Live at the Olympia [2CD/1DVD]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
"This is not a show," murmurs Michael Stipe at the start of Live at the Olympia and it's not quite misdirection. R.E.M.'s five-night residency at Dublin's Olympia in the summer of 2007 functioned as working rehearsals for their fourteenth album Accelerate, with the band testing out each of the songs, exploring arrangements, finding breaking points, and pairing them with older songs that informed their back-to-basics move. As rehearsal, it paid off splendidly -- road-testing the material made it stronger, resulting in their best album in years -- but the audience was in for a real treat, with the band digging deep into their back catalog to play some of their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
"This is not a show," murmurs Michael Stipe at the start of Live at the Olympia and it's not quite misdirection. R.E.M.'s five-night residency at Dublin's Olympia in the summer of 2007 functioned as working rehearsals for their fourteenth album Accelerate, with the band testing out each of the songs, exploring arrangements, finding breaking points, and pairing them with older songs that informed their back-to-basics move. As rehearsal, it paid off splendidly -- road-testing the material made it stronger, resulting in their best album in years -- but the audience was in for a real treat, with the band digging deep into their back catalog to play some of their best non-hit songs. R.E.M. leans heavily on Reckoning (so much so, an accompanying digital download EP contained nothing but material from that record), plays over half of Chronic Town, and a good chunk of Fables of the Reconstruction, pulling two songs a piece from Murmur and Lifes Rich Pageant, creating a set list that any longtime fan will find near ideal. Just as importantly, the band sounds completely engaged with the material, enjoying playing the songs again, with this energy in the process rescuing cuts from Reveal and Around the Sun, suggesting that the problem was with the fussy arrangements, and that the tunes needed to be played as rock & roll. And that is what R.E.M. is here -- a tighter, cleaner band than the scruffy renegades of the '80s, but still the same band, which is evident here in ways it never was on the perfectly fine R.E.M. Live. That was a production. This is rock & roll. [A two-CD/one-DVD version was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/2009
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624974819
  • Catalog Number: 520142
  • Sales rank: 82,507

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Living Well is the Best Revenge - Rem Dog (4:07)
  2. 2 Second Guessing - Rem Dog (2:58)
  3. 3 Letter Never Sent - Rem Dog (3:51)
  4. 4 Staring Down the Barrel of the Middle Distance - Rem Dog (4:11)
  5. 5 Disturbance At the Heron House - Rem Dog (3:41)
  6. 6 Mr. Richards - Rem Dog (4:17)
  7. 7 Houston - Rem Dog (1:54)
  8. 8 New Test Leper - Rem Dog (5:26)
  9. 9 Cuyahoga - Rem Dog (4:22)
  10. 10 Electrolite - Rem Dog (4:03)
  11. 11 Man-Sized Wreath - Rem Dog (3:09)
  12. 12 So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry) - Rem Dog (3:44)
  13. 13 On the Fly - Rem Dog (5:01)
  14. 14 Maps and Legends - Rem Dog (3:10)
  15. 15 Sitting Still - Rem Dog (3:42)
  16. 16 Driver 8 - Rem Dog (3:44)
  17. 17 Horse To Water - Rem Dog (2:45)
  18. 18 I'm Gonna Dj - Rem Dog (2:16)
  19. 19 Circus Envy - Rem Dog (4:27)
  20. 20 These Days - Rem Dog (4:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Drive - Rem Dog (4:49)
  2. 2 Feeling Gravitys Pull - Rem Dog (5:10)
  3. 3 Until the Day Is Done - Rem Dog (4:07)
  4. 4 Accelerate - Rem Dog (3:35)
  5. 5 Auctioneer - Rem Dog (3:38)
  6. 6 Little America - Rem Dog (3:11)
  7. 7 1,000,000 - Rem Dog (3:28)
  8. 8 Disguised - Rem Dog (3:20)
  9. 9 The Worst Joke Ever - Rem Dog (3:42)
  10. 10 Welcome to the Occupation - Rem Dog (2:47)
  11. 11 Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars) - Rem Dog (4:09)
  12. 12 Harborcoat - Rem Dog (4:16)
  13. 13 Wolves, Lower - Rem Dog (4:33)
  14. 14 I've Been High - Rem Dog (3:40)
  15. 15 Kohoutek - Rem Dog (4:12)
  16. 16 West of the Fields - Rem Dog (4:13)
  17. 17 Pretty Persuasion - Rem Dog (4:23)
  18. 18 Romance - Rem Dog (3:31)
  19. 19 Gardening At Night - Rem Dog (4:16)
Disc 3
  1. 1 This is Not a Show - Rem Dog
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
R.E.M. Primary Artist
Scott McCaughey Guitar, Background Vocals
Peter Buck Guitar, Group Member
Mike Mills Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Group Member
Bill Rieflin Drums
Michael Stipe Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Peter Buck Liner Notes
Andrew Gill Liner Notes
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
R.E.M. Producer
Michael Stipe Art Direction
Bertis Downs Advisor
Bob Weber Backline Technician
Chris Bilheimer Art Direction
Joe O'Herlihy Engineer
Bob Whittaker Tour Manager
Tom McFall Engineer
DeWitt Burton Backline Technician
Paul "Mini" Moore Monitors
Jacknife Lee Producer, Engineer
Jeremiah Director
John "Shoes" Brogan Stage Manager
Vincent Moon Director
Andy Gill Liner Notes
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