Monday, March 17, 2014

R.E.M. go acoustic for the people on Record Store Day

Happy Monday everybody! I am in Southern California and slept through the Earthquake this morning. I'm rested now and ready to share the latest music news! While we wait for R.E.M. to return (unlikely), here is a nice bit of news about the band...

Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions Brings Together Both Of The Band's Appearances On The MTV Series, Including Several Unaired Performances, For A Limited Edition Four-LP Collection

Available On April 19 As A Record Store Day Exclusive,
Mike Mills Will Sign Copies At Bullmoose In Scarborough, Maine On Same Day
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 17, 2014 - R.E.M. delivered two knockout performances on MTV's Grammy® and Emmy® award-winning "Unplugged" series, the first in 1991 and the other in 2001, giving them the unique distinction of being the only band to headline the series twice. Surprisingly, audio from both shows has never been available, making these some of the most demanded music in the R.E.M. vaults. That will all change on Record Store Day 2014, when Rhino releases both performances as a limited edition, four-LP set. The collection includes every performance from the original broadcasts, as well as 11 songs that never aired, from the storied collection of the band's MTV appearances.
UNPLUGGED: THE COMPLETE 1991 AND 2001 SESSIONS is packaged in a four-pocket gatefoldwill be available exclusively at select independent music retailers on April 19. For a list of participating stores, please visit
The "Unplugged" performances are sonic snapshots that capture the legendary Athens, Georgia band at important points on its journey from alternative-music progenitors to international stars that have sold more than 85 million albums.
Drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and singer Michael Stipe recorded their first "Unplugged" session in 1991, while riding a growing wave of success that began in 1987 with the commercial breakthrough of Document. Much of the performance spotlights songs from R.E.M.'s then-current album Out of Time, which sold over 18 million copies worldwide and was the band's first #1 album in the U.S. From the album, the band performed "Radio Song," "Low" and its biggest American hit, "Losing My Religion."
The remainder of the set list spans eight years of music and touches on five different albums, mixing "Perfect Circle" from R.E.M.'s 1983 debut Murmur and fan-favorites like "Fall On Me" and "Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" with a cover of The Troggs' "Love Is All Around." Five songs that never aired can be heard on this set for the first time, including two tracks from the multi-platinum Green - "Get Up" and "World Leader Pretend."
R.E.M. made an extremely rare second appearance on "Unplugged" in 2001, but this time without original drummer Bill Berry, who left the band in 1997. For the show, the band focused mainly on its 12th studio album Reveal - which came out that year - with performances of the singles "Imitation of Life" and "All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be A Star)." The song selection draws from eight different albums with "So. Central Rain" from 1984's Reckoning, "Cuyahoga" from 1986's Lifes Rich Pageant and "Find The River," the elegiac album closer from the 1992 classic Automatic For The People.
This collection uncovers six songs from the session that were never broadcast, including tracks fromReveal and Up (1998), as well as a haunting and tranquil re-imagination of the band's breakthrough single, "The One I Love" from 1987's Document.
Following their debut on vinyl for Record Store Day 2014, both "Unplugged" performances will be released on CD and digitally on May 20.
Always advocates for independent record stores, on April 19th (Record Store Day), R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills will be signing copies of the limited-edition, four-LP set at Bull Moose record store inScarborough, Maine.
Since its debut in 1989, "Unplugged" has been a cultural watershed of musical moments, featuring unforgettable performances from artists including Nirvana, Jay-Z, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Adele , Florence + The Machine and Miley Cyrus. Unplugged was created by Robert Small and Jim Burns and produced by Alex Coletti.
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4-LP Track Listing
1991 Unplugged
Side One
1."Half A World Away"
2."Disturbance at the Heron House"
3."Radio Song"

Side Two
1."Perfect Circle"
2."Fall on Me"
4."Love Is All Around"

Side Three
1."Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
2."Losing My Religion"
3."Pop Song 89"

Side Four
2."Swan Swan H"*
3."Rotary 11"*
4."Get Up"*
5."World Leader Pretend"*

2001 Unplugged
Side Five
1."All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)"
3."At My Most Beautiful"

Side Six
1."So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)"
2."Losing My Religion"
3."Country Feedback"
Side Seven
1."Imitation of Life"
2."Find the River"
3."The One I Love"*

Side Eight
1."Beat a Drum"*
2."I've Been High"*
3."I'll Take the Rain"*
4."Sad Professor"*

* Not included in original television broadcast

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