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Old 09-08-2007, 03:23 AM   #1
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Best of REM 1988-2003 is absolutely atrocious

People make fun of U2's 1990-2000 best of, but this album is just bad. I never hear this collection talked about, so I would just like to list a few of my nerdy complaints and corrections.

First off, what is this collection supposed to be, exactly? I can't tell whether it's supposed to be a greatest hits or a collection of really good REM songs that not too many have been exposed to, or some poor combination of the two. Ideally, a compilation is a collection of recognizable tunes by an artist to attract casual fans.

Strike one: there are two new songs here. This generally bothers me, but it's even worse when many great hits are omitted because of them.

Strike two: using All The Way To Reno, which never even made a dent commercially. Again, not a problem in and of itself, but when actual hits are omitted, it's WTF-worthy.

Strike three (and this will stir things up): using both Nightswimming and Electrolite, even though they're essentially the same song. Plus, it only charted at #96. Not exactly a smash single.

Now, on to the omissions. One song from Monster? One song from Out Of Time? Both songs from Up are ballads, which means it's incorrectly represented. I would propose the track listing look like this:

1. Drive
2. Losing My Religion
3. What's The Frequency, Kenneth?
4. Stand
5. Shiny Happy People
6. Man On The Moon
7. Bittersweet Me
8. Orange Crush
9. Strange Currencies
10. Everybody Hurts
11. Daysleeper
12. Imitation Of Life
13. The Great Beyond
14. Country Feedback
15. E-Bow The Letter
16. Bang And Blame
17. Lotus
18. Nightswimming

The flow isn't that great, but the song choices are all good, IMO.
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I have it. Haven't given it many burls though. What's the Frequency Kenneth annoys the absolute shit out of me.
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i have it and i enjoy listening to it at times when i just want to listen to some random REM songs

I have to admit though that i indeed have no idea what the aim was with this collection of songs

U218 on the other hand is pretty straightforward like that
like to listen to that one at times too
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I have it. Haven't given it many burls though. What's the Frequency Kenneth annoys the absolute shit out of me.
What's The Frequency is one of REM's very best songs.
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What's the Frequency is one of REM's most annoying songs.

And yes, that Best of is awful.
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New songs don't belong in any Greatest Hits or Best Of compilation! How can the song be a great hit if it's brand spankin new??? Is this so hard to comprehend? It's nothing but a sales tactic to tempt casual fans as well as hardcore fans to spend their money yet again!
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What's The Frequency is one of REM's very best songs.
I think Monster as a whole is a pretty underappreciated REM album. I think it's far better than anything they've done on their last few albums. I feel like New Adventures in Hi-Fi was the last very good REM album.

Trying to lump that much of REM's history together onto one compilation isn't a good idea. It would be like trying to put songs from Rattle and Hum on the same compilation as...oh wait, there's U218. But since most of us think that was a bad idea, too, I guess maybe it supports my point.

Of the songs on it, really only The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite sticks out to me as glaringly wrong. And if you're only going to include one pre-1990 song, why not just make it 1990-2003?
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I can't get worked up about greatest hit albums. If I want to make a greatest hits collection just the way I like it, it's so easy to whip up a good playlist.

For that reason, R.E.M. 1988-2003 is basically irrelevant to me except for the fact that it does have those 2 new songs.
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What's The Frequency is one of REM's very best songs.
I agree with Axver!

What's The Frequency, Kenneth gives me the urge to beat Dan Rather.
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I loooove Frequency. It's great, as is much of Monster. Talk about underrated.
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And if you're only going to include one pre-1990 song, why not just make it 1990-2003?
Luckily, they included 2 pre-1990 songs (Orange Crush and Stand).

I like the compilation as it is. An introduction to the first 15 years of the Warner Brothers phase.

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It's an OK compilation, but there's really no way you can condense R.E.M.'s catalogs into two best ofs, many of their best tracks obviously haven't been heard of by 99% of the population, but even their hits would be hard to put together.

My recommendation is to own their entire catalog
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Oh and What's The Frequency, Kenneth is an amazing song...how the hell do you find it annoying?
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There's no discussion about this compilation. I find it great that they have reminded songs like E bow the letter, bang and blame, currencies or kenneth. Good songs, they made a fine list. And it's also good because it's a not predictable one
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There's no discussion about this compilation. I find it great that they have reminded songs like E bow the letter, bang and blame, currencies or kenneth. Good songs, they made a fine list. And it's also good because it's a not predictable one
Hey, that's my version of the compilation you're talking about!
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