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Old 09-26-2011, 04:37 PM   #256
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Agreed, I just was trying to come up with some sort of lyrics wordplay.
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:40 PM   #257
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If this isn't a fucking Leonard Cohen cover, I'll be very happy.
According to Rolling Stone, it's a Collapse Into Now outtake.
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It was always gonna be impossible to satisfy everyone with such a vast catalogue, to choose from. I echo a few of the already mentioned frustrations:

1. No E-Bow? Straight swap for New Test Leper surely, a song that while OK, surely doesn't match E-Bow for classic-ness and resonance.

2. Four from Green? While Lifes Rich only has the two, and no Cuyahoga or These Days? Begin The Begin is kind of expendable.

3. Pilgrimage... and drop Sitting Still - more a personal thing. Pilgrimage is magical for me.

3. Three songs from Collapse? Two would surely suffice, and allocate one more to an unheralded later song like Aftermath/Reno/I've Been High, to maybe retrospectively increase sales of those forgotten albums.

5. No Drive? Wow. I'd personally drop Nightswimming without a second thought, but Automatic justifies itself as featuring 5 songs on such a compilation, so if there was room for this, I'd accommodate for Drive accordingly.

At least it's chronological and has attempted to comprehensively cater for every release and phase in REM's career. That is something to be commended and is something U2 compilations fail to achieve at all adequately.
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According to Rolling Stone, it's a Collapse Into Now outtake.
Actually it said that and "A Month of Saturdays" were leftover demos from Collapse. The third song is totally new, though I doubt it will sound that different.
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Begin The Begin is kind of expendable.
You're fucking expendable.
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Begin The Begin is kind of expendable.
No, it's not.
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No 'E-Bow The Letter' is a travesty.


(Not that I don't already have it and can listen to it anytime I want. But still . . . )
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So many many lacks and other dismissable songs taking place there. It seems like U2 making their compilations...
Where's "Ebow The Letter", "Daysleeper", "Drive", "Cuyahoga" or "Reno"?
And some of those songs could disappear. 4 songs from Green and 3 from Collapse Into Now (plus the outtakes)? Seriously? I'd rather have "Lotus", "At My Most Beautiful", "Electron Blue" or something from Monster (my favourite R.E.M. album) like "Bang And Blame" or "Crush With Eyeliner" instead of "Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter" or "Get Up"...
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So many many lacks and other dismissable songs taking place there. It seems like U2 making their compilations...
Where's "Ebow The Letter", "Daysleeper", "Drive", "Cuyahoga" or "Reno"?
And some of those songs could disappear. 4 songs from Green and 3 from Collapse Into Now (plus the outtakes)? Seriously? I'd rather have "Lotus", "At My Most Beautiful", "Electron Blue" or something from Monster (my favourite R.E.M. album) like "Bang And Blame" or "Crush With Eyeliner" instead of "Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter" or "Get Up"...
At My Most Beautiful is on there.
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It's much better than what U2 do. It seems to be a pretty well-thought out compilation, and not a total denial that the past ever happened, like the unforgivable 90-2000 compilation.
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At My Most Beautiful is on there.
You're right, it is
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So, five singles based Best Ofs since 1988 notwithstanding, I guess for "the fan who has (almost) everything" one grimaces and get this for the sprinkle of new material and even then you just feel couldn't they at least have released a rarities Box Set for us nerds and a straight R.EM.31 Singles set for the more casual audience? it looks unlikely there will be some extended set for the hardcore... this is going out and goodbye after 31 years, man...? dunno, a bit underwhelmed by the listings, given what they could do and what R.E.M used to do and their attention to detail, ie. that each studio album from, I think, Green through to Accelerate had a special edition as an option, but oh them new songs! gotta have the new songs... I hate the modern record industry, I hate the cynicism at heart with these kind of releases in a digital world...

btw those wanting more from the IRS era should get Eponymous, Dead Letter Office and the 2006 And I Feel Fine (shite title, great out-takes) or just get Murmur through to Document, even better!
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As a casual fan who wrote them off in 2000 I would actually appreciate a selection of material from that period up until now.
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The news of their breakup didn't really phase me until I saw the tracklisting for the new greatest hits. Since then, I've been going through the albums, and realizing how sad I am about this breakup.

I feel like outside factors forced this band to break up because they weren't popular any longer. The next step for them was to start hitting the nostalgia/casino circuit (in the US anyway), which they have too much integrity for. I just wish I could've seen them live one more time, but I have the memories of 2 amazing concerts from 2003 and 2004.
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The news of their breakup didn't really phase me until I saw the tracklisting for the new greatest hits. Since then, I've been going through the albums, and realizing how sad I am about this breakup.

I feel like outside factors forced this band to break up because they weren't popular any longer. The next step for them was to start hitting the nostalgia/casino circuit (in the US anyway), which they have too much integrity for. I just wish I could've seen them live one more time, but I have the memories of 2 amazing concerts from 2003 and 2004.
The problem was there are too many bands out there to enjoy and with technology- the internet, its easier to get into other bands, and for some odd reason I just stopped following them or talking about them, And this band made music just as good and honest as Radiohead! but I pledged loyalty to Radiohead forever even though I will always take an interest in other bands in terms of enjoying music ingenuity

Stipe coming out, Bill Berry quitting the group had nothing to do with me losing interest, I just didnt have the patience to admire their later works as much as I did from Out of Time-> New Adventure in Hifi era onwards, too much patience and concentration is needed for good music y'know?
But that song Pearl Jam covered (It Happened today) showed that they didnt lose it
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