If you are able, cast your mind back to 1991 and you may remember a slew of albums appearing within weeks of each other that would forever change the course of music.
There was, of course, Nirvana’s Nevermind and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik (September 24); Guns N’ Roses' Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II (both released on September 17); and Metallica’s eponymous ‘Black Album’ (August 12). Not to mention the debut albums Leisure by Blur and Pretty on the Inside by Hole (August 26 and September 17, respectively).
And on this day, in the middle of 1991’s soundtrack peak, arrived Pearl Jam’s debut album, Ten. Five years later, the band would release their fourth studio album, No Code, also on August 27.
In celebration of these classic albums, Pearl Jam have today released newly remixed state-of-the-art digital-only editions of Ten and No Code. Both the 30th anniversary digital edition of Ten and 25th anniversary digital edition of No Code have been mixed by producer/sound engineer Josh Evans in state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio for an an immersive sonic experience.
"These two albums sound amazing in the immersive format," said Evans. "For Ten, the goal was to create the best version of the record, bigger, wider and higher fidelity; now, it actually sounds as great coming out of your speakers as it does in your memory of hearing it the first time.
“25 years ahead of its time, No Code almost sounds like it was intended to be an immersive album; experimental layers, nuance and raw aggression are all amplified and expanded in a simultaneously bigger and more intimate experience."
Later today (5pm PT) a free streaming event kicks off on Pearl Jam’s YouTube (opens in new tab), Facebook, and nugs.net (opens in new tab). Presented by Pearl Jam’s fan community Ten Club (opens in new tab) this free stream showcases Pearl Jam performing No Code live in its entirety.
Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World (opens in new tab), Guitar Player (opens in new tab) and MusicRadar (opens in new tab) in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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