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R.E.M. - Dead Letter Office (Download Code, 180 Gram) (LP) Vinyl 602547899835
R.E.M. - Dead Letter Office (Download Code, 180 Gram) (LP) Vinyl 602547899835
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R.E.M. - Dead Letter Office (Download Code, 180 Gram) (LP)

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REM's Dead Letter Office is a collection of early B-sides and unreleased tracks. It includes the entire CHRONIC TOWN EP.

The "outtakes" album is all too often treated as a dumping ground for excess studio tape or contractual obligation. While this collection of rarities makes no effort to refute either charge, it is wide-ranging, informative and uniformly rewarding nonetheless. Spanning the band's career, DEAD LETTER OFFICE is culled from a variety of albums and other sources. It provides a novel perspective, playful and occasionally downright silly, with friendly, self-effacing liner notes by guitarist Peter Buck. The range of production varies greatly, too: some outtakes, such as "Burning Down," are given full treatment. In fact, "Voice Of Harold" is the complete backing track of "Seven Chinese Brothers" with a bizarre vocal take by Stipe (not that the one they kept on RECKONING was any too straightforward). Covers abound, including the opener "Crazy" by fellow Athenians Pylon, a drunken, clumsy take on Roger Miller's "King Of The Road" and yes, Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic," as well as three Velvet Underground songs. The most striking and inspirational thing about DEAD LETTER OFFICE is that no matter how much effort the band expends, every track displays an innate genius and an intimate level of musical communication.

R.E.M.: Michael Stipe (vocals); Peter Buck (guitar); Mike Mills (bass); Bill Berry (drums). Additional personnel includes: Mitch Easter (acoustic guitar).

Producers include: Mitch Easter, R.E.M., Joe Boyd, Don Dixon, Don Gehman. Includes liner notes by Peter Buck.

  • Format: Vinyl
  • Released: 7/29/2016
  • Genre: Alternative Rock

 

Tracklist

Post Side
A1 Crazy
A2 There She Goes Again
A3 Burning Down
A4 Voice Of Harold
A5 Burning Hell

A6 White Tornado
A7 Toys In The Attic
Script Side
B1 Windout
B2 Ages Of You
B3 Pale Blue Eyes
B4 Rotary Ten
B5 Bandwagon
B6 Femme Fatale
B7 Walters Theme
B8 King Of The Road


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