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Like many bands of their era, R.E.M. were no strangers to the BBC Studios. Perhaps they weren't beloved by the BBC's John Peel -- the station's grand patron of underground rock -- but R.E.M. did appear regularly on the BBC, logging their first broadcast in November 1984, when they were nervily plugging their second album, Reckoning. That concert is presented in full on R.E.M. at the BBC, a generous eight-disc box that chronicles all of the band's appearances on the British Broadcasting Company. A quick scan of the dates provides the real revelation of the set: while R.E.M. were college rock titans in America, they didn't crack the British market until 1991, when "Losing My Religion" and its accompanying album, Out of Time, turned the Athens quartet into superstars. R.E.M. scored their second BBC session around the album's release, playing a hushed acoustic set -- one that featured the non-LP "Fretless" and a Mike Mills-sung cover of the Troggs' "Love Is All Around" -- that crystallizes their warm, pastoral phase of the early '90s. The band is next heard in thundering, globe-conquering form in 1995, playing a full 25-song set at Milton Keynes. Fresh from Monster, this is R.E.M. at their loudest, filling arenas with sinewy ease. From there, the band disappeared from the BBC for three years, an eventful period that saw the group getting weird on 1996's New Adventures in Hi-Fi, then parting ways with drummer/songwriter Bill Berry after its supporting tour. Berry opted out after suffering an on-stage brain aneurysm, encouraging Mills, Michael Stipe, and Peter Buck to carry on without him. While the group's commercial fortunes wavered stateside, they turned out to be bigger than ever in the U.K., racking up six Top Ten singles there between 1998 and 2004. Given that success, that's the period when most of the music on R.E.M. at the BBC was recorded, which may seem to be an initial disappointment for fans who tuned out after the departure of Berry, but even a cursory listen to the group's Public Peel Session from 1998, their Glastonbury set from 1999, and their London Radio 2 show from 2004 shows that R.E.M. retained their Monster-era arena rock gestures while moving with a sense of grace and playing with no-nonsense toughness. This may be familiar to the dedicated whose allegiance never wavered, but for those who believed R.E.M. faltered after Berry's departure, R.E.M. at the BBC is a gateway into the band's last act.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
World Leader Pretend Live From Into The Night On BBC Radio 1 / 1991
00:04:38

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

2
Fretless Live From Into The Night On BBC Radio 1 / 1991
00:05:17

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

3
Half A World Away Live From Into The Night On BBC Radio 1 / 1991
00:03:35

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

4
Radio Song Live From Into The Night On BBC Radio 1 / 1991
00:04:07

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

5
Losing My Religion Live From Into The Night On BBC Radio 1 / 1991
00:04:44

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

6
Love Is All Around Live From Into The Night On BBC Radio 1 / 1991
00:03:12

R.E.M., MainArtist - Reg Presley, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

7
Walk Unafraid Live From John Peel Studio Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:04:06

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

8
Daysleeper Live From John Peel Studio Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:03:18

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

9
Lotus Live From John Peel Studio Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:04:14

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

10
At My Most Beautiful Live From John Peel Studio Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:03:17

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

11
Bad Day Live From Mark and Lard On BBC Radio 1 / 2003
00:04:05

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

12
Orange Crush Live From Mark and Lard On BBC Radio 1 / 2003
00:03:58

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

13
Man On The Moon Live From Drivetime On BBC Radio 2 / 2003
00:05:01

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

14
Imitation Of Life Live From Drivetime On BBC Radio 2 / 2003
00:03:44

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

15
Supernatural Superserious Live From BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge / 2008
00:03:25

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

16
Munich Live From BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge / 2008
00:03:18

Edward Lay, ComposerLyricist - Russell Leetch, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Urbanowicz, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - Thomas Smith, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

17
Introduction Live From John Peel Public Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:00:26

R.E.M., MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

18
Losing My Religion Live From John Peel Public Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:04:44

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

19
New Test Leper Live From John Peel Public Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:05:53

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

20
Lotus Live From John Peel Public Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:04:48

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

21
Parakeet Live From John Peel Public Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:04:24

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

22
Electrolite Live From John Peel Public Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:04:23

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

23
Perfect Circle Live From John Peel Public Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:04:39

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

24
The Apologist Live From John Peel Public Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:04:40

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

25
Band Introductions Live From John Peel Public Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:01:04

R.E.M., MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

26
Daysleeper Live From John Peel Public Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:04:44

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

27
Country Feedback Live From John Peel Public Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:07:23

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

28
At My Most Beautiful Live From John Peel Public Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:04:14

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

29
Walk Unafraid Live From John Peel Public Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:04:52

Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

30
Man On The Moon Live From John Peel Public Session On BBC Radio 1 / 1998
00:06:11

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

DISC 2

1
Second Guessing Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:02:57

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

2
Hyena Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:02:57

Bill Berry, ComposerLyricist - Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

