Best of R.E.M. at the BBC

Best of R.E.M. at the BBC

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A generous sampling from a generous box, The Best of R.E.M. at the BBC culls 34 highlights from its parent eight-disc/single-DVD set. This means this double-disc is swift, passing quickly through the group's various incarnations, as it offers a disc of sessions accompanied by a disc of BBC broadcasts. Both CDs feature a young, nervy R.E.M., but only in passing: the second disc contains five tracks from 1984, while the first begins with four selections from 1991, the year R.E.M. broke around the world thanks to "Losing My Religion." The Best of R.E.M. at the BBC focuses on the band's mature period, the time after drummer Bill Berry entered retirement and the time when the group were lodged upon the top of the U.K. charts. As such, The Best of R.E.M. at the BBC isn't quite representative of the group's career in toto -- it favors professionalism over passion -- but it also winds up demonstrating that the group remained vigorous, even vital, long after their supposed sell-by date.

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Best of R.E.M. at the BBC 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
This compilation is taken from an eight CD/one DVD box set of R.E.M's appearances at the British Broadcasting System. Disc 1 is from studio sessions at the Beeb and is mainly ballads with one rocking appearance made up of Bad Day and Orange Crush. The second CD, my favorite, consists of concert segments that were broadcast live. That is where you really get to hear the band rock out. The first 11 of the 18 cuts include drummer Bill Berry, and the remaining songs still are energized even though he was missing. Even he three repeats from the studio session disc (Half A World Away, Losing My Religion, and Man On The Moon) pack more punch. Best of At the BBC may not be essential, but it is a new way to evaluate R.E.M's career.