R.E.M. details 39-track R.E.M. Live at the Olympia

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    Just because one five-star live release isn’t enough, the gentlemen of R.E.M. have announced another. On October 26th, the Athens, Georgia outfit will unveil R.E.M. Live at the Olympia, which as you may expect based on the title, will feature live recordings from the band’s 2007 venture at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.

    As previously mentioned, R.E.M. used the performances to road test material off of last year’s Accelerate so, not surprisingly, a majority of the album’s tracks play a prominent part on this particular release.

    “We were just trying to do something we hadn’t done before,” said guitarist Peter Buck, “which meant there was no relaxing during the set. Every second we were playing something we didn’t know all that well. Which was kind of good… there were all kinds of terror elements going on during that show.”


    That said, of the 39-tracks making up the two-disc release, 29 of them are culled from other eras of the band’s storied existence, ranging from the 1982 EP Chronic Town to 1983’s Murmur up through 1988’s Document. In other words, there is something for everybody.

    Also included in the release be a DVD directed by Vincent Moon and Jeremiah, who previously worked with R.E.M. on Ninetynights, Six Days, and the video for “Supernatural Superserious”. The film will feature footage of nearly 20 songs as well as behind-the-scenes footage.

    In anticipation of the release, R.E.M. will stream several songs on The first of these will be “Driver 8” and is available for listen right this very second.


    R.E.M. Live at the Olympia Tracklist:
    01. Living Well Is the Best Revenge
    02. Second Guessing
    03. Letter Never Sent
    04. Staring Down the Barrel of the Middle Distance
    05. Disturbance at the Heron House
    06. Mr. Richards
    07. Houston
    08. New Test Leper
    09. Cuyahoga
    10. Electrolite
    11. Man-Sized Wreath
    12. So. Central Rain
    13. On the Fly
    14. Maps and Legends
    15. Sitting Still
    16. Driver 8
    17. Horse to Water
    18. I’m Gonna DJ
    19. Circus Envy
    20. These Days
    21. Drive
    22. Feeling Gravity’s Pull
    23. Until the Day Is Done
    24. Accelerate
    25. Auctioneer
    26. Little America
    27. 1,000,000
    28. Disguised
    29. The Worst Joke Ever
    30. Welcome to the Occupation
    31. Carnival of Sorts
    32. Harborcoat
    33. Wolves, Lower
    34. I’ve Been High
    35. Kohoutek
    36. West of the Fields
    37. Pretty Persuasion
    38. Romance
    39. Gardening at Night