That was the first R.E.M. song I ever heard. It would've been sometime in early 1985 and my hipper, cooler brother-in-law made me a tape which included everything from the New York Dolls to The Psychedelic Furs to Black Flag to Hanoi Rocks to The Enigmas to, of course, R.E.M. I quickly became obsessed with that soon-to-be-legendary intersection of mumble and jangle. I devoured Reckoning and its follow-up, Fables of the Reconstruction and I used them as my albums to fall asleep to (in a good way).
Now that R.E.M. have called it quits, I suppose it's time to re-visit a band I've hardly payed attention to for the last 15 years. What better way to do glance backwards than to present this live bootleg that, according to the liner notes, was supposed to be their final album for I.R.S. till it was nixed by lead singer, Michael Stipe. While this sounds a little fanciful to me, the performance and the sound quality are excellent reminders of why we should all mourn the passing of R.E.M.
REM "THE UNRELEASED LIVE LP" live R.E.M. Soundboard.
1 Chinese Bros.
3 Radio Free Europe
5 Gardening At Night
7 Letter Never Sent
9 So. Central Rain
10 (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
13 West Of The Fields
14 Old Man Kensey
15 Second Guessing
17 Letter Never Sent
18 Driver 8
19 Old Man Kensey
20 Pretty Persuasion
22 Second Guessing
Tracks 1 to 15 recorded live on Sept. 24, 1984 at Duke University in Durham, NC on the North American "Little America" tour.
Tracks 16 to 22 are bonus live tracks with no dates given.
So what was the first R.E.M. song you heard? Let us know in the COMMENTS section (which is where you'll find the Unreleased Live Album link).
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