33 Songs, 2 Hours 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

No band in the '90s was better set for recording an “Unplugged” performance for the MTV cameras than R.E.M. They'd built their legacy with the kind of ensemble playing that works as both electric rock and acoustic folk. As huge fans of music from the ‘60s, R.E.M. wrote their songs on guitars or pianos. This collection includes—for the first time ever—both of R.E.M.’s performances on MTV’s popular “Unplugged” series, from 1991 and 2001. The album includes every performance from the original broadcasts, as well as 11 songs that never aired. Hits such as “Fall on Me,” “Losing My Religion,” “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” and “The One I Love” retain the magic that made them hits, but they appear here with a gentle undertow that sweetens the harmonies and gives singer Michael Stipe less room to hide and more room to emote. A younger Stipe might have panicked, but by the time of these performances he was a seasoned vocalist who knew how to hold a room.

EDITORS’ NOTES

No band in the '90s was better set for recording an “Unplugged” performance for the MTV cameras than R.E.M. They'd built their legacy with the kind of ensemble playing that works as both electric rock and acoustic folk. As huge fans of music from the ‘60s, R.E.M. wrote their songs on guitars or pianos. This collection includes—for the first time ever—both of R.E.M.’s performances on MTV’s popular “Unplugged” series, from 1991 and 2001. The album includes every performance from the original broadcasts, as well as 11 songs that never aired. Hits such as “Fall on Me,” “Losing My Religion,” “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” and “The One I Love” retain the magic that made them hits, but they appear here with a gentle undertow that sweetens the harmonies and gives singer Michael Stipe less room to hide and more room to emote. A younger Stipe might have panicked, but by the time of these performances he was a seasoned vocalist who knew how to hold a room.

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