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Taken together, these 40 tracks make the case for how this massively gifted quartet from Athens, Ga., changed rock history while retaining its quirky edge. R.E.M.’s early years as indie trendsetters are well-represented by such tracks as “Radio Free Europe,” “Fall on Me,” and “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine).” Mega-hits like “The One I Love,” “Orange Crush,” and “Losing My Religion” document a band embracing fame as it expanded its sonic palette. Key songs from the post–Bill Berry era (especially “At My Most Beautiful” and “Living Well Is the Best Revenge”) reflect R.E.M.’s creative ambition in the face of new challenges. Rounding out this collection are three new tunes: “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” (a yearning, elegant number with soft-rock overtones), “Hallelujah” (grand, string-draped, and overtly spiritual), and “A Month of Saturdays” (a playful return to the band’s garage-rock roots). From jangle rock to orchestrated pop, this compilation hits all the high points and rediscovers some neglected tunes even longtime fans may have missed.

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Gone but not forgotten

Great band & great songs. Regardless of what you might have thought of their post Bill Berry output, they never rested on their past successes. They transitioned successfully from indie cult status to superstars in the early 90's without sacrificing their artistry. Most bands are lucky to release one great album, these guys released more than any other band would have a right to hope for.
If you're new to them this will give a solid overview of their work, but I would recommend starting with Murmer and progressing on from that point. Either way just give them a listen


Everyone should buy the deluxe version. The videos alone justify the price. I think that many people forget that R.E.M.'s videos are as significant as the songs themselves. The band made videos and concert films as brilliantly as it made music.

No digital booklet?

Wanted to purchase but I want the liner notes written by the band. I swear on the preorder it had a booklet. I'll still give 5 stars cause it is R.E.M.


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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