Quantity:1
Reveal has been added to your Basket
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by musicMagpie
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: We are Amazon's biggest marketplace media seller and despatch next day directly from the UK. All items are quality guaranteed.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Basket
£3.85
& FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20.00. Details
Sold by: A ENTERTAINMENT
Add to Basket
£3.86
& FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20.00. Details
Sold by: Direct Entertainment UK
Add to Basket
£3.87
& FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20.00. Details
Sold by: Amazon
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for £7.99

Reveal

4.4 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews

Price: £3.85 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Only 11 left in stock.
Sold by best_value_entertainment and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
88 new from £0.98 143 used from £0.01 9 collectible from £2.50
£3.85 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details Only 11 left in stock. Sold by best_value_entertainment and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Amazon's R.E.M. Store


Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • Reveal
  • +
  • Up (U.S. Version)
  • +
  • New Adventures In Hi-Fi (U.S. Version)
Total price: £11.31
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Audio CD (14 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Brothers
  • ASIN: B00005BL29
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Lifting
  2. I've Been High
  3. All The Way To Reno
  4. She Just Wants To Be
  5. Disappear
  6. Saturn Return
  7. Beat A Drum
  8. Imitation Of Life
  9. Summer Turns To High
  10. Chorus And The Ring
  11. I'll Take The Rain
  12. Beachball

Product Description

Product Description

Rem - Reveal - Cd

BBC Review

Following the creative disarray of Up, caused by the surprise departure of drummer, Bill Berry, REM finally started to come to terms with their status as a three-piece. Compared to its predecessor their twelfth album is a happier, sunnier document, still entranced with electronica but not afraid to return to the gentle acoustic period of Out Of Time as well.

The band obviously realised that while Up sold in good enough quantities, they were in danger of alienating their massive fanbase. While Monster had attempted to return them to the full-on rock of their more lucrative period, this time it wasn't Peter Buck who saved the day but Michael Stipe. His vocals are clear and concise, showing no debt to the muddy, blurred outpourings that had in turns added to their early mystique and frustrated anyone trying to find deeper meaning. Put simply, Reveal is full of love songs.

The biggest hit here, Imitation Of Life, successfully recreates the rush of Losing My religion; sounding utterly joyous and in love with life. Beat A drum even sees our man Stipe singing of a sexual encounter that leaves him reeling. No wonder he sounds happier... And who could resist the Gl;en Campbell-alike baritone twang of All The Way To Reno? Even Bucks and Mills' Beach Boys obsession gets another (successful) airing on Beachball. It's all like a nice warm cup of tea poured into your ears.

Overall the expanded cast of Joey Waronker on drums, as well as the Posies' Ken Stringfellow and the Young Fresh Fellows' Scott McCaughey on keyboards never clogs up the surroundings. If the band's earliest recordings always suffered from underproduction, and albums like Up and New Adventures In Hi Fi sounded too calculated and pristine to make you care, Reveal has a warmth that comes from finally being able to use all the shiny happy toys that modern technology had to offer. we could all breath a sigh of relief... --Chris Jones

