Band/Artist: R.E.M Album Name:
Murmur
Track Listing: 1) Radio Free Europe (4:06) 2) Pilgrimage (4:30) 3) Laughing (3:57) 4) Talk About the Passion (3:23) 5) Moral Kiosk (3:31) 6) Perfect Circle (3:29) 7) Catapult (3:55) 8) Sitting Still (3:17) 9) 9-9 (3:03) 10) Shaking Through (4:30) 11) We Walk (3:02) 12) West of the Fields (3:17) Year: 1983 Label: I.R.S
Line-up: Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (Guitars), Bill Berry (Drums), Mike Mills (Bass) Rating: 7/10 Website: Official Site
Review/Comments/Thoughts:
REM is one of those bands I have to be in the mood for, this album is a strong release for a debut. The whole album is great but its not one I spin on a regular basis. One noteable thing about this album is It was voted Rolling Stone's album of the year for 1983, it beat out Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Not to shabby for a debut album indeed




Band/Artist: R.E.M Album Name:
Eponymous
Track Listing: 1) Radio Free Europe (3:47) 2) Gardening at Night (3:30) 3) Talk About the Passion (3:20) 4) So. Central Rain (3:15) 5) (Don't Go Back To) Rockville (4:32) 6) Cant Get There from Here (3:39) 7) Driver 8 (3:23) 8) Romance (3:25) 9) Fall on Me (2:50) 10) The One I Love (3:16) 11) Finest Worksong (3:50) 12) It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)(4:05) Year: 1988 Label: I.R.S
Line-up: Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (Guitars), Bill Berry (Drums), Mike Mills (Bass) Rating: 6/10 Website: Official Site
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Judging by the songs I like on this compilation I really oughta buy Document as the 2 of the 3 songs I bought it for are on that album. One noteable about this album is that it has rare and alternate versions of material spanning from the Chronic Town EP and on. Favorites include Radio Free Europe, The One I Love, It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)




Band/Artist: R.E.M Album Name:
Green
Track Listing: 1) Pop Song 89 (3:04) 2) Get Up (2:39) 3) You Are the Everything (3:41) 4) Stand (3:10) 5) World Leader Pretend (4:17) 6) The Wrong Child (3:36) 7) Orange Crush (3:51) 8) Turn You Inside-Out (4:16) 9) Hairshirt (3:55) 10) I Remember California (4:59) 11) Eleventh, Untitled Song (3:10) Year: 1988 Label: Warner Bros
Line-up: Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (Guitars), Bill Berry (Drums), Mike Mills (Bass) Rating: 10/10 Website: Official Site
Review/Comments/Thoughts:
What turned me on to REM generally was a TV Show called Get a Life With Chris Elliott because Stand was the theme song. All in all this album is a very strong killer album In my opinion there is not a single filler song on it. It was also the first album to have Peter Buck on Mandolin, which would help develop their trademark sound. Green is a must have for any fan of REM for me this album is when it started to really pick up for me.




Band/Artist: R.E.M Album Name:
Out of Time
Track Listing: 1) Radio Song (4:12) 2) Losing My Religion (4:26) 3) Low (4:55) 4) Near Wild Heaven (3:17) 5) Endgame (3:48) 6) Shiny Happy People (3:44) 7) Belong (4:03) 8) Half a World Away (3:26) 9) Texarkana (3:36) 10) Country Feedback (4:07) 11) Me in Honey (4:06) Year: 1991 Label: Warner Bros
Line-up: Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (Guitars), Bill Berry (Drums), Mike Mills (Bass) Rating: 9/10 Website: Official Site
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When this album came out it was a big deal. Radios played Losing my Religion all the time, I believe this was one of the first REM albums I bought. It was either this album or Green memory fails me. However this album had no electric guitars, but that didnt stop them from making a great album. Kate Pierson of B-52s fame, sang on three tracks on this album. My favorites on this album are Radio Song, Losing my Religion, Near Wild Heaven, Shiny Happy People this album solidified me as a fan of REM




