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Some called this jangle pop, thanks largely to Peter Buck’s countrified guitar; others called it college rock, due to its lo-fi production. However you slice it, R.E.M.'s 1983 debut is alternative rock perfection. It sees one of the driving forces of late 20th-century pop music going big, bold, and anthemic on propulsive rockers (“Radio Free Europe”), gentler Americana-tinged numbers (“Talk About the Passion”), and pensive ballads (“Perfect Circle”). For the fledgling alt-rock scene, this was no mere murmur.

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This is an incredible re-issue of a R.E.M. masterpiece. It's been completely re-mastered and includes a previously unreleased live concert at Larry's Hideaway in Toronto from 1983. It sounds great for a digital copy of the record, and the live recording is top notch. A great value and a must have for any fan.

A timeless classic

I just remember hearing this album for the first time back in the day, and how fresh and exciting it was; a blend of elements of the old (Byrds-like jangly guitars) with the new (a punk sensibility). It was good to hear pop groups like REM and the Smiths using guitars, after a few years of a lot of synth-pop bands (not that there is anything wrong with those bands either).
I was delighted to hear that the album sounds as fresh and relevant today.
Also, I was pleased to hear the live Toronto concert from 1983 that my friend Paul M. invited me to but that I never attended. I am kicking myself for that now ! I did get to see REM in Toronto a couple of years later, in 1985 on their "Reconstruction Tour", but after hearing my buddy's glowing report about this 1983 show, I cannot believe that I missed the opportunity to see the band when they were relatively unknown. Oh well, with the release of this deluxe edition, at least I can hear what I missed.

revolution . revelation

When this came out it I really, really loved it but wasn't sure why. I know that sounds dumb but music had quickly gone from rock to punk to new wave and this album wasn't any of those. Murmur was just different. The music was bright, sharp, tight, driving, smart, energetic - so many superlatives. R.E.M. was and always remained a group that could wear their influences without imitating them and they created a sound where the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.


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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