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In 1988, R.E.M. made the shift from I.R.S. Records to Warner Bros., signifying the great leap forward from lovable indie “alternative” rock band to serious mainstream arena rock band. The group didn’t alter their style but let it evolve, as they'd been doing since the beginning. This Vol. 1 features the first five albums R.E.M. recorded for Warner Bros. With “Orange Crush,” Green sounded much like their previous work, even reminding fans of “The One I Love” with its guitar riff. Out of Time was the massive breakthrough, featuring the inescapable hit singles “Losing My Religion” and “Shiny Happy People.” Automatic for the People was low-key yet evolved into a mega-hit that was also a critical smash. “Everybody Hurts,” “Drive,” “Man on the Moon,” and “Nightswimming” all made strong inroads, while Monster, with “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?," went for a live band sound. New Adventures in Hi-Fi was true to its title and remains one of the more enigmatic albums in the group’s deep catalog.

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My One Complaint

I once owned all of these on cassette (Green) or CD. The music is great! I missed having all of them. My complaint, though, is the album art and liner notes are not included. The only art that comes with it is the cover art for Green.

Complete Warner Bros studio album vol 1



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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  • $39.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: May 16, 2014

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