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Green [2 CD][25th Anniversary Deluxe Ed.]
25th Anniversary, Deluxe ed.
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R.E.M. achieved global success with the 1988 release of Green, the Athens, Georgia quartet s sixth studio album and first for Warner Bros. Records, which would be the band s label home for the rest of their recording career. While R.E.M. was fast becoming one of the most acclaimed and revered acts in the U.S., Green was their first album to gain the attention of a worldwide audience. Packed with tracks destined to be definitive additions to the band s canon, including "Orange Crush, " "Pop Song 89, " and "Stand, " Green was certified double platinum and doubled the domestic sales of the band s previous release. Green continued R.E.M. s dedication to the message of social consciousness, as evidenced by the album s title, which would go on to became a ubiquitous buzzword for environmentally friendly initiatives.
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). Note: Neither the single version nor this Green CD version include the intro from Tourfilm.
5. Get Up: Music From Tourfilm (US promo CD-Video) (Oct 90), and Shiny Happy People (UK CD) (Jun 91). Note: The single version includes the spoken intro from Tourfilm that this Green CD does not.
6. It's The End Of The World As We Know It: Music From Tourfilm (US promo CD-Video) (Oct 90).
7. Pop Song 89: Shiny Happy People (UK CD) (Jun 91).
8. You Are The Everything: Radio Song (UK CD) (Nov 91). Note: Single version includes same spoken intro as on Tourfilm and this Green CD.
9. I Remember California: Shiny Happy People (UK CD) (Jun 91).
All of the above (except for #6) were also part the the R.E.M. Singles Collection 4 CD box set (Dec 91) which collected together singles for Radio Song, Losing My Religion, Shiny Happy People, and Near Wild Heaven.
So, this Green CD includes the following live tracks not previously realeased officially on Tourfilm or any music format: Exhuming McCarthy, Good Advices, Orange Crush, Cuyahoga, Life And How To Live It, and Low (and on RSD EP & mp3: South Central Rain, and Strange).
While the music on the Green album is fantastic, the 2013 remastering by Chris Bellman could have been better. Maybe I had high expectations given that Green is one of my favorite albums, but all he did was enhance the bass and chop off a bit of the high frequencies. Green was already a thin-sounding mix to begin with and compressing it more kinda defeats the whole purpose of remastering it. Buck's guitar, especially on songs like Pop Song 89 and Orange Crush for example, is a bit buried in the background now rather than being a commanding presence up front like it should be. Let's hope that they give future reissues like Out of Time and Automatic for the People a really good remastering because quite frankly, they deserve it.
Overall, this 25th anniversary set which is totally worth it for the Greensboro show only.
When I saw there was a 25th anniversary reissue I was exited at the idea that they had finally worked these issues out, and some they did, but not enough. The thick vinyl is nice and the artwork and sleeve is almost identical to the original. The vinyl is silent (as is my original) and they have been able to give more dimension to the stage and open up the backround vocals which really makes the recording sound more alive. But Stipe is still in the metal box and the upper end is still hard and biting. What I am led to think is that the original master was digital and they tried as much as they could to open it up, but, you can only do so much.
If your system tends to be bass heavy and have a rolled off top end, this reissue will sound excellent. If your system is more neutral to bright (like mine running horns), this may be a bit painful at times.
If you own an original pressing and have a seriously good system, it may be worth buying the re-issue for the slightly added dimension, but it is not a night and day difference from the original.