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R.E.M.'s fourth studio album, Lifes Rich Pageant was recorded by vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry at John Mellencamp's Belmont Mall Studios in Indiana. Produced by Don Gehman, renowned for producing a string of punchy, soulful heartland-rock albums by Mellencamp, Pageant includes the singles Fall On Me and Superman. The album was R.E.M.'s first to achieve Gold certification status, and it reached #21 on Billboard s Top 200 Albums chart, the band s then-highest chart position. The 2CD lift top box contains the original album digitally remastered. Disc 2 contains "The Athens Demos," 19 previously unreleased tracks recorded by the band before the final studio sessions. Also included is a new poster and postcards.

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listen  1. Begin the Begin (2011 - Remaster) 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. These Days (2011 - Remaster) 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Fall On Me (2011 - Remaster) 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Cuyahoga (2011 - Remaster) 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Hyena (2011 - Remaster) 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Underneath the Bunker (2011 - Remaster) 1:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Flowers of Guatemala (2011 - Remaster) 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Believe (2011 - Remaster) 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. What If We Give It Away? (2011 - Remaster) 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Just a Touch (2011 - Remaster) 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Swan Swan H (2011 - Remaster) 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Superman (2011 - Remaster) 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Fall On Me (Athens Demo) 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Hyena (Athens Demo) 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. March Song (King Of Birds) (Athens Demo) 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. These Days (Athens Demo) 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bad Day (Athens Demo) 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Salsa (Underneath The Bunker) (Athens Demo) 1:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Swan Swan H (Athens Demo) 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Flowers Of Guatemala (Athens Demo) 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Begin The Begin (Athens Demo) 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Cuyahoga (Athens Demo) 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Believe (Athens Demo) 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Out Of Tune (Athens Demo)0:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Jazz (Rotary Ten) (Athens Demo) 1:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Two Steps Onward (Athens Demo) 4:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Just A Touch (Athens Demo) 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mystery To Me (Athens Demo) 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Wait (Athens Demo) 2:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. All The Right Friends (Athens Demo) 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Get On Their Way (What If We Give It Away?) (Athens Demo) 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 12, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 1986
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B004YTGRMI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J. Berner on July 12, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Obviously this is a classic R.E.M album that had them pushing the limits of their sound for the time and does not need to be reviewed again. What does need to be looked at is how well the remaster of the original album is as well as if the second disc is worth the repurchase

Firstly, the first disc does sound a lot crisper then the original cd pressing that has been on the market. The remastering sound is definitely worth the effort, especially if you have a good soundsystem to listen to this on. The vocals are a lot clearer as can be heard on Underneath The Bunker and the music itself is crisper and cleaner.

The second disc is the Athens Demos. Obviously the songs are rough takes but they definitely are worth checking out as several of the songs sound quite a bit different than their finished versions. It is also nice to know that the sound quality on the demos is as crisp as it can be. Though the demos will only really interest fans who like to hear how the songs evolved. If you are not a fan of rough drafts then the second disc will not be as essential as the first.

I personally would have loved to hear some of these songs sung live during that time period.

As for the packaging, it is the same quality as the last reissue Fables of the reconstruction. You will get both discs in sleeves, a booklet with an essay that looks back upon the album as well as postcards and a poster.

It should also be noted that the track listings are still printed a bit out of order as it is on the original. Fall on Me is still track 3 even though it is listed as track 9. Same with Just a Touch, and I believe.

I do realize this was intentional but i liked that touch with the remaster.

I found this reissue to be worth the purchase and would recommend any fan of the album to pick it up as well.
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Everyone else has debated the merits of this album here so I'm not going to go into a lot of detail about the artistic quality of the album except to say that this remains one of my favorite REM albums. "Lifes Rich Pageant" saw the formula of the first three albums altered alteration of the band's once murky sound in favor of clear, clean vocals and instrumentation. Producer Don Gehman ushered the band more into the mainstream with this album helping the band fashion a strong ROCK record that focused less on mysterious sonics and more on straight ahead Rock 'n' Roll.

Interestingly, Geham (according to the liner notes) convinced Stipe to deliver lyrics with a message that fans could understand but if you listen to the demos it seems he was already headed in that direction with much clearer diction so, perhaps, the band was already headed down the less rocky path of the indie band it was and decided to swerve into the lane reserved for mainstream rock artists.

The remaster is another matter entirely. While the detail is extremely good here on the remaster, it is compressed and loud sounding--there's no subtly (I'm not sure if there should be any but I doubt the mastertape sounds like this)to the presentation or the soundtstage on this remastered 25th Anniversary Edition. It suffers from many of the sins that have dogged other remasters including REM's recent deluxe reissues. My advice--hold on to whatever version of this sounds best to you because I doubt sincerely you're going to love this unless you're listening on earbuds from an iPod or mp3 player (or small computer speakers). You can then decide which one you like best. Clearly that's what this remaster was designed for. I suspect the decision to go with the compressed version here came from REM themselves.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By jerayr haleblian on July 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you read the critics, they cite Murmur or Document as REM's best albums. But this is one of the few times that the critics are absolutely wrong. There is no question that Murmur is a great album, but it is not as accessible as Pagent. And by the time Document came out REM's sound had become very commercial. But Pagent lies in that wonderful but exceedingly rare territory where songs are richly textured and complex but highly accessible. Very few bands have ever been able to pull this combination off. This combination of complexity plus accessibility make it an album that can be listened to over and over. I think its the only album I own that I've listened to over 100 times, and still find fresh. That's why I rate it my favorite album, and the most underrated album I know of.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By M. Swinney on March 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"I believe in coyotes and time as an abstract/
Explain the change, the difference between/
What you want and what you need, there's the key"
-- "I Believe"
A review, however written, however praised, I fear won't do this one justice. It's that good...the pinnacle of what R.E.M. has to offer, which is saying a lot in and of itself. To offer unabashed praise without reason is as empty as the soul of a record company corporate lawyer, so here goes.
After all these years of following R.E.M., I've just now noticed the cover art for "Lifes Rich Pageant" is none other than a close-up of Bill Berry upper mug. Who could mistake those bushy unibrows? And now he farms and has left R.E.M. a drum-machining threesome, but this is all beside the point...reason...where's the reason?
"Lifes Rich Pageant," opens up smoking and we hear Michael Stipe's voice clearly, lucid, growling, "Let's begin again, like Martin Luther's Zen." And so they have, once again recreating themselves in discovery which has kept their marathon career fresh, interesting, and relevant.
"Fall on Me," and "The Flowers of Guatemala," represent the genius of Stipe and Mills songwriting and are hauntingly beautiful.
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