In a way, the 2-CD The Best of R.E.M. at the BBC, is kind of a de facto R.E.M.’s greatest hits collection. Continue reading R.E.M.
Since its release 25 years ago, R.E.M.’s Automatic for the People has gone on to become a classic work. Continue reading R.E.M.
For a generation in the last 20 years or so, the power pop music of Big Star’s first two albums, #1 Record (1972) and Radio City (1973), was available as a two-fer collection on CD. Continue reading CD Review: Big Star
Even though R.E.M. Had already split up a few years, they’re still continuing a tradition of offering rare and special releases for Record Store Day – and this year’s won’t be any different. Continue reading R.E.M. to Release Unplugged 1991 and 2001
Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage 1982-2011
By David Chiu
Sadly, one of the greatest bands of the last 30 years has recently folded. But unlike other groups, R.E.M. did it on their own terms and on top. Continue reading “CD Review: R.E.M.”
With each album they released since 1983 during the early part of their history, R.E.M. got closer and closer to mainstream popularity. One can detect that ascendancy with 1986’s Lifes Rich’s Pageant, which certainly ranks as one of their best. Continue reading “CD Review: R.E.M.”
R.E.M. Fables of the Reconstruction IRS/Capitol By David Chiu Following the recent expanded editions of Murmur and Reckoning, R.E.M.’s third … Continue reading CD Review: R.E.M.
Record Store Day has now come and passed. This year’s event on Apr. 17 seemed more memorable compared to last year’s as far as special items and rarities were concerned, from a numbered 45 single of the Rolling Stones’ “Plundered My Soul” to the Flaming Lips’ tribute to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
So taking a page from my Microphone Memory Emotion coverage of the event from last year, I returned back to the two places participating on Record Store Day. First I waited on line at City Hall’s J&R Music World a half-hour before the store’s open behind 10 other people who were already there. I was glad to arrive early since the Village’s Other Music wasn’t going to open until 11 a.m. Continue reading “News: 2010 Record Store Day”