Up

Up

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

On Up, R.E.M.'s first recording since the departure of longtime drummer Bill Berry, they prove yet again that less really can be more. Although they employ a live drummer on several tracks (most notably Joey Waronker from Beck's band and Barrett Martin from Tuatara), several tracks feature the chatter of drum machines or no percussion whatsoever. The synthetic percussion that starts off "Airportman" helped induce a lot of silly hype (headline writers had a field day with "Electronica for the People" and "Newer Adventures in Hi-Fi"), but it was more a case of R.E.M. finding ways to turn up the tempo without becoming bombastic. Like that of Automatic for the People, the mood is deliberately ratcheted down, but it isn't quite somber. "Lotus" and "Daysleeper" are pointed and aggressive, but most of the songs are introspective and meticulously arranged. The lack of traditional percussion provides more space for mandolins, strings, and layers of keyboards. Up proves that, after 13 recordings, R.E.M. has lost none of their ambition -- or their ability to rethink the rock song.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2005
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227395223
catalogNumber: 73952

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Performance Credits

R.E.M.   Primary Artist
Scott McCaughey   Musician
Peter Buck   Group Member
Patti Gouvas   Viola
Reid Harris   Viola
Bruce Kaphan   Musician
John Keane   Musician
Nancy Maddox   Celli
Barrett Martin   Musician
Mike Mills   Group Member
Elizabeth Murphy   Celli
Heidi Nitchie   Viola
Willard Shull   Violin
Michael Stipe   Group Member
Sou-Chun Su   Violin
Joey Waronker   Musician
David Arenz   Violin
Ellie Arenz   Violin
David Braitberg   Violin
Jun-Ching Lin   Violin
Christopher Rex   Celli
Douglas Sommer   Double Bass
Paul Murphy   Leader,Viola
Jay Christy   Violin
Jere Flint   Conductor
Daniel Laufer   Celli

Technical Credits

Craig Anderson   Authoring
Peter Buck   Composer,Engineer
Spencer Chrislu   Authoring
Suzanne Dyer   Engineer
Andrew Gill   Liner Notes
John Keane   Engineer
Patrick McCarthy   Producer,Engineer
Mike Mills   Composer
R.E.M.   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Michael Stipe   Composer,Packaging
Alex Lowe   Engineer
Jamie Candiloro   Engineer
David Henry   Engineer
Chris Bilheimer   Packaging,Reissue Package Design,Screen Design
David Dieckmann   Authoring
Michael McCoy   Engineer
Eddie Horst   String Arrangements
John Sharpley   String Arrangements
Robert Shimp   Engineer
Charlie Francis   Engineer
Rob Haddock   Engineer
Robin Hurley   Executive Producer
Brook Dillon   Packaging
John Henry Hopkins   Engineer

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