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Fables of the Reconstruction [25th Anniversary Edition] - Capitol/I.R.S.
FILTER Grade: 89%

By Daniel Kohn on August 25, 2010

 

R.E.M.

The re-release of R.E.M.’s third and arguably most iconic album of its I.R.S. period is something the band probably would never have imagined when they recorded it in early 1985. Songs like “Can’t Get There from Here” and “Driver 8” are still lo-fi gold even with their digital remastering. The second disc of demos gives an insider’s peek into the band’s thoughts as they originally wrote the album in Athens. The unreleased “Throw Those Trolls Away” makes you wonder what other unheard gems R.E.M. is hiding.

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