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R.E.M. 'Document' 25th anniversary edition 

added: 9 Aug 2012 // by: VVN Music 

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R.E.M. has teamed with Capitol/I.R.S. for the release of the expanded 25th Anniversary Edition of their fifth studio album, Document.

The new 2-CD set will include a remastered version of the original album along with a second disc with a concert from the group's Work tour. In addition, there are expanded notes from journalist David Daley.

Also being released is the original album on 180-gram vinyl via Mobile Fidelity.

R.E.M.'s fifth studio album, Document was recorded by vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry at Nashville's Sound Emporium. The first of several R.E.M. albums to be co-produced by the band and Scott Litt, Document was also the band's first to go Platinum and includes the singles Finest Worksong, Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), and The One I Love, R.E.M.'s first Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album peaked at Number 10 in the U.S., spending 33 weeks on Billboard's Top 200.

In his 1987 review of the album, Rolling Stone's David Fricke described Document as "the fifth in a series of singular state-of-our-union addresses by America's most successful fringe band." Indeed, Document launches with a call-to-action, as Stipe sings, "The time to rise / Has been engaged" in Finest Worksong, bearing witness to history-repeating-itself tactics employed by the country's elected leaders, evidenced by the Iran-contra hearings, Star Wars missile defense saber-rattling, and a hyper-moralized Congress bent on restricting and regulating controversial language in the arts.

"All you have to do is turn on the TV," said Peter Buck at the time, "And you're inundated with complete lies from people who are supposed to be running the country."

R.E.M. had released four albums in the previous four years, each selling more than the last. With the release of Document, the band found itself at a crossroads of sorts ' all but ignored by conservative rock radio and MTV, yet reaching a broad and devoted international audience, sprung from independent media and college radio.

Mike Mills tells Daley in the new edition's liner notes, "We always felt that if we had a hit, it would be despite us, not because of us."

Track List:

Disc 1 (digitally remastered original album)

Finest Worksong
Welcome To The Occupation
Exhuming McCarthy
Disturbance At The Heron House
Strange
Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
The One I Love
Fireplace
Lightnin' Hopkins
King Of Birds
Oddfellows Local 151

Disc 2 (previously unreleased "Work" tour concert, recorded live in Utrecht, Holland ' September 14, 1987)

Finest Worksong
These Days
Lightnin' Hopkins
Welcome To The Occupation
Driver 8
Feeling Gravitys Pull
I Believe
The One I Love
Exhuming McCarthy
Wolves, Lower
Fall On Me
Just A Touch
Oddfellows Local 151
Little America
It's the End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Begin The Begin
Disturbance At The Heron House
Moral Kiosk
Life And How To Live It
So. Central Rain

Preview: Document: 25th Anniversary Edition - R.E.M.

Artist: R.E.M.
Title: Document: 25th Anniversary Edition
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Label: Capitol/I.R.S.
Format(s): 2-CDs, DD

R.E.M. has teamed with Capitol/I.R.S. for the release of the expanded 25th Anniversary Edition of their fifth studio album, Document.

The new 2-CD set will include a remastered version of the original album along with a second disc with a concert from the group's Work tour. In addition, there are expanded notes from journalist David Daley.

Also being released is the original album on 180-gram vinyl via Mobile Fidelity.

R.E.M.'s fifth studio album, Document was recorded by vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry at Nashville's Sound Emporium. The first of several R.E.M. albums to be co-produced by the band and Scott Litt, Document was also the band's first to go Platinum and includes the singles Finest Worksong, Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), and The One I Love, R.E.M.'s first Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album peaked at Number 10 in the U.S., spending 33 weeks on Billboard's Top 200.

In his 1987 review of the album, Rolling Stone's David Fricke described Document as "the fifth in a series of singular state-of-our-union addresses by America's most successful fringe band." Indeed, Document launches with a call-to-action, as Stipe sings, "The time to rise / Has been engaged" in Finest Worksong, bearing witness to history-repeating-itself tactics employed by the country's elected leaders, evidenced by the Iran-contra hearings, Star Wars missile defense saber-rattling, and a hyper-moralized Congress bent on restricting and regulating controversial language in the arts.

"All you have to do is turn on the TV," said Peter Buck at the time, "And you're inundated with complete lies from people who are supposed to be running the country."

R.E.M. had released four albums in the previous four years, each selling more than the last. With the release of Document, the band found itself at a crossroads of sorts ' all but ignored by conservative rock radio and MTV, yet reaching a broad and devoted international audience, sprung from independent media and college radio.

Mike Mills tells Daley in the new edition's liner notes, "We always felt that if we had a hit, it would be despite us, not because of us."

Track List:

Disc 1 (digitally remastered original album)

Finest Worksong
Welcome To The Occupation
Exhuming McCarthy
Disturbance At The Heron House
Strange
Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
The One I Love
Fireplace
Lightnin' Hopkins
King Of Birds
Oddfellows Local 151

Disc 2 (previously unreleased "Work" tour concert, recorded live in Utrecht, Holland ' September 14, 1987)

Finest Worksong
These Days
Lightnin' Hopkins
Welcome To The Occupation
Driver 8
Feeling Gravitys Pull
I Believe
The One I Love
Exhuming McCarthy
Wolves, Lower
Fall On Me
Just A Touch
Oddfellows Local 151
Little America
It's the End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Begin The Begin
Disturbance At The Heron House
Moral Kiosk
Life And How To Live It
So. Central Rain

Artist: R.E.M.
Title: Document: 25th Anniversary Edition
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Label: Capitol/I.R.S.
Format(s): 2-CDs, DD

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