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R.E.M. was an American rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, USA, in 1980 by Michael Stipe (lead vocals), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Bill Berry (drums and percussion). R.E.M. was one of the first popular alternative rock bands, and gained early attention due to Buck's ringing, arpeggiated guitar style and Stipe's unclear vocals. R.E.M. released ... Read more in Amazon's R.E.M. Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Nov 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000002LFU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Get Tup
2. Pop Song 89
3. Orange Crush
4. Stand
5. Turn You Inside Out
6. Hairshirt
7. The Wrong Child
8. Unititled Track
9. I Remember California
10. World Leader Pretend
11. You Are The Everything

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Green catapulted R.E.M. from campus cult favourites to rock stars of the highest order. The album contains three of the Athens, Georgia, quartet's most popular radio hits ("Pop Song 89", "Stand", and "Orange Crush"), punching up the big rock hooks and letting the spooky independent production slip away. Some diehard fans cried "Sellout!" but that's a strange attitude given singer Michael Stipe's environmental activism. "I'm very scared of this world," he sings above jangling mandolins on "You Are the Everything". It's still unclear what he's trying to say, but at least we can understand the words this time. --Steve Knopper

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Album von 1990.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
It was inevitable that signing to big boys Warner Bros would result in a big sounding album with a more commercial slant. But this is not to say that REM suddenly abandoned the credentials that made them such a fine album producing outfit throughout the 1980's. 'Green' is the sound of a band full of confidence. Previous album 'Document' had elevated their profile a great extent, now it was time to take their sound on to a bigger audience. From the opening track 'Pop Song 89' it's clear that they have opted for a more listener friendly approach, mixing typically oblique lyrics into a smooth pop format. There are other pop classics here too, 'Get Up' and 'Stand' being the most obvious examples. But most interesting of all is the world-weary, paranoid 'World Leader Pretend' which attempts to draw parallels between band spokesman and dictator without the pompous indulgence of, say, Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick in the Wall'. 'Green' is the perfect transition album, capturing a band coming out of indie obscurity and blinking at the bright lights of the global stage. Fans of REM's later work will be able to get plenty from this album: it may not be as user-friendly as 'Out of Time' or 'Automatic for the People' but it's still a rewarding experience so if you liked the REM albums mentioned above (and, let's face it, most people only really know these two)don't hesitate to invest in 'Green'. You won't regret it. But don't stop there either, go further back to 'Document' and 'Lifes Rich Pageant' for even more relatively unknown gems.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REM hit their stride 16 May 2013
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Aptly titled, "Green", REM's sixth record album - and their first for globalmegacompany Warners who kept them until their disbandment in 2011 - saw them stride confidently, and with barely a glance, into the big leagues. At this point, the band moved from the Manchester Apollo to headlining the Birmingham NEC and Wembley Arena, the venues they were still playing in their final years.

On the surface though, the record is unbowed by commerciality : the more accessable songs - "Stand", "Orange Crush", and so forth - sound unforced, natural extensions of the quirky pop philosophy demonstrated on their previous albums. Here though, and with the astute muscle of Warner Bros. Behidn them, REM followed a path that frankly seems inconceivable now : that of a slowly growing cult band steadily becoming more popular with each record, before ascending from being the world's biggest cult band to one of the world's biggest bands. Only U2 eclipsed them in the early 90's, which is now, surprisingly two decades ago, and it is now "Green"s twenty fifth anniversary. As a record, well, you either know it or you don't. A spiky, literate and aware record, the title hints at naivety, at political ecology, and in reference to a state of embryonic, unmoulded nature.

