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Document (The I.R.S. Years Vintage 1987)

1 Jan 1993 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 1993
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 1993
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1993 Capitol Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:07:31
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  • ASIN: B001KQFPZ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,798 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Oct 2001
Format: Audio CD
This record has their most focused political songs taking up the first half of the album.
Finest Work Song starts the record with the clarion call "the time to rise has been engaged / you're better best to rearrange".
Welcome To The Occupation is a Chomsky style look at the United States economic occupation of South America "offering the educated, primitive and loyal / welcome to the occupation" . When Stipe sings of "Sugar cane and coffee cup, copper steel and cattle / an annotated history, the forest for the fire" it reminds me of school lessons looking at maps of the world where the western countries are labeled with their name and developing countries marked only by the product they provide to the western world.
Exhuming McCarthy pinpoints the trick pulled off by Reaganomics; "vested interests, united ties, landed gentry rationalise / look who bought the myth, buy jingo (=) buy America". I can't think of any other song that so clearly and succinctly articulates how patriotism and nationalism are tools of the wealthy and powerful elite to maintain their wealth and security.
Disturbance at the Heron House targets the "gathering of grunts and greens / cogs and grunts and hirelings" who fed on the 1980s obsession with deregualted capitalism, inspired by Reagan's favourite economic guru, Milton Friedman. But "when feeding time has come and gone / they'll lose their heart and head for home / try to tell us something we don't know". Which is of course what happened. In the late 80s and early 90s the economic bubble did burst and Bush was chucked out.
The politics is rounded off by a cover of Wire's Strange.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun 2000
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This is an absolute classic R.E.M. record, the most familiar songs from which are The One I Love and It's The End Of The World As We Know It... If you've ever dismissed the band before for being a little too nice or twee, this, like Monster should blow that contention out of the water. There is a real political anger in most of the songs here, with the guitars more jagged than jangly. Along with the two already mentioned tracks, other stand-outs are Finest Worksong, Welcome To The Occupation, Lightnin' Hopkins and Oddfellows Local 151. I'd hate to get too judgemental but really, if you don't like this album you'd be a fool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 7 Feb 2012
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this album has many classic rem songs on it as well as a number of live tracks which is when rem are at their best. the live version of so central rain which appears on the same tracking as time after time is increduably beautifully sung - it may only superficially be about phone lines being down due to bad weather but the way michael sings it you'd have to be in a pretty hard mood not to cry. i recommend you get this album even if you only quite like rem but otherwise at least download that track.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 28 Jun 2003
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Document was their last album for IRS (originally released in 1987), prior to REM signing to Warners in 1988 (a move that many bemoaned in the music press- REM being the best kept secret for many in the 80s- the missing link between Richard Thompson & The Smiths!). 1985's brilliant Fables of the Reconstruction had almost split the band, the following years Life's Rich Paegent had Stipe singing clearly (no longer Mr Mumbles) & a robust sound captured by John Couger Mellancamp's producer Don Dixon. Document goes one further, REM finding a perfect co-producer with Scott Litt- this album becoming the one that pitched them from cult-college band to perhaps the next U2...
Two of the singles were big US hits and got them noticed in the UK: both It's the End of the World As We Know It (& I Feel Fine) and The One I Love would be hits when reissued by IRS in the wake of Out of Time's huge success. It's the End...is a wild blend of rockabilly, Subterranean Homesick Blues and startling harmonies- Stipe's dream of people with the initials LB (Lester Bangs, Leonard Bernstein, Lenny Bruce...) occurs and Mills call/response vocals "It's time I had some time alone!" are superb. Just a pity that Billy Joel would rip it off for his dire 1989 (s)hit single We Didn't Start the Fire! The One I Love is an important song (even if it's a little similar to Smithereens single Behind the Wall of Sleep from 1986)- a brilliant riff worthy of Neil Young pins down a deceptively cruel song ("a simple prop to occupy my time")- this & Every Breath You Take remain the nastiest songs that people think are about love! There is an alternate version of The One I Love, originally called This One Goes Out here- which is sublime and more acoustic & was originally found on It's the End...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct 2012
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The last of the 5 studio albums R.E.M. recorded for IRS Records finally gets the DELUXE EDITION CD treatment in 2012 and like the others before it - "Reckoning" (1983), "Murmur" (1983), "Fables Of The Reconstruction" (1985) and "Life's Rich Pageant" (1986) - it's a mixed bag of vastly improved sound quality offset by hollow extras you're never going to play, infuriating packaging and a far-too-steep price tag.

Released Monday 24 September 2012 in the UK (25 Sept 2012 in the USA) as a 2CD Mini Box Set on Capitol 509999972000628 - it breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 is the 11-track studio album "Document" first released on vinyl in early September 1987 on IRS 42059 in the USA and on IRS MIRG 1025 in the UK (39:49 minutes)

Disc 2 is a 20-track PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED live set called "Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland 14 September 1987". It was recorded for Vara Radio and runs to 79:37 minutes.

The first thing that hits you is the power of the REMASTERED album which has been done by ROBERT VOSGIEN in the USA - never too showy or trebled up - it's impressive to say the least. The drums and bass are so sweet now and the guitars finally heard - making lesser-heard nuggets like "Disturbance At The Heron House" (lyrics above) and "King Of Birds" suddenly feel alive. The treated guitar and drum opening of "Oddfellows Local 151" is HUGE - again not overdone - just meaty in all the right ways. "Strange" is the same - great rocking stuff...

The live set with its 20-tracks and near 80 minutes playing time is certainly value for money - but I found after 4 songs its unlistenable - same tune - over and over again. The sound quality is excellent though - great presence.
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