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R.E.M.Lifes Rich Pageant

Label:I.R.S. Records – IRS-5783
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Allied Metalwork
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Alternative Rock, Jangle Pop

Tracklist

Dinner Side
A1Begin The Begin3:24
A2These Days3:21
A3Fall On Me2:49
A4Cuyahoga4:17
A5Hyena2:48
A6Underneath The Bunker1:24
Supper Side
B7The Flowers Of Guatemala3:53
B8I Believe3:32
B9What If We Give It Away?3:31
B10Just A Touch2:56
B11Swan Swan H2:39
B12Superman
Written-ByG. Zekley*, M. Bottler*
2:50
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Notes

Unidentified MCA pressing with metalwork from Allied Record Company (denoted by "ɑ" stamp in runouts), with no lacquer signature in deadwax.
For a similar US pressing with lacquer cut by Robert Ludwig ("RL" etch in runouts), see Lifes Rich Pageant.
Runouts are etched, except "MASTERDISK" and [Allied 'ɑ' logo] are stamped.

Issued with custom inner sleeve.

Recorded at the Belmont Mall, Belmont, Indiana. Mixed at Can-Am Recorders, L.A., Calif. Mastered at Masterdisk, New York.

Tracks on release are listed sequentially, regardless of sides.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 76732-5783-1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 076732578315
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): IRS5705
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): IRS5706
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 1): IRS 5705-MD3#2 MASTERDISK [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329 1-
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 1): IRS 5706-MD-1#2 MASTERDISK 1- [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329-X
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 2): IRS 5705-MD2 MASTERDISK 1-4 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 2): IRS 5706-MD2 MASTERDISK 1-3 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329-X
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 3): IRS-5705-MD-1 MASTERDISK [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329 1-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 3): IRS-5706-MD-1 MASTERDISK 1-1 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329-X
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 4): IRS-5706-MD-1 MASTERDISK 1-2 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 4): IRS-5706-MD-1 MASTERDISK 1-2 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329-X
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 5): IRS 5705-MD2 MASTERDISK 1-3 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 5): IRS 5706-MD2 MASTERDISK 1-2 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329-X
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 6): IRS 5705-MD2 MASTERDISK 1-3 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] Δ13329
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 6): IRS 5706-MD2 MASTERDISK 1-1 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329-X
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 7): IRS-5705-MD3 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329-X MASTERDISK 1-1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 7): IRS-5706-MD-1 MASTERDISK 1-7 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329-X
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 8): IRS-5706̶ 5 -MD3 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329 MASTERDISK 1-1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 8): IRS-5706-MD4̶ 5 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329-X MASTERDISK 1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 9): IRS-5705-MD3 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329 MASTERDISK 1-1-SM1-3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 9): IRS-5706-MD4̶ [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329-X MASTERDISK 1-1-SM1-3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 10): IRS-5705-MD2 MASTERDISK 1-1 [Allied “a” logo] △ 13329
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 10): IRS 5706-MD2 MASTERDISK 1-1 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329-X
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 11): IRS-5705-MD3 [Allied “a” logo] △13329 MASTERDISK 1-1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 11): 1-7 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329-X IRS 5706-MD-1 MASTERDISK
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 12): IRS-5706̶ 5-MD3 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329 MASTERDISK 1-1-SM1-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 12): IRS 5706-MD3̶ 4 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329-X MASTERDISK 1-1-SM1-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, variant 13): IRS-5705-MD2 MASTERDISK 1-1 [Allied “ɑ” logo] △ 13329
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, variant 13): IRS 5706-MD2 MASTERDISK 1-4 [Allied 'ɑ' logo] △13329-X

Other Versions (5 of 122)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Lifes Rich Pageant (Cassette, Album)I.R.S. Records40-57064Netherlands1986
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Lifes Rich Pageant (LP, Album)I.R.S. RecordsMIRG 1014UK1986
Lifes Rich Pageant (LP, Album)I.R.S. RecordsIRS-5783Canada1986
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Lifes Rich Pageant (LP, Album)I.R.S. RecordsILP 57064Europe1986
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Lifes Rich Pageant (Cassette, Album, Dolby HX Pro B NR)I.R.S. RecordsIRSC-5783Canada1986

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  • flightrisk1231's avatar
    Man, this is a really nice sounding album. Sounds really full and clear. Can't hear how they could improve it any more. Definitely one to pick up if you come across it.
    • Mclonnen's avatar
      Mclonnen
      Great sounding vinyl. Got my copy second hand but sounds clean and quiet. Good base and attack - sounds like the band are in your living room. Recommended.
      • DBMsonic's avatar
        DBMsonic
        Edited 3 years ago
        Twelve beautiful songs and a great album. REM’s fourth and fundamental: the one that allowed Michael Stipe & Co. to get out of a "niche" dimension and establish themselves in the international limelight, soon to become the pop-rock superstar that we have known since then and during at least fifteen years. Indeed so many beautiful songs that it becomes difficult to pick up a favorite one. I could list the initial «Begin The Begin» for my visceral emotion on first listening; or perhaps the gritty following one «These Days» for its punk-rock catching; or the folk-rock hymn of «Fall On Me»; and why not the poignant tune of «Cuyahoga»? Every time for a different reason, I would name a different song at the top of my list. Isn’t it maybe that the long-lasting charm of this record rests in its variety of musical inspiration, which allows even a kind of crazy rumba like «Underneath The Bunker» to fit well into the picture, just like a recycled minor hit like The Clique’s «Superman» from the lysergic seventies. I like this record no matter if I can hardly catch a bit of the meaning of the lyrics despite all my English-speaking efforts: so why that strange title which could well have meant "the rich spectacle of life" but when it is written as "lifes" without the apostrophe, what does it mean? Well, it doesn't really matter after all. Indeed if a record takes you so much even when you only understand a few fragmented sentences ... then it's really a great record. Also, I should not forget to mention the contribution of producer Don Gehman and remember with a smile the bushy eyebrows on the cover picture of Bill Berry, the drummer who will leave a few years later. Last but not least there is a curious kind of “life in parallel” between REM and U2, who also reached world stardom in those years - on the opposite side of the ocean - and after their fourth album (The Unforgettable Fire) while the respective frontmen and leaders – Michael Stipe and Bono – have both celebrated just now their 60th anniversary. Tempus fugit, obviously, but good records remain.
        • searing75's avatar
          searing75
          Amazing album! As are the bands first six or seven!
          • ReadyBeast's avatar
            ReadyBeast
            Edited one year ago
            On most formats of "Lifes Rich Pageant", the tracklisting printed on the back cover differs from the actual one playing on the vinyl (or cassette, or CD according to the one you own). When you play the CD, you may program the running order in order to match the back cover tracklisting, leaving aside "Underneath The Bunker" and "Superman" which are not even listed (you could almost consider them easter eggs as those songs don't seem to fit in the album mood after all). Then you will experience a different general atmosphere listening from "Begin The Begin" through "Swan Sawn H". Songs flow one after the other in a very consistent way. All energy songs are at the beginning giving way to mid-tempo soulful songs and then finishing with ballads. Personnally I quite prefer this running order, the one printed on the back cover, rather than the recorded one. Please give it a try...

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