Pearl Jam celebrates two milestone anniversaries on August 27. Not only does their massive 1991 debut Ten turn 30 today, but their 1996 effort, No Code, also turns 25.
To mark both anniversaries, Pearl Jam has released new digital mixes of both Ten and No Code. Producer and engineer Josh Evans, who produced PJ’s 2020 album Gigaton, gave the original records an audio revamp using Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio.
“These two albums sound amazing in the immersive format,” Evans says.
“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,” he explains. “[Twenty-five] 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.”
Ten, of course, put Pearl Jam on the map as one the most prominent bands in the rising grunge scene of the early ’90s. It spawned singles in “Even Flow,” “Jeremy” and “Alive,” and has been certified Diamond by the RIAA.
No Code, meanwhile, was a more of a polarizing record. With a more experimental sound, it didn’t reach the commercial heights of its predecessors, though it was still certified Platinum and featured singles including “Hail, Hail” and “Who You Are.”
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