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Lifes Rich Pageant [Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

R.E.M. Audio CD
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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 (11 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Begin the Begin (2011 - Remaster) 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. These Days (2011 - Remaster) 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Fall On Me (2011 - Remaster) 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cuyahoga (2011 - Remaster) 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Hyena (2011 - Remaster) 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Underneath the Bunker (2011 - Remaster) 1:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Flowers of Guatemala (2011 - Remaster) 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Believe (2011 - Remaster) 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. What If We Give It Away? (2011 - Remaster) 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Just a Touch (2011 - Remaster) 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Swan Swan H (2011 - Remaster) 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Superman (2011 - Remaster) 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Fall On Me (Athens Demo) 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hyena (Athens Demo) 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. March Song (King Of Birds) (Athens Demo) 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. These Days (Athens Demo) 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bad Day (Athens Demo) 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Salsa (Underneath The Bunker) (Athens Demo) 1:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Swan Swan H (Athens Demo) 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Flowers Of Guatemala (Athens Demo) 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Begin The Begin (Athens Demo) 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Cuyahoga (Athens Demo) 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Believe (Athens Demo) 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Out Of Tune (Athens Demo)0:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Jazz (Rotary Ten) (Athens Demo) 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Two Steps Onward (Athens Demo) 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Just A Touch (Athens Demo) 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Mystery To Me (Athens Demo) 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Wait (Athens Demo) 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. All The Right Friends (Athens Demo) 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Get On Their Way (What If We Give It Away?) (Athens Demo) 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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R.E.M.'s fourth studio album, Lifes Rich Pageant was recorded by vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry at John Mellencamp's Belmont Mall Studios in Indiana. Produced by Don Gehman, renowned for producing a string of punchy, soulful heartland-rock albums by Mellencamp, Pageant includes the singles "Fall On Me" and "Superman". The album was R.E.M.'s first to achieve Gold certification status, and it reached #21 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and #43 in the UK Album Chart. This 25th Anniversary Edition contains:

• The classic album digitally re-mastered
• Plus bonus disc "The Athens Demos" containing 19 demos previously unreleased, recorded in Athens, Georgia 1986.
• "The Athens Demos" include drafts of Lifes Rich Pageant’s 12 songs, plus additional demos of songs that were later recorded for other releases.
• Includes early versions of "Bad Day", "Rotary Ten", "Two Steps Onward", "Mystery To Me", "All The Right Friends" and "March Song (King Of Birds)", an early instrumental version of "King Of Birds" from Document. One track, "Wait", has never before been officially released by R.E.M. but it has shown up on bootlegs over the years.
• Presented in a 2CD lift top box, along with a poster, four postcards and booklet containing liner notes by music journalist and author Parke Puterbaugh.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a touch 10 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
Good album - but the reason i'm writing is to give the PROPER order of the tracks. As far as i'm aware, all formats have always infamously had the above listing which also omits a couple of tracks - this still confuses me. Below is the correct one (including bonus tracks on the IRS Years special edition)

1. Begin the begin
2. These Days
3. Fall on me
4. Cuyahoga
5. Hyena
6. Underneath the bunker
7. Flowers of Guatemala
8. I believe
9. What if we give it away
10.Just a touch
11.Swan swan H
13.Tired of singing trouble
14.Rotary ten
15.Toys in the attic
16.Just a touch (live)
17.Dream (all I have to do)
18.Swan swan H (acoustic)

Anal retentive? Me?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably their best album. 23 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
Having previously only owned Out Of Time, Automatic For The People, and Best Of, I was thinking "REM don't do rock". But I was wrong! People who like Monster or New Adventures will probably also like this. Ranging from medium-pace ("Begin the Begin") to frantic ("Just a touch"), the rock tracks have a vibrancy and freshness somehow lacking in the later works. But there is so much more to this album. "Cuyahoga" is arguably REM's best ever track. Simple, understandable lyrics, which make a political statement (like John Lennon) but are at the same time poetic (like Bob Dylan or early Paul Simon). Wonderful! Other highlights include the dreamy "Flowers of Guatemala", upbeat "I believe" and more political anthems - "Fall on me", "What if we give it away?" and the acoustic "Swan Swan H". All the tracks gel together really well, and there is not a duff track on here, with the possible exception of the strange instrumental. But even that fits onto this album better than the funny lumpy ones they put on Automatic and New Adventures. This is a much more musically diverse and interesting album to listen to than Document, which followed; and if, after having listened to Out of Time and Automatic, you're feeling depressed, this album is the perfect antidote. Oh, I also forgot to mention, the distinctive Stipe/Mills vocal harmonies are superb too. It's a must-have album, and 16 years after its release, I think it is still one of the best, if not the best, REM album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best just got better 13 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well, here we have my favourite of the "indie" REM albums, beefed up with a sparkling new remaster and an excellent additional CD of outtakes.

