Best Of The Irs Years 1982-1987 CD (2006)

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A compilation ideal for those who have worn out their copies of Eponymous, 2006's And I Feel Fine surveys R.E.M.'s lauded 1980s output for the I.R.S. label, going into far greater depth than the former disc. In fact, this 2006 collection presents album versions of almost every song on Eponymous, and bolsters the track listing to 21 classic tunes, from the spare, chiming "Radio Free Europe" to the rustic, melancholy "Cuyahoga" to the surging college-rock anthem "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)."

Charting a non-chronological course through the band's early years--when Michael Stipe and company gradually began branching out from their earnest post-punk sound--the set serves to highlight the cohesiveness of R.E.M.'s vision, an aesthetic that made the group one of the most respected and beloved rock acts of the '80s and '90s.


Track Listings
Disc: 1

1. Begin The Begin
2. Radio Free Europe
3. Pretty Persuasion
4. Talk About The Passion
5. (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
6. Sitting Still
7. Gardening At Night
8. 7 Chinese Bros.
9. So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)
10. Driver 8
11. Can't Get There From Here
12. Finest Worksong
13. Feeling Gravity's Pull
14. I Believe
15. Life And How To Live It
16. Cuyahoga
17. The One I Love
18. Welcome To The Occupation
19. Fall On Me
20. Perfect Circle
21. It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Specifications

Label Capitol
SKU 202864249
UPC 094636994123
UPC 14 00094636994123
Format CD
Release Date 9/12/2006
Links
Author R.e.m.
Compilation Appearance Dream A Little Dream
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Compilation Appearance Best Of Rock Roll Hall Of Fame Plus
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Compilation Appearance Now That's What I Call New Wave 80s
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Associated Artist/Work Vitamin String Quartet
Technical Info
Producer Mitch Easter; Don Dixon; Scott Litt; Don Gehman; Joe Boyd
CatalogID 3699412
Lable Name Capitol/EMI Records
Released 09/11/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 78m : 6s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00094636994123
Album Notes and Credits
R.E.M.: Bill Berry , Michael Stipe , Mike Mills , Peter Buck .
A compilation ideal for those who have worn out their copies of EPONYMOUS, 2006's AND I FEEL FINE surveys R.E.M.'s lauded 1980s output for the I.R.S. label, going into far greater depth than the former disc. In fact, this 2006 collection presents album versions of almost every song on EPONYMOUS, and bolsters the track listing to 21 classic tunes, from the spare, chiming "Radio Free Europe" to the rustic, melancholy "Cuyahoga" to the surging college-rock anthem "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." Charting a non-chronological course through the band's early years--when Michael Stipe and company gradually began branching out from their earnest post-punk sound--the set serves to highlight the cohesiveness of R.E.M.'s vision, an aesthetic that made the group one of the most respected and beloved rock acts of the '80s and '90s.
Note: The collectors' edition presents a bonus disc of rarities, including previously unreleased and live tracks.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The collection] has all the great early singles and album tracks that highlight their moody allure."
Uncut (p.123) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hese early songs retain their strangeness....One of those rare groups that seems to be the product of four distinct intelligences..."
Disc 1
1 Begin The Begin
2 Radio Free Europe
3 Pretty Persuasion
4 Talk About The Passion
5 Don't Go Back To Rockville
6 Sitting Still
7 Gardening At Night
8 7 Chinese Bros
9 So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)
10 Driver 8
11 Can't Get There From Here
12 Finest Worksong
13 Feeling Gravitys Pull
14 I Believe
15 Life And How To Live It
16 Cuyohoga
17 One I Love, The
18 Welcome To The Occupation
19 Fall On Me
20 Perfect Circle
21 It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Product Attributes
Artist R.e.m.
Label Capitol Records

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