25 Years Later: Lesser Known Facts About Pearl Jam’s Ten

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A longtime executive and sales professional, Brennan Marilla has worked for various companies such as Medtronic Cardiovascular and Angiodynamics, Inc. In his most recent role, he served as a vice president and general manager with Covidien Vascular Therapies.

Pearl Jam’s debut record, Ten, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Heralded as one of the seminal works of grunge rock, the album is credited for being one of the primary forces behind the grunge music revolution of the early nineties. That is pop culture lore, but there are some other things about Ten that some may not know.

The record was recorded on a fairly small budget. According to bassist Jeff Ament, the band spent only about $25,000 recording the album, and about triple that in the mixing process, bringing the total to about $100,000 – a paltry sum in the realm of record production. Ament says the band, most of whom had been formed from the remains of Mother Love Bone, were apprehensive about spending too much money making a record – an issue that had plagued MLB before lead singer Andrew Wood died of drug overdose.

Also, Ten wasn’t released on vinyl until 1994. Today it’s fairly standard for albums to get a vinyl release, but in 1991 the compact disc was in its heyday and distributors weren’t keen on investing money for vinyl presses of albums except for the best selling of artists. With expectations for Ten set fairly low, Epic records didn’t even consider a vinyl release. After the album went 13x platinum, however, the record company changed their tune. Still, it wasn’t until three years later that vinyl copies of Ten hit the streets.

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