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Document (R.E.M. No. 5)
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, January 27, 1998
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The original album is well-documented (pun intended), so let me just focus on the specific merits of the 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. In short, it's superb. They really got it right.
There's a booklet with excellent liner notes that puts this album in a historical context that's important in making sense of it, especially for younger listeners who weren't around in 1987. It was the tail end of the Reagan administration, and the optimism of his first term had given way to the Iran-Contra scandal, the increasingly stagnating economy, and a generally repressive atmosphere in the country. "Document" reflected all of that.
The sound of the deluxe edition is excellent. They haven't changed anything, but it's clean, rich and full-sounding, and that includes the live bonus disc, which has a great mix and really great sound for a live recording. If you've got a decent-quality sound system, crank this one up and you'll see what I mean.
Finally, there's the bonus live disc of a concert recorded in Europe on the "Finest Worksong" tour. I wish every single vintage album from "Exile on Main Street" to "This Year's Model" came with a bonus live disc from that year's tour. David Bowie's "Station to Station" did it, and I see it happening more and more, and I love it. Marketing-wise, it's a no-brainer.Read more ›
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The face and voice of grunge. This album made me realize that I am made to listen to grunge. Great msic!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was so pleased to receive this. Their music/lyrics make for a great experience every time I listen to (any of) their music, but this is one of my faves. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ari
The live disc would have been an amazing addition to this package, but it is sooooo painful to hear Stipe sing off-key on many of the songs. It is almost unlistenable. Read morePublished 10 months ago by B. Erickson