As with other REM reissues/remasters, the additional material is almost exclusively unheard : here it is a live show from the tail end of the 1988-89 world tour from Greensboro, where the band were a tightly coiled, flawless music machine on borderline insanity after a decade of furious, frenzied touring. Whilst recorded for the 1989 live VHS "Tourfilm", and parts of it may have made b-sides in the great age of the CD single, this is the first time the show has been released in its entirity.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Not Best, Almost As Good As 25 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm torn between this and Automatic For The People as my favourite REM album (which given my favourite REM album would probably also be my favourite album of all time is fairly high praise). This is by no means as perfect or coherent an album as "Automatic..." or indeed "Out Of Time", "Reveal" and several others and it is indeed a transitory album but its flaws do not detract from its overall brilliance, which stems from having such a strong collection of songs. While Orange Crush" and "Stand" offer the pop, as it were, to draw in casual listeners, there are more complex, more beautiful songs once you are pulled in. Of these, "The Wrong Child" is the best, a painful paean to being different and am convinced, partially from experience, that the chorus "I'm not supposed to be like this...but it's ok" sum up being disabled, scarred or different as well as any words written in history. Elsewhere, "You Are The Everything" is beautiful and "World Leader Pretend" is a phenomenal song. While I feel "Automatic..." wins out as an album overall, I feel this is the album to buy if you are looking for Stipe's finest lyrics and trying to understand how REM got to where they are. A flawed masterpiece that, through its flaws, becomes even more of a masterpiece
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rapid Eye Movement 21 Nov 2006
By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
REM played their first concert in Athens, Georgia in April 1980. Their line-up consisted of two Californians (guitarist Peter Buck and basist Mike Mills), a Minnesota native (drummer Bill Berry) and a single Georgian (singer Mike Mills) who had met at the University of Georgia. In the finest traditions of rock 'n' roll, all four dropped out and have since been labelled in some equarters the Godfathers of US 'alt-rock'.

Released in 1988, "Green" was the band's sixth full-length album, but their first to be released on a major label. Although they continued to work with Scott Litt, who had produced their previous album "Document", the two albums sound quite different to my ears. "Turn You Inside Out" is probably the one song on "Green" that wouldn't have sounded out of place on "Document" . It's also one of the better songs on this album - though, in contrast to the album's other highlighs, it's totally plugged in and features a guitar riff that grinds in a good way. "You Are The Everything" and "Hairshirt" are the two other tracks that stand out for me - gentle acoustic numbers that feature Peter Buck on mandolin rather than electric guitar. "World Leader Pretend" is another excellent track - a touch less acoustic, though it manages to keep an introspective feel while Bucky Baxter's pedal steel guitar adds a slight country feel to it. The band also saw some chart success wih singles lifted from this album - "Stand" reached the US Top Ten in early 1989 (it also features Peter Buck's first solo with a newly acquired wah-wah pedal), while "Orange Crush" made the UK's Top Thirty later that same year. However, I don't really think the years have been kind to either song - while I liked them both well enough at the time, I'd now consider them easily the weakest tracks on the album.

Overall, "Green" is a decent album. It some great tracks and is well worth four stars - but, on the whole, REM have done better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good seller
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Published 13 days ago by mrmarkaharding
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE R.E.M.
Replaced this CD because my partner only had them cassette and R.E.M is one of the best artists out there since slided bread.! xx
Published 4 months ago by Heidi Elaine ShielRoberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Vendor was excellent in dealing with this purchase
The album is fantastic, and was delivered as described; unfortunately; there were some issues with the vinyl itself, which has some scratching on it; which was nothing to do with... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul Galbally
5.0 out of 5 stars rem amazing as ever
Green what a fabulous item, just before they hit the big time and became household names Green came out full of cl\assic songs like Orange crush and stand. Read more
Published 11 months ago by david
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
a classic album from a classic band. Not a bad track on the album. definitly one to listen again and again
Published 12 months ago by Paul Steven Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Had this main album on recorded cassette but the live version brings back good memories of the 4 times I have seen them play live.
Published 13 months ago by Gillian Hargreaves
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Others have stated they do not like the packaging of these re-issues I for one love them , ok the cd sleeve is a bit of a pain but the boxes look great lined up together on the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Declan Cummins
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying again.
I would assume that anyone reading this review already owns the album or has heard it and is wondering if it worth buying for the re-mastered sound and the live disc. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Michael Boyle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Time
Ah, Green!

First of the Warner albums and the end of what I regard as early REM.

There are still some hints of the early garage band tendencies, with hints of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Basket Press
Time passes so quickly. A 25th anniversary edition of this landmark album has now been released, the band itself has disbanded, and the pivotal role of "Green' in their story can... Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. C. Bailey
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