Unplugged 1991 & 2001: The Complete Sessions

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Originally released as a quadruple-vinyl Record Store Day exclusive then later a double-CD set, Complete Unplugged Sessions captures two separate acoustic shows from R.E.M.: one from 1991, performed just after the release of Out of Time, the other from a decade later, just after they released Reveal, their second album without Bill Berry. Oddly, of these two performances, the one that feels the most like classic R.E.M. is the 2001 gig; even with the absence of Berry and an emphasis on latter-day Baroque pop typified by "At My Most Beautiful," this is a band that's playing as a band, augmented by some extra musicians -- trusty Scott McCaughey, along with Posie ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Originally released as a quadruple-vinyl Record Store Day exclusive then later a double-CD set, Complete Unplugged Sessions captures two separate acoustic shows from R.E.M.: one from 1991, performed just after the release of Out of Time, the other from a decade later, just after they released Reveal, their second album without Bill Berry. Oddly, of these two performances, the one that feels the most like classic R.E.M. is the 2001 gig; even with the absence of Berry and an emphasis on latter-day Baroque pop typified by "At My Most Beautiful," this is a band that's playing as a band, augmented by some extra musicians -- trusty Scott McCaughey, along with Posie Ken Stringfellow, fill out the band while Joey Waronker provides percussion -- but nevertheless evoking nearly every era of R.E.M. by providing tight, assured versions of "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)," "Cuyahoga," and "The One I Love," along with a savvy acoustic revision of "Country Feedback." Naturally, there are quite a few selections from Up and Reveal, but those songs sound a bit richer when stripped down and placed in context with the rest of the band's catalog. In contrast, the 1991 set seems like a snapshot of a particular point in time, namely the florid folk-rock of Out of Time. Berry anchors the band on congas, Peter Buck never skimps on mandolin, Peter Holsapple offers sonic coloring (sometimes via an organ), and Mike Mills harmonizes sweetly with Michael Stipe. This is a sound the group never tried before and never did again (Automatic for the People grew out of this but its melancholy stands as a counterpoint to the essential lightness of Out of Time). R.E.M. also peppered their 1991 set list with song choices that remain surprising -- the Troggs' "Love Is All Around" is covered, the B-sides "Fretless" and "Rotary 11" are unearthed, and they performed a nimble rearrangement of "Radio Song," which was distinguished on record by KRS-One's rap -- and that, along with the distinct instrumentation, keeps the 1991 set fresh. Together, these two Unplugged Sessions -- which, in this incarnation, include 11 performances not featured on either broadcast -- make for a bit of a treat for hardcore R.E.M. fans, a document when the group was near the peak of their powers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2014
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227959579
  • Catalog Number: 541570
  • Sales rank: 9,888

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Half a World Away (3:58)
  2. 2 Disturbance at the Heron House (3:47)
  3. 3 Radio Song (4:19)
  4. 4 Low (5:09)
  5. 5 Perfect Circle (4:13)
  6. 6 Fall On Me (3:21)
  7. 7 Belong (4:30)
  8. 8 Love is All Around (3:22)
  9. 9 It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (4:36)
  10. 10 Losing My Religion (4:53)
  11. 11 Pop Song 89 (3:28)
  12. 12 Endgame (3:41)
  13. 13 Fretless (5:33)
  14. 14 Swan Swan H (3:00)
  15. 15 Rotary Eleven (1:48)
  16. 16 Get Up (2:53)
  17. 17 World Leader Pretend (4:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be A Star) - Joey Waronker (4:27)
  2. 2 Electrolite - Joey Waronker (4:05)
  3. 3 At My Most Beautiful - Joey Waronker (3:25)
  4. 4 Daysleeper - Joey Waronker (3:12)
  5. 5 So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry) - Joey Waronker (4:05)
  6. 6 Losing My Religion - Joey Waronker (4:43)
  7. 7 Country Feedback - Joey Waronker (5:25)
  8. 8 Cuyahoga - Joey Waronker (4:30)
  9. 9 Imitation of Life - Joey Waronker (4:12)
  10. 10 Find the River - Joey Waronker (3:59)
  11. 11 The One I Love - Joey Waronker (3:33)
  12. 12 Disappear - Joey Waronker (4:00)
  13. 13 Beat a Drum - Joey Waronker (4:27)
  14. 14 I've Been High - Joey Waronker (3:20)
  15. 15 I'll Take the Rain - Joey Waronker (5:36)
  16. 16 Sad Professor - Joey Waronker (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
R.E.M. Primary Artist
Peter Buck Group Member
Mike Mills Group Member
Michael Stipe Group Member
Bill Berry Group Member
Technical Credits
Peter Buck Composer
Alex Coletti Producer
Scott Litt Engineer
Mike Mills Composer
Reg Presley Composer
Michael Stipe Composer
Andy Wolf Equipment Technician
Bill Berry Composer
Bertis Downs Advisor
Bill Flanagan Executive Producer
Bob Small Creation
Bob Weber Equipment Technician
Chris Bellman Mastering
Jamie Candiloro Engineer
Joe O'Herlihy Engineer
Joel Gallen Executive Producer
DeWitt Burton Equipment Technician
Mark Mytrowitz Equipment Technician
Pat McCarthy Remixing
Dave Sirulnick Executive Producer
Tom McPhillips Production Design
Bill Thompson Equipment Technician
Milton Lage Director
Jim Burns Creation
John Lynn Equipment Coordinator
Alex Colettie Director, Producer, Executive Producer
Todd Kilponen Engineer
Carol Field Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    A great album,5 stars. I love the album,and will be playing lot'

    A great album,5 stars.
    I love the album,and will be playing lot's of it on the classic alterative nation radio that I work on.I loved REM,and this one just belongs.

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