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R.E.M.Audio CD
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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 (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000001I0A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Though critics swamped R.E.M.'s 1983 full-length debut with country-rock comparisons to the Byrds, Murmur sounds like no one else. The title is an apt description of Michael Stipe's singing style, although his smooth pop vocal mannerisms sweeten the enigmatic poetry. Like all great bands, R.E.M.'s individual parts (Peter Buck's ringing guitar, drummer Bill Berry's persistent thumping, and Mike Mills's unifying bass) are as interesting as the collective sound. The album-opening "Radio Free Europe" and "Talk About the Passion" endure as its radio singles, but the rest of the songs hang together well taken as a whole. --Steve Knopper

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An '80s classic, a college-rock landmark the legendary 1983 full-length debut by R.E.M.! Stipe, Buck and the boys created a whole new sound with these remarkable songs: Radio Free Europe; Catapult; Talk About the Passion , and more.

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100 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Right on target", indeed November 26, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was seriously all prepared to smack this album for being (a) strategically holiday-priced as overinflated, (b) stingy with the extras, and (c) suffering because of el lame-o artwork, blah blah blah. But one spin, and by "Catapult", I'm driving home from purchasing this, singing lyrics at the top of my lungs that were never there to begin with, deeply wishing I could shave 25 years off my life and encounter Berry Buck Mills Stipe again with a fresh set of ears, and even better, secretly negotiating with myself that the hefty price tag was completely worth it after three songs. It just is, and you know it.

What the heck is there to say about this album, except that for me and millions like me, this was "Meet The Beatles"? Or the Bible? Or the soundtrack to the best years of our lives? It would take a year to express why, how, what, and where - but let's get to the important stuff. This is a reissue done RIGHT. No loss of integrity or continuity by remaking the album's order or tacking on distracting extras you don't need or can get elsewhere. Decent, faithful art (okay, maybe the layout of the liner notes could have been less berszerk, but whatever man, play "Sitting Still" LOUD and get over it). A highly righteous live set from '83 that sounds (like all their early live sets did) like you're flying down the highway hands off the wheel headed somewhere, but you're not sure where, and could care less.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts Of Punch December 1, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not too many bands over the last forty years or so have come out of the gate with an introductory LP with such a lasting impact as: "Murmur".
This record created something entirely different in 1983, it was rock as much as it was pop, and it wasn't even close to anything else released during the early eighties. The biggest kicker to the whole deal was that R.E.M. came from a small town in Georgia.

How in the world, can an album fit in between Molly Hatchet & Thriller? How can mumbled/mixed down vocals and chiming Rickenbacker guitars hold their own next to moonwalking and 27 minute jams of: "Whipping Post?" Well, R.E.M. was about unknown to everyone north of Richmond, Virginia and south of Jacksonville, Florida in early 1983, when IRS thrust this force onto a world of folks that were dying to be freed from the onslaught of drum machines and synths and crummy white-bread R & B, that at the time, seemed endless and unrelenting.

I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time on the coast of Virginia when this storm surged right at us. "Radio Free Europe" was already all over the good radio staions in southlands, and this single was very...well, it was great! The "Chronic Town" EP was in record stores with that bored gargoyle on a cool blue record sleeve. Something really different was happening here, catchy songs and an air of freshness was blowing out the pomp and excesses of the 1970's.

Disc One: "Murmur"
The big issue here with the 1983 recording, will be of course the concern over the sound of this, the re-mastered edition of 2008. To my old ears, this version is not that much different from the original record. What is of notice, is the the bass guitar is punching and pounding at the woofers of my speakers.
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137 of 160 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars alternative January 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Well I can't believe that in the long review I put down there, I didn't really say exactly WHY "murmur" is the greatest album i've ever heard. Sooooo here, finally, in Lester Bangs "Metal Machine Music" fashion, are the reasons.
1. Throughout the entire album, vocalist Michael Stipe purposely makes the lyrics unintelligible so that the listener can more easily interpret the songs for his/herself. This may have also been a way to guarantee keeping this album in the underground so that it would never become popular with the uncool MTV crowd.
2. The talents of bassist Mike Mills should never be overlooked. Ever hear his basswork during the "Straight off the boat, where to go?" section of "Radio Free Europe", or the intro to "Laughing"? That song has THREE separate melodies in its three minutes of existence, and they're ALL great.
3. I read somewhere that the band was so ego-free that they had every instrument and the vocals balanced out in the mix so that no part would stand out. They wanted it to sound like a mush, which I think is really innovative, considering the overblown heavy metal that was popular at the time (this was 1983 remember).
4. A sad lament: Nobody makes their drums sound like the ones in the beginning of "Catapult" anymore.
Excellent drumming that actually sets a mood and isn't just mindless thumpity thump thump. Oh, and Bill Berry also wrote the piano line for "Perfect Circle", and for which we should all be eternally grateful.
5. One of the best "anti-album cover" album covers: the dark kudzu tree field. The words "R.E.M.
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5.0 out of 5 stars guttural style that we enjoyed in their IRS days
If you're looking at this album you know what it is. REM's first studio album! One of my favorites having that honest, guttural style that we enjoyed in their IRS days.
Published 22 days ago by Bk in Florida
5.0 out of 5 stars REM!
An incredible debut from some very talented musicians out of the Athens, Georgia scene. If you don't already have it, why not?
Published 1 month ago by Kurk Schoner
4.0 out of 5 stars R.E.M. Makes it on the Map
I was living in the Norfolk, VA area in the 1980s. R.E.M. was no stranger to the radio or the small venue concert scene. They were good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Undeniable classic.
For me I don't understand how anyone couldn't like this kind of music but that's just me. THIS is real music and they just don't make albums like this anymore. Read more
Published 2 months ago by soundstudio
5.0 out of 5 stars Best
A strong first album by a band that would continue this greatness for a number of decades. This is more sparse than later work, I like sparse than over-produced.
Published 2 months ago by Ian M.
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 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good without bong hits!!!
Fell in love with REM back in the waning days of my college life, needless to say much of my musical tastes were developed under the influence of the herb people can now buy darn... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Charks P. Harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Debut Album
Very unique sound! Have enjoyed this album for years. Original had on cassette tape which made it hard to digitize.
Published 9 months ago by C. Seacord
1.0 out of 5 stars The remaster is a tragedy.]=
I really don't like this deluxe edition. The original album is mixed WAY too loud. I'm all for remasters, I'm no old fogey, but there comes a point where you can ruin a cd for... Read more
Published 12 months ago by J.F. Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Playing this brings back memories of the Denver area when I'd drive around with my girlfriend as this played over and over on the cassette player. Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. A. Rice
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