ament, Gossard and McCready
asked him to come up to Seattle
so they could meet and have an official “tryout” together. Shortly thereafter,
Pearl Jam was born. (A replica of the “Momma-Son” cassette will be included in
the Super Deluxe Edition of Ten.)

 

Jeff
Ament
describes the
experience of re-visiting that tape with singer Eddie Vedder:

“I think
the first time that Ed or I had opened any of those boxes was a few weeks ago.
I knew that the original ‘Momma-Son’ cassette was somewhere, but I hadn’t
listened to it in 17, 18, 19 years. It was cool to sit down and play it for the
first time with Ed and see his reaction. And to find that 90% of it stayed
exactly the same as what ended up on the record. A lot of elements were
identical. There was some energy flying around at that point even from 1,300
miles away from Seattle to San Diego.”

 

 

 

ABOUT
TEN

Pearl Jam
released Ten on August 27, 1991. The album reached #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, sold over 12 million copies and became one of the cultural
touchstones of the 1990s. Songs such as “Alive,” “Black,” “Even Flow” and
“Jeremy” became staples of rock radio, and still make frequent appearances on
the band’s ever-changing concert setlists. The album was produced by Rick
Parasher. Pearl Jam’s 1991 lineup was Jeff Ament (bass), Stone Gossard
(guitar), Dave Krusen (drums), Mike McCready (guitar) and Eddie Vedder
(vocals).

 

ORIGINAL
TEN TRACKLISTING

 

Once

Even Flow

Alive

Why Go

Black

Jeremy

Oceans

Porch

Garden

Deep

Release

Master/Slave
(hidden track)

 

THE FOUR EDITIONS OF TEN: ALBUM EXTRAS PER
PACKAGE

 

 

1.      Legacy Edition (2-disc set in mini-LP style slipcase):

  • Disc 1: original Ten tracklisting digitally remastered (original mix)
  • Disc 2: original Ten tracklisting digitally remastered and remixed by Brendan
    O’Brien, plus six bonus tracks: “Brother,” “Just a Girl,” “State of Love and
    Trust,” “Breath and a Scream,” “2,000 Mile Blues” and “Evil Little Goat”
  • Re-designed
    packaging

 

2.   Deluxe Edition (2-disc
set plus DVD specially designed hardbound package)
:

  • Disc 1:
    original Ten tracklisting digitally remastered (original mix)
  • Disc 2:
    original Ten tracklisting digitally remastered and remixed by Brendan
    O’Brien, plus six bonus tracks: “Brother,” “Just a Girl,” “State of Love and
    Trust,” “Breath and a Scream,” “2,000 Mile Blues” and “Evil Little Goat”
  • DVD of Pearl
    Jam’s previously unreleased 1992 MTV Unplugged performance including
    never before seen bonus performance of “Oceans” with 5.1 surround sound audio
    remix

 

3.   Vinyl Collection
(2-LP set)

  • LP 1:
    original Ten tracklisting remastered for vinyl
  • LP 2:
    original Ten tracklisting remastered for vinyl and remixed by Brendan
    O’Brien

 

4.   Super Deluxe Edition
(2-disc set plus DVD, 4 LPs and replica cassette in linen-covered, slip-cased
clamshell box):

  • Disc 1:
    original Ten tracklisting digitally remastered (original mix)
  • Disc 2:
    original Ten tracklisting digitally remastered and remixed by Brendan
    O’Brien, plus six bonus tracks: “Brother,” “Just a Girl,” “State of Love and
    Trust,” “Breath and a Scream,” “2,000 Mile Blues” and “Evil Little Goat”
  • DVD of Pearl
    Jam’s previously unreleased 1992 MTV Unplugged performance including
    never before seen bonus performance of “Oceans” with 5.1 surround sound audio
    remix
  • LP 1:
    original Ten tracklisting remastered for vinyl
  • LP 2:
    original Ten tracklisting remastered for vinyl and remixed by Brendan
    O’Brien
  • LP 3 & 4:
    Drop in the Park – Live at Magnuson Park in Seattle
    on September 20, 1992 (audio mixed by Brendan O’Brien)
  • Cassette:
    replica of original “Momma-Son” Pearl Jam demo cassette featuring “Alive,”
    “Once” and “Footsteps”
  • Package
    also includes an Eddie Vedder-style composition notebook filled with
    replica personal notes, images and mementos from the collections of Eddie Vedder
    and Jeff Ament, a vellum envelope with replicated era-specific ephemera from
    Pearl Jam’s early work and a two-sided print commemorating the Drop in the Park
    concert.

 

 [Photo credits: Lance Mercer]

 

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