You may not think of August 27th, 1991 as a pivotal day in music history, but trust us when we say that it is.
Why, you ask?
Well, that’s the day that Pearl Jam released their debut album Ten. And what an album it is, with certifiable classics Black, Alive, Even Flow and Jeremy staples of rock radio around the world, including our our Lithium, Alt Nation and, of course, Pearl Jam Radio.
Of all the bands to have come out of the Seattle grunge scene, including Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam was the one that quickly became associated with the classic rock generation. Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready performed at the Bob Dylan Tribute Concert in 1992, and the entire band recorded with Neil Young for his 1994 Mirror Ball album.
These days, Pearl Jam are elder statesmen in the world of rock. They play stadiums around the world, release new music at their own pace, and are friends with the legendary artists that inspired them all in the first place. None of this would have happened, though, without the incredible breakthrough that Ten became.
To commemorate 25 years of Ten, here are some outstanding versions of songs from Pearl Jam’s debut: