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Green [2 CD][25th Anniversary Deluxe Ed.]
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|Audio CD, August 26, 2016||
Vinyl, Original recording remastered, September 2, 2016
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To celebrate the landmark album s 25-year anniversary, Rhino presents a two-disc deluxe edition that features the remastered original album accompanied by a disc of live performances taken from the penultimate show of R.E.M. s 130-date Green World Tour. All 21 songs were recorded in Greensboro, North Carolina on November 10, 1989, just miles from where Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry had their very first recording session at Mitch Easter s Drive-In Studio in Winston-Salem.
The concert captures a fiery set from R.E.M., which had been forged in the crucible of nearly one year of shows. R.E.M. performed most of Green ("Get Up, " "World Leader Pretend" and "You Are The Everything"), while mixing in early favorites like "Fall On Me, " "Finest Worksong, " "The One I Love" and "Perfect Circle" from the band s 1983 debut Murmur. The show also finds the band testing out new songs ("Low" and "Belong") that would appear two years later on Green s follow-up, Out Of Time.
The anniversary set is packaged in a hard clamshell box (similar to previous R.E.M. reissues) and comes with four postcards and a foldout poster, plus insightful liner notes by Uncut editor, Allan Jones. Green: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be available as a 2-disc set and digitally. The remastered album with original art and packaging will also be available on 180-gram vinyl.
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The only song from Tourfilm that is not included in this set is their cover of The Velvet Underground's After Hours that played over the credits. It can be found on the UK Losing My Religion CD single from Mar 91 and the UK Losing My Religion 12" single from Feb 91.
There were a couple of snippets of other peoples' songs that Stipe sang as song intros that were on Tourfilm but are not included here. These were before I Believe and King of Birds. However, the spoken intro to I Believe is still in tact, they just edited the song snippet out that came between the intro and the song. Other songs on this CD (and/or mp3) that keep their spoken intros from Tourfilm include: You Are The Everything, and I Remember California.
Other songs that had spoken intros on Tourfilm but lost them on CD are: Turn You Inside-Out, These Days, World Leader Pretend, Get Up, Begin the Begin, and Finest Worksong.
Also, for the b-side collectors and completists, some of these same Tourfilm recordings had previously appeared as follows:
1. Stand: Losing My Religion (UK CD) (Mar 91).
2. Turn You Inside-Out: Losing My Religion (UK CD) (Mar 91). Note: The single version includes the spoken intro from Tourfilm not included on this Green CD.
3. Belong: Radio Song (US CD & 12" single and UK & German CD) (Nov 91).
4. World Leader Pretend: Music From Tourfilm (US promo CD-Video) (Oct 90), and Losing My Religion (UK CD) (Mar 91).Read more ›
And, soon enough, I put the album (or, more accurately, I put the cassette) aside and largely forgot about it.
Fast forward to 2006. I'm looking through some used CDs and find a cheap copy of "Green." I figure I might as well pick it up and take a step toward completing my REM CD library. The next day, as I'm driving to work, I slip it into the car stereo.
And, halfway in, I find myself weeping uncontrollably.
In 1990, when this album was released, I'd heard "The Wrong Child" as a truly poignant and sad piece of music -- powerful enough to strike a resonant chord with me, but not one that actually related directly to my life as a college kid. In 2006, hearing "The Wrong Child" again for the first time in years, I find myself reacting as a father of a child with special needs... and I almost wish I hadn't purchased the album. It hurts that much to hear Michael Stipe offering the perspective of a chronically-ill or special needs child, yearning in the most impossible and innocent way to do the simplest things that 'normal' kids do.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome CD! Very satisfied with my purchase. Would definitely recommend seller to others. Great customer service.Published 6 months ago by tengelking
This review is for the vinyl re-issue. For the quality, I give 5 stars. The pressing was quiet and it was enjoyable to listen to on my turntable. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tony
Green would bring R.E.M. bring to the masses. This was my first R.E.M. album as I bought this shortly after it was released. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Alapick
I have owned this album since first released, on CD, cassette and on the original Masterdisk Lp pressing. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J R
This is a fantastic record. Ordered this for my son. It was on his birthday wish list. Great item packed well. Shipped fast.Published 14 months ago by Curt R
Been collecting R.E.M. On cd again and never owned the album Green before. What a surprise when I saw it on sale on Amazon. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ciao Carlos