I’m usually not a fan of remastered or reissued albums. Give me the bumps, hiss and feedback. However, after hearing about Pearl Jam’s reissuing of Ten, their 1991 debut, I may have to reconsider:
The standard edition sounds like you get a copy of the album that has been remastered, then a copy that has been mixed a little differently by producer Brendan O’Brien. However, it sounds like the deluxe version may be worth the money as you get the two disc set, a DVD of Pearl Jam’s rare MTV Unplugged performance from 1992, four vinyls (one of Ten, one remixed copy and a two LP set of a 1992 concert called ‘Drop In the Park” recorded in Seattle), a replica cassette of Pearl Jam’s demos “Alive”, “Once” and “Footsteps”, 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 era-specific ephemera from Pearl Jam’s early work and finally a two-sided print commemorating the ‘Drop In the Park’ show.
Breathe for a second, this sounds like a reissue that would be worth every penny. No word on price, late March is the drop date. This is what a reissue should be: tons of unreleased material. A lot of the time bands use a reissue to get rid of B-sides and covers, and if you are a diehard fan you probably have all the singles and compilations with those tracks, so who needs that? What the fans really want is rare material. Stuff you know you can’t get anywhere else, except for some cruddy bootleg. We want the hard-to-find, out-of-print stuff. Dig out the Doc Martens, flannel shirts, and don’t get all ‘plastic’. With any luck this won’t cost an arm and a leg.