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R.E.M

Today we celebrate the greatness of the influential alternative former quartet, now a trio, from Athens, Georgia known as R.E.M.

R.E.M. Discography and best song from album:

  • Murmur (1983)
    • Talk About the Passion
  • Reckoning (1984)
    • So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
  • Fables of the Reconstruction (1985)
    • Driver 8
  • Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)
    • Begin the Begin
  • Dead Letter Office (1987)
    • Pale Blue Eyes
  • Document (1987)
    • It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
  • Eponymous (1988)
    • (Don’t Go Back to) Rockville
  • Green (1988)
    • You Are the Everything
  • Out of Time (1991)
    • Belong
  • Best of R.E.M. (1991
  • Automatic for the People (1992)
    • Drive
  • Monster (1994)
    • Strange Currencies
  • R.E.M. Singles Collected (1994)
    • Time after Time Etc
  • New Adventures in Hi-Fi (1996)
    • E-Bow the Letter
  • R.E.M. In the Attic (1998)
    • Toys in the Attic
  • Up (1998)
    • At My Most Beautiful
  • Man on the Moon Soundtrack (1999)
    • The Great Beyond
  • Reveal (2001)
    • Imitation of Life
  • In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 (2003)
    • Bad Day
  • Around the Sun (2004)
    • The Final Straw
  • And I Feel Fine… The Best of the IRS Years 1982-87 (2006)
    • The One I Love
  • R.E.M. Live (2007)
  • Accelerate (2008)
    • Living Well is the Best Revenge
  • Live at the Olympia (2009)

Top 5 R.E.M. Albums:

  1. Green
  2. Out of Time
  3. Automatic for the People
  4. Document
  5. Monster

Top 10 R.E.M. Songs:

  1. It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
  2. The Great Beyond
  3. E-Bow the Letter
  4. The Final Straw
  5. Driver 8
  6. You Are the Everything
  7. Stand
  8. Orange Crush
  9. Half A World Away
  10. Belong

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25 more albums you should own!

Greetings music lovers,

Today’s blog is about 25 albums you should own and has the following parameters:

  •  Album must have been recorded/released prior to 1990
  • No duplication of artist
  • No live albums or greatest hits (kind of an all encompassing copout to include either)
  • Listing of my favorite track from said album (This is not so much a parameter but a mere bonus for your reading pleasure)

Twenty Five albums you should own! (In no particular order):

Artist Album Song
U2 The Joshua Tree (1987) With or Without You
Bob Dylan Oh Mercy (1989) Most of the Time
Bruce Springsteen Nebraska (1982) Nebraska
Paul Simon Graceland (1986) You Can Call Me Al
James McMurtry Too Long in the Wasteland (1989) Angeline
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hard Promises (1981) The Waiting
Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction (1987) Mr. Brownstone
The Eagles Hotel California (1976) The Last Resort
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here (1975) Have a Cigar
Robert Earl Keen No Kinda Dancer (1984) Rolling By
Eric Clapton Journeyman (1989) Running On Faith
The Who Quadrophenia (1973) Love Reign O’er Me
Elton John Madman Across the Water (1971) Tiny Dancer
Metallica And Justice For All (1988) Dyers Eve
R.E.M Document (1987) It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)
The Pixies Surfer Rosa (1988) Where Is My Mind
John Mellencamp Scarecrow (1985) Minutes To Memories
The Band Music from the Big Pink (1968) The Weight
Van Morrison Moondance (1970) And It Stoned Me
Lynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin- Nerd (1973) Simple Man
Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique (1989) Shake Your Rump
The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (1988) Congratulations
Warren Zevon Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School (1980) Play It All Night Long
Townes Van Zandt Townes Van Zandt (1969) Lungs
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed (1969) Gimme Shelter
Jackson Brown The Pretender (1976) The Pretender

 So, there you have it, another list of musical bliss.  Take your time, check them out and let me know what you think.

 Great music awaits!


The High School Years:A Shout Out to the Class of 89 (75115)

We all have a favorite song or songs, one that we will sit in the car and listen to completion even when we are running late, one that we hear and can’t help but smile.  Songs are snapshots along our continuum that allow us to recall special times, people, and places.

This list is a remembrance of my high school years (85-89) and a shout out to the 75115.   Not all of these songs were released during those years, but were the soundtrack to my life at that time.  And no, Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young” despite being the class theme and I’m told prom song, did not make the list.  Sorry to both Rod and the class of 89 from 75115.

Twenty years later, when I hear any of these songs, I fondly remember the times and the friends I shared the moments with.  I contend that these artists and their songs stand the test of time and are just as relevant today as they were many years ago.

I realize that 25 songs is a relatively short list to sum up the high school years and while there are no duplicate artists on the list, these artist and songs shaded and formed a critical time in my life and it is a safe bet the album from which the song came, was and is currently in heavy rotation in my car, home, IPod, and office.

Below are the top 25 songs that harken back the halcyon days of my youth:

Simple Man                       Lynyrd Skynyrd

It’s The End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)     R.E.M.

Louisiana Rain                  Tom Petty

Seven Bridges Road         The Eagles

Tiny Dancer                        Elton John

Dream On                             Aerosmith

 Shooting Star                    Bad Company

Jungle Love                        Steve Miller Band

 The Weight                         The Band

Fire Lake                              Bob Seger

My Hometown                  Bruce Springsteen

Drive                                    The Cars

I Believe In You              Don Williams

It’s In the Way That You Use It                  Eric Clapton

Sweet Child O’ Mine          Guns ‘N’ Roses

The Pretender                    Jackson Brown

Jackie Brown                       John Mellencamp

Dyers Eve                             Metallica

Rockin’ In the Free World                Neil Young

With Or Without You         U2

Gimme Shelter                     The Rolling Stones

Mystic Rhythms                  Rush

Don’t You Forget About Me            Simple Minds

Copperhead Road                Steve Earle

Congratulations                    Traveling Wilburys

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