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Document was R.E.M.'s first platinum album, with the hits "The One I Love" and "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" leading the commercial charge. This anniversary edition adds a previously unreleased live recording of R.E.M.'s Sept. 14, 1987, show in Utrecht, Holland, which is heavy on selections from Document, along with choice tracks from Lifes Rich Pageant and key early songs like "Wolves, Lower" from Chronic Town and "Moral Kiosk" from Murmur. Despite essentially being a power trio with a singer, R.E.M. performed as a subtle, dynamic band that made the most of its physical limitations. Document, the album, remains one of the band's strongest, opening with the one-two punch of "Finest Worksong" and "Welcome to the Occupation" and including the Wire cover "Strange" and the dulcimer-driven "King of Birds," which adds a sense of exoticism to R.E.M.'s glorious sound. Document is both a vibrant, living, breathing album and a postcard from the college-radio end of the '80s.


Formed: 1980 in Athens, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

R.E.M. marked 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...
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, College Rock, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: 1987

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