Tuesday, March 24, 2009

If you've got the bucks

Some recent "deluxe" editions of classic albums may be worth picking up. (HuffPo)

Though most folks credit Nirvana's breakthrough album Nevermind as being the role model for grungy Seattle-scene alt-rock, Pearl Jam's twelve-times-platinum-selling Ten is every bit as seminal. Beyond Ten's monster radio staples (like "Even Flow," "Alive" and "Jeremy"), many tracks from this landmark album have had extensive college and FM airplay for the almost two decades post its release. The combination of Eddie Vedder's growling, angst-drenched vocals backed by bassist Jeff Ament, and guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready created a sound that immediately was original, successful and often imitated by pikers who couldn't mimic a tenth of what this band expressed in one verse. Getting a two-disc celebration of their now classic album is a pretty special event, and Sony's various configurations allow fans to experience their memories of Ten in various ways.

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