Pale Blue Eyes Rotary Ten Stumble There She Goes Again Toys in the Attic Voice of Harold Walter's Theme White Tornado Wind Out Windout Wolves, Lower R. Dead Letter Office is a rarities and B-sides collection by R. The album is essentially a collection of many additional recordings R.
Many of the tracks are favorite cover versions indicating the band's disparate influences and musical tastes, including three Velvet Underground covers, and songs by Pylon , Aerosmith and Roger Miller. Guitarist Peter Buck composed wry, self-deprecating and, in one instance, apologetic liner notes to the songs on the album.
Buck initially had doubts about releasing it, saying he felt as though people would perceive the album as the band "trying to cash in, maybe to sell some records", as the ultimate release date predated that of the band's final studio album with I. The album was initially issued as a song collection on vinyl and cassette, but when its CD edition appeared the five tracks from the band's Chronic Town EP were added.
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Watch the song video Walter's Theme. There She Goes Again. Carnival of Sorts Box Cars. Michael J. The Hangman. Somebody took the Murmur-era studio recording, added some studio chatter and handclaps to the end, and passed it off as a "live" track.
If you like the bass sound on Murmur better than Reckoning then you'll love this alternate version. Amazingly, sadder than the original. But that's why I like it. I'm not feeling much for this one. Maybe three VU covers IS too much? The liner notes by Buck really are right - what a DOG of a track! Of course it is fun to hear Michael Stipe sing drunk karaoke.
Once a decade. The IRS Years reissue added "Gardening at Night" Acoustic version and "All the Right Friends", instantly making it a diehard's essential purchase as both tracks were not available anywhere else.
The Gardening track is from the post-Reckoning two-track live studio session and is not really a big deal, but the Murmur two track session version of All The Right Friends blows away all other versions I've heard.
What's missing from this album? Other than a couple inessential live Bsides, a flexidisc-only release of their cover of Tighten Up, and the aforementioned version of Ages Of You, nothing else from the released preDocument material is missing.
I do get it out and give it a listen fairly often, so it has had a durable level of interest for me. What else can you ask for? A friend in college who was even more into REM than I invited me over to listen to this album shortly after its release while we had pizza and drank beer. We agreed it was their best album yet, and this was before the beer ran out. When I visited him a week or two later, however, under more sober conditions, I was struck by how I now didn't care for the VU covers, especially "Femme Fatale," and "King of the Road" which before I thought hysterically funny, was now just embarrassingly stupid and awful.
I haven't heard much off this album since, so I may have a different impression now. Fastnbulbous , May 10, Recorded live to two track and is an outtake from Reckoning. Recorded live to two track the same hour as Pale Blue Eyes. Both outtakes from Fables of the Reconstruction.May 25, · Exact Audio Copy V beta 3 from August EAC extraction logfile from 3. March , R.E.M. / Dead Letter Office. Used drive: OPTIARC DVD-ROM DDUS Adapter: 6 ID: 0.