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Unlike its companion, Complete Rarities: IRS 1982-1987, the music collected on the 2014 digital-only Complete Warner Bros. Rarities 1988-2011 hasn't been anthologized often. Bits and pieces have been rounded up in singles boxes, and there was a "Rarities and B-sides" bonus disc added to the 2003 compilation In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003, but there was no Warner-era equivalent of Dead Letter Office, and the expanded editions of the albums often skimped on bonus tracks. So this mammoth collection -- 131 tracks, all instrumentals, alternate, and singles, mixes, covers, and live tracks that never appeared on albums -- is noteworthy for providing a service for dedicated fans who nevertheless stopped buying all those multi-part CD singles somewhere around New Adventures in Hi-Fi or Up. The eagle-eyed will notice there are a few songs missing -- usually, these are alternate versions from the early '90s -- but there are also a couple of live cover versions M.I.A., along with instrumental B-sides from Automatic for the People -- but the sheer heft of the set guarantees that almost all will take its title claim of "Complete" as factual; it's close enough to complete for most intents and purposes. Also, as it's a digital clearinghouse and not a sequenced compilation, it's designed to be cherry-picked and not listened to straight through (after all, it'd take many hours to finish). Unlike its I.R.S. cousin, there aren't many major songs tucked away here -- only the Automatic-era "It's a Free World Baby" and "Fretless" count, with the Accelerate flips "Redhead Walking" and "Airliner" also coming close -- which in itself suggests the shifting dynamics within the band and in the industry in the '90s and 2000s. Once Bill Berry left after 1996's New Adventures, R.E.M. worked harder to complete records, so there weren't as many rarities lying around, and that explains the lack of originals, but the real key to this absurdly large set is that the band was required to churn out B-sides for multi-part singles in every market in the world. The easiest way to do this was through live versions, covers and, for a brief moment, remixes (R.E.M.'s music never lent itself to dance mixes but 808 State did overhaul "King of Comedy"). It's flotsam and jetsam, and although it sometimes sounds like filler, there's enough enjoyable music here to make it worthwhile for those dedicated fans wishing to round out their collection.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Funtime
00:02:14

R.E.M., MainArtist - Iggy Pop, ComposerLyricist - David Bowie, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 2

1
Ghost Rider
00:03:45

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Alan Vega, ComposerLyricist - Martin Reverby, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Dark Globe
00:01:52

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Syd Barrett, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 3

1
Pop Song 89 Acoustic Version
00:02:56

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1989 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 4

1
Memphis Train Blues
00:01:39

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Skin Tight Live From Orlando, FL / 4/30/1989
00:02:03

Leroy Bonner, ComposerLyricist - Marshall Jones, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Middlebrooks, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Pierce, ComposerLyricist - Clarence Satchell, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Jim Williams, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 5

1
Losing My Religion Live / Acoustic
00:04:44

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1991 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Losing My Religion Live At The Point Depot, Dublin, Ireland / 2005
00:04:53

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - Emer Patten, Producer - Michael Mills, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2007 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C.

3
Rotary Eleven
00:02:31

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 6

1
You Are The Everything Live From Greensboro Coliseum, NC / 11/10/1989
00:04:42

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1991 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Love Is All Around Live From Los Angeles, CA / 4/1/1991
00:03:12

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Reg Presley, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1991 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 7

1
Shiny Happy People Dance To The Music Mix
00:04:44

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1991 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Shiny Happy People Pop Mix
00:04:04

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1991 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
Shiny Happy People Hip Mix
00:03:36

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1991 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 8

1
It's A Free World Baby
00:05:11

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1992 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Winged Mammal Theme
00:02:54

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1992 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
First We Take Manhattan
00:06:03

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Leonard Cohen, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1992 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 9

1
Everybody Hurts Album Fade
00:04:59

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1993 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Mandolin Strum
00:03:45

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1993 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
Orange Crush Live From Georgia / November 1989
00:03:59

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1993 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 10

1
Man On The Moon Album Edit
00:04:43

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1992 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Arms Of Love
00:03:31

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1992 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 11

1
World Leader Pretend Live From Charleston, WV / 4/28/1991
00:05:14

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author - Larry Groce, Producer, Recording Producer - Andy Ridenour, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1993 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Belong Live From Charleston, WV / 4/28/1991
00:04:38

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author - Larry Groce, Producer, Recording Producer - Andy Ridenour, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1993 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
Low Live From Charleston, WV / 4/28/1991
00:04:57

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author - Larry Groce, Producer, Recording Producer - Andy Ridenour, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1993 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 12

1
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
00:02:40

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - GEORGE DAVID WEISS, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Hugo Peretti, ComposerLyricist - Luigi Creatore, ComposerLyricist - Linda Solomon, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1993 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Fretless
00:04:49

