R.E.M. - Best Οf R.E.M. Αt Τhe BBC (2LP)

R.E.M. - Best Οf R.E.M. Αt Τhe BBC (2LP)
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In the U.S., R.E.M. came to attention in the early ‘80’s and developed a fanbase around the band’s relentless touring schedule and college radio airplay – a uniquely American network of local radio stations playing “alternative” music. The band’s emergence in Europe also stemmed around their live forays in England, France, the Netherlands and Germany starting in ’83. From this time, the BBC embraced the band – not only with airplay, but also with interviews, TV appearances and in-studio sessions. This strong bind between R.E.M. and the BBC throughout the band’s career is celebrated here with Best Of R.E.M. At The BBC 180 gram 2LP set.  The audio is delineated first by in-session performances - from 1991’s Into The Night, to John Peel Sessions and through to the Radio 1 Live Lounge in 2008.

The live broadcasts begin with a rough and tumble show in 1984 at Nottingham’s Rock City, the stunning 1995 return from a 6 year touring hiatus for the Monster Tour at The National Bowl at Milton Keynes, followed by a blistering headline performance at Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage in 1999 and rounded out with 2004’s intimate performance for 200 BBC-invited guests at London’s St. James’ Church.

The band’s history with the BBC is documented with a newly written overview of the BBC/R.E.M. connection by rock journalist Tom Doyle.

Side A:
1. World Leader Pretend
2. Radio Song
3. Losing My Religion - Recorded for Nicky Campbell Session Into The Night on BBC Radio 1, First broadcast on 13 March 1991
4. Lotus
5. At My Most Beautiful - Recorded for John Peel Session on BBC Radio 1, First broadcast on 25 October 1998
Side B:
1. Bad Day
2. Orange Crush - Recorded for Mark and Lard on BBC Radio 1, First broadcast on 15 October 2003
3. Man On The Moon
4. Imitation Of Life - Recorded for Drivetime on BBC Radio 2, First broadcast 15 October 2003
5. Supernatural Superserious - Recorded for Radio 1 Live Lounge on BBC Radio 1, First broadcast 26 March 2008

Best of BBC Live Broadcasts
Side C:

1. Driver 8
2. Radio Free Europe - First broadcast on 21 November 1984 from Rock City, Nottingham
3. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
4. Drive
5. Half A World Away
6. Pop Song 89 - First broadcast on 30 July 1995 from Milton Keynes
Side D:
1. Everybody Hurts
2. Its the End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - First broadcast on 25 June 1999 from Pyramid Stage Glastonbury Festival
3. Losing My Religion
4. Man On The Moon - First broadcast on 15 September 2004 from St. James’s Church, London

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