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Fables of the Reconstruction [Import Bonus Tracks]

Fables of the Reconstruction [Import Bonus Tracks]

by R.E.M.R.E.M.

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For their third album, R.E.M. made a conscious effort to break from the traditions Murmur and Reckoning established, electing to record in England with legendary folk-rock producer Joe Boyd. For a variety of reasons, the sessions were difficult, and that tension is apparent throughout Fables of the Reconstruction. A dark, moody rumination on American folk -- not only the music, but its myths -- Fables is creepy, rustic psychedelic folk, filled with eerie sonic textures. Some light breaks through occasionally, such as the ridiculous collegiate blue-eyed soul of "Can't Get There From Here," but the group's trademark ringing guitars and cryptic lyrics have grown sinister, giving even sing-alongs like "Driver 8" an ominous edge. Fables is more inconsistent than its two predecessors, but the group does demonstrate considerable musical growth, particularly in how perfectly it evokes the strange rural legends of the South. And many of the songs on the record -- including "Feeling Gravitys Pull," "Maps and Legends," "Green Grow the Rushes," "Auctioneer (Another Engine)," and the previously mentioned pair -- rank among the group's best. [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. All of the bonus tracks on Fables of the Reconstruction were previously released as B-sides. Three songs -- "Crazy," "Burning Hell," and "Bandwagon" -- were also released on Dead Letter Office. The remaining two -- live versions of "Driver 8" and "Maps and Legends" -- were previously released on the "Wendell Gee" 12" single and "The One I Love" 12" single, respectively. 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.]

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/1998
Label: Emd Int'l
UPC: 0077771316029
catalogNumber: 713160
Rank: 110091


  1. Feeling Gravity's Pull
  2. Maps and Legends
  3. Driver 8
  4. Life and How to Live It
  5. Old Man Kensey
  6. Can't Get There from Here
  7. Green Grow The Rushes
  8. Kohoutek
  9. Auctioneer (Another Engine)
  10. Good Advices
  11. Wendell Gee
  12. Crazy
  13. Burning Hell
  14. Bandwagon
  15. Driver 8
  16. Maps And Legends

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R.E.M.   Primary Artist
David Bitelli   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Peter Buck   Guitar
Jim Dvorak   Trumpet
Mike Mills   Bass
David Newby   Cello
Michael Stipe   Vocals
Paca Thomas   Tenor Saxophone
Pete Thomas   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Berry   Drums
Camilla Brunt   Violin
Philippa Ibbotson   Violin

Technical Credits

Joe Boyd   Producer
Jerry Boys   Engineer
Peter Buck   Composer
Barry Clempson   Engineer
Steven Fjelstad   Remixing
Tony Harris   Engineer
Mike Mills   Composer
Michael Stipe   Composer
Bill Berry   Composer

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