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1993 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 13

1
Everybody Hurts Live At The MTV Video Awards, Los Angeles, CA / 9/2/1993
00:05:32

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1993 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Orange Crush Instrumental
00:03:47

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1993 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 14

1
Fall On Me Live From Athens, GA / 11/19/1992
00:03:23

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1995 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Me In Honey Live From Athens, GA / 11/19/1992
00:04:16

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1995 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
Finest Worksong Live From Athens, GA / 11/19/1992
00:04:10

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1995 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 15

1
Drive Live From Athens, GA / 11/19/1992
00:04:16

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Funtime Live From Athens, GA / 11/19/1992
00:02:16

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - Iggy Pop, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - David Bowie, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
Radio Free Europe Live From Athens, GA / 11/19/1992
00:04:42

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1995 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C.

DISQUE 16

1
What's The Frequency, Kenneth? Live On S.N.L. New York, NY / 11/12/1994
00:04:05

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1995 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Bang And Blame Live On S.N.L. New York, NY / 11/12/1994
00:04:52

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1995 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
I Don't Sleep, I Dream Live On S.N.L. New York, NY / 11/12/1994
00:03:49

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1995 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 17

1
What's The Frequency, Kenneth? Radio Version
00:03:59

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1994 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Monty Got A Raw Deal Live From Athens, GA / 11/19/1992
00:04:22

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1994 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
Everybody Hurts Live From Athens, GA / 11/19/1992
00:05:41

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - Michael Mills, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1994 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

4
Man On The Moon Live From Athens, GA / 11/19/1992
00:05:21

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1994 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 18

1
Bang And Blame Without Between Track Noise
00:04:52

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1994 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Losing My Religion Applause Faded / Live From Athens, GA /11/19/1992
00:04:42

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1994 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
Country Feedback Applause Faded / Live From Athens, GA /11/19/1992
00:04:18

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1994 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

4
Begin The Begin Live From Athens, GA / 11/19/1992
00:03:47

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1994 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 19

1
Undertow Live From Atlanta, GA / 11/18/1995
00:05:03

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, Author - PETER BUCK, Author - William Berry, Author - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, Author

℗ 1996 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
Wichita Lineman Live From Houston, TX / 9/15/1995
00:03:17

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - Jimmy Webb, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 1996 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
New Test Leper Acoustic / Live From Seattle, WA / 4/19/1996
00:05:28

R.E.M., Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

DISQUE 20

1
Tricycle Instrumental
00:01:57

R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - SCOTT LITT, Producer, Recording Producer - Michael Mills, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1996 R.E.M./Athens L.L.C., Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc.

Descriptif de l'album

Unlike its companion, Complete Rarities: IRS 1982-1987, the music collected on the 2014 digital-only Complete Warner Bros. Rarities 1988-2011 hasn't been anthologized often. Bits and pieces have been rounded up in singles boxes, and there was a "Rarities and B-sides" bonus disc added to the 2003 compilation In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003, but there was no Warner-era equivalent of Dead Letter Office, and the expanded editions of the albums often skimped on bonus tracks. So this mammoth collection -- 131 tracks, all instrumentals, alternate, and singles, mixes, covers, and live tracks that never appeared on albums -- is noteworthy for providing a service for dedicated fans who nevertheless stopped buying all those multi-part CD singles somewhere around New Adventures in Hi-Fi or Up. The eagle-eyed will notice there are a few songs missing -- usually, these are alternate versions from the early '90s -- but there are also a couple of live cover versions M.I.A., along with instrumental B-sides from Automatic for the People -- but the sheer heft of the set guarantees that almost all will take its title claim of "Complete" as factual; it's close enough to complete for most intents and purposes. Also, as it's a digital clearinghouse and not a sequenced compilation, it's designed to be cherry-picked and not listened to straight through (after all, it'd take many hours to finish). Unlike its I.R.S. cousin, there aren't many major songs tucked away here -- only the Automatic-era "It's a Free World Baby" and "Fretless" count, with the Accelerate flips "Redhead Walking" and "Airliner" also coming close -- which in itself suggests the shifting dynamics within the band and in the industry in the '90s and 2000s. Once Bill Berry left after 1996's New Adventures, R.E.M. worked harder to complete records, so there weren't as many rarities lying around, and that explains the lack of originals, but the real key to this absurdly large set is that the band was required to churn out B-sides for multi-part singles in every market in the world. The easiest way to do this was through live versions, covers and, for a brief moment, remixes (R.E.M.'s music never lent itself to dance mixes but 808 State did overhaul "King of Comedy"). It's flotsam and jetsam, and although it sometimes sounds like filler, there's enough enjoyable music here to make it worthwhile for those dedicated fans wishing to round out their collection.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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