Complete Live Recording from MTV's 2001 Unplugged Sessions! Includes 6 Never-Broadcast Songs!
R.E.M. mark the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first single, "Radio Free Europe," was released in 1981, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the early '80s, R.E.M. brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing guitar hooks with mumbled, cryptic lyrics and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band simultaneously sounded traditional and modern. Throughout the '80s, they worked relentlessly, releasing records every year and touring constantly, playing both theaters and backwoods dives. Along the way, they inspired countless bands, from the legions of jangle pop groups in the mid-'80s to scores of alternative pop groups in the '90s, who admired their slow climb to stardom.
"No band but Nirvana made more breathtakingly transformative use of MTV Unplugged than R.E.M., the only act to headline the show twice... By 2001, drummer Bill Berry and some of the campfire vibe are gone. But new songs like "At My Most Beautiful," with its neo-Beach Boys harmonies, and the elegiac bubblegum of "Imitation of Life" show a band that could still sucker-punch hearts, while quietly magnificent takes on "Cuyahoga" and "So. Central Rain" conjure the same triumphant melancholy they did in the last century..."- Rolling Stone
• Double LP
• Includes 6 never-broadcast songs
1. All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)
3. At My Most Beautiful
5. So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)
6. Losing My Religion
7. Country Feedback
9. Imitation of Life
10. Find the River
11. The One I Love *
12. Disappear *
13. Beat a Drum *
14. I've Been High *
15. I'll Take the Rain *
16. Sad Professor *
* not included in original television broadcast
FABLES of RECONSTRUCTION
FABLES OF THE RECONSTRUCTION is R.E.M.’s deepest and darkest album. R.E.M’s third full-length recording delivers the purest distillation of the band’s early sound. With the exception of the horn-laden radio-friendly “Can’t Get There From Here”, the songs form a connected sounds cape. Nearly transparent production highlights the glittering guitar arpeggios, active bass, and the disciplined, patterned drum lines, with organ and spare string arrangements adding texture to several pieces. And then there are the vocals: dense harmonies of voices calling out to each other, a rich humming and howling around Michael Stipe. There is a lot of strings on the album and it moves slightly away from the jangling guitars of their first two albums. “Feeling Gravtiy’s Pull” opens up the album with a bizarre sound and then slides into an old favorite, “Maps & legends.” “Driver 8” may be the best song they’ve ever done. “Old Man Kensy” and “Wednell Gee” are two prime examples of the dark tone the album has. “Cant’ Get There From here” was a big MTV hit and helped bring some mainstream attention to the band. The album is best contemplated in its entirety, and the songs reward careful, repeated listening. This is a seminal alternative album, its material evocative, its ultimate meanings elusive. If you LP collection has room for only a few R.E.M. albums, FABLES should be one of them.
DOCUMENT LP by Capitol I.R.S. Records 1999 RELEASE LONG OUT OF PRINTis 180 Gram Heavy Vinyl Limited Edition pressing by RTI (who does all Classic Records pressing). Re-mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, - Portland, Oregon. Recorded at The Sound Emporium in Nashville, Tennessee.
R.E.M. was rated by their peers as the 50th Best Artist of All-TimeThis LP was ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as #41 of the Top 100 Best LPs of the eighties. Q Magazine gave this Limited Edition 180 Gram Vinyl Pressing Four Stars out of five and said it made for very interesting archival listening. It shows a group cresting the cusp between art rock alternativism and chart friendliness... The general impression is of a band free from constraints rocking with a vengeance.
R.E.M’s later albums have sold by the container load. But they had to make albums like this to build a fan base that brought them to notice. A number of critics place this record as their best. The band does sound as though they are having to work to be heard. There is significant energy in “Finest Work Song” and The Byrds-like “Welcome To The Occupation.” It has been some time since Michael Stipe has as many words to say as he did in “Its The End Of The World As You Know It” and “The One I Love” has to be one of their best songs of all-time.
RECKONING 180 GRAM LP - "R.E.M. abandoned the enigmatic post-punk experiments of Murmur for their second album, Reckoning, returning to their garage pop origins instead. Opening with the ringing 'Harborcoat,' Reckoning runs through a set of ten jangle pop songs that are different not only in sound but in style from the debut. Where Murmur was enigmatic in its sound, Reckoning is clear, which doesn't necessarily mean that the songs themselves are straightforward. Michael Stipe continues to sing powerful melodies without enunciating, but the band has a propulsive kick that makes the music vital and alive."
1. Harborcoat 2. 7 Chinese Brothers 3. So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry) 4. Pretty Persuasion 5. Time After Time (Annelise) 6. Second Guessing 7. Letter Never Sent 8. Camera 9. (Don't Go Back To) Rockville 10. Little America
REM'S NIGHTSWINGING 12"PICTURE DISC - WITH THESE 4 TRACKS -
NIGHTSWINGING - WORLD LEADER PRETEND - BELONG - LOW
REM'S REVEAL - PICTURED BUT SORRY NO LONGER APART OF THIS COLLECTION.
1. The Lifting 2. I've Been High 3. All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star) 4. She Just Wants To Be 5. Disappear 6. Saturn Return 7. Beat A Drum 8. Imitation of Life 9. Summer Turns To High 10. Chorus and the Ring 11. I'll Take The Rain 12. Beachball
AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE - is, quite simply, a masterpiece glowing with such incredible emotion and depth that it should last anyone a long time. The album features a collection of magnificent alternative rock tracks - some are slow, quiet and haunting (Drive), some are sweet and poppy (Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite), some are bittersweet and moving (Everybody Hurts, Nightswimming), and some are deep and energetic (Ignoreland). But differences aside, every song adds up to make Automatic a fabulous collection of alternative rock.
