Before we get into arguments let’s settle something right away, and quiet all those who claim that Pearl Jam jumped on the “Seattle Grunge Bandwagon” and forced their sound into it… well… we call bullshit to that as “Ten” was release a month BEFORE “Nevermind”! so all quiet down and let’s focus on this amazing debut album.

Once again, in order to get the full context of what this album means is to put it into the context of what 1991 was. We have yuppies, BMW’s, cocaine, Gucci, and America and the rest of the world is on cruise control, heading towards the land of nothingness and along the way comes this dark, very, very dark, record mixing anger, suicide, melancholy, drug use, the squalor of life with one of the most special voices in Rock’s history, tasty guitar jams a sea of Melody which I almost did not put this album in my Top 100 list because of the sheer power of Side A which casts a long shadow on Side B. With Songs like Once, Even Flow, Alive, Why Go, Black and finally Jeremy, Side A is sheer delight and can go head-to-head with any Side A of any albums ever produced but thinking back, I had to admit that I played this record mostly on CD in my car and I never skipped a song and on a CD there is really no Side A or B, just a wonderful musical trip and thus solidly in my Top 100 list of albums to listen front to back with no filler song and no banality.

Originally released in August of 1991 it took nearly one year before it reached mainstream radio and eventually peaked at #2 on Billboard and launched Pearl Jam into the commercial stratosphere. As Grunge faded so did their appeal, however Pearl Jam embraced their lesser notoriety and continues to produce great music and Eddie Vedder unleashed his creativity in numerous projects to our delight.

If you do not have “Ten” do remedy this oversight at once, your collection and ears will thank you.