OK, the track listing on 'Eponymous' is very similar to that on 'The Best Of...'. That's no reason at all to give it any less stars than it deserves, as (a)the songs themselves all rate a '5', and (b)This was released FIVE YEARS before 'Best Of..'. I bought this back in 1988, after hearing the 'Chronic Town'ep at a friends place, and within the next six months I'd picked up all the other REM releases, such was the impact of this splendid compilation. A perfect doorway into the mumbly-era Stipe (am I the only person that can sing along to early REM tracks without having a clue as to what Stipey's actually saying? Thought not!!).