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Document (DVD-Audio)

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  • DVD Audio (February 11, 2003)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players. Click here for additional information regarding compatibility.
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000083EMQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Finest Worksong
2. Welcome to the Occupation
3. Exhuming McCarthy
4. Disturbance at the Heron House
5. Strange
6. It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
7. The One I Love
8. Fireplace
9. Lightnin' Hopkins
10. King of Birds
11. Oddfellows Local 151

Editorial Reviews

This is a DVD-Audio disc. It will only play on players with a DVD logo and will not play on a conventional CD player. Catalog 72434-90149-9-2. There is a saw cut on the side of the case. Also includes videos for Finest Worksong, It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) & The One I Love.

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars R.E.M.'s Breakout December 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Document was the album that helped elevate R.E.M. from kings of college radio to the mainstream. Buoyed by the catchy (and misunderstood) song "The One I Love", Document hit number 10 on the album charts. That's not too bad for an album made up of some highly political songs and some very non-commercial ones. "Finest Worksong" & "Welcome To The Occupation" open the album on a politically charged and powerful note. "Exhuming McCarthy" starts off with the sounds of a typewriter and then slides into pounding Bill Berry drumbeat and jangling Peter Buck guitar. "Disturbance At The Heron House" has a fine Michael Stipe vocal while "Strange" is an abbreviated number that has some good backup singing from Mike Mills in an almost doo wop style. "King Of Birds" has a deep south, r&b feel to it. "Lightnin' Hopkins" and "Oddfellows Local 151" are the strangest songs on the album with the later being drenched in feedback. "The One I Love" became the first song by the band to gain major radio-play and actually peaked at number 9 on the charts. On the surface, the song seems like a love song, but it is really a barbed attack. "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" is the centerpiece of the album though. Michael Stipe sings at a breakneck speed and the song is one of the best of the 80's. Many ardent R.E.M. fans dismiss this album as the band selling-out, but that is hardly the case. R.E.M. remained true to their roots and actually released a typically non-commercial album that became a commercial success due to people finally realizing the greatness and talent of the band. They show that you can become superstars on your own terms.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The time to rise has been engaged." March 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is by far my favourite R.E.M. album. "Document", released in 1987, gripped my senses the first time I heard it and hasn't let go. It is one of R.E.M.'s angriest albums, politically charged and quite chaotic. The subtitle "File Under Fire" is quite appropriate - fiery images permeate through the album. The very beginning of the first track, "Finest Worksong", conveys a feeling of industry and steel, with Michael Stipe's (now quite intelligible) vocals adding a sense of urgency. This song, and the remainder of the first side (with the exception of the interlude-like "Strange") is highly political. The brooding, disturbing "Welcome to the Occupation", the hectic "Exhuming McCarthy" and the Orwellian fable "Disturbance at the Heron House" are all short, fast and angry protests against the strong tide of political conservatism that dominated in the Reagan era. The song that encapsulates the fire and chaos is the manic "It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine). With abstract and often nonsensical lyrics spewing from Michael Stipe's mouth, it is both humorous and deadly serious. Side two is also dominated by images of fire, but the political theme has gone. "The One I Love", R.E.M.'s first big hit and much misinterpreted anti-love song is searing, burning itself into your mind. "Fireplace" is one of R.E.M's most underrated (and one of my all time favourite) songs. It's a delightful, anarchic song of carefree, reckless abandon which also manages to sound subversive. The brilliance of "Document" (as is the case with most of R.E.M's music) is that subversion does not necessarily mean taking up arms. Read more ›
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack to a Transition Time June 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Considering that this was R.E.M.'s strongest collection of songs since their debut, there's a strange sense of uncertainty about the whole project.
You listen to the first four cuts and think "Aha, another political statement from the band that brought you Lifes Rich Pageant the previous year." Taken together, "Finest Worksong," "Welcome to the Occupation," "Exhuming McCarthy" and "Disturbance at the Heron House" sound very much like a sort of State of the Union address. In each cut you get a different take on America - the dignity of its workers, the evils of its interference overseas, its historical insistence on conformity and its domestic paranoia. "McCarthy" has a few awkward moments, but overall the music displays this band's usual mastery of style and technique; these songs move. Then there's a cover version of Pylon's "Strange" and the whole thing breaks apart.
I can't help thinking that the interruption is deliberate. R.E.M. had played plenty of covers before, and even recorded a few, but this was almost the first time they put one on a regular album release, and it's about as close to punk as they had come. (There was "Superman" the previous year, but that one came at the end of the collection rather than the middle, and it was an obvious throwaway.) "Strange" is like a signal to the listener, saying "Whatever you think you've been hearing, that's not it." Then the band proceeds to prove it - the rest of "Document" has nothing to do with political commentary.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The second era of REM began with this album
This was the last REM album I purchased when I was a huge fan of theirs during the '80's. "Lifes Rich Pageant's" songs were more "generically" political and not necessarily right... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Adipocere
4.0 out of 5 stars A great album made greater
Once again, I have to protest Amazon's policy of mixing together reviews of the original release with reviews of the 2012 Deluxe Remaster. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mark in ann arbor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is good. I like it. Hope that helps :)
Published 1 month ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied
Order arrived on time with no problems. Satisfied customer
Published 2 months ago by Phil Hermans
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of their time
. . . Have had the album for years. . . Get this, I bought it used from a friend moving away from area along with other albums, for pennies. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This was REM's last studio before leaving small label IRS for big label Warner Brothers. It's also one of their best. Read more
Published 6 months ago by DJKT
4.0 out of 5 stars New Sounds From R.E.M.
R.E.M.’s fifth album “Document” is the fifth studio album from 1987 was the last album of new material by the band released on the I.R.S. Records label. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Morten Vindberg
2.0 out of 5 stars MOCKUMENT
Listen kids-the wolves r calling.
lots of people rave about this band-hey-athens geogia on my mind....great carly simon song. Read more
Published 7 months ago by gcd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great remix
A great remix of one of their finest albums, great extras, and well worth the investment for any R.E.M. fan. Highly recommended!
Published 7 months ago by TJO73
5.0 out of 5 stars A must in your home!
I must confess, I bought this CD because of the 2nd CD of live material from this era. (I haven't listened to the remastered "Document" yet to see if there's a sound... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Melissa C. Jurgensen
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