Band/Artist: R.E.M Album Name:
Automatic For The People
Track Listing: 1) Drive (4:31) 2) Try Not to Breathe (3:50) 3) The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite (4:06) 4) Everybody Hurts (5:17) 5) New Orleans Instrumental No.1 (2:13) 6) Sweetness Follows (4:19) 7) Monty Got a Raw Deal (3:17) 8) Ignoreland (4:24) 9) Star Me Kitten (3:15) 10) Man on the Moon (5:13) 11) Nightswimming (4:16) 12) Find the River (3:50) Year: 1992 Label: Warner Bros
Line-up: Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (Guitars), Bill Berry (Drums), Mike Mills (Bass) Rating: 10/10 Website: Official Site
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One of my favorite REM albums, I'd place this right alongside Green even stronger than Out of Time This album had released 6 singles I had them all as cassette singles and the B-sides were also good too. Rolling Stone gave this album 5 stars, and is considered by some critics the "finest album REM ever released" I would have to agree with the critics and with Rolling Stone's rating of this album. My favorites on this album are Drive, Everybody Hurts, Man on the Moon, Nightswimming, The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite, New Orleans Instrumental No. 1




Band/Artist: R.E.M Album Name:
Monster
Track Listing: 1) What's the Frequency, Kenneth? (4:00) 2) Crush with Eyeliner (4:39) 3) King of Comedy (3:40) 4) I Don't Sleep, I Dream (3:27) 5) Star 69 (3:07) 6) Strange Currencies (3:52) 7) Tongue (4:13) 8) Bang and Blame (5:30) 9) I Took Your Name (4:02) 10) Let Me In (3:28) 11) Circus Envy (4:15) 12) You (4:54) Year: 1994 Label: Warner Bros
Line-up: Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (Guitars), Bill Berry (Drums), Mike Mills (Bass) Rating: 9/10 Website: Official Site
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A return to the guitar sound of their earlier work. This was a good follow up to Automatic For The People but not quite. Its a good album in it's own right. The album was dedicated to River Phoenix who at that time had recently passed away, The song Let Me In was written for Kurt Cobain who had also died that year and who was also a close friend of Michael Stipe's. In fact had Kurt lived there was a collaboration project in the planning between Stipe and Cobain, That would have been an awesome piece of work. Sadly it'll never happen now. Another noteable on this album is that River's sister Rain Phoenix sang background vocals on Bang & Blame This album is definitly a rock edge album something they had not done since Green but I'd even go as far as saying that Monster to date was their heaviest album




Band/Artist: R.E.M Album Name:
New Adventures in Hi-Fi
Track Listing: 1) How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us (4:31) 2) The Wake-Up Bomb (5:08) 3) New Test Leper (5:26) 4) Undertow (5:09) 5) E-Bow the Letter (5:23) 6) Leave (7:18) 7) Departure (3:28) 8) Bittersweet Me (4:06) 9) Be Mine (5:32) 10) Binky the Doormat (5:01) 11) Zither (2:33) 12) So Fast, So Numb (4:12) 13) Low Desert (3:30) 14) Electrolite (4:05) Year: 1996 Label: Warner Bros
Line-up: Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (Guitars), Bill Berry (Drums), Mike Mills (Bass) Rating: 4/10 Website: Official Site
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A definite dip from the last 4 albums that they did, I love Wake Up Bomb but in all fairness it has been awhile since I have spun this album, If i were to spin it again I might have a different opinion of it. I got it when it first came out I remember liking it, but its not on the caliber of Automatic..., Out of Time, or Green




Band/Artist: R.E.M Album Name:
Up
Track Listing: 1) Airportman (4:12) 2) Lotus (4:30) 3) Suspicion (5:36) 4) Hope (5:02) 5) At My Most Beautiful (3:35) 6) The Apologist (4:30) 7) Sad Professor (4:01) 8) You're in the Air (5:22) 9) Walk Unafraid (4:31) 10) Why Not Smile (4:03) 11) Daysleeper (3:40) 12) Diminished (6:01) * Includes a brief piece entitled "I'm Not over You" starting at 4:59, with Stipe soloing on acoustic guitar, after the song's conclusion. 13) Parakeet (4:09) 14) Falls to Climb (5:06) Year: 1998 Label: Warner Bros
Line-up: Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (Guitars), Mike Mills (Bass) Rating: 1/10 Website: Official Site
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The first album without Drummer Bill Berry he had retired to become a farmer, he had made sure that REM would continue on, which they have. However this album from memory sounded very depressing but I did like the single Daysleeper the only song to memory that I liked from this album