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Old 03-14-2007, 12:59 AM   #1
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New R.E.M. single - John Lennon's #9 Dream

Listen and support a great cause by purchasing R.E.M.'s new single of John Lennon's #9 Dream (featuring Bill Berry on drums for the first time in ten years)
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Heard it the other day
May wait for the full release, since U2 and others will be on it as well
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Old 03-14-2007, 01:35 AM   #3
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Why doesn't Bill Berry just rejoin the band? Even if it's just in the studio. He doesn't have to go on tour.

That way, he can record in the mornings and ride his tractor in the afternoons.
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I need to get some more R.E.M.
I only have one 'best of', which is obviously missing some hits

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I need to get some more R.E.M.
I only have one 'best of', which is obviously missing some hits

Which Best Of? Is it 'In Time'(the 1988-2003 compilation) or is it 'And I Feel Fine'(the 1982-1987 IRS Years compilation)? In short, if it's the earlier, you have most of the hits but some big ones from the earlier years(One I Love, It's The End Of The World As We Know It[And I Feel Fine], etc) are missing. If what you have is the latter compilation, then you have a few hits but you're missing most of the big ones.

If you go for an actual REM record...most will say that Automatic For The People is their best record, but personally, I think Out Of Time - which is also generally regarded as one of REM's defining records - is superior to Automatic.
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Listening to the single now... I love Stipe's voice on the song. It's not one of my favorites by Lennon though.
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I need to get some more R.E.M.
I only have one 'best of', which is obviously missing some hits


Yes, you do need more R.E.M. You can't go wrong with either Automatic for the People or Out of Time. I do prefer Automatic for a full album listen...it's also much "darker" than Out of Time. Either way, you definitely need to pick some more up. Or, I could send some to you


I bought the single yesterday after hearing it. I like it a lot. Stipe sounds great, as usual.
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If you go for an actual REM record...most will say that Automatic For The People is their best record, but personally, I think Out Of Time - which is also generally regarded as one of REM's defining records - is superior to Automatic.
Out Of Time is the one that really put R.E.M. into the mainstream, but you're right - most people will say that Automatic is one of their best, including me. As a whole, it blows Out Of Time out of the water. Not saying it isn't good and doesn't have excellent songs, it does. But Automatic is stronger all the way through.

As for others, Document is essential, and my personal favorite is their debut, Murmur. Hell, all of their older albums are classics.
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Why doesn't Bill Berry just rejoin the band? Even if it's just in the studio. He doesn't have to go on tour.

That way, he can record in the mornings and ride his tractor in the afternoons.
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I need to get some more R.E.M.
I only have one 'best of', which is obviously missing some hits

Well, "And I Feel Fine" is obviously more complete, "In Time" is very good too, it only lacks some more 3 or 4 songs, but it's not something to be worried of.

I'd make a 3rd disc with REM songs that both best of's failed: "Drive" (live version is great), "Shinny Happy People", "Lotus", "Crush with eyeliner", "Pop song 89", "How the west has won and where it got us", "Tongue", "Find the river", etc...
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What makes me prefer Automatic to Out Of Time is that the first one is more cohesive and the songs seem to have a perfect fluence in each other.
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I'm kind of underwhelmed by this cover, and that's disappointing. I'll withhold full judgement until I hear the version on the album - maybe it's losing something coming through my crummy computer speakers.

I like this Lennon song a lot ... at least until the "ah mama cow say, cow say cow say" parts.
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Well, "And I Feel Fine" is obviously more complete, "In Time" is very good too, it only lacks some more 3 or 4 songs, but it's not something to be worried of.

I'd make a 3rd disc with REM songs that both best of's failed: "Drive" (live version is great), "Shinny Happy People", "Lotus", "Crush with eyeliner", "Pop song 89", "How the west has won and where it got us", "Tongue", "Find the river", etc...
here's my part 2 of best of 88-04

1. Shiny Happy People [Time]
2. Get Up [Green]
3. Pop Song 89' [Green]
4. Star 69 [Monster]
5. Wake-Up Bomb [New Adventures]
6. Crush With Eyeliner [Monster]
7. Turn You Inside-Out [Green]
8. Leaving New York [Sun]
9. Drive [Automatic]
10. New Test Leper [New Adventures]
11. Strange Currencies [Monster]
12. I've Been High [Reveal]
13. Sweetness Follows [Automatic]
14. Half A World Away [Time]
15. Wanderlust [Sun]
16. Tongue [Monster]
17. Walk Unafraid [Up]
18. Country Feedback [Time]
19. Let Me In [Monster]
20. Find The River [Automatic]
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i would say "Leave" is one of my favorite songs ever recorded by any band.
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Listening to the single now... I love Stipe's voice on the song. It's not one of my favorites by Lennon though.

I love Stipe's voice as well but there is something about Lennon's voice that was just so pure that it's hard to compare. George Martin said at one time that John Lennon had the most beautiful voice of anyone he had ever heard, ever. I don't know if I disagree with that.
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