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Worth buying this for the DVD alone
on 16 June 2011
Ten was a great album, not necessarily given its credit due to Nevermind and others being released at the same time. So this box set is a welcome addition to the Pearl Jam catalogue. It contains three disks, the original album, a redux album complete with six extra tracks and an MTV unplugged DVD. The original album is a five star set of raw guitar rock. Anthemic numbers such as Jeremy (please play this live more), Alive and Evenflow are here as well as some excellent album tracks. This is just a fantastic album of grunge rock. For those who haven't heard it before its a treat. For those who have - you know how good it is.
The redux CD is a remix of the CD by original producer Brendan O'Brien. I can't say I find it as revolutionary as others. At times there are improvements in the mix. But overall its quite similar to the original release. Some of the bonus tracks have appeared in one form or another before - State of Love and Trust is here as is Brother and Breath & a Scream which most fans will already have in one form or another. The versions here are good - but its not worth buying if that's all you are missing. The Package is quite nice with a booklet of photo's from the time.
But as has already been mentioned the DVD is the reason for buying this. The MTV unplugged set might not be here in its entirety but what is here is outstanding. This is not a stripped down and reconstructed version of the songs here. Don't expect that - that was done by others. No this is seven tracks, six off Ten and State of Love and Trust, delivered acoustically but with as much power as with the electric guitars. This is a snapshot into the raw power that Pearl Jam have live. Its an absolute gem and this release has been lent out many times and every time it has delivered a wow. Eddie Vedder falling off his stool is funny but if you watch this then the accusation of not being genuine is even funnier.
Is it overpriced - yes. Is the remix essential and refreshingly new - no. Is it worth buying - Yes. Because the DVD is a genuinely inspired performance by the band. For anyone with an interest in the band that DVD is essential