R.E.M. - Dead Letter Office Vinyl

R.E.M. - Dead Letter Office Vinyl

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(1987)

Label: Universal

2016 Reissue

180 Gram Vinyl

1LP

 

Dead Letter Office is a rarities and B-sides collection by R.E.M., released in April 1987. The album is essentially a collection of many additional recordings R.E.M. made from before Murmur to Lifes Rich Pageant that were outtakes or released as B-sides to their singles internationally. Many of the tracks are favorite cover versions indicating the band's disparate influences and musical tastes, including three Velvet Underground covers, and songs by fellow Athenians Pylon ("Crazy"), Aerosmith ("Toys in the Attic") and Roger Miller ("King of the Road").

Guitarist Peter Buck composed wry, self-deprecating (and, in one instance, apologetic) liner notes to the songs on the album. Buck initially had doubts about releasing it, saying he felt as though people would perceive the album as the band "trying to cash in, maybe to sell some records", as the ultimate release date predated that of the band's final studio album with I.R.S., Document, by a mere four months.

The album was initially issued as a 15-song collection on vinyl and cassette, but when its CD edition appeared the five tracks from the band's 1982 Chronic Town EP were added. This is the only current CD availability of Chronic Town.

Dead Letter Office originally reached No. 52 in the US and No. 60 in the UK. Referring to the album in 2003, Pitchfork were favorable, saying the album was "such a blast" due to it possessing a certain "kind of drunken studio fuckery."

 

Post Side
A1 Crazy
Producer - Joe BoydRemix - Steve FjelstadWritten-By - Crowe*, Lachowski*, Bewley*, Briscoe*
A2 There She Goes Again
Written-By - Lou Reed
A3 Burning Down
Producer - Don Dixon, Mitch EasterRemix - Steve FjelstadWritten-By - Berry*, Stipe*, Mills*, Buck*
A4 Voice Of Harold
Written-By - Berry*, Stipe*, Mills*, Buck*
A5 Burning Hell
Producer - Joe BoydWritten-By - Berry*, Stipe*, Mills*, Buck*
A6 White Tornado
Producer - Mitch EasterWritten-By - Berry*, Stipe*, Mills*, Buck*
A7 Toys In The Attic
Producer - Don GehmanWritten-By - Perry*, Tyler*
Script Side
B1 Windout
Producer - Don Dixon, Mitch EasterWritten-By - Berry*, Ayers*, Stipe*, Mills*, Buck*
B2 Ages Of You
Producer - Don Dixon, Mitch EasterRemix - Steve FjelstadWritten-By - Berry*, Stipe*, Mills*, Buck*
B3 Pale Blue Eyes
Written-By - Lou Reed
B4 Rotary Ten
Producer - Don GehmanWritten-By - Berry*, Stipe*, Mills*, Buck*
B5 Bandwagon
Producer - Joe BoydWritten-By - Berry*, L. Stipe*, M. Stipe*, Mills*, Buck*
B6 Femme Fatale
Written-By - Lou Reed
B7 Walters Theme
Written-By - Berry*, Stipe*, Mills*, Buck*
B8 King Of The Road
Written-By - Roger Miller

 

EAN Code: 0602547899835