May 10, 2009

New & Improved PJ

Though I'm no Pearl Jam die-hard, they are a big favorite. From their catalog I've plucked about 40 cuts over the years for MP3 discs, including 10 from Ten (Porch being the exception). And from the double Greatest Hits set, I really loved how crisp Brendan O'Brien's remix made the Ten singles included and hoped a fully remastered Ten would be on the horizon. I had no idea I'd be head-first into vinyl again when it happened- but oh so happy I am!

Not caring much about CDs/DVDs or concert performances, and certainly NOT interested in any newly produced cassette now matter how nostalgic, I went for the regular 180g 2LP set instead of the deluxe 4LP+a-lot-of-junk box set.

For $20 this set includes what I wanted most- the full album remastered by O'Brian- worth the price alone. As a bonus, the other LP is the original mix of the album, housed in a beautiful gatefold jacket with some scribbles on the inside, and a goofy 12" clock-face flat. The inner sleeves are good quality tighty-whities. The box set shows printed inner sleeves as well, but for appox. $129 less what can ya expect?

This kicks off Peal Jam's two year remaster program that includes vinyl releases as well as Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and box sets.

While supplies last, some indie stores received a small poster to give away with any Ten re-issue purchase. Love them lithos! You have to buy one of the CD or download packages to get the many bonus tracks which are outtakes from the original sessions but left off the album for whatever reason, and various live performances.

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