Ten by Pearl Jam
Name Ten
Album Type Studio Album
Genres Grunge, Alternative Rock
Release Date

August 26, 1991

Recorded Date and Place March 27 – April 26, 1991 at London Bridge Studios, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Label Epic
Producer Rick Parashar, Pearl Jam
Length 53:20
Followed By Vs.

Ten is the debut studio album of the American alternative rock band Pearl Jam. The album is one of the most popular albums of the grunge scene and is said to be one of the greatest alternative rock albums ever made. Ten helped to bring grunge into the mainstream, even though it was mostly considered an lternative rock album by most of the populace.

Reception Edit

The album is commonly voted to be one of the greatest in the world. This album helped both Pearl Jam and grunge music in general to the mainstream audience's attention. Pearl Jam would become a member of the Big Four of Grunge, a group of the four most popular and influential grunge bands, which also includes Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains. David Fricke of Rolling Stone compared Eddie Vedder's voice to "a ragged, enraged mongrel blend of Robert Plant and James Hetfield." However, it was also mentioned that Eddie's voice often detracted from the messages of the songs. Ten was listed as #209 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 2003 edition of Rolling Stones's 500 Greatest Albums of all tim. Music magazine Q claimed the album was "raucous modern rock, spiked with infectious guitar motifs and powered with driving bass and drums."

Some unfavorable reviews came around. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana personally attacked Pearl Jam by stating the album was not alternative at all and that the band was a bunch of college sellouts. Before his death, he apologized for his behavior.

The album spawned four singes, "Even Flow," "Alive," "Oceans," and "Jeremy." The latter of the four recieved extremely positive reception, landing spots on VH1's Best 100 Songs of the Past 25 Years in 2003 and VH1's 100 greatest songs of the 90's in 2007. The music video made it to Rolling Stones and MTV's top 100 Msic Videos lists.

Tracklist Edit

No. Name Writers Length
1. "Once" Stone Gossard 3:51
2. "Even Flow" Gossard 4:53
3. "Alive" Gossard 5:41
4. "Why Go" Jeff Ament 3:20
5. "Black" Gossard 5:43
6. "Jeremy" Ament 5:18
7. "Oceans" Gossard, Ament, Eddie Vedder 2:42
8. "Porch" Vedder 3:30
9. "Garden" Gossard, Ament 4:59
10. "Deep" Gossard, Ament 4:18
11. "Release" Gossard, Ament, Dave Krusen, Mike McCready, Vedder 9:05

Personnel Edit

Pearl Jam Edit

Additional musicians and production Edit

  • Dave Hillis - Engineer
  • Don Gilmore, Adrian Moore – additional engineering
  • Walter Gray – cello
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Lance Mercer – photos
  • Tim Palmer – fire extinguisher, pepper shaker, mixing
  • Rick Parashar – production, piano, organ, percussion
  • Pearl Jam – production
  • Steve Pitstick – additional art
  • Lisa Sparagano, Risa Zaitschek – design
  • Kelly Curtis – management

Sources Edit