Find more music at the BBC This link will take you off Amazon in a new window

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By A Customer on 27 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
Up until now I was an REM virgin, having never previously owned anything of theirs before, although I loved many of their singles. After listening to Reveal, all that will change. The album kicks off with the spacey, electronic/rock of The Lifting, though the album, in my opinion, really starts to shine when I've Been High (Track 2) begins. A fragile, heartrending ballad, about coming down (not from drugs, but from life); it is a real standout. Next comes All The Way To Reno, a lightweight piece of fun, country-tinged rock. Following Reno, is She Just Wants To Be, a folkish ballad with a powerful, albeit short, repeated chorus. Disappear, a strangely uptempo, but melancholy song, follows maintaining Reveal's high standards. Next comes Saturn Return, the most experimental track on the album. Michael Stipe's beautiful voice is backed by sparse electronica and punctuated by piano and guitar chords.
With the exception of Reno and The Lifting, the album so far is quite bleak, but the mood changes on Beat A Drum, a summery, folkish tune. Imitation Of Life, Summer Turns To High and Chorus And The Ring follow, all more uptempo, and with the occasional Beach Boys influene thrown in. In my opinion, this is the weaker part of the album, but is still highly listenable.
The penultimate track is easily the highest moment of Reveal. The gorgeously sad ballad, I'll Take The Rain, rivals such REM classics as Losing My Religion, Everbody Hurts and The One I Love, with its anthemic chorus. Michael Stipe's voice sounds its fullest and richest on this track, complementing the soaring strings - pure REM class. While I'll Take The Rain would have made the perfect closer, the band opted for Beachball, a summery track, complete with horns. A happy end to a balanced and very good album. I'll be checking out the back catalogue very soon indeed.
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 4 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'm one of those people who has to be doing something else while listening to music - be it reading, working, whatever. It's not often that you get an album that strikes so many chords in you with the lyrics particularly, that you have to stop what you're doing to listen to certain songs. Admittedly, this isn't REM's best album. There can be no decisive 'best' album for REM because they're all so different. However, this album does have stand-out songs, almost every one of them. "I'll take the rain" shows Michael Stipe's feelings on singing - "I used to think, as birds take wing, they sing through life, so why can't we?" as well as other meanings, obviously.
What Stipe seems to do is invoke a feeling in you that makes you think every song is delivered to you. Three REM songs stand out like this, 'Tongue' on Monster, 'Walk Unafraid' on Up, and 'I'll take the Rain' on this one. REM are unstoppable in their ability - to get through crisis after crisis and still make music this beautiful, 20 years after 'Murmur'.
In one word - outstanding.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 1 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Having ben an REM fan since I could barely spell the name I have followed with interest their rise to fame, super stardom and then begin the descent from n.o 1 band in the world to having a cult status as opposed to being evryone's favourite band of the moment. Throughout this illustrious career they have produced classic albums such as murmur, document and automatic for the people. I would have to (without a hint of bias) put reveal on this list of classic rem albums. There is the atmosphere of the experimental up mixed with the melodies of automatic for the people. Opener Lifting sets the tone for what is probably rem's most cheery album, at least from a lyrical point of view. Imitation of life is a typical rem song drivin with pete bucks jangly guitar and stipes obscure lyrics. Standout track She Just Wants to be, builds up to an explosive climax. This album whets the appetite. Go buy this album then see them live and you will begin to get a fuller picture as to why this band are one of the best in the business.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
You could be forgiven for noting the similarities between Up and Reveal as they are both feature mainly slow tempo yet stirring, almost chill-out numbers. However, Reveal seems to have a prominent Summer feel to it especially in blissed-out 'Summer Turns to High', the care-free 'Beat a Drum' the shining 'The Lifting' and the shimmering 'All the Way to Reno'. Also worth a mention is the song 'Beachball', which feels a little odd even for REM, but has a nice holiday-island style sound to it.
Also featuring on the album is the brilliant yet catchy 'Imitation of Life', the true to life 'She Just Wants To Be' and 'Disappear', and the sombre yet defiant 'I'll Take the Rain'.
Although a slightly unorthodox sound for the band (as they seem to be exploring just about every type of instrument, synth and sound effect possible), still one of the most moving and unique REM albums available. Words simply cannot do it justice.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 27 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Having owned this album for several months now what's really surprised me is how utterly disappointed I feel each time I choose to put it on.
For me that's a pretty strange comment to make when it comes to REM, considering I rate them as one of the consistently great bands of the last few years, but this album just doesn't have the usual brilliance REM seem to conjure up to merit its inclusion amongst the "classic" REM records.
After "Up" (which for reasons I still can't understand, wasn't received particularly well - I thought it was fantastic) talk of this album being a "great return to form" really wetted the my appetite. "Finally!" the press seemed to cry, "REM are writing proper tunes again!". Well, sorry - I just don't think that's the case, far too much of this album is non descript. To be fair, the songs aren't actually bad in anyway -but what is far, far worse than that (and the most frustrating thing of all) is just how unexpectedly average most of the songs are. Only "She Just Wants To Be" really sticks out to me as a classic REM tune, whereas the more pedestrian "All The Way To Reno" and "I'll Take The Rain" sound more like your average B-side.
What immediately sticks out is that despite Michael putting across simply some of the best lyrics of his career (personal favourite being the 'Chet Baker and chess' bit), it's the absense of Mike Mills that really puts this album down. For some reason his harmonies are completely non-exsistent, and they have always been a vital part of the band. To make matters worse he's opted to put the bass guitar down in favour of keyboards for most of the time - an instrument that I think really plagues this album and robs it of the kick it so desperately needs.
Read more ›
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Customer Discussions


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Feedback