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Green [Import]

R.E.M.Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LFU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,465 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pop Song 89
2. Get Up
3. You Are The Everthing
4. Stand
5. World Leader Pretend
6. The Wrong Child
7. Orange Crush
8. Turn You Inside-Out
9. Hairshirt
10. I Remember California
11. Bonus Track 1

Editorial Reviews

Green catapulted R.E.M. from campus cult favorites to rock stars of the highest order. The album contains three of the Athens, Georgia, quartet's most popular radio hits ("Pop Song 89," "Stand," and "Orange Crush"), punching up the big rock hooks and letting the spooky independent production slip away. Some diehard fans cried "Sellout!" but that's a strange attitude given singer Michael Stipe's environmental activism. "I'm very scared of this world," he sings above jangling mandolins on "You Are the Everything." It's still unclear what he's trying to say, but at least we can understand the words this time. --Steve Knopper

Product Description

When R.E.M. graduated from I.R.S. to Warner Bros., they also graduated from clubs and theaters to stadiums. Their 1988 Warner debut reached #12, thanks to the hits Stand and Pop Song 89 .

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "History is made to seem unfair" September 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"Green" is a very bizarre album - and I mean this in the best possible way. The year is 1988 and R.E.M., for the past seven years, having being the champions and yardstick for alternative and independent music, ditch their label IRS and sign with Warner Bros. Sellout? Opinion was (and still is) divided. "Green" is often measured as the end of the "old" R.E.M. and the beginning of a new, commercialised wannabe supergroup. The album features bright, bubblegum songs such as "Pop Song 89", "Get Up" and "Stand" - the last one becoming a huge hit due to its radio friendliness - something which R.E.M. had always avoided. Michael Stipe's singing has become much clearer (however this had already been underway since 1986's "Lifes Rich Pageant") and, shock horror, the entire lyrics to a song ("World Leader Pretend") are printed on the sleeve. Is "Green" the end of R.E.M. as we know it? In the humble opinion of this writer, no. Allow me to elucidate. True, the "bubblegum/pop song" factor IS prevalent on "Green", in the songs mentioned above. However, they still have that subversive touch that is true to R.E.M. The opener, "Pop Song 89" lifts ideas from The Doors' "Hello, I Love You" and seems to be a selection of platitudes and chat-up lines. "Stand" seems to be an overall, life affirming song about...well, life itself and "Get Up" is a song about the conflict between dreaming and getting out and living life - their contradictory nature, they both "complicate" and "complement" the singer's life. True, they all seem straightforward, but you can't help notice that in all these songs, Michael Stipe may be winking at us. Read more ›
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I will try to sing a happy song. March 22, 2006
By sfobos
Format:Audio CD
I was in college when this album first came out, and I remember being disappointed overall at the effort -- GREEN was a real departure for REM at the time, insofar as that it largely left behind the jangle and obfuscation of earlier albums in favor of a big, clear and mainstream-friendly "rock" sound. I remember being turned off by what seemed (at the time) like too-obvious bids for airplay, like "Pop Song 89" and the awful "Stand." I remember the stark contrast between the gentler, more thoughtful songs - "Hairshirt," "The Wrong Child," "You Are The Everything" and the goofy, charming "Bonus Track 1" - and the rest of the album.

And, soon enough, I put the album (or, more accurately, I put the cassette) aside and largely forgot about it.

Fast forward to 2006. I'm looking through some used CDs and find a cheap copy of "Green." I figure I might as well pick it up and take a step toward completing my REM CD library. The next day, as I'm driving to work, I slip it into the car stereo.

And, halfway in, I find myself weeping uncontrollably.

In 1990, when this album was released, I'd heard "The Wrong Child" as a truly poignant and sad piece of music -- powerful enough to strike a resonant chord with me, but not one that actually related directly to my life as a college kid. In 2006, hearing "The Wrong Child" again for the first time in years, I find myself reacting as a father of a child with special needs... and I almost wish I hadn't purchased the album. It hurts that much to hear Michael Stipe offering the perspective of a chronically-ill or special needs child, yearning in the most impossible and innocent way to do the simplest things that 'normal' kids do.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Major Label Debut May 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
After the success of Document, R.E.M. moved from college radio giants to mainstream stars. They made the move from the independent IRS label to corporate rock giant Warner Brothers. Green is their debut release for Warner Brothers. While many diehard fans felt the band sold out, R.E.M. proved that you could work in the mainstream and still maintain your integrity. Green does have a more commercial sound than their previous efforts, most notably in the big hit "Stand". With the chance to reach a larger audience, the lyrics take on a more a socially active approach. The album's title is about trying to become environmentally friendly and many of the song's deal with the government's and big business' pollution of the environment and its people. "Orange Crush" is about the damage Agent Orange caused soldiers in Vietnam and "You Are The Everything" voices concerns about the ecology. "Get Up" is a call for activism. "Pop Song 89" is a sarcastic take on their new found chart success. "World Leader Pretend" is a great song and it also marked the first song the band ever printed lyrics to. It is the only song from the album to have the lyrics included, but it such as masterful song, that aspect only enhances the power of the words. Green was a big move forward for R.E.M. as they left behind their roots and started to grow towards bigger and greater commercial and critical successes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Only to "Reckoning" December 13, 1999
Format:Audio CD
If I am nothing else, I am an R.E.M. fan. Although I wish I could say I listened when they were still a college band, I was just too young. This was the album that made me a fan; when it came out, I was 10. But every one of these songs means something to me: "Stand" made junior high dances really fun, "You Are the Everything" fills me when I feel empty, and "I Remember California"...well, it makes me remember California. Environmental activism is good and all, but the songs here are REM's best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! A must-have for R.E.M. fans who love vinyl.
I bought this at a local record store, and the moment I put it on, I was amazed. I heard small sounds on this record that I never heard on MP3 or Spotify (namely on "World... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Andrew Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars R.E.M. close the 80s with a unique major label debut.
After the release of Document in 1987, R.E.M.'s popularity was beginning to grow stronger thanks to that album's single, "The One I Love" which became the group's first top... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars George K
I bought this because ALL of my R.E.M. had been stolen by a "friend". R.E.M. is my favorite band of all time. Even though they called it a day back in 2011. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gerge Klavins
3.0 out of 5 stars it's "okay"
recently went thru a must-have "everything R.E.M." phase in my music collection, and a ton of their music is readily available dirt -cheap on amazon & e-bay, so i bought 4... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
I'm slowly replacing my vinyl collection, and this is one that I've missed a lot since I got rid of my turntable! I love this album, especially the song "Orange Crush."
Published 4 months ago by Rebecca Mugridge
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
I had this album before, but lost it. Anyway, I knew it was great. The best part, however, was how quickly it came.
Published 6 months ago by Phillip R. Greaves II
5.0 out of 5 stars REM - Rock Gods
In my opinion, REM is the best band out there. I mourned when Bill left the group and again when the band ended but it was time for them. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pegs
5.0 out of 5 stars Green a classic!
25 years on, "Green" remains one of if not the most diverse R.E.M. records. As their major label debut, it exposes their pop sensibilities ("Pop Song '89", "Get Up", and "Stand"),... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Hank
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Great R.E.M. Album
While Out Of Time and Automatic For The People have some real gems on them (ie Belong and Find The River) Green is the last album the band made that was solid all the way through,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by William A. Schooling
3.0 out of 5 stars the decline and fall
I was a huge R.E.M. fan in the 80s and into the 90s, and still bought all the albums they put out in the past decade. But this album would rank as my least favorite of the bunch. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
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