Tres Mts. is One Cool Package

by John Reynolds on March 16, 2011

“They’re real, and they’re spectacular!” No, we’re not talking about Teri Hatcher on Seinfeld, we’re talking about the new Tres Mts. CD which arrived in mailboxes March 15 via Ten Club.

If you ordered the CD from Ten Club, you should have received an email March 11 that “Your order has been shipped”. While at first my heart skipped a beat thinking it was the Vs./Vitalogy Super Deluxe, I quickly realized it was Tres Mts., the debut album from Jeff Ament, dUg Pinnick (King’s X), Richard Stuverud (Three Fish, The Fastbacks) and Mike McCready.

The sleeve is standard eco-friendly paper-based packaging that we’ve received in recent years.  The overall spread of the photography is relaxing and natural, juxtaposing various natural elements. The previously-debuted cover shows a sculpture of Jesus, a masked guard and a pensive Pilate. The spine says (surprise!) “Tres Mts.” with “(Three Mountains)” as a helpful translation / pronunciation guide. As a release on Monkeywrench Records, its ID is MWR1128. Still love the fact that Pearl Jam has their own label. Discuss.

In the left gatefold is the CD in a two-sided picture sleeve featuring Richard, dUg and Jeff pictured in front of what looks like a mountainside forest destroyed by fire.  This contrasts nicely with the flourishing field of wheat shown on the back cover, void of writing except for the track list.

In the right gatefold, tucked away are two neat goodies. The first is a pack of four nice pics of all musicians recording. They don’t have the baseball card feel from the Spectrum box set, and they’re not mini-posters like Live on Ten Legs, but still neat.

The lyrics come as a replica yellow notepad, one song per page as you flip the pages. It even includes the cardboard backing complete with Jeff’s liner notes and other doodles.

Oh, did we mention there are 13 solid tracks of music?

John Reynolds ( Twitter: @jjjrrr )
A New Jersey based programmer, John handles TFT’s programming and technical aspects. He also conceives and writes his share of TFT’s articles and sections. John’s first Pearl Jam show was at Lollapalooza on August 12, 1992.

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