- Audio CD (1 Sept. 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Extra tracks
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B000005RQE
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Singer Michael Stipe finally confesses that even he doesn't know what he's trying to say--among the lines flying by are "tryin' to tell you something we don't know" and "there's something going on that's not quite right." But R.E.M.'s roar is at its sharpest, as Peter Buck's guitars twist up surf riffs and the Bill Berry-Mike Mills rhythm section captures the force of forebears Big Star and the Byrds. After half a decade of American college-rock heroism, R.E.M. achieved its first hit album thanks to the rambling "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" and the gentle (but subtly barbed) "The One I Love". --Steve Knopper
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Two of the singles were big US hits and got them noticed in the UK: both It's the End of the World As We Know It (& I Feel Fine) and The One I Love would be hits when reissued by IRS in the wake of Out of Time's huge success. It's the End...is a wild blend of rockabilly, Subterranean Homesick Blues and startling harmonies- Stipe's dream of people with the initials LB (Lester Bangs, Leonard Bernstein, Lenny Bruce...) occurs and Mills call/response vocals "It's time I had some time alone!" are superb. Just a pity that Billy Joel would rip it off for his dire 1989 (s)hit single We Didn't Start the Fire! The One I Love is an important song (even if it's a little similar to Smithereens single Behind the Wall of Sleep from 1986)- a brilliant riff worthy of Neil Young pins down a deceptively cruel song ("a simple prop to occupy my time")- this & Every Breath You Take remain the nastiest songs that people think are about love! There is an alternate version of The One I Love, originally called This One Goes Out here- which is sublime and more acoustic & was originally found on It's the End...Read more ›
Finest Work Song starts the record with the clarion call "the time to rise has been engaged / you're better best to rearrange".
Welcome To The Occupation is a Chomsky style look at the United States economic occupation of South America "offering the educated, primitive and loyal / welcome to the occupation" . When Stipe sings of "Sugar cane and coffee cup, copper steel and cattle / an annotated history, the forest for the fire" it reminds me of school lessons looking at maps of the world where the western countries are labeled with their name and developing countries marked only by the product they provide to the western world.
Exhuming McCarthy pinpoints the trick pulled off by Reaganomics; "vested interests, united ties, landed gentry rationalise / look who bought the myth, buy jingo (=) buy America". I can't think of any other song that so clearly and succinctly articulates how patriotism and nationalism are tools of the wealthy and powerful elite to maintain their wealth and security.
Disturbance at the Heron House targets the "gathering of grunts and greens / cogs and grunts and hirelings" who fed on the 1980s obsession with deregualted capitalism, inspired by Reagan's favourite economic guru, Milton Friedman. But "when feeding time has come and gone / they'll lose their heart and head for home / try to tell us something we don't know". Which is of course what happened. In the late 80s and early 90s the economic bubble did burst and Bush was chucked out.
The politics is rounded off by a cover of Wire's Strange.Read more ›
Released Monday 24 September 2012 in the UK (25 Sept 2012 in the USA) - "Document" by R.E.M. on Capitol 5099997200628 (Barcode 5099997200628) is a 2CD '25th Anniversary' Mini Box Set Remaster and plays out as follows:
Disc 1 (39:49 minutes):
1. Finest Worksong
2. Welcome To The Occupation
3. Exhuming McCarthy
4. Disturbance At The Heron House
6. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
7. The One I Love
9. Lightnin’ Hopkins
10. King Of Birds
11. Oddfellows Local 151
Tracks 1to 11 are the studio album "Document" first released on vinyl in early September 1987 on IRS 42059 in the USA and on IRS MIRG 1025 in the UK.
Disc 2 "Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland 14 September 1987” (79:37 minutes):
1. Finest Worksong
2. These Days
3. Lightnin’ Hopkins
4. Welcome To The Occupation
5. Driver 8
6. Feeling Gravity’s Pull
7. I Believe
8. The One I Love
9. Exhuming McCarty
10. Wolves, Lower
11. Fall On Me
12. Just A Touch
13. Oddfellows Local 151
14. Little America
15. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
16. Begin The Begin
17. Disturbance At The Heron House
18. Moral Kiosk
19.Read more ›
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Good early REM album. As good as their later more popular albums are, I love their more raw earlier sound.Published 7 months ago by The Count
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