Get A Less Expensive CD of This Album
zugzwang | 06/14/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I love this album.
The problem is that the older copy I bought years ago sounds terrible - muddy low volume, poor dynamics. I bought THIS Japanese import hoping that the sound would be much better, since I've had good experiences with other Japanese issued CDs.
Unfortunately this CD is EXACTLY like the domestic version. The Amazon listing shows an issue date of July 3, 2003. But the actual CD has an issue date of 1988! Needless to say I am very disappointed, having spent over $25 for a disc I already have, that I could have purchased again for a mere $2.00 --- WHAT A RIPOFF!
Buyers, beware - you have been warned..."
Eponymous in name only
T. Cronin | Holiday, Florida United States | 08/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I want to start this review by saying that another reviewer called this album a waste to get, simply because all of the songs can be found other releases by R.E.M. This isn't a wholly true statement, though.
At the time he wrote that review, Eponymous was the only place where you could find the Hib-tone version of Radio Free Europe. That will change when R.E.M. releases a new I.R.S. years compilation a month from when this review was written. Now, the different vocal mix of Gardening At Night and the mutual drum-horn mix of Finest Worksong can be found on a couple of rare b-sides collections (namely "R.E.M. In The Attic" and "R.E.M. Singles Collected"), but the only other place you can find the song Romance is on the Made In Heaven soundtrack, which--as far as I know--has never been released on CD; only on cassette and vinyl.
So, with all that out of the way, I can move on. Eponymous was my first R.E.M. album ever. I found it one day in my brother's drawer, and I never looked back. This is a very good album for people who want to get familiar with pre-Warner Brothers R.E.M. stuff, but with that being said, it barely scratches the surface of their early work.
On the more technical side of things, the album suffers from many of the typical problems found in early CDs: not much bass, brittle treble, and rather poor dynamics. Be that as it may, it's still a good starting point for the uninitiated and a great collector's item for the die-hard fan."