R.E.M. The Best of R.E.M. at the BBC 8CD & 1DVD Box Set


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TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 3/5 Sonics in the February 2019 Issue of The Absolute Sound!

Deluxe Edition 8CD & 1DVD Box Set!
Compendium Of Live Radio, TV & In-Studio Performances From The BBC Archives!

The strong bond between R.E.M. and the BBC throughout the band's career is celebrated here with Best Of R.E.M. At The BBC Deluxe Edition 8CD & DVD Box Set.

R.E.M. grew up with the BBC, and this historic relationship is lovingly celebrated across an incredible collection that beautifully illustrates the career trajectory of one of modern music's greatest bands. The collection comprises a treasure trove of rare and unreleased live and studio recordings culled from the BBC and band archives. This is a must-have collection for R.E.M. fans and an authoritative introduction for newcomers.

In-studio performances featured in the 8-CD/1-DVD box set include a John Peel Session (1998), Drivetime and Mark and Lard appearances (2003) and a glorious Radio 1 Live Lounge performance (2008). Live broadcasts include a rough-and-tumble show from Nottingham's Rock City (1984), the stunning 1995 Milton Keynes Monster Tour (their first after a six-year break), a blistering 1999 Glastonbury headline set and an invitation-only 2004 show at London’s St James's Church.

The DVD kicks off with a sixty-minute intimate retrospective of the band's legendary performances at the BBC in the Accelerating Backwards film – previously broadcast only in the UK and available commercially for the first time here. Accelerating Backwards also includes revealing interviews with Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe, further testifying to R.E.M.'s long, special relationship with the BBC. The DVD also offers a complete 1998 Later….With Jools Holland episode uniquely dedicated to the band, plus TV appearances on Top of the Pops and more.

The package liner notes add yet more behind-the-scenes insight to this definitive retrospective collection. Assorted BBC personalities reminiscence about what it was like to work with R.E.M. both on stage and off. Respected BBC DJ/Presenter Jo Whiley recalls, "Their Glastonbury performance in 1999 was a dazzling moment: the band storming through an all-killer, no-filler setlist. As a headline performance, it was a triumph and, for me, it's up there as one of the Glastonbury greats." Of a 2001 Top of the Pops performance, BBC Producer Mark Hagen muses, "Michael once told me that he hears in colors and it was one of those nights when you felt that you could reach out and touch the music as it flowed through the air, a glorious rolling cloud of green. Just like a kudzu vine in a dream." Acclaimed rock journalist Tom Doyle also provides an overview of the entire thirty-year period.

The Best of collection offers a selection of in-studio performance and live broadcast highlights.

"R.E.M. caught on quickly in the UK and remained active for over two decades, so it's no surprise the band's BBC recordings between 1984 and 2004 fill eight CDs and one DVD, which describes the contents of a box set devoted to those performances... Like a good concert, BBC saves some of the biggest hits (including "Losing My Religion" and "Man On the Moon") for last. And the version of "Everybody Hurts" that launches Side D (on the LP version) so clearly sends the audience into a swoon (the single was a Top Ten hit in the UK) that fans in the States may reconsider where to place that song in R.E.M.'s canon." - Jeff Wilson, The Absolute Sound, February 2019

• Deluxe Edition Box Set
• 8CD & 1DVD
• Made in Czech Republic

Disc 1 - BBC Sessions

1. World Leader Pretend
2. Fretless
3. Half A World Away
4. Radio Song
5. Losing My Religion
6. Love Is All Around
7. Walk Unafraid
8. Daysleeper
9. Lotus
10. At My Most Beautiful
11. Bad Day
12. Orange Crush
13. Man On The Moon
14. Imitation Of Life
15. Supernatural Superserious
16. Munich

Disc 2 - BBC Sessions
1. Introduction
2. Losing My Religion
3. New Test Leper
4. Lotus
5. Parakeet
6. Electrolite
7. Perfect Circle
8. The Apologist
9. Band Introductions
10. Daysleeper
11. Country Feedback
12. At My Most Beautiful
13. Walk Unafraid
14. Man On The Moon

Disc 3 - BBC Live Broadcasts: Rock City - Nottingham, England 1984
1. Second Guessing
2. Hyena
3. Talk About The Passion
4. West Of The Fields
5. (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
6. Auctioneer (Another Engine)
7. So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
8. Old Man Kensey
9. Gardening At Night
10. 9-9/Hey Diddle Diddle/Feeling Gravitys Pull
11. Windout
12. Driver 8
13. Pretty Persuasion
14. Radio Free Europe
15. Wendell Gee
16. Carnival Of Sorts (Boxcars)

Disc 4 - BBC Live Broadcasts: The National Bowl - Milton Keynes, England 1995 - Pt. 1
1. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
2. Crush With Eyeliner
3. Drive
4. Turn You Inside Out
5. Try Not To Breathe
6. I Took Your Name
7. Undertow
8. Bang And Blame
9. I Don’t Sleep, I Dream
10. Strange Currencies
11. Revolution
12. Tongue

Disc 5 - BBC Live Broadcasts: The National Bowl - Milton Keynes, England 1995 - Pt. 2
1. Man On The Moon
2. Country Feedback
3. Half A World Away
4. Losing My Religion
5. Pop Song 89
6. Finest Worksong
7. Get Up
8. Star 69
9. Let Me In
10. Everybody Hurts
11. Fall On Me
12. Departure
13. Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Disc 6 - BBC Live Broadcasts: Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury Festival - Pilton, England 1999 - Pt. 1
1. Lotus
2. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
3. So Fast, So Numb
4. The Apologist
5. Fall On Me
6. Daysleeper
7. The Wake-Up Bomb
8. The One I Love
9. Sweetness Follows
10. At My Most Beautiful

Disc 7 - BBC Live Broadcasts: Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury Festival - Pilton, England 1999 - Pt. 2
1. Losing My Religion
2. Everybody Hurts
3. Walk Unafraid
4. Star 69
5. Finest Worksong
6. Man On The Moon
7. Why Not Smile
8. Crush With Eyeliner
9. Tongue
10. Cuyahoga
11. Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Disc 8 - BBC Live Broadcasts: St. James's Church - London, England 2004
1. Intro
2. So Fast, So Numb
3. Boy In The Well
4. I Wanted To Be Wrong
5. E-Bow The Letter (with Thom Yorke)
6. Around The Sun
7. Aftermath
8. Losing My Religion
9. Walk Unafraid
10. Leaving New York
11. Imitation Of Life
12. Man On The Moon

Disc 9 [DVD] - BBC Television Broadcasts
Accelerating Backwards:

1. Moon River
2. Pretty Persuasion
3. Pop Song 89
4. Orange Crush
5. Losing My Religion
6. Half A World Away
7. Crush With Eyeliner
8. Man On The Moon
9. Daysleeper
10. Imitation Of Life
11. So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
12. All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star)
13. Leaving New York
Later... With Jools Holland Presents R.E.M.:
14. Losing My Religion
15. Lotus
16. New Test Leper
17. Daysleeper
18. Electrolite
19. At My Most Beautiful
20. The Apologist
21. Country Feedback
22. Parakeet
23. So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
24. Walk Unafraid
25. Man On The Moon
26. The Passenger
Bonus Videos:
27. I've Been High
28. Nightswimming
29. Bad Day

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