For a celebration of this game-changing album, it seems strange that some of the pieces are missing. In the deluxe, 3-disc edition, you get the original album remastered on the first disc, the remixed Ten Redux on disc 2 along with a handful of demos, and the famous MTV Unplugged session on DVD (at long last.) But what is missing are some tracks to be found elsewhere, plus a couple just plain missing. Sure, we get "Brother" in finished form, complete with vocals, and it's great, but we only get demos of "Breath And A Scream" and "State Of Love And Trust" rather than the originals from the Singles soundtrack. Where are "Footsteps," "Wash," "Dirty Frank," and most notably, "Yellow Ledbetter"? Oh, they're on Lost Dogs. They should be here, where they belong. They can be on Lost Dogs, too, but Ten should be complete with all of the various b-sides that went along with it, such as the live versions of "Alive," "Why Go," and "Deep," the "Oceans" remix, and their cover of the Beatles' "I've Got A Feeling" - all now in catalog limbo, all of which would likely have fit on the two discs.
Instead we get a mixed selection of demos, from "Breath And A Scream" and the great, rollicking power of "State Of Love And Trust," which finds the band hollering their approval at the end (and I agree,) to complete wastes of time like the sloppy "2000 Mile Blues," which has me asking, "Must every band play the blues at some point, no matter how ill-advised?" You'll never listen to this again, nor joke song "Evil Little Goat," and neither add anything to the Ten story.
More interesting, if not a great song, is "Just A Girl," which finds the band working on what would one day become "Even Flow." Ignoring the obviously different lyrics, it's fascinating to hear how the band was influenced by the hard rock of the time and how it simply didn't fit them - they had yet to slip into something that really suited them. But elements of Seattle are all around the song - their origins in Mother Love Bone are clearly evident, but that foundation is giving way quickly.