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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 (19 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00JFBCDD2
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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R.E.M. delivered two knockout performances on MTV’s Grammy and Emmy award-winning “Unplugged” series - in 1991 and 2001 - giving them the unique distinction of being the only band to headline this twice.

Unplugged 1991 & 2001 - The Compleate Sessions includes every performance from the original broadcasts, and 11 songs that never aired.

The 1991 performance spotlights songs from the ‘Out of Time’album, which sold over 18 million copies worldwide, including ‘Radio Song’, ‘Low” and ‘Losing My Religion’. The remainder spans eight years of music and touches on five different albums. Five songs can be heard for the first time, including two tracks from the multi-platinum album ‘Green’: ‘Get Up’ and ‘World Leader Pretend’.

R.E.M. made a rare second appearance on ‘Unplugged’ in 2001, without original drummer Bill Berry. For this, the band focused on its 12th studio album ‘Reveal’ with tracks also from eight different albums . Includes six songs from the session that were never broadcast such as ‘The One I Love’ from 1987’s ‘Document’.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
When R.E.M. recorded the first of their two MTV Unplugged sessions, in 1991, they were well on their way to becoming the biggest band in the world, helped by the success of that year's album, Out of Time, and the single "Losing My Religion". And with the group deciding not to tour the album, this MTV performance, along with a few low scale gigs, did the job for them.

Fast forward ten years, and the first cracks were beginning to show. Although their popularity in the US was declining, they were still a headline act in Europe and that years album, Reveal, gained pretty decent reviews. But it was a fairly downward curve from there on, ending with the three surviving members calling it a day in 2011.

Rewinding back, the 1991 session is understandably heavily dominated by Out of Time. Since it had a very acoustic feel, the songs need few adjustments to adapt them to the Unplugged format. Also scattered throughout the set are some older favourites, such as "Perfect Circle", "Fall on Me" and the Troggs' "Love Is All Around".

The 2001 session draws on a generous selection from Reveal, but there's also a good number of older songs. "Country Feedback" from Out of Time, a strange omission from the 1991 session, is a particular highlight here and it's also interesting to see that this isn't a particularly hit-packed play-list. Some of the more familiar songs from the R.E.M. back catalogue, such as "Man on the Moon" and "Everybody Hurts", are omitted - in favour of more obscure fare, such as "Cuyahoga" from the 1986 album Lifes Rich Pageant.

Although far from an essential release, R.E.M. Unplugged is a decent snapshot of the band at two very different times in their career. A third disc, with the MTV performances on DVD, is a surprising omission - but this double CD is still well worth a listen.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Earl on 22 May 2014
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Would have liked this on vinyl from Record Store Day but at £488 less than the vinyl is for sale for on Amazon this CD is an acceptable alternative. Also at 70g the Digipack is a lot lighter than the 800g+ vinyl.

At nearly 70 minutes per disc each concert flows seamlessly from one great song to another, although its FALL ON ME from the 1991 concert that I keep coming back to.

As an acoustic record of a sample of their electric output this is nice to have and credit to the record company for releasing this as a CD and not just keeping it to the 'fans' who snapped up the vinyl on 19th April and then mostly sold it on ebay!

Update 15th June. Have found out that REM have posted on their Facebook page that due to demand they are working on releasing this Unplugged set on TWO vinyl sets, one double album each for 1991 and 2001 so good news for those of us who would have liked this music on vinyl albeit the RSD issue was one release of 4 albums which today is for sale on Amazon for £1,000!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Basket Press on 8 July 2014
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This is in "What's not to like?" territory for REM fans: 2 full CDs of live acoustic arrangements of a good selection of their songs, both sets leaning towards their then-current material but with some nice tips of the hat to older material (including some personal favourites such as Perfect Circle, Swan, SwanH, Cuyahoga and So. Central Rain).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liz... Bristol on 2 July 2014
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Didn't catch these performances on MTV, so new to my ears. Enjoyed the range of songs across the 10 year difference. Two or three of my personal faves were not performed, but maybe they were too close to unplugged in their original arrangements to afford much change in this format. Conversely, didn't feel they made any great changes to what they did perform. (Having said that must admit to a lack of familiarity with some of the tracks on the second disc). So, not quite an essential purchase for those unfamiliar with the band, but the relaxed setting does mark a change of pace for those of us who go back a few years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By New Kid in Town on 5 Aug. 2014
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Two great performances with a range of material from their 80s, 90s and early noughties output. A really enjoyable listen.

Such a shame though that they did not take the opportunity to include the DVD - would have been great to watch. But still five stars as each and every song is a joy to listen to unplugged - 'Up' tracks especially sound significantly better.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Brown on 28 May 2014
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I had the original MTV Unplugged on tape back in the 90's and I loved it.
Unfortunately, I loaned it to someone and never got it back.

This is better.
It has the original 1991 unplugged and the 2001 update giving you some of the newer REM tracks in acoustic format.

I loved the original but I love this one even more

A must-have for any REM fan

Now bring out the DVD please
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Just buy it and listen and enjoy. The best band in the world now sadly and for no good reason disbanded, the way they were best - live.
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By Marino Amore Junior on 14 July 2014
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final we have two greats shows in cd.
Thanks Amazon.
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