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In Time: The Best of REM 1988 - 2003

R.E.M. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B0000CC6QF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Man On The Moon
2. The Great Beyond
3. Bad Day
4. "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?"
5. All The Way To Reno
6. Losing My Religion
7. E-Bow The Letter
8. Orange Crush
9. Imitation Of Life
10. Daysleeper
11. Animal
12. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
13. Stand
14. Electrolite
15. All The Right Friends
16. Everybody Hurts
17. At My Most Beautiful
18. Nightswimming

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In Time is more than just a collection of REM singles. Instead, it gathers some of the band's favourite songs from the past 15 years. So well-known classics like "Man on the Moon", "Everybody Hurts" and "Losing My Religion" appear alongside slightly lesser-known gems like "Stand", "Orange Crush" and "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?", making this an essential introduction to this acclaimed band. For REM fans, there are even two previously unreleased tracks, "Animal" and "Bad Day".

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In 1988, REM were a cult on the cusp of major success. In 1992 they were somewhere close to being the biggest band in the world. In 2003, they're marginalised again, a middle-aged institution purportedly on the wane. Still, uninformed listeners to In Time might find it tricky to work out which songs come from which era. The 18 singles collected here in non-chronological order show a band that's operated at a terrifyingly high standard throughout the period, so that less lauded songs like "The Great Beyond" stand proud alongside the familiar anthems from the early 1990s. Of course, these compilations are sent to irritate loyalists, whose relief at the inclusion of "E-Bow the Letter" (a mesmerising duet with Patti Smith from 1996) will be undermined by the bewildering absence of 1992's tearjerking epiphany "Find the River". For a more comprehensive survey of REM's excellence, you'll also need The Best of REM, the highlights of their elliptical early years. One suspects a box set which tells the full story of this enduring band can't be that far away. For now, though, In Time will do well enough. --John Mulvey

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nightswimming with the Man on the Moon 17 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
REM's long-awaited 'Best of' album is a must for anyone new to the band. It combines universally acclaimed tracks like 'losing my religion' and 'everybody hurts' with some of the lesser known but equally impressive numbers such as 'e-bow the letter' and 'orange crush'.
For die hard REM fans however, most of the songs here will feel slighlty overplayed and stale...unless you happen upon the magnificent special edition with the enhanced 'rarities and b-sides' supplement as I did. Most of the tracks on the main LP are understandably from the post 1990 era but disc 2 offers some fantastic reworked songs dating back to the early 80's, culminating in a painstakingly beautiful live version of 'Country Feedback' (in my opinion one of the best songs ever written).
Unsurprisingly after 20 years of unrivalled and unparralled rock songs, REM's 'In Time' sparked much debate as to which songs would actually appear on the album. With the exception of the new track 'Animal' I wouldn't argue with the choices made by the band, but this band has produced so many quality tracks you could almost release a 4CD collection - now that would be a driving album!!!
Fans of some of the early work should try to pick up any albums missing from your collection (Life's Rich Paegeant is not to be missed) - most stores are selling them off for a fiver - criminal! I would've like to have seen 'Find the River', 'So fast so numb' and 'starnge currencies' make an appearance on 'In Time' but I can't complain, I can listen to them whenever I like.
If this album serves to achieve anything new it is to answer the much fought question of greatness: U2 or REM? Sorry Bono, but'In time' blows the Irish band's 'Best Of' right out of the water.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All(ternative) American Heroes 25 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
The American pop world is really too lucky to have a band like R.E.M. around, still touring and recording nearly thirty years later and showing no signs of restraint with their melodious music nor their political ethos. Michael Stipe may be the member synonymous with the latter facet of the band, as well as its most vociferous, being the lead singer and lyricist. However, without the amusedly melancholic and hopeful arrangements courtesy of Mike Mills, Peter Buck and the dearly-missed Bill Berry that lie beneath Stipe's soulful vocals, R.E.M. would not have retained their status as one of American music's finest establishments. For the passing listener, one only needs to have this CD play softly in the background to realise how under-the-radar successful and ubiquitous the band and their work have become.

In Time has since caused a lot of consternation and argument between fans of the group, resurfacing points of contention including controversial omissions from the final track list ("Shiny Happy People" these guys weren't!) and accusations of selling out that have plagued the band since the unprecedented success of Out Of Time, especially with single "Losing My Religion". And whilst even acts as worthy as R.E.M. cannot be entirely forgiven for succumbing to the record label-machine with the release of another retrospective collection, the content surely cannot be held under as intense a scrutiny. No one does timeless, self-effacing Americana much better than these guys and the fact that each of these songs sound like they were recorded days apart as opposed to decades is testament to their consistency.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timely collection 26 May 2007
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There may never be agreement on the best tracks of such an important, much-loved band. Universally successful groups like REM reach a great variety of people with diverse tastes, connecting with different sides of their musical personality. This, their second best-of, covers REM's albums with Warner, incorporating their most commerically successful period and taking us up to their more recent slip from the limelight. Still a great band, there is no disputing the fading of their relevance lately, but their time will come again. This collection concentrates mostly on their singles output, but somehow largley avoids the sunnier side. I think - and I think the diehards would agree - that this Best Of is at least a close representation of the Spirit of the band, something that can't always be said about such compilations. That said, there is also the irritating commercial imperative to include some new tracks which don't make the grade, but this is standard practise now.

I think there are some jarring exclusions - conspicuous in their absence - such as 'Drive', 'Country Feedback', 'World Leader Pretend', 'Crush With Eyeliner'. The albums Monster and Out of Time are only represented by one track each, criminal really, the most obvious omission being the latter's Shiny Happy People (but this is understandable). If the intention of this collection is to bolster the songs post-Automatic, then it succeeds to place them on a non-chronological platform with greats such as 'Losing My Religion', 'Man on the Moon', 'Nightswimming' etc. The overall effect is one of amazing consistency, but feels strangely downbeat, despite the inclusion of poppier moments such as 'Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite' and 'What's the Frequency Kenneth?'.
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