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Live At The Olympia (2CD/1DVD)

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Special three disc (two CDs + DVD) edition includes a bonus DVD that contains a film of the Dublin shows by Vincent Moon and Jeremiah. 2009 live set featuring 39 songs from their acclaimed 2007 working rehearsals in Dublin, Ireland. R.E.M. set up camp at the venerable Olympia Theatre in Ireland's capital city and tested new material over five nights before passionate, capacity crowds. This live album was produced by Dublin native Jacknife Lee who, along with R.E.M., co-produced Accelerate, the album which emerged from these shows.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Living Well Is The Best Revenge
  2. Second Guessing
  3. Letter Never Sent
  4. Staring Down The Barrel Of The
  5. Disturbance At The Heron House
  6. Mr. Richards
  7. Houston
  8. New Test Leper
  9. Cuyahoga
  10. Electrolite
  11. Man-Sized Wreath
  12. So. Central Rain
  13. On The Fly
  14. Maps And Legends
  15. Sitting Still
  16. Driver 8
  17. Horse To Water
  18. I'm Gonna DJ
  19. Circus Envy
  20. These Days

Disc: 2

  1. Drive
  2. Feeling Gravity's Pull
  3. Until The Day Is Done
  4. Accelerate
  5. Auctioneer
  6. Little America
  7. 1,000,000
  8. Disguised
  9. The Worst Joke Ever
  10. Welcome To The Occupation
  11. Carnival Of Sorts (Boxcar)
  12. Harborcoat
  13. Wolves, Lower
  14. I've Been High
  15. Kohoutek
  16. West Of The Fields
  17. Pretty Persuasion
  18. Romance
  19. Gardening At Night

Disc: 3

  1. This Is Not A Show, A Film By Vincent Moon and Jeremiah (DVD)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 27, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B002NVTBUY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,453 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is one of the best R.E.M. packages in their very long & very great career. This IS rock & roll.

R.E.M. has assembled a great collection of some of their most under utilized songs and polished them up with spectacular production and some new twists. Long-time fans from the IRS years will love the jewels from Reckoning, Chronic Town and Fables. Songs like "Harborcoat", "Feeling Gravity's Pull" and "Maps and Legends" still sound fresh and relevant. Middle period R.E.M. doesn't get the same emphasis, but "Circus Envy" and "Electrolite" fit in perfectly. I have a whole new appreciation for them. The newest material from Accelerate is killer. Nearly all of Accelerate is here. Some of these songs sound different than their final versions, and that makes it even more interesting. "Until the Day is Done" is nearly perfect. "Living Well is the Best Revenge" will peel the paint of the walls. Turn this up loud!

Production credits are top notch. Mike Mills amazes. His bass playing is so unique and creative. I'm in awe. Stipe & Buck are in top form too. And I can't say enough about the packaging. It is very classy. Each song gets a write-up from Peter Buck. Extensive liner notes & great photography too. The entire package design is very classy. I've often wondered why R.E.M. didn't spruce up their CDs with better packaging, but this time they really did it right. Don't get this one on digital. Buy the physical product. And get the DVD version too.

Thanks R.E.M.!! One of the best live albums I've ever listened to.
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Almost to the day 2 years ago, REM released its first official live album in its illustrious career ("REM Live"), but unfortunately that live album pretty much collapsed under the weight of far too many weak recent songs (6 no less from the dud that is "Around The Sun"). Thankfully we didn't have to wait too long for this to be corrected.

"Live At the Olympia" (2 CDs; 39 tracks; 149 min.) is as astonishingly strong and fresh as "REM Live" felt forced and unnatural. (Interestingly, both these live albums were recorded in Dublin, albeit at different venues.) From the opening chords of "Living Well Is the Best Revenge" (also the opening track from the equally excellent "Accelerate" studio album released last year), the band plays with vigor and an extra kick not heard since.... well, probably since Barry left the band. Sprinkled throughout this opulence of 39 tracks are 8 of the 11 tracks from "Accelerate", which is actually a good thing (strangely, the single "Supernatural Superserious" is not on here). Thankfully missing on here are tried songs like "Everybody Hurts" and "Losing My Religion", which I simply can't stand hearing any more, ever. Instead we are treated to a boatload of old nuggets: half the track from the "Reckoning" album ("Second Guessing", "So. Central Rain", "Little America", "Harborcoat" and "Pretty Persuasion", all one better than the next), 4 tracks from "Fables of the Reconstruction" ("Maps and Legends", "Drive 8", "Auctioneer" and "Kohoutek"), and even the band's first EP "Chronic Town (1982) is covered by 3 tracks here: "1,000,000", "Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)", and the last track on this album (and also closing track on the EP), a beautiful "Gardening At Night".
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If you are a long time REM lover you remember how Chronic Town and Murmur sounded so different from anything at the time. Then a string of consistently great output. Then... well some bumps along the way, but Accelerate (for me) restored much of their past glory. I enjoy their live release of 2 or so years ago (REM Live). But this is the crown jewel.

Do you love this band? Like them? Did you look at the track list? Then I assume you have bought this. If not I can only offer a few comments to urge you to do so.

Rehearsals or whatever, this comes across as a concert. Another review noted the compression of the recording, but it is to my ears not that bad (at least compared to the majority of other live releases of late). For the most part, the instruments are quite clear and the overall sound very good. Here and there it does seem too loud. But I 100% forgive this for the quality of this performance and the songs.

The band is inspired. Michael is in fine form and is fairly chatty. He has a couple of hilarious moments ("Thank you search engine..." made me laugh out loud). The lyrics are clear. Buck is fantastic as always. Mills is his usual demon on bass but what this recording reminded me is how great his backing vocals are. He kind of circles around Stipe which really fills out the songs. The drumming is fine, and the second guitarist (who I cannot always find in the mix) does fill things out when present.

The band seems very relaxed and is clearly having fun (listen to the on stage banter) despite all Stipe's claims that they are terrified. There is an urgency in the performance. If these were rehearsals, they seem intent to bring their "A game" and just nail the songs.
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