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In The Attic
R.E.M.
In The Attic
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock
 
From the start of their recording career, Athens, Georgia's finest have been a fertile source of cover tunes, non-album B-sides and alternate versions. This limited-edition collection compiles a baker's dozen of rarities a...  more »

      
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All Artists: R.E.M.
Title: In The Attic
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, American Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724382132127

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From the start of their recording career, Athens, Georgia's finest have been a fertile source of cover tunes, non-album B-sides and alternate versions. This limited-edition collection compiles a baker's dozen of rarities and oddities, including the band's readings of Pylon's "Crazy," Aerosmith's "Toys in the Attic," the Floyd Cramer instrumental "Last Date," and the gospel number "Tired of Singing Trouble," plus a variety of alternate mixes and live versions. Rounding out the set are a pair of ramshackle acoustic numbers from the soundtrack of the documentary Athens GA, Inside Out, "Swan Swan H" and the Everly Brothers' "All I Have to Do Is Dream." Although a couple of tracks overlap the band's 1987 rarities package Dead Letter Office, In the Attic is a handy adjunct to R.E.M.'s album catalog. --Scott Schinder

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Christopher Bushman | Portland, OR USA | 08/23/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Finest Worksong (Other Mix)" - 3:48

Driver 8 (Live 27 June, 1984)" - 3:18

Gardening at Night (Different Vocal Mix)" - 3:31

Swan Swan H (Acoustic)" - 2:42

Disturbance At The Heron House (Live Acoustic, 24 May, 1987)" - 3:25

Maps and Legends (Live Acoustic, 24 May, 1987)" - 3:14

Tired of Singing Trouble" - 1:00

Just a Touch (Live In The Studio)" - 2:38

Toys In The Attic" - 2:26 (Tyler, Perry)

Dream (All I Have To Do)" - 2:40 (B. Bryant)

The One I Love (Live Acoustic, 24 May, 1987)" - 4:19

Crazy" - 3:02 (Bewley, Briscoe, Crowe, Lachowski)

Can't Get There From Here (Radio Edit)" - 3:10

Last Date" - 2:13 (Floyd Cramer)

Time After Time etc. (Live Medley, 14 September, 1987)" - 8:21 (R.E.M. and Peter Gabriel)
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A perfect circle of acquaintances and friends
09/09/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The sign of a great band is the quality of the stuff that doesn't make the regular albums, and by that standard, R.E.M. is a damn fine band. Dead Letter Office, released in 1987, collected their B-sides and leftovers from Chronic Town (inclusive) to Lifes Rich Pageant. And this collection of rare and live tracks that fell through the cracks picks up from there and goes to the end of their tenure with IRS. The acoustic trilogy of The One I Love, Maps & Legends and Disturbance at the Heron House, recorded at an LA guitar shop is a definite highlight of their vinyl B-sides, and to have them together on CD is a wish fulfilled, as is the So.Central Rain/Red Rain/Time After Time triptych. So if you're a fan you should definitely get this one before it goes out of print."
An excellent addition to your REM collection...
Christopher Bushman | 03/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's always nice to hear the old favorites performed in different ways. For me, the album was well worth its price simply for the cover version of Dream. The way the band harmonizes on that simple song is incredible."