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    R.E.M.Murmur

    Label:I.R.S. Records – SP 70604
    Format:
    Vinyl, LP, Album, no letter on label
    Country:US
    Released:
    Genre:Rock
    Style:Alternative Rock

    Tracklist

    A1Radio Free Europe4:05
    A2Pilgrimage4:25
    A3Laughing3:52
    A4Talk About The Passion3:22
    A5Moral Kiosk3:32
    A6Perfect Circle3:23
    B1Catapult3:54
    B2Sitting Still3:07
    B39 - 93:02
    B4Shaking Through4:00
    B5We Walk3:04
    B6West Of The Fields3:15
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    This version with no letter at bottom of label text.

    ℗© 1983 I.R.S., Inc.

    Recorded January 1983 at Reflection in Charlotte, NC

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Matrix / Runout (A Side Label): SP-070604-A
    • Matrix / Runout (B Side Label): SP-070604-B
    • Matrix / Runout (A Side Etch, except Sterling Stamp): SP0-70604-A-GD1 STERLING
    • Matrix / Runout (B Side Etch, except Sterling Stamp): SP0-70604-B-GD1 STERLING

    Other Versions (5 of 139)View All

    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    Murmur (LP, Album, (B) On Label)I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. RecordsSP 70604, SP70604, SP-70604US1983
    Recently Edited
    Murmur (LP, Album, Stereo)Illegal Records (2), Illegal Records (2), Illegal Records (2)ILP 25433, 25433, SP 70604Europe1983
    Murmur (LP, Album)I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. RecordsSP 70604, SP70604UK1983
    New Submission
    Murmur (LP, Album)CBS/Sony25AP 2659Japan1983
    Recently Edited
    Murmur (LP, Album)Illegal Records (2), EpicELPS 4380Australia1983

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    480bears's avatar
    480bears
    Edited one year ago
    I personally prefer the sound on these original IRS pressings over the MFSL mastering (or any reissue for that matter) -- which to my ears has a sound closer to the 'warmth' of Automatic for the People: it sounds great but doesn't really fit this album and affects certain songs.

    The lighter, airier, crisp mid-range present here is much more in tune to the style of Murmur and especially Peter Buck's guitar. As excellent as the MFSL master is the bass actually comes off as 'boomy' (or excessive) compared to this original master... at least when I compare my vinyl rip to the MOFI CD.

    I'm sure the MFSL record would sound amazing on my setup, but I wouldn't hestitate to call this original pressing one of the best sounding records I own... it's extremely dynamic and crisp, just listen to the chorus on Pilgrimage, or towards the end when the additional percussion comes in.
    Flawless sound for a flawless album.