R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry. One of the first popular alternative rock bands, R.E.M. gained early attention due to Buck's ringing, arpeggiated guitar style and Stipe's unclear vocals. R.E.M. released its first single, "Radio Free Europe", in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band's first release on I.R.S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur, and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, and the support of college radio. Following years of underground success, R.E.M. achieved a mainstream hit in 1987 with the single "The One I Love". The group signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.

By the early 1990s, when alternative rock began to experience broad mainstream success, R.E.M. was viewed by subsequent acts such as Nirvana and Pavement as a pioneer of the genre and released its two most commercially successful albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), which veered from the band's established sound. R.E.M.'s 1994 release, Monster, was a return to a more rock-oriented sound. The band began its first tour in six years to support the album; the tour was marred by medical emergencies suffered by three band members. In 1996, R.E.M. re-signed with Warner Bros. for a reported US $80 million, at the time the most expensive recording contract in history. The following year, Bill Berry left the band, while Buck, Mills, and Stipe continued the group as a trio. Through some changes in musical style, the band continued its career into the next decade with mixed critical and commercial success. In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. R.E.M. disbanded in September 2011, announcing the split on its website.


R.E.M. Discography Tracks


R.E.M. Murmur (Album) I.R.S. Records US 1983 Sell This Version
R.E.M. Reckoning (Album) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records Israel 1984 Sell This Version
R.E.M. Fables Of The Reconstruction / Reconstruction Of The Fables (Album, Comp) I.R.S. Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
CN 4516/S R.E.M. In Concert-347(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 4516/S UK 1985 Sell This Version
R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant (Album) I.R.S. Records Ireland 1986 Sell This Version
R.E.M. Document (Album) I.R.S. Records Japan 1987 Sell This Version
R.E.M. Green (Album) Warner Bros. Records Europe 1988 Sell This Version
R.E.M. (Should We Talk About The Weather) Warner Bros. Records US 1988 Sell This Version
CO 89-14 R.E.M. Superstar Concert Series(3xLP, Transcription) Westwood One CO 89-14 US 1989 Sell This Version
WO 89-C R.E.M. Timothy White's Rock Stars featuring: R.E.M. The Green America Tour(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One WO 89-C US 1989 Sell This Version
R.E.M. Out Of Time (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records Indonesia 1991 Sell This Version
91-20 R.E.M. Off The Record Special(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One 91-20 US 1991 Sell This Version
R.E.M. Automatic For The People (Album) Warner Bros. Records Europe 1992 Sell This Version
R.E.M. Monster (Album) Warner Bros. Records Australia 1994 Sell This Version
TCD 0959-3 R.E.M. Life's Rich Pageant - The R.E.M. Story 1 - 3 Part 3(CD, Transcription) BBC World Service TCD 0959-3 UK 1995 Sell This Version
R.E.M. New Adventures In Hi-Fi (Album) Warner Bros. Records Mexico 1996 Sell This Version
R.E.M. Up (Album) Warner Bros. Records Malaysia 1998 Sell This Version
R.E.M. Reveal (Album) Warner Bros. Records Poland 2001 Sell This Version
R.E.M. Around The Sun (Album) Warner Bros. Records Europe 2004 Sell This Version
none R.E.M. iTunes Originals(30xFile, WMA, 192) Warner Bros. Records none UK 2004
R.E.M. Live Warner Bros. Records Brazil 2007 Sell This Version
R.E.M. Accelerate (Album) Warner Bros. Records Colombia 2008 Sell This Version
none R.E.M. iTunes Live From London(File, MP3, MiniAlbum) Warner Bros. Records none US 2008
R.E.M. Live At The Olympia In Dublin 39 Songs (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 2009 Sell This Version
R.E.M. Collapse Into Now (Album) Warner Bros. Records Japan 2011 Sell This Version


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August 19, 2016
One of the best Pop bands of all time. The band, like all great artists, showed an ability to change their style with each progressing album. From the alternative rock and mumbled vocals of their earlier albums, the guitar pop of their mid years to the lo-fi anthems of their later day career; each stage of their career has many highlights although of course like any band that has had a career spanning decades there are a couple of blemishes along the way. Document and Automatic For The People are two of the finest rock albums in my collection, yet they are vastly different.

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