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Ten (Reissue)

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April 1, 2009

The music industry has been trying to replicate Ten since its release(sometimes getting lucky — I'm looking at you, Creed). This two-CD, one-DVD,four-LP set is the most lavish of four new reissues of Pearl Jam's 1991debut. Hardcore fans will glory in touches like the cassette replica of anearly demo tape. But Ten's powerful remix at Brendan O'Brien's hands is themain event: "Alive" hits harder; "Black" feels broader in scope; and EddieVedder's soaring vocals on "Oceans" shine brighter. All that said, this isan exercise for die-hards and audiophiles: To PJ's credit, the originaldidn't leave much room for improvement.

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