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R.E.M. – In Time: The Best Of R.E.M. 1988-2003 (2003/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

R.E.M. – In Time: The Best Of R.E.M. 1988-2003 (2003/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:16:07 minutes | 957 MB | Genre: Alternative Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Concord Records

In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003 is the second official compilation album released by R.E.M. Issued in 2003, it includes tracks from their Warner Bros. Records era, from 1988’s Green to 2001’s Reveal. The album was a huge success in the UK, the tenth-best selling album of 2003, despite not being released until the last week of October.

How do you condense 15 years of music down to 76 minutes? In the case of this survey of the second phase of R.E.M.’s career, the answer is: Exceptionally well. The dangling carrot for diehards is two new songs; the rapid fire ‘Bad Day’ hurtles along like the kissing cousin of ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It,’ while ‘Animal’ is anchored by a majestic drone reminiscent of the Beatles’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows.’ In a surprising, but gratifying move, the rest of the program shortchanges the band’s breakthrough, Out of Time (no ‘Shiny Happy People’)

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R.E.M. – Out Of Time (25th Anniversary Edition) (1991/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

R.E.M. – Out Of Time (25th Anniversary Edition) (1991/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:58:35 minutes | 2,46 GB | Genre: Alternative Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Concord Records

A quarter of a century after ‘Out Of Time’ helped break alternative music into the American mainstream and turned R.E.M. into a worldwide phenomenon, the band have announced a special 25th Anniversary Edition. After putting Athens, GA, on the musical map in the early ’80s, R.E.M. went on to become one of the world’s biggest bands. Fusing folk, garage rock, pop sensibilities, and insightful lyrics delivered with Michael Stipe’s inimitable lead vocals, these alt-rock forefathers built a massive indie following, and in 1988 unleashed their major-label debut, Warner Bros. Green. This roots rock tour de force was followed in ’91 by the Grammy-winning #1 blockbuster Out of Time, which led to an ongoing stream of masterpieces.

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R.E.M. – Automatic For The People {25th Anniversary Edition} (1992/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

R.E.M. – Automatic For The People {25th Anniversary Edition} (1992/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:47:01 minutes | 2,34 GB | Genre: Rock, Alternative
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Booklet, Front Cover | © Universal Music

There’s a ‘before and after’ Out Of Time in the life of R.E.M. This ‘before’ for Michael Stipe’s band is mainly found on university campuses where the group gained a cult following in the ‘80s… How then did R.E.M. manage to sell 12 million copies ofOut Of Time to the world? The answer is that this record was both sublime and austere. An uncompromising album, like the chamber rock such as Nirvana and the Pixies that you’d blast out without caring about pissing off the neighbours in that year of 1992… Always virtuosic, Peter Buck goes from the mandolin to the acoustic guitar with great ease, John Paul Johns from Led Zeppelin sublimely arranges refined chords and Michael Stipe shines with his melancholic and tortured prose with the candor of a man with self-assured belief. Cinemascope ballads prevail, peaking with Everybody Hurts. It must be said, Automatic For The People is not the most easy-flowing album by R.E.M. but it is one of the most beautiful. Released in 2017, this 25th anniversary edition also offers, alongside the remastered album, a live recording from the 40 Watt Club in Athens on the 19th November 1992 with some cover versions like Funtime by Iggy Pop andLove Is All Around by The Troggs.

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R.E.M. – Out Of Time (2005) [DVD-Audio ISO]

R.E.M. – Out Of Time
Artist: R.E.M. | Album: Out Of Time | Style: Alternative Rock | Year: 2005 [1991 original] | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 192kHz/24Bit, DTS 5.1, Dolby AC3 5.1, Dolby AC3 2.0) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 11 | Size: ~7.37 Gb | Recovery: 3% | Covers: in archive | Release: Warner | Athens. LCC (8122-73951-2), 2005 | Note: Watermarked

The supporting tour for Green exhausted R.E.M., and they spent nearly a year recuperating before reconvening for Out of Time. Where previous R.E.M. records captured a stripped-down, live sound, Out of Time was lush with sonic detail, featuring string sections, keyboards, mandolins, and cameos from everyone from rapper KRS-One to the B-52’s’ Kate Pierson. The scope of R.E.M.’s ambitions is impressive, and the record sounds impeccable, its sunny array of pop and folk songs as refreshing as Michael Stipe’s decision to abandon explicitly political lyrics for the personal. Several R.E.M. classics — including Mike Mills’ Byrds-y “Near Wild Heaven,” the haunting “Country Feedback,” and the masterpiece “Losing My Religion” — are present, but the album is more notable for its production than its songwriting. Most of the songs are slight but pleasant, or are awkward experiments like “Radio Song”‘s stab at funk, and while this sounds fine as the record is playing, there’s not much substantive material to make the record worth returning to.

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R.E.M. – Monster (2005) [DVD-Audio ISO]

R.E.M. – Monster
Artist: R.E.M. | Album: Monster | Style: Alternative Rock | Year: 2005 [1994 original] | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 88.2kHz/24Bit, DTS 5.1, Dolby AC3 5.1) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 12 + 3 videoclips | Size: ~5.45 Gb | Recovery: 3% | Covers: in archive | Release: Warner Bros. Records (8122-73949-2), 2005 | Note: Watermarked

Monster is indeed R.E.M.’s long-promised “rock” album; it just doesn’t rock in the way one might expect. Instead of R.E.M.’s trademark anthemic bashers, Monster offers a set of murky sludge, powered by the heavily distorted and delayed guitar of Peter Buck. Michael Stipe’s vocals have been pushed to the back of the mix, along with Bill Berry’s drums, which accentuates the muscular pulse of Buck’s chords. From the androgynous sleaze of “Crush With Eyeliner” to the subtle, Eastern-tinged menace of “You,” most of the album sounds dense, dirty, and grimy, which makes the punchy guitars of “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” and the warped soul of “Tongue” all the more distinctive. Monster doesn’t have the conceptual unity or consistently brilliant songwriting of Automatic for the People, but it does offer a wide range of sonic textures that have never been heard on an R.E.M. album before.

