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℗ 1991 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
℗ 2008 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
© 2013 Sony Music Entertainment
- Reached #2 on the US Billboard 200 and Canadian Albums charts.
- #14 on the US Billboard 200 decade-end chart for 1990-1999.
- Certified diamond by the RIAA in 2013.
- Certified 13x Platinum in the US.
Ten was Pearl Jam's first studio album and is their most successful record to date, selling more than 10 million copies in the US as of 2013. The album was not an immediate success, but by late 1992 it had reached number two on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold well ever since.
Many of the songs on Ten started out as instrumental jams before Eddie Vedder even joined the band. Vedder added lyrics to the songs after he joined the group. The expansive sound of the record is reminiscent of artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, but the core of the album's sound is rooted in grunge. Vedder's distinctive voice perfectly fits the album's rich sound, allowing his often intense lyrics to be tempered by the band's sound, making the record that much more appealing. Because Ten was recorded over such a long period of time (two months), allowing Pearl Jam to hone the material into tight, focused forms. The resulting album is nothing less than a masterpiece of '90s grunge rock.
In 2009, Ten was reissued as the first of a planned re-release of Pearl Jam's entire catalogue that would lead up to the band's 20th anniversary in 2011. The re-release features six bonus tracks and a remastering and remix of the entire album by producer Brendan O'Brien.