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on 4 August 2017
Out of Time – 25th Anniversary Edition

The Out of Time album is of course a classic and one of the bands best, but the 25th Anniversary Edition is a bit of a disappointment.

The actual 1991 album is as great as it ever was, but the scant bonus material that they have chosen to release alongside it is frankly criminal.

Unless you have already purchased the Complete Rarities (1988-2011) you are going to be missing some of the finest songs the band ever recorded.

Okay, the demo tracks included on the 25th Anniversary are pretty decent, if slim pickings. It’s great being able to hear Michael Stipe on lead vocals for “Near Wild Heaven” and “Texarkana” (letting Mike Mills sing on the final versions though was inspired). The acoustic version of “Radio Song” is a stand out (and is that Bill Berry singing with Stipey?), as is the “Fretless” demo (with completely different lyrics than the finished version). Really though, this deserved to have a much wider collection of songs adding to the 25th Anniversary Edition.

Sadly missing in action here are tracks like: “First We Take Manhattan”, “Organ Song” (both instrumental and vocal versions), “Fretless” (goes without saying), “Mandolin Strum”, “40 Second Song”, “It’s a Free World Baby”, and their amazing renditions of “Summertime”, and “I Walked with a Zombie”. I could go on.

I just hope that the 25th Anniversary of “Automatic for the People” fairs better than this anorexic selection of songs.
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on 1 July 2017
Bought to replace my old copy that had developed faults and was jumping on a couple of the tracks. One of my favourite albums of all time and one of REM's best.
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on 22 June 2017
Classic album... A must have for a 90s lover
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on 21 August 2017
perfect, old music is much better than todays talentless emotional dribblings, isnt it,
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on 14 November 2017
I'd like to be clear, this is a great album i love it. But upon first play the CD started skipping from around track four and the next two tracks as well.
The seller does not offer refunds!
I contacted Amazon, who where great and gave a full refund for the CD.
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on 24 September 2017
just as i remember it. good to have it again.
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on 29 August 2017
Great service...10 out of 10
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on 9 October 2017
Ok
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on 20 March 2017
Classic stuff
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on 3 November 2017
A+++++
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