This week sees the reissue of possibly one of the greatest grunge albums of all time, Pearl Jam’s 1991 album Ten. But why?
Ten was released in 1991, which as you should know, is 18 years ago. Why 18 years? Ideally the reissue of an album called Ten would be 10 years later, but alas Eddie Vedder and the guys have kept it back for an extra 8 years. It would have made slightly more sense to keep it for another 2 years, then it would be the 20th anniversary of the album. However, it’s out now so buy it! But which version?
I’m guessing this is a mixture of both Pearl Jam and their record label, but there are different versions of the reissue, each more expensive than the last. The basic package will get you 2 CDs, the first being the remastered album and the second being the album remixed by Brendan O’Brien with previously unreleased bonus tracks. This is onsale at Play.com for £11.99. The ‘deluxe edition’ of the album features the same 2 CDs as before, but also a DVD of Pearl Jam’s unplugged session from 1992. This is onsale at Play.com for £33.99.
These two reissues fail in comparison though at the ‘Memorabilia Collector’s Edition’. As well as the 2 CDs and DVD, you get;
- Vinyl LP of remastered version
- Vinyl LP of remixed version
- Double Vinyl LP of Pearl Jam live
- Cassette replica of Eddie’s vocal dub tape
- Replica of Eddie’s notebook featuring lyrics, doodles and photos
- Laminated backstage pass replica
- Ticket replica
- 6 photos with written notes on reverse side
- Large poster
- Fabric sticker
All of this could be yours for £99.99! Hooray!
Whilst I’m not saying the memorabilia edition isn’t fantastic in every way, I’m just not sure if any of this money grabbing needed to happen. I understand that Ten has been reissued, albeit a strange number of years later, but I don’t understand why there are so many editions! It seems to me that Epic Records have seen a very lucrative idea and run with it, which makes sense…but do we really need all of this? I’m saying no.