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Ed Colver

R.E.M.’s ‘Reckoning’ – A Look Back on the Band’s Second LP

Not long after wrapping the tour in support of their debut album in 1983, R.E.M. returned to the North Carolina studio where they made ‘Murmur.’

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Laura Levine

‘Murmur’ – A Look Back on R.E.M.’s Masterpiece

By the time R.E.M. released their debut album on April 12, 1983, the buzz was already swirling.

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Carlos Alvarez, Getty Images

In Defense of … R.E.M.’s ‘Monster’

Back when people still paid actual money to buy actual albums, I was a budget-conscious teenager bent on getting the most music for my dollar.

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Anton Corbjin

R.E.M.’s ‘Out of Time’ – A Classic Album Revisited

‘Out of Time’ played to R.E.M.’s legacy and advanced it. Employing mandolin, organ, harpsichord, strings, horns and even rapper KRS-One, the album is the group’s most diverse.

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Sandra Lee Phipps

25 Years Ago: R.E.M.’s ‘Green’ Album Released

In 1988, after kicking around for more than five years as America’s indie-rock kings, R.E.M. finally decided to take advantage of their growing fan base, increased record sales and recent Top 10 hit. They left the hip indie label I.R.S. Records for Warner Bros., a major record company that reportedly offered them around $10 million, and retreated to Memphis to begin working on the follow-up to ‘Document,’ which spawned the group’s first hit single, ‘The One I Love.’

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

10 Best R.E.M. Lyrics

R.E.M. were one of modern music’s most successful and influential bands, and Michael Stipe was one the most charismatic frontmen in rock history. Yet his lyrics have always been enigmatic and often indecipherable. Stipe has admitted that during the band’s

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10 Bands That Owe R.E.M. a Round

While there's no shortage of musicians who ought to send Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry effusive thank-you cards, these artists might consider sending candy and flowers, too.

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27 Years Ago: R.E.M.’s ‘Lifes Rich Pageant’ Album Released

In 1986, ‘R.E.M.’ stood for Rapidly Evolving Machine.

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Stephanie Chernikowski

28 Years Ago: R.E.M.’s ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’ Album Released

R.E.M. had already released two albums, an EP and a groundbreaking single, all of which made them kings of the college-rock-radio movement that was beginning to pick up steam by the mid ‘80s. And they were beginning to get in a rut. So they took the most logical – or would that be illogical? – step for their third album, ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’: They went to London and worked with a folk-rock producer who really didn’t know a thing about American college rock. And they surfaced with their murkiest set of songs yet.

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12 Years Ago: R.E.M.’s ‘Reveal’ Album Released

Drummer Bill Berry’s departure from R.E.M. following the release of 1996’s ‘New Adventures in Hi-Fi’ shook the rest of the band. You can hear their fear and uncertainty on 1998’s ‘Up,’ their first album without Berry. The drums, when they’re any presence at all, are mixed low and barely register within the songs on that downbeat release. So when the three remaining members of R.E.M. reconvened to make their 12th album, ‘Reveal,’ they swung in the opposite direction of ‘Up.’

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