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Old 09-26-2011, 11:01 PM   #271
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New Test Leper is a bit of an odd choice; if I were to pick a non-single off of New Adventures I'd go with So Fast So Numb.
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I dislike all of the rockers on New Adventures. No exaggeration there. New Test Leper is a brilliant choice IMO.
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:23 AM   #273
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I love 'em, particularly Leave.
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:36 AM   #274
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Oh yeah, I guess Leave is a rocker. That one is kind of a downer, but it does have loud guitars. Anyway, it's my favorite of that bunch by a country mile.

My ideal Hi-Fi would be even more depressing than Automatic.
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I hope you ain't dissing Undertow.
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I'm speaking specifically of Wake-Up Bomb, Departure, So Fast, So Numb and (to an extent) Low Desert.

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Old 09-27-2011, 02:27 AM   #277
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The track selection is pretty good. My own gripe would be that "Cuyahoga" has got to be on there (my 2nd or 3rd best R.E.M. song!), and probably "Daysleeper" as well. But overall, it's a fairly good sampler.

But yeah, I'm not really down with this industry trend of new tracks on a Greatest Hits. Not only is it a rip-off for the devoted fans who already have everything, it's also nonsensical as a Greatest Hits, by definition, does not have new songs. On how many Hits compilations have the new songs become as famous as the Hits?

NOTE: For the record, 'New Test Leper' is my #1 R.E.M. song, so I'm very glad it includes that!
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On how many Hits compilations have the new songs become as famous as the Hits?
Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance" was a new song on the Greatest Hits, and is one of his biggest songs. Possibly even the biggest among a certain age demographic.

That's one example that immediately sprung to mind.
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I absolutely loooove Monster, it's my favourite R.E.M. album. I disagree with those who said, back then, that Monster is not strong in terms of concept. There's something that connects all those 12 songs besides those distorted guitars with amp vibratto (I love that, reminds me of U2's "Babyface" too). There's so much power in those songs. And, although R.E.M. had already recorded full rockers, they didn't have yet rockers like "these".
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I'm speaking specifically of Wake-Up Bomb, Departure, So Fast, So Numb and (to an extent) Low Desert.

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Curiously, I'm not a fan either of "Wake-up Bomb", "So Fast, So Numb" and "Low Desert". They seem too unidimensional and quickly-made to me. "Departure" suffers from that too, although I like it better and the main riff is contagious.
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Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance" was a new song on the Greatest Hits, and is one of his biggest songs. Possibly even the biggest among a certain age demographic.

That's one example that immediately sprung to mind.
Forgot that song was never on an official Petty album! Also, "Sweetest Thing" from Best of 80-90 was a pretty popular song, and was very welcomed after POP failed to produce a hit after Discotheque.
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Okay, there is the occasional new song that's actually a hit. But this R.E.M. comp has, what, 5 or 6 new songs? Not really "hits" then... That could have been 5 or 6 really classic R.E.M. tunes. Put out the new ones on a cheap E.P. or something...
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I'm speaking specifically of Wake-Up Bomb, Departure, So Fast, So Numb and (to an extent) Low Desert.

How The West Was Won
New Test Leper
Undertow
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Leave
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Electrolite

Thank you for not even mentioning Bittersweet Me.

For real.

I understand your displeasure with Wake Up Bomb, and Departure doesn't really do much. But I do like the latter two.

And I've grown to appreciate Binky the Doormat over the years (another one you overlooked).
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Tacking new songs onto hits comps seems particularly pointless in the mp3 age. Oh well, Warner has got to keep milking the dying cow I suppose.
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