Prime Music

Buy New

Includes FREE MP3
of this album.
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Good See details
$21.38 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details

Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $4.60 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Lifes Rich Pageant (25th Anniversary Edition) [Original recording remastered]

R.E.M.Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)

Price: $25.08 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
 : Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
   Provided by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Want it Monday, Sept. 22? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.


Amazon Price New from Used from
MP3 Music, 12 Songs, 1998 $9.49  
Audio CD, Original recording reissued, 1998 $9.61  
Audio CD, Original recording remastered, 2011 $25.08  
Vinyl, Limited Edition, 2011 $34.48  
Audio Cassette, 1989 --  

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.

Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
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 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
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 

Amazon's R.E.M. Store


Image of album by R.E.M.


Image of R.E.M.


R.E.M. Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011


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

Visit Amazon's R.E.M. Store
for 193 albums, 11 photos, videos, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Frequently Bought Together

Lifes Rich Pageant (25th Anniversary Edition) + Murmur + Reckoning
Price for all three: $39.13

Buy the selected items together
  • Murmur $6.08
  • Reckoning $7.97

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 12, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 1986
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very strong remaster 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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
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.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most underrated album in the last 25 years 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.
Was this review helpful to you?
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definition of Art May 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I had no idea that the purchase of this cassette in 1986 would change my musical taste forever. Lifes Rich Pageant is simply perfect from start to finish. REM takes the listener on a roller coaster ride of driving, infectious pop and rich, intelligent ballads with a relevent social motif. I think the band really tried to create a unique album that would be smart and a bit more commercial than the previous four. "Begin the Begin" is a rocker that fittingly starts the album and contains one of Peter Buck's greatest guitar riffs. "Flowers of Guatemala" is a lyrically beautiful song with great harmonies and brilliant vocal layering. "Swan Swan H" and "Cuyahoga" are wonderful reminiscent ballads that add nice texture to the album. Most people are familiar with "Fall on Me" and "Superman" (the two songs that launched REM into the somewhat mainstream). Other great classic REM songs are "These Days", "I Believe", and "Just a Touch". There are no bad songs and like most REM albums, this one should be listened to in its entirety. A MUST!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 12 days ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied
Order arrived on time with no problems. Satisfied customer
Published 1 month ago by Phil Hermans
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly REM's Very Best
My all time favorite REM.
Published 2 months ago by TB1
5.0 out of 5 stars REM!
For whatever, personal reasons, still one of my favorite REM albums. Terrific cover of "Superman". The band at the top of their game.
Published 3 months ago by Kurk Schoner
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best REM albums
The Album that bridged the gap from edgy cult band to pop band. A must have for any REM fan.
Published 4 months ago by Bk in Florida
5.0 out of 5 stars Great version
Loved this album to start with, this version has some great extra tracks. I have greatly enjoyed it, and if you are an REM fan you should definitely consider adding to your... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kevin Roche
5.0 out of 5 stars The best...
This was the best REM album of the 80's, in my own opinion. It was a critical hinge point in the bad's career. Read more
Published 6 months ago by UltraB
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remix and great extras
One of R.E.M.s best albums, and the excellent remix and the extras make this a great acquisition for any fan of this brilliant group.
Published 6 months ago by TJO73
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect.
Just as promised.

I love strawberry jam. I wish I had more strawberry jam. I would bathe in it.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I saw R.E.M. warm up for the English Beat in '82. University of KY. Student Center Ballroom, 1000 tickets sold. So close we could touch them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Armand Le Trekk
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for Similar Items by Category