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Eponymous

R.E.M.Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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listen10. The One I Love 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
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R.E.M. marked the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first single, "Radio Free Europe," was released in 1981, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the early '80s, R.E.M. brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing guitar ... Read more in Amazon's R.E.M. Store

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  • Audio CD (January 27, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: I.R.S.
  • ASIN: B000002UVY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Much as the outtake and B-side collection Dead Letter Office anthologizes the many oddities of R.E.M., 1988's Eponymous is a document testifying to the astounding strength of their formative I.R.S. years. Eponymous reinforces the notion that the inchoate R.E.M. was a rare and brilliant gem of a group. While a somewhat brief CD, it provides quality listening from start to finish with hits such as "The One I Love," "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville," and "Driver 8" tucked amid the likes of an alternate take of "Finest Worksong" and the wonderfully mysterious "Gardening at Night." Especially noteworthy is the inclusion of the original seven-inch version of "Radio Free Europe," the band's 1981 release. --Lorry Fleming

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars End of Indie Rock As We Knew It, and REM Did Fine March 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This collection gathers the better radio tracks from REM's first (and, to these ears, best) six years together. It's hard to remember how organic and dynamic underground-turned-mainstream hits like "South Central Rain" and "Radio Free Europe" (heard here in its original demo version) were until you hear them again, especially in the 80s when alternative radio was restricted to college frequencies.
The group had already concocted muscular folk-rock melodies based on the genre's heroes. The Byrds' country and folk-rock influences all the songs, as does Alex Chilton's Box Tops and Michael Nesmith's First National Band ("Rockville" closes with a quote from Johnny Rivers' "Poor Side of Town.")Who could forget Michael Stipe's distinctive voice buried in musical quicksand, and trying to decipher his cryptic lyric images?
Highlights include the staples "The One I Love" and the fun, if silly "It's The End of The World" (the conductor, Communist, comic and critic fit together only rythmically), the gorgeous "Fall On Me" from their only Don Gehman-produced album (with softheaded Biblical imagery reminiscent of his other major client, John Mellencamp) and Bill Berry's great drumming throughout, especially on "Can't Get There From Here" and "Gardening at Night." Recommended early music from a Hall of Fame-bound rock band.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me a convert January 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Eponymous was the first R.E.M. album I purchased and it turned me into a loyal fan. I soon snatched up their entire back catalog and they were a significant part of my music listening life for years to come. That is about as good a tribute to an album I can give.

Of course, being a greatest hits compilation, all the songs here are great, but there are some alternative mixes here for fans who already have these songs on the studio releases. There is a different version of "Radio Free Europe" here although I like the one on Murmur better. The bass stands out more on the Murmur mix whereas the bass on this album's version is less prominent and seems to be covered up as well as some of the other sound details. I do prefer the different vocal mix to "Gardening at Night" than the one on Chronic Town. The Chronic Town version has very weak sounding vocals which had a negative effect on the song. The vocals here are a lot clearer so the song sounds much better. I disagree with the note on the record sleeve that the Eponymous version of "Finest Worksong" (the 12" and 7" version) is better than the original off Document. This mix has a horn section that I do not care for. A track that some R.E.M. fans may not have is "Romance." It is a very early track that surfaced on the "Made in Heaven" soundtrack (a film I have never heard of but it briefly plays this track). It turns out to be one of my favorite R.E.M. songs. The intense bass really drives the song and makes it unique. Eponymous is worth picking up for that track alone. Eponymous also includes interesting comments about each track.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Greatest Hits" Collection May 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Eponymous was the final release by R.E.M. on the IRS label. Even though it was released to fulfill contractual obligations, it is a great overview of the band's work for the seminal label. There most well known songs from this era like "The One I Love", "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville", "Can't Get There From Here" and "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" are included. There are few treats like the original 7" Hibtone version of "Radio Free Europe", an alternative take of "Gardening At Night" and a horn mix of "The Finest Worksong". If you are only familiar with the band's Warner Brothers output, then Eponymous is a great place to start to hear what the band sounded like in their early, formative years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Eponymous is the best CD I have ever heard. Every single song is good, and they make the word REM sound more like god in this CD. I wish all of REM's CDs were this good, and I wish that they would take the two or three best tracks from each REM CD and make a double CD greatest hits collection! That's the one thing that could be better than this incredible CD!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eponymous in name only August 12, 2006
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I want to start this review by saying that another reviewer called this album a waste to get, simply because all of the songs can be found other releases by R.E.M. This isn't a wholly true statement, though.

At the time he wrote that review, Eponymous was the only place where you could find the Hib-tone version of Radio Free Europe. That will change when R.E.M. releases a new I.R.S. years compilation a month from when this review was written. Now, the different vocal mix of Gardening At Night and the mutual drum-horn mix of Finest Worksong can be found on a couple of rare b-sides collections (namely "R.E.M. In The Attic" and "R.E.M. Singles Collected"), but the only other place you can find the song Romance is on the Made In Heaven soundtrack, which--as far as I know--has never been released on CD; only on cassette and vinyl.

So, with all that out of the way, I can move on. Eponymous was my first R.E.M. album ever. I found it one day in my brother's drawer, and I never looked back. This is a very good album for people who want to get familiar with pre-Warner Brothers R.E.M. stuff, but with that being said, it barely scratches the surface of their early work.

On the more technical side of things, the album suffers from many of the typical problems found in early CDs: not much bass, brittle treble, and rather poor dynamics. Be that as it may, it's still a good starting point for the uninitiated and a great collector's item for the die-hard fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a replacement for a Vinyl Eponymous album that I have that was warped. My husband never had records and didn't know how to take care of mine. Read more
Published 5 days ago by DJKT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was the first album I ever bought as a child, on cassette, and it is still my favorite REM album. Sounds amazing on vinyl!
Published 5 months ago by Robert A. Whited
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Classic REM!
I had this album on cassette and nearly wore that out. It has always been a favorite, something reliable to pop in the car and hit the road with! Read more
Published 13 months ago by H.B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased
I had purchased a song from the album and had meant to complete my collection. I like R.E.M.'s music and was pleased with what I got and the speed and condition that I got it in.
Published 17 months ago by Happy Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
I bought this disc to replace the scratched up original one I got years and years ago. I love this CD.
Published on February 20, 2012 by John Wyckoff
4.0 out of 5 stars your better off buying the whole collection
Just Buy the rest of their albums and forget this one. The music is great, but why buy twice, just buy all the rest and ,dare I say, pass on this one. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by jonathan brailsford
5.0 out of 5 stars The R.E.M. collection to own
R.E.M.'s music is among the most influential of all-time. Their hits like 'Orange Crush' and 'Losing My Religion' still get played on FM radio stations everyday. Read more
Published on April 15, 2008 by Johnny Boy
4.0 out of 5 stars More Than in Name Only
'Eponymous' is R.E.M.'s conception of their greatest hits from their formidable years with IRS. It is admirable: It works well as a sampler; it adds to the experience with... Read more
Published on September 28, 2006 by "Rocky Raccoon"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of R.E.M. classics
While its always better to have each of the individual albums to get some of the deeper cuts. This disk has a great collection of R.E.M. classics.
Published on August 11, 2006 by Chad Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Get A Less Expensive CD of This Album
I love this album.

The problem is that the older copy I bought years ago sounds terrible - muddy low volume, poor dynamics. Read more
Published on June 13, 2006 by zugzwang
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