Reckonong (bonus Tracks) CD (1992)

Artist: Rem

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Product Overview


Label Msi Music
SKU 62278141
UPC 077771315923
UPC 14 00077771315923
Format CD
Release Date 8/10/1992
Author Rem
Compilation Appearance Dream A Little Dream
Compilation Appearance Chicken Little
Compilation Appearance Billboard 1990'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Compilation Appearance Revolutions In Sound:warner Bros. Rec
Compilation Appearance Bridge School Concerts 25Th Ann Ed
Compilation Appearance Best Of Rock Roll Hall Of Fame Plus
Compilation Appearance Athens Ga:inside/out Music From The M
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
CatalogID 7131592
Lable Name EMI Music Distribution
Released 08/10/1992
Original Release 1984
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 42m : 50s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00077771315923
Album Notes and Credits
R.E.M.: Michael Stipe (vocals); Mike Mills (vocals, bass); Bill Berry (vocals, drums); Peter Buck (guitar).
Recorded at Reflection Sound, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dutch version contains five rare tracks ("Wind Out" (With Friends), "Pretty Persuasion" (Live in the Studio), "White Tornado" (Live in the Studio), "Tighten Up", and "Moon River".
CD contains 5 bonus tracks.
The murmuring continued with this, R.E.M.'s second album, recorded in only two weeks, and yet critical acclaim and a growing fanbase had not made the music any less elusive. From the cover depiction of a winding river/snake, the jangly music within was similarly ambiguous, drenched in alternately murky, then dazzlingly clear, images. The water theme predominates throughout side one's five-song suite, with talk of harbours, oceans and water towers, crowned by the sublime lament of "So. Central Rain." Later, the melancholic eulogy of "Camera" sits comfortably beside the cod-country of "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" and the brisk but disillusioned tour around "Little America." An astonishingly assured and uncommercial half-sibling to MURMUR: file under water.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he powerful RECKONING established the band as bona fide leaders of the new American indie-rock underground."
Spin (p.91) - "[T]he songs betrayed a folk-country influence -- the Byrds, in particular -- resulting in an album refreshingly out of fashion for 1984."
Spin (12/03, p.122) - "...RECKONING gets over on straight-up songcraft..."
CMJ (1/6/03, p.14) - Included in CMJ's list of "Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time"
CMJ (1/5/04, p.14) - Ranked #1 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1984".
Q (Magazine) (p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he jangle and crunch of Buck's Rickenbacker brooked no confusion; here were the seeds of every baroque experiment with mandolins and balalaikas that lay ahead..."
Blender (Magazine) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "RECKONING aims for the gut with roundhouse drumming, sunburst guitars, Podunk country ballads...and just enough poetic vagueness..."
Pitchfork (Website) - "[I]t is host to a kind of determined minimalism, each song building via subtle variations in performance and instrumentation."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "RECKONING remains a highpoint in REM's first chapter of existence. 'Central Rain' sounds like a lost soul classic..."
Uncut (magazine) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "RECKONING, remarkably, deepened the band's mythology, projecting a kind of existential restlessness wrapped in webs of gorgeous guitar arpeggio and interweaving vocal textures."
Disc 1
1 Harborcoat
2 7 Chinese Bros.
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
11 Windout
12 Pretty Persuasion
13 Tighten Up
14 Moon River
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