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A great album gets its well deserved and long awaited upgrade.
on July 19, 2010
I agree with many of the other reviewers in that the remastered CD does sound better than the orginal edition from 1985. But I, too, have trouble with the second CD's outtakes and wonder why the band didn't include a 1985-era concert or live versions of the studio tunes instead? As mentioned, one must be a huge R.E.M. geek (as am I) to appreciate the original, pre-London versions, although I doubt I'll listen to them again myself. I also have no use for the poster or postcards and would have liked to read some other Rock critics' takes on "Fables" in the liner notes. I have to believe there's some live material floating around that the band could have included on the second CD to fill the available time space (i.e., bump the playing time up to 70+ minutes or so), in order to justify the high list price mentioned by many of the other reviewers. Still, I'm thankful that they are re-issuing their IRS catalog in each of the 25th anniversary years and can't wait to see what they offer up for "Lifes Rich Pageant" in 2011.