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Document [Import Bonus Tracks]
     

Document [Import Bonus Tracks]

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by R.E.M.
 

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R.E.M. began to move toward mainstream record production on Lifes Rich Pageant, but they didn't have a commercial breakthrough until the following year's Document. Ironically, Document is a stranger, more varied album than its predecessor, but co-producer Scott Litt -- who would go on to produce every

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R.E.M. began to move toward mainstream record production on Lifes Rich Pageant, but they didn't have a commercial breakthrough until the following year's Document. Ironically, Document is a stranger, more varied album than its predecessor, but co-producer Scott Litt -- who would go on to produce every R.E.M. album in the following decade -- is a better conduit for the band than Don Gehman, giving the group a clean sound without sacrificing their enigmatic tendencies. "Finest Worksong," the stream-of-conscious rant "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," and the surprise Top Ten single "The One I Love" all crackle with muscular rhythms and guitar riffs, but the real surprise is how political the mid-tempo jangle pop of "Welcome to the Occupation," "Disturbance at the Heron House," and "King of Birds" is. Where Lifes Rich Pageant sounded a bit like a party record, Document is a fiery statement, and its memorable melodies and riffs are made all the more indelible by its righteous anger. In other words, it's not only a commercial breakthrough, but a creative breakthrough as well, offering evidence of R.E.M.'s growing depth and maturity, and helping usher in the P.C. era in the process. [In 1992, the British division of IRS reissued all of R.E.M.'s albums with bonus tracks. Many of these cuts were featured on Dead Letter Office, but others were rare flexi-discs, fan-club singles, compilation contributions, forgotten B-sides, live tracks, and outtakes. The bonus tracks on Document were all released as B-sides for singles from the album, including a cover of Floyd Cramer's "Last Date," two remixes of "Finest Worksong," and live versions of "The One I Love," "Time After Time," and "Disturbance at the Heron House." There are no great revelations here, but it's worth the extra price for hardcore fans, even if R.E.M. themselves were reportedly unhappy with the bonus tracks on these reissues. However, keep in mind that many of these bonus tracks -- the ones that weren't originally on Dead Letter Office -- later appeared on the limited-edition U.S. rarities collection In the Attic, which means that these imports aren't necessarily worth the search.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/29/2000
Label:
Emd Int'l
UPC:
0077771320026
catalogNumber:
713200

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Performance Credits

R.E.M.   Primary Artist
Steve Berlin   Horn
Peter Buck   Guitar
Carl Marsh   fairlight
Mike Mills   Bass
Michael Stipe   Vocals
Bill Berry   Drums

Technical Credits

Colin Newman   Composer
Bruce Gilbert   Composer
Graham Lewis   Composer
Peter Buck   Composer
Robert Gotobed   Composer
Gary Laney   Engineer
Scott Litt   Producer,Engineer
Mike Mills   Composer
R.E.M.   Producer
Michael Stipe   Composer
Ted Pattison   Engineer
Bill Berry   Composer
Steve Catania   Engineer
Ron Scarselli   Packaging
Hunt Waugh   Drum Technician

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