Pearl Jam in performance from Philadelphia in 2016. The blistering three-hour concert kicks off with the band playing its multi-platinum-selling debut album “Ten” from beginning to end. A Coda Cornerstone Collection.
Pearl Jam’s 1991 debut, “Ten,” really isn’t a concept album or a rock opera in the mold of singer Eddie Vedder’s rite-of-passage record, The Who’s “Quadrophenia.” But it’s got a theme all the same in that many of the songs are about outcasts who have had decisions made for them, who have been given little or no voice in their destiny. The final song, “Release,” amounts to a slow-burn prayer for deliverance.
Before Pearl Jam, there was Green River, Mother Love Bone and Mookie Blaylock, and the gas-pumping surfer dude that would connect them. Here’s a year-by-year look at the road to Pearl Jam’s debut album, “Ten,” and its immediate aftermath, when the Seattle sound went global.