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Old 10-31-2007, 02:15 AM   #16
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Old 10-31-2007, 02:23 PM   #17
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according to Stipe the new album will be released in April
(interview on BBC radio)
I'll pick up this live album at some point
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:46 PM   #18
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This album is a way to make more money with the Around The Sun songs that was a commercial faillure.
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This album is a way to make more money with the Around The Sun songs that was a commercial faillure.
Could be.. I also wonder how much influence the low sales of Around The Sun has to do with R.E.M. going back to a more rock oriented sound with the new songs they performed in Dublin.
(Not that I mind at all, in fact I'm very excited for the new release)

I would guess that money talks even with artistic direction
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I don't know that REM is all that concerned with their sales.

Ha ha ... yeah, okay, enough to release a live CD/DVD (although they've never released a live CD before, and a lot of big name bands do so). But still, I don't think they're concerned about "oh shit, our last two records hardly sold, we'd better get back to the rock."
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^ R.E.M. may not be concerned, but I think the label is...
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I don't know that REM is all that concerned with their sales.

Ha ha ... yeah, okay, enough to release a live CD/DVD (although they've never released a live CD before, and a lot of big name bands do so). But still, I don't think they're concerned about "oh shit, our last two records hardly sold, we'd better get back to the rock."
They're like the opposite of U2. Amazing how 2 of my fav bands from the 90s are now at the opposite ends of the money making spectrum.
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^ R.E.M. may not be concerned, but I think the label is...
I can't speak to Warner Brothers these days, but when REM switched from IRS to WB, one of the reasons they cited was that WB was known as an "artists" label, housing some artists that didn't sell a lot, but were critical darlings (Brian Wilson was one of those artists, I think).
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I can't speak to Warner Brothers these days, but when REM switched from IRS to WB, one of the reasons they cited was that WB was known as an "artists" label, housing some artists that didn't sell a lot, but were critical darlings (Brian Wilson was one of those artists, I think).
Flaming Lips too.
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They're like the opposite of U2. Amazing how 2 of my fav bands from the 90s are now at the opposite ends of the money making spectrum.
Um, yeah let's not forget they rereleased 6 of their albums in 2005 with just a few bonus materials.

U2 is rereleasing one album (which needed remastering) with a ton of bonus material and have already been attacked for "just an excuse to make money".

They also have more compilations than U2...

If REM had an Interference they would be attacked more than U2...

Just a little perspective.
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I can't speak to Warner Brothers these days, but when REM switched from IRS to WB, one of the reasons they cited was that WB was known as an "artists" label, housing some artists that didn't sell a lot, but were critical darlings (Brian Wilson was one of those artists, I think).
Well, I don't know that very well. It's known that WB is not in its best days, and it's getting trouble with a lot of artists from the label.
Now, the trouble will be even bigger, since their biggest name, switched WB for an events producer.
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Um, yeah let's not forget they rereleased 6 of their albums in 2005 with just a few bonus materials.

U2 is rereleasing one album (which needed remastering) with a ton of bonus material and have already been attacked for "just an excuse to make money".

They also have more compilations than U2...

If REM had an Interference they would be attacked more than U2...

Just a little perspective.
Let's also not forget REM were never as interested in being "big" as U2.
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Now, the trouble will be even bigger, since their biggest name, switched WB for an events producer.
I forgot Madonna was on WB as well. But yeah, that announcement was really interesting.
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