The overall mood of the record is melancholy but hopeful, with many songs containing heartfelt reflections, introspections, morals, and messages. And even if you're not a big of fan of REM's standard stuff, the diversity of the album's tracks should provide a breath of fresh air, and I think there's something here for everyone.
GREEN -catapulted R.E.M. from campus cult favorites to rock stars of the highest order. The album contains three of the Athens, Georgia, quartet's most popular radio hits ("Pop Song 89," "Stand," and "Orange Crush"), punching up the big rock hooks and letting the spooky independent production slip away. Some diehard fans cried "Sellout!" but that's a strange attitude given singer Michael Stipe's environmental activism. "I'm very scared of this world," he sings above jangling mandolins on "You Are the Everything."
R.E.M. COLLAPSE INTO NOW 150 GRAMLP - 150 Gram Vinyl! Featuring Guest Vocals from Peaches, Patti Smith and Eddie Vedder!
R.E.M. members Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills recorded the new material at the Music Shed in New Orleans, as well as at Berlin's Hansa Studios. Additional recording and mixing was completed at Blackbird Studio in Nashville.
Produced by longtime collaborator Jacknife Lee, the album features guest vocals by Patti Smith, Peaches, and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder.
In comparing the record to the band's previous release, Accelerate, bassist Mike Mills has said the band "wanted this new one to be more expansive. We wanted to put more variety into it and not limit ourselves to any one type of song. There are some really slow, beautiful songs; there are some nice, mid-tempo ones; and then there are three or four rockers." - Mike Mills in interview for Spin.com
"It's more of a personal record than a political one. Current events do come into our mind when we write, but the themes here are more universal." - Mike Mills in interview for RollingStone.
• 150 Gram Vinyl
Michael Stipe, lead vocals
Peter Buck, guitar, bass guitar, mandolin
Mike Mills, bass guitar, guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
Scott McCaughey, guitars, keyboards, accordian, vocals
Bill Rieflin, drums, bouzouki, keyboards, guitar
Jacknife Lee, keyboards, guitar
Joel Gibb, vocals on "It Happened Today"
Lenny Kaye, guitar on "Blue", guitar solo on "Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter"
Peaches, vocals on "Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter"
Patti Smith, vocals on "Blue" and "Discoverer"
Eddie Vedder, vocals on "It Happened Today"
Horns on "Oh My Heart", "It Happened Today", "Discoverer":
Shamarr Allen, trumpet
Leroy Jones, trumpet
Kirk M. Joseph, Sr., sousaphone
Craig Klein, trombone
Mark Mullins, trombone and horn arrangements
Greg Hicks, trombone
Side One: (X-Axis)
1. Discoverer - featuring Patti Smith
2. All The Best
4. Oh My Heart
5. It Happened Today - featuring Eddie Vedder & Joel Gibb
6. Every Day Is Yours To Win
Side Two: (Y-Axis)
1.. Mine Smell Like Honey
2. Walk It Back
3. Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter - featuring Peaches & Lenny Kaye
4. That Someone Is You
5. Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I
6. Blue - featuring Patti Smith
R.E.M ACCELERATE -
"…R.E.M.'s unexpected new album, Accelerate, is a direct assault on the nay-sayers. This is easily the most raucous (or rock-us) album since Monster, and maybe the best overall since Automatic for the People. Every song is ripe with the same energy and inventiveness that put R.E.M. on the map 25 years ago, and it's clear that the band wants to reclaim its fans with this sense of renewal." – Marc Phillips, Tone Audio, No. 24, 2008
Accelerate, the first studio album in four years from R.E.M., finds modern rock's most acclaimed band returning to the striped-down, guitar-driven power that first enraptured fans. Helmed by the band and, for the first time, Jacknife Lee (co-producer of U2's '05 Grammy Album of the Year How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, The Hives and Snow Patrol), Accelerate puts the 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group once again firmly behind the wheel of alternative rock, a genre R.E.M. helped invent.
Living Well Is The Best Revenge
Until The Day Is Done
Sing For The Submarine
Horse To Water
I'm Gonna DJ
REM - LIVE - 3 LP BOX SET - The fourteenth album from modern rock's most acclaimed band – a 2007 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – is R.E.M.'s first live album. R.E.M. Live documents performances in February 2005 at the Point indoor venue in Dublin, Ireland, a city that has become a second home to the band. With a set list of nearly two hours, spanning the band's entire career, R.E.M. Live offer the "greatest hits" on stage.
I Took Your Name
So Fast, So Numb
Boy In The Well
The Ascent Of Man
The Great Beyond
Leaving New York
I Wanted To Be Wrong
Imitation Of Life
The One I Love
Losing My Religion
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
I’m Gonna DJ
Man On The Moon
UP - 2LP SET
R.E.M. returns with Up, the much anticipated first recording by the band's now three-man lineup. Musically ambitious, melodically rich and filled with provocative new textures and sounds, Up marks the beginning of a bold new creative era for one of the world's finest bands. The album was recorded with producer Pat McCarthy (U2, Counting Crows, K.D.Lang, Hole), and features additional musical contributions from Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Tuatara) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus Five, Young Fresh Fellows) as well as Joey Waronker (Beck) and Bruce Kaphan (American Music Club).
Track Listings 1. Airport Man 2. Lotus 3. Suspicion 4. Hope 5. At My Most Beautiful 6. The Apologist 7. Sad Professor 8. You're In the Air 9. Walk Unafraid 10. Why No Smile 11. Daysleeper 12. Diminished 13. Parakeet 14.
Falls to Climb
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