3
Talk About The Passion Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:03:04

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

4
West Of The Fields Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:03:07

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

5
(Don't Go Back To) Rockville Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:04:29

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

6
Auctioneer (Another Engine) Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:03:01

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

7
So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry) Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:04:51

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

8
Old Man Kensey Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:04:24

Bill Berry, ComposerLyricist - Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

9
Gardening At Night Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:03:26

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

10
9-9 / Hey Diddle Diddle / Feeling Gravity's Pull Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:05:39

Bill Berry, ComposerLyricist - Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - William Berry, ComposerLyricist - PUBLIC DOMAIN, Composer

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

11
Windout Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:01:49

Bill Berry, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist - Mike Miller, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

12
Driver 8 Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:03:25

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

13
Pretty Persuasion Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:03:33

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

14
Radio Free Europe Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:03:49

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

15
Wendell Gee Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:03:21

Bill Berry, ComposerLyricist - Mike Mills, ComposerLyricist - R.E.M., MainArtist - MICHAEL STIPE, ComposerLyricist - PETER BUCK, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

16
Carnival Of Sorts (Boxcars) Live From Rock City, Nottingham / 1984
00:04:46

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

DISC 3

1
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? Live From The National Bowl, Milton Keynes / 1995
00:03:54

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

2
Crush With Eyeliner Live From The National Bowl, Milton Keynes / 1995
00:04:42

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

3
Drive Live From The National Bowl, Milton Keynes / 1995
00:03:51

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music, Inc.

4
Turn You Inside Out Live From The National Bowl, Milton Keynes / 1995
00:04:17

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

℗ 2018 BBC, Under license to Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc

Album Description

Like many bands of their era, R.E.M. were no strangers to the BBC Studios. Perhaps they weren't beloved by the BBC's John Peel -- the station's grand patron of underground rock -- but R.E.M. did appear regularly on the BBC, logging their first broadcast in November 1984, when they were nervily plugging their second album, Reckoning. That concert is presented in full on R.E.M. at the BBC, a generous eight-disc box that chronicles all of the band's appearances on the British Broadcasting Company. A quick scan of the dates provides the real revelation of the set: while R.E.M. were college rock titans in America, they didn't crack the British market until 1991, when "Losing My Religion" and its accompanying album, Out of Time, turned the Athens quartet into superstars. R.E.M. scored their second BBC session around the album's release, playing a hushed acoustic set -- one that featured the non-LP "Fretless" and a Mike Mills-sung cover of the Troggs' "Love Is All Around" -- that crystallizes their warm, pastoral phase of the early '90s. The band is next heard in thundering, globe-conquering form in 1995, playing a full 25-song set at Milton Keynes. Fresh from Monster, this is R.E.M. at their loudest, filling arenas with sinewy ease. From there, the band disappeared from the BBC for three years, an eventful period that saw the group getting weird on 1996's New Adventures in Hi-Fi, then parting ways with drummer/songwriter Bill Berry after its supporting tour. Berry opted out after suffering an on-stage brain aneurysm, encouraging Mills, Michael Stipe, and Peter Buck to carry on without him. While the group's commercial fortunes wavered stateside, they turned out to be bigger than ever in the U.K., racking up six Top Ten singles there between 1998 and 2004. Given that success, that's the period when most of the music on R.E.M. at the BBC was recorded, which may seem to be an initial disappointment for fans who tuned out after the departure of Berry, but even a cursory listen to the group's Public Peel Session from 1998, their Glastonbury set from 1999, and their London Radio 2 show from 2004 shows that R.E.M. retained their Monster-era arena rock gestures while moving with a sense of grace and playing with no-nonsense toughness. This may be familiar to the dedicated whose allegiance never wavered, but for those who believed R.E.M. faltered after Berry's departure, R.E.M. at the BBC is a gateway into the band's last act.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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