Friday, September 30, 2011

R.E.M. retrospective set for November

R.E.M. recently ignited the blogosphere with news that they had decided to "call it a day as a band" via a statement on their website. Now the band will release their final album, R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 - 2011, on Warner Bros. Records on Nov. 15.

The album is a 40-song career-spanning retrospective that collects, for the first time ever, songs from R.E.M.'s entire back catalog, including the American group's years on both the IRS label (1982-87) and Warner Bros. Records (1988-2011). The album is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. A new song, "We All Go Back To Where We Belong," goes to radio and will be available for sale on Oct. 18.

"Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey," says Mike Mills of choosing the songs that appear on the collection. "We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together."

In addition to liner notes written by band members, the album also features three new songs that R.E.M. finished after they completed their last album, Collapse Into Now: "A Month of Saturdays," "We All Go Back To Where We Belong," and "Hallelujah." All were recorded over the summer in Athens with Accelerate and Collapse Into Now producer Garret "Jacknife" Lee.

The track-listing follows:

Disc 1
Gardening At Night
Radio Free Europe
Talk About The Passion
Sitting Still
So. Central Rain
(Don't Go Back To) Rockville
Driver 8
Life And How To Live It
Begin The Begin
Fall On Me
Finest Worksong
It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
The One I Love
Pop Song 89
Get Up
Orange Crush
Losing My Religion
Country Feedback
Shiny Happy People

Disc 2
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
Everybody Hurts
Man On The Moon
What's The Frequency, Kenneth?
New Test Leper
At My Most Beautiful
The Great Beyond
Imitation Of Life
Bad Day
Leaving New York
Living Well Is The Best Revenge
Supernatural Superserious
Oh My Heart
A Month of Saturdays
We All Go Back To Where We Belong

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