Great Collection of early material
Neel Aroon | Lexington, KY United States | 01/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Best of REM is a great collection of material when REM was with IRS records covering the really stuff like radio free europe to the time when they were becoming popular with songs like it's the end of the world. Best of REM is good for those seeking to better understand REM before signing with warner brothers."
Great Music, Bad CD
AudioFreak | NC, USA | 11/15/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Waht I really want is to give 5 stars for the music, and 2.5 stars for the sound quality of the CD.
It was great to listen to some of the REM songs from for their IRS label times, like "Fall on me" and "perfect circle"...I've been wanting to listen to some early REM for a long time, and this CD has a great collection put together just for that...
HOWEVER, whoever mixed this CD must've been on crack. it's FLAT! one of the worst sounding CD's I've ever heard. There are no up/dwon tonal passages, everything is at the SAME volume level, and almost NO BASS! When I 1st listened to it, I thought my stereo or speakers had a problem. Listening to the music via Winamp per PC with EQ adjusted, it's more tolerable, but the lack of low freq passages is still ridiculous. I'm sure the original album versions of these songs don't sound like this, but will be too much of a hassle to buy/find each and every one of them for a particular song...
All in all, the enjoyment of listening to the music still overweighs the dissapointing tonal quality of the CD."