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Dead Letter Office
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Overall, rarities albums don't get much better than "Dead Letter Office."
I saw REM in concert back when they were playing colleges, and this collection captures the energy, humor, and soul of the band perfectly.
Chronologically speaking, that EP was a glorious beginning for a group whose vocalist was otherwise incomprehensible to his listeners. We wondered at length what Stipe was actually saying (even coining the term "Michael Stipe diisease" for any singer who mumbled too much), but in the end we had to content ourselves with great music, even if the vocals were little more than a melody of their own.
As for the rest of the disc... well, you're in for a pleasant surprise. Unlike other catch-all compilations that seem to cash in on the loyalty of fans while delivering little in the process, the b-sides and covers are infinitely listenable. When taking in these tracks it becomes quickly evident the affection REM has for such bands as the Velvet Underground and Aerosmtih. Other homages such as Roger Miller's 'King of the Road' communicate a deep connection to the south (and country music in general) and leave one wondering what other influences REM might be hiding.
Dead Letter Office may be the kind of Cd you would prefer to cut, paste, and burn onto a couple blank discs, but it stands on its own as a document of REM's early development and the bands they owe so much to. Well worth your time.
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Reduced expectations are the key to appreciating a compilation of B-sides and outtakes (“like browsing through a junkshop,” as Peter Buck writes in the liner notes), and with that... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Greg Cleary
Dead Letter Office is what this is. The Dead Letter Office is where mail would go when it was undeliverable. In this instance, here are songs that didn't make it elsewhere. Read morePublished 9 months ago by By CJs Pirate
I seemed to remember this being so much better when I originally heard it...it is okay but only for die hard fans.Published 11 months ago by MGB
Such a great collection of covers and previously unreleased gems. The CD also has their first EP on it; good luck finding it otherwise....Published 20 months ago by Kurk Schoner
This CD remains one of my favorite and most cherished collections of B-sides, out-takes, and other assorted tracks. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Donald E. Gilliland
a must for any REM fan! not only include out takes and rare cuts, but also the entire Chronic Town Ep!Published on June 11, 2013 by chuck gore
I love the songs on this disc. Along with the 'dead letters', which show interesting sides of REM's early journey, you get the EP nobody can get - Chronic Town -- with the songs... Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by W. Eden
The main thing aobut this CD is that it has "Cronic Town" E.P. on it. The other music (the first many songs) are OK, but the last 5 are AMAZING! the rest is just an added bonus. Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by jonathan brailsford