This item not eligible for any further discount offers!Numbered, Limited Edition! Half-Speed Mastered From the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelitys LP Exposes Benefits of Cleaner, More Forceful Production!
1986 Landmark Finds R.E.M. Blossoming Into Iconic Artists: Arguably the Quartets Finest-Ever Outing
First R.E.M. Record to Feature Vocals on an Equal Plane With Rhythms: Subtle Details and Concerted Purposes Unite Under Banner of Ageless Art
Includes Hit Singles Fall on Me, Superman, and Begin the Begin
Very few albums are regularly credited with changing peoples lives. R.E.M.s Lifes Rich Pageant is one of them. For a generation that came of age in the '80s, as well almost everyone that came within earshot of its contents, the Georgia bands 1986 landmark effort remains an utterly distinctive sonic blend of elegance and whimsy, seriousness and humor, artfulness and accessibility. Its here that R.E.M. evolves beyond its college-rock identity albeit retains its youthful innocence, here where Michael Stipes enigmatic vocals finally attain the same level of prominence as the groups potent rhythm section.
Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and meticulously pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelitys 180g LP version of this masterwork allows the records expressive punchiness, dynamic extension, treble-driven jangle, and more forceful playing to be experienced as originally intended. Indeed, Lifes Rich Pageant is notable for its production: Board operator Don Gehman lends the group a harder edge and cleaner sound than it had in the past. On this audiophile-grade reissue, the results come to the fore in the form of contemporary-sounding arrangements, cohesive structures, and cleaner tonalities. If anything, this LP helps make the case for the many that Lifes Rich Pageantnot Murmur or Reckoningstands as the bands finest hour.
Lyrically, R.E.M. hits upon more concrete themes, and while Stipes occasionally mumbled singing still lacks clear enunciation a trait that adds to the songs mystique and surrounding textures theres no mistaking the overt political and environmental sentiments in tunes such as the hit Fall on Me and gorgeous Cuyahoga. Similarly, Flowers of Guatemala epitomizes R.E.M.s hallmark ability to turn allegory into dreamy poetry, the counterpoint melodies, atmospheric guitar fills, and majestic bridges all enchanting devices of a band that manages to get its point across via spiritual performances and indirect suggestiveness.
Such qualities lie at the heart of Lifes Rich Pageant, on which subtle details and concerted purposes unite to make transcendent, lasting art. Bolder, more pronounced, refined, and immediate than that on previous efforts, Mike Mills bass lines and Peter Bucks swelling guitar passages augment the hard-driving beats as well as Stipes increasingly upfront vocals. Disposing with the intentional murkiness and subconscious approach of earlier records, R.E.M. goes in attack mode here, with even mellow numbers resonating with an attention-getting kick. It doesnt hurt that the band covers the field with expertly executed songs that comprise garage rock, jangle pop, rustic country, and more. What a record.
We dont need to tell you about R.E.M.s importance to modern music. And this record plays a large role in establishing the groups reputation.
Numbered, Limited Edition
Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
Pressed at RTI
Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
1. Begin the Begin
2. These Days
3. Fall On Me
6. Underneath the Bunker
1. The Flowers of Guatemala
2. I Believe
3. What If We Give It Away?
4. Just A Touch
5. Swan Swan H