Great to hear some of the great REM songs reduced to a guide vocal line (see "I Believe"), and a really nice alternate take on Fall On Me.

For obsessives only I would have thought. That's me then.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it, but again with the box... 22 July 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Among their finest moments, this album doesn't really need more praise for the songs. I would still recommend buying it for a couple of reasons:
The mastering is superb- the sound is clean and bright but not unnecessarily tinkered with. I'd say better than the IRS Years CD. Although i haven't actually measured, it doesn't seem to be obviously a victim of the 'loudness wars' (check wiki) style of mastering either.
The demo's disc is definitely worth it. Better than the one on Fables (which was good), the production is of surprisingly high quality and full of interesting curiosities and alternate versions.
The only fly in the ointment is the box packaging- just as big and clumsy as Fables was. What the hell am I supposed to do with a poster? What about a tin badge or maybe a snippet of the drummer's underwear? Use a little imagination next time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early work sets the pace 23 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
Lifes Rich Pageant is a true work of musical art. Encompassing all that was great in REM during their early years and highlighting the great things that were to come. Each track gets better and better with none being below par, country melodies blend with both the acoustic sets of "swan swan humming" bird and the "thrash of just a touch". Now re released with the IRS vintage version the album offers great value with previosly unheard live and cover tracks. No REM fan would be complete without this vintage album, which in my opinion track for track is their best ever work, and although some recent tracks are true works of art the band has to replicate the magic of this album which was recorded over 18 years ago.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best early albums 1 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
'Lifes Rich Pageant' for me is remarkable for two reasons. Firstly it sounds completely timeless, a classic American record which showcases the connection of the bands four personalities together to make intelligent, exciting rock music. Secondly it's a rare example of a hugely commercial, ambitious record that never even hints of selling out (think about how many have tried this and failed in the past). Respect must go to producer Don Gehman who gives the band a big stadium rock sound without ever losing their cutting edge. This was to be the start of a new era for the band who would use it as a springboard to becoming one of the biggest bands in the world and in turn open the door for future stadium alt.rock bands such as Coldplay, Radiohead, Muse etc. Five Stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars R.E.M.'s early triumph 27 Dec 2009
By Iva
Format:Audio CD
Anyone interested in R.E.M. should own this album: it is both the creative peak of their early period and the manifesto of their evolution from indie darlings to the biggest band in the world. While R.E.M.'s previous albums were, to various degrees, hampered by deliberately low-key and obscure production, here the producer Don Gehrman finally captures the band's fantastic energy and makes an album that actually sounds like their live shows. The spacious and boisterous sound gives full justice to a succession of perfectly crafted anthems; and for the first time on an R.E.M. record, the vocals really stand out. Superb singing from Michael Stipe and Mike Mills gives boost to magnificent songs such as These Days, Hyena, Fall On Me, and the quirky Superman. Five stars well deserved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another early masterpiece from r.e.m
I have been interested in this album for a long time. Fall on me is lovely and many of the tracks on this album is great. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Early REM Album
This is a brilliant album back from the days when they were still and indie band. This album is from when they musical genius was about to bloom, the greatness we heard on "Green"... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jan Patrik Sahlstrøm
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I am a huge REM fan and was hesitant to buy the album again but the thoughts of paying the remaster on my Bose sound link persuaded me, it really rings me back to hearing this... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Declan Cummins
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Finest Hour
Bought this re-issue when it was hot off the presses, sad fanboy that I am.

My favourite REM album, sitting on the cusp of their earlier garage band sound and the later... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Basket Press
4.0 out of 5 stars 1986 revisited.
REM'S fourth studio album and another worthy reissue. With excellant remastering values and supurb repackaging. My second favourite REM album after 'Murmur'. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by Anthony,Perth WA
4.0 out of 5 stars Over compressed - stop this madness
Amazing re-packaging of a great REM album. Worth it for the Athens demos alone. The Remastered CD suffers from the 'loudness wars' phenomenon of just making everything louder. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2011 by D. Lalla
4.0 out of 5 stars one of, if not THE BEST!!
my personal favourite of the early irs years clearer production and classic songs showing all sides of rem. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2010 by P. Storey
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the album that got me hooked
While doing a stock take at night nearly 20 years ago and with the radio not being any good at that time in the morning, we would bring in tapes Remember them and play them to help... Read more
Published on 18 April 2010 by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Grabs you by the collar and gives you a good shake
Aside from the wholly revelatory Murmur, I would say Lifes Rich Pageant is the most consistently excellent of R.E.M.'s I.R.S. Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2009 by J. Jenkins
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