R.E.M.: Lifes Rich Pageant (CD) - £1.99 @ Play.com
R.E.M.: Lifes Rich Pageant (CD) - £1.99 @ Play.com

R.E.M.: Lifes Rich Pageant (CD) - £1.99 @ Play.com

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Clearance. Featuring a younger, edgier and hungrier R.E.M., this is a nice little bargain for a mere £1.99 (note this is the original version).


Coming after the dark and arty FABLES OF THE RECONSTRUCTION, 1986's LIFE'S RICH PAGEANT was R.E.M.'s first tentative step towards the rock & roll mainstream. At the time, Don Gehman's production sounded shockingly bright and commercial, but, in hindsight, the album is clearly a dry run for the impending commercial pinnacle of GREEN, OUT OF TIME, and AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE. The gorgeous "Fall on Me" (an ecological meditation featuring a spectacularly pretty chorus sung in counterpoint by Michael Stipe and Mike Mills) remains the record's best-known track. However, it is a quartet of harder-rocking songs--"Begin the Begin", "Cuyahoga", "Just a Touch" (which quotes Patti Smith's 1975 deconstruction of "My Generation") and a giddy cover of the Clique's psych-pop obscurity "Superman" sung by Mills--that points towards the Georgia band's more emotionally direct and musically loose future. LIFE'S RICH PAGEANT has been largely overshadowed by its morecommercially successful follow-ups, but it remains one of R.E.M.'s strongest albums.

Track List:

1. Begin the Begin
2. Hyena
3. Fall on Me
4. Cuyahoga
5. These Days
6. Underneath the Bunker
7. The Flowers of Guatemala
8. I Believe
9. What if We Give it Away?
10. Just a Touch
11. Swan Swan H
12. Superman


All brilliant songs, apart from number 6 Underneath the Bunker, which is an Instrumental track, I find them a bit pointless to be honest, well worth the £1.99

Excellent album!

What a bargain! Their best album in my book.


What a bargain! Their best album in my book.

Personally I'd go with Murmur, althiugh this wouldn't be far behind!
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