26 Songs, 1 Hour 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the success of their 1983 debut album Murmur, R.E.M. quickly assembled its follow-up, 1984’s Reckoning, a tight concise slab of ‘60s-influenced jangle pop heightened by the surging immediacy of its singles, “So. Central Rain” and “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville.” Singer Michael Stipe continues his hypnotic mumble, adding a layer of mystery and intrigue to enigmatic songs such as “7 Chinese Bros.” and “Pretty Persuasion” that are further blurred by the careful, elliptical guitar arpeggios of Peter Buck and the supportive harmonies from bassist Mike Mills. The 2009 Deluxe Edition includes a live concert taped at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on July 7, 1984 and broadcast on WXRT in Chicago. It features eight cuts from Reckoning and past glories such as “Gardening at Night” and “Radio Free Europe” as well as peeks at their future albums with “Driver 8” and “Hyena.” For a band noted for their quiet, pastoral textures and reflective tempos, the concert presents a much sharper and aggressive R.E.M., performing with a punkish intensity that sheds much of their folk-rock roots without losing their melodic grace. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the success of their 1983 debut album Murmur, R.E.M. quickly assembled its follow-up, 1984’s Reckoning, a tight concise slab of ‘60s-influenced jangle pop heightened by the surging immediacy of its singles, “So. Central Rain” and “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville.” Singer Michael Stipe continues his hypnotic mumble, adding a layer of mystery and intrigue to enigmatic songs such as “7 Chinese Bros.” and “Pretty Persuasion” that are further blurred by the careful, elliptical guitar arpeggios of Peter Buck and the supportive harmonies from bassist Mike Mills. The 2009 Deluxe Edition includes a live concert taped at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on July 7, 1984 and broadcast on WXRT in Chicago. It features eight cuts from Reckoning and past glories such as “Gardening at Night” and “Radio Free Europe” as well as peeks at their future albums with “Driver 8” and “Hyena.” For a band noted for their quiet, pastoral textures and reflective tempos, the concert presents a much sharper and aggressive R.E.M., performing with a punkish intensity that sheds much of their folk-rock roots without losing their melodic grace. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
38 Ratings
38 Ratings
mking1031 ,

Here We Are

I don't take much time to write reviews on iTunes, but given there was no iTunes in 1986 when I first heard this record as a 14 year old, figured it was as good a time as any to write one. Needless to say, and I say this with tounge in cheek now 23 years later, this record saved my life. First REM song I ever heard was "Second Guessing", only because I wasn't sure which side to listen to first as they were not called side 1 or 2, or A or B, in fact they were called "Left" and "Right". A few years later, someone purchased the cassette, and told me it was by default set for "Harborcoat". I always listened to the Right side first. Anyway, to this day "Second Guessing It is still my favorite song by them. Over the years, from time to time I will revisit this record not only the enjoyment of hearing it again, but more for answers. There are definitely answers embedded in this record. Anyway, this is in my opinion the finest record ever made. Great to see it's been reissued with a great live recording to go along with it. Thanks REM for everything.

william edward ,

Time After Time

"Time After Time" is Stephen Malkmus' least favorite song.

JTdesign ,

Classic record + great live set

This is the record that solidified me as a fan back in the 80s. Adding to the classic studio tracks, the new element is, of course, the concert. Back in the 80s, I recorded the WXRT (in Chicago) concert off the radio onto cassette with my boom box. I kept playing that tape until it melted on my car dashboard, so I'm super happy to see they've officially released it. The vocals are not always pitch perfect, but what it lacks in perfection, it makes up for in raw energy and unique expression (Michael changes some of the lyrics). It reminds me why I fell in love with the band.

Don't cherry pick this one, get the whole thing!

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