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5.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting an Absolute Classic, March 24, 2009
This review is from: Ten (Deluxe Edition) (2CD/1 DVD) (Audio CD)
To be perfectly honest, I've never had a problem with the production of Pearl Jam's classic debut album. It's always been a little slicker than the albums that followed, but I feel like it gave the cd its own unique texture within their catalog. But, for years, the members of Pearl Jam indicated they'd like to revisit the album, and now they have. The original cd (included here) sounds great. The "redux cd" sounds great. Brendan O'Brien's production is immediate and well-balanced. He's a great producer, and he's got a great feel for Pearl Jam, having worked with them numerous times. So, while I don't know that I'd describe it as "better" or "worse," it's another take on how the album should sound. So now there are two versions of one of the best albums of the 90s (or any decade). Cool.

Better still is the addition of extra tracks from that era and the fantastic MTV Unplugged performance on dvd.

The important thing to note is that this is a well-put-together and well-considered reissue, not just some cash-in. As a long-time fan, I'm really happy to have a new way to revisit this masterpiece.
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Initial post: Mar 24, 2009 6:49:47 PM PDT
Pedro Oliva says:
Brendan is an amazing producer... one of the better ones working today. He had another album come out today (March 24), Mastadon's 'Crack The Skye', and aside from it being arguably the band's best work yet, it's their best sounding record for sure.

Posted on Mar 30, 2009 12:41:21 PM PDT
The new Mastodon CD rocks!!!!!!!!! I don't know how many PJ fans would like it though.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2009 9:30:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 26, 2009 9:31:26 PM PDT
Not to be confused with the American progressive rock band, Crack The Sky.
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