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Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions (2CD)

R.E.M.Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 19, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00JFBCDD2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions is a 2-CD set including every performance from the original 1991 and 2001 broadcasts, as well as 11 songs that never aired.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! Now... Where's the DVD? May 19, 2014
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I have been waiting for this release since... Well, 1991. I am so excited to have this set of two pristine performances. REM is more than just a band - they are all artistic visionaries who made a mark on the face of music that will never go away. We'll never have a band that sounds like them again. These shows showcase the quality of their music because the songs transition so well into 'unplugged' versions from the 'plugged in' versions as they were originally recorded. In short, these two performances are legendary.

The 1991 set is probably my favorite of the two because it has a more stripped down sound without the other extraneous musicians that are in the 2001 show but don't get me wrong, that is am amazing show too. (I will note that this isn't the full 2001 show technically... In actuality some of the songs were repeated because they didn't like how they sounded the first time around.)

If you are a new REM fan buy this before you buy anything else. If you're a long time fan - - do I have to give you a reason to buy it? Shouldn't you have bought it by now???

Personal favorites in this set is Mike Mills' cover of "Love is All Around" (wish he had recorded more songs singing lead) and of course, any song with Peter's mandolin. (Peter inspired me to learn the mandolin!) Enjoy the art, the sound, the emotion that is REM. These men are amazing even after Berry's retirement.

The quality of the sound is crystal clear, Bill Berry's vocals stand out more here than in the 1991 broadcast show but I will point out, however, that some of Michael's banter has been edited out of both shows.

Now the only question is: HOW MANY MORE YEARS WILL I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THIS ON DVD??? I have bootleg DVDs of the performances but I know an 'official' release would be better quality.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fuzzy Beautiful May 19, 2014
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In 1984, R.E.M. were touring up and down the eastern seaboard and the DJ's in Norfolk had the good sense to play their music on the radio there. To my friends this was our 'local' band from Georgia that visited us in Virginia and played some fantastic shows just for us. My favorite of several R.E.M. concerts I attended was the 1984 concert in Virginia Beach the band played right in the middle of the hot summer of that year with the amazing Dream Syndicate as the openers. Of the hundreds of shows I got lucky enough to see this one was really special and it proved that R.E.M. was a performing band first and lucky for us they made some incredible records as well.

Others, spread the word about the greatness of this band and by the end of the eighties they were much bigger than anyone ever thought they would ever be as the most popular American band of all by the early 1990's. Bootlegs of R.E.M. are out there in bigger numbers than the official releases and it's fun to find a boot of a great R.E.M. show anywhere you can and I have a couple dozen I have gathered in my travels from the past 25 years of searching and most of these discs are treasures I'll always enjoy.

This collection captures two MTV Unplugged shows from 1991 and 2001.
The 1991 show features Berry, Buck, Mills & Stipe with Peter Holsapple with mandolins and guitars all bright and shiny and with "Stand" and some others hit songs not included this is not a "Greatest Hits" show but career-spanning bunch of songs from 1980-1991 that are just some greatest American music that you will ever hear.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In their element June 9, 2014
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Given that, even in their earliest days, R.E.M. depended heavily on acoustic coloring for their finest material, it's not a surprise that MTV Unplugged would fit them like a glove. These two Unplugged Sessions, which include 11 performances not featured on either of the original broadcasts, offer both empirical evidence that - in both of their decades - R.E.M. could evoke all that was good about indie bands in the 80's on.

Split between a 1991 show behind "Out Of Time" and a 2001 show behind "Reveal," they augmented their sound with guests like Peter Holsapple (the 1991 set in particular) and Scott McCaughey (who played in the pick-up band The Minus Five with Peter Buck). It also showcases how important Mike Mills' harmony vocals were with Michael Stipe's idiosyncratic leads. Given the time between the two sets (long enough to include the R.E.M. post Bill Berry), there's a lot of ground to cover. It actually makes the 2001 disc a more satisfying listen, as they include favorites like "South Central Rain," "The One That I Love" and the oddness of "Country Feedback" sitting next to songs like "Imitation Of Life" and "Sad Professor," which are improved in this setting. They also went for the lesser known songs, like "Belong" and "Rotary Eleven" at the expense of some more obvious selections ("Radio Free Europe" doesn't show up on either disc, although "Losing My Religion" made both shows).

Fans made distraught by the band's break-up can now content themselves with vintage material such as "Unplugged: The Complete Sessions" and the online clear-out of B-Sides and outtakes for the real devout. However, as dual snapshots in the R.E.M. timeline, "Unplugged: The Complete Sessions" is a feast in a drought. I am willing to bet that there's still more in the vaults that will arrive over time. One can only hope.
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fine product
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Release Aimed at the Fans
If Amazon allowed for a more nuanced rating system with the ability to give half stars, then I would have given this release three and a half stars. Read more
Published 4 days ago by typicalrecords
4.0 out of 5 stars More punch needed
Expected a little more of punch. But the unplugged format is like that anyway.
Published 5 days ago by Carlos Rafael Pompeu
5.0 out of 5 stars R. E. M. live and acoustic: ...
R.E.M. live and acoustic: what more do you need to know?!
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this is a great accoustical cd, i highly recommend it
Published 8 days ago by Eddie Sipe
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The best of REM from both MTV unplugged sessions..so many great versions..they sound amazing
Published 14 days ago by val
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music
If you enjoy REM this is a must. Excellent recordings and versions. Pure artistry.
Published 19 days ago by Mark Buckley
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Published 24 days ago by leika
4.0 out of 5 stars to those of us born in the late 1950s who are longtime REM fanatics...
Two CDs encompassing every track performed by REM on their two Unplugged appearances and with even more music as songs filmed by MTV but not broadcast at the time are included... Read more
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Where's the DVD?
I agree. I'm ready for that as well! \m/
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Coldplay decided to release their new album on Monday the 19th so all the other big releases next week decided to move their release dates from Tuesday to Monday as well. Happens a few times a year with big releases.
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