Live at the Olympia

Live at the Olympia

by R.E.M.R.E.M.

CD(Bonus DVD)

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Overview

"This is not a show," murmurs Michael Stipe at the start of Live at the Olympia and it's not quite misdirection. R.E.M.'s five-night residency at Dublin's Olympia in the summer of 2007 functioned as working rehearsals for their 14th album, Accelerate, with the band testing out each of the songs, exploring arrangements, finding breaking points, and pairing them with older songs that informed their back-to-basics move. As rehearsal, it paid off splendidly -- road-testing the material made it stronger, resulting in their best album in years -- but the audience was in for a real treat, with the band digging deep into their back catalog to play some of their best non-hit songs. R.E.M. leans heavily on Reckoning (so much so, an accompanying digital download EP contained nothing but material from that record), plays over half of Chronic Town, and a good chunk of Fables of the Reconstruction, pulling two songs a piece from Murmur and Lifes Rich Pageant, creating a set list that any longtime fan will find near ideal. Just as importantly, the band sounds completely engaged with the material, enjoying playing the songs again, with this energy in the process rescuing cuts from Reveal and Around the Sun, suggesting that the problem was with the fussy arrangements, and that the tunes needed to be played as rock & roll. And that is what R.E.M. is here -- a tighter, cleaner band than the scruffy renegades of the '80s, but still the same band, which is evident here in ways it never was on the perfectly fine R.E.M. Live. That was a production. This is rock & roll.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2017
Label: Craft Recordings
UPC: 0888072028852
catalogNumber: 5
Rank: 80492

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Living Well Is the Best Revenge
  2. Second Guessing
  3. Letter Never Sent
  4. Staring Down the Barrel of the Middle Distance
  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 (I'm Sorry)
  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 Gravitys 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 (Box Cars)
  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

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