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R.E.M. – Automatic For The People (2002) [DVD-Audio ISO]

R.E.M. – Automatic For The People
Artist: R.E.M. | Album: Automatic For The People | Style: Alternative Rock | Year: 2002 [1992 original] | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 48kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 48kHz/24Bit, DTS 5.1, Dolby AC3 5.1, Dolby AC3 2.0) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 12 | Size: ~4.29 Gb | Recovery: 3% | Covers: in archive | Release: Warner | Rhino (R9 78175), 2002 | Note: Watermarked

Turning away from the sweet pop of Out of Time, R.E.M. created a haunting, melancholy masterpiece with Automatic for the People. At its core, the album is a collection of folk songs about aging, death, and loss, but the music has a grand, epic sweep provided by layers of lush strings, interweaving acoustic instruments, and shimmering keyboards. Automatic for the People captures the group at a crossroads, as they moved from cult heroes to elder statesmen, and the album is a graceful transition into their new status. It is a reflective album, with frank discussions on mortality, but it is not a despairing record — “Nightswimming,” “Everybody Hurts,” and “Sweetness Follows” have a comforting melancholy, while “Find the River” provides a positive sense of closure. R.E.M. have never been as emotionally direct as they are on Automatic for the People, nor have they ever created music quite as rich and timeless, and while the record is not an easy listen, it is the most rewarding record in their oeuvre.

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R.E.M. – Lifes Rich Pageant (1986/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

R.E.M. – Lifes Rich Pageant (1986/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:22 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Capitol Records

R.E.M.’s fourth studio recording, Lifes Rich Pageant, is a pivotal release that saw the band evolving into bona fide rock legends. It was their first album to achieve Gold status and is included on Slant Magazine’s “100 Best Albums of the Eighties.” Teaming up with producer Don Gehman, the album is a politically-conscious work that addresses social progress and environmental issues. Lifes Rich Pageant includes the hit singles “Fall On Me” and “Superman.” The album is a hard-rock affair that is both inspirational and uplifting.

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R.E.M. – Out of Time – 25th Anniversary (2016) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

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Artist: R.E.M.
Title: Out of Time
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Folk Rock, Jangle Pop
Label: © Concord Music Group
Release Date: 2016
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Out Of Time (Album):
  Duration: 00:44:06
  Video: MPEG-4 AVC 14380 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
  Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
  Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 8885 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Music Video:
  Duration: 00:52:49
  Video: MPEG-4 AVC 21958 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
  Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 96 kHz / 4608 kbps / 24-bit
  Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 / 96 kHz / 7109 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

A quarter of a century after ‘Out Of Time’ helped break alternative music into the American mainstream and turned R.E.M. into a worldwide phenomenon, the band have announced a special 25th Anniversary Edition, out via Concord Bicycle.
‘Out Of Time’ will be released in three different formats. The 2 CD Set will include a remastered version of the original album alongside demo versions of every album track, as well as demos for two non-album b-sides and a previously unreleased song. The 3 LP Set will include remastered vinyl versions of the original album and the demos. The 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of ‘Out Of Time’ will include 4 discs, featuring the remastered album, demos, recordings from the band’s performance at Mountain Stage in 1991 (a rarity for the time, as the band did not tour to promote ‘Out Of Time’), and a Blu-Ray disc with hi-resolution audio and 5.1 Surround Sound versions of ‘Out Of Time,’ all of the music videos from the album, and the 1991 electronic press kit ‘Time Piece,’ featuring in-studio footage, exclusive performances and more. All versions will feature extensive liner notes by Annie Zaleski featuring interviews from all four band members and producers Scott Litt and John Keane. Full details below.

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R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now (2011/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now (2011/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 41:05 minutes | 494 MB | Genre: Rock, Alternative
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Concord Records

For Collapse Into Now, R.E.M. re-teamed with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee, who produced the band’s acclaimed previous album Accelerate. Lee is also noted for his work on albums by U2, Snow Patrol, The Hives, and indie stalwarts Kasabian, Editors, Aqualung, and Bloc Party. R.E.M. and Lee recorded the album in New Orleans at the Music Shed and in Berlin at the famed Hansa Studios, where several legendary albums, including David Bowie’s Heroes, U2’s Achtung Baby, and Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life, were made. Additional recording and mixing was done at the venerable Blackbird Studio in Nashville.

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R.E.M. – Reveal (2001) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

R.E.M. – Reveal (2001)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:45 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Rock, Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Concord Records

R.E.M.’s 12th studio album, released in 2001, was a staggering return to the group’s original sound. Peter Buck’s chiming guitars swirl around some of Michael Stipe’s most emotive singing on singles like “Imitation of Life,” “All the Way to Reno (You’re Gonna Be a Star)” and “I’ll Take the Rain.” At the same time, the album showcased the group at their most experimental and texturally adventurous, coloring their songs with reversed guitar, subtle electronics and vintage keyboard sounds. The album peaked at #1 in the UK and hit #6 on the Billboard 200.

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