R.E.M. at the BBC box set collects rare studio and live recordings

Nine-disc collection features material spanning nearly 25 years

R.E.M. at the BBC Box Set

    R.E.M.’s career trajectory as it relates to their relationship with the BBC will be laid out in a new box set entitled, fittingly, R.E.M. at the BBC. The eight-CD, one-DVD collection is due out October 19th via Craft Recordings and features a number of rare and previously unreleased performances.

    The material in the box set was culled from R.E.M.’s numerous appearances on BBC programs as well as live concert broadcasts. Included are an entire John Peel Session from 1998, a pair of 2003 appearances on Drivetime and Mark and Lard, and the band’s 2008 Radio 1 Live Lounge performance. As for live shows, there’s a 1984 performance at Nottingham’s Rock City, clips from the Milton Keynes stop on 1995’s Monster Tour (their first trek after a six-year road hiatus), and the band’s iconic 1999 Glastonbury headlining set. There’s also audio of a 2004 invite-only gig at London’s St. James’ Church that featured a guest appearance by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.

    The DVD features a 60-minute retrospective of R.E.M.’s entire BBC career called Accelerating Backwards, a film previously only aired in the UK and never before available for purchase. There’s also the band’s complete Later… with Jools Holland episode from 1998 and appearances on shows like Top of the Pops.


    In addition to the box set, two-CD and two-LP versions called The Best of R.E.M. at the BBC will also be available, offering a selection of both the BBC broadcasts and live performances. The full R.E.M. at the BBC collection will be available for streaming. All the configurations feature a version of “Losing My Religion” recorded during a 1991 appearance on BBC 1’s Into the Night, which comes as an insta-grat download and can be streamed below.

    Pre-orders are now live. Find the complete R.E.M. at the BBC tracklist and art below.

    R.E.M. at the BBC Artwork:

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    R.E.M. at the BBC Tracklist:
    Disc 1
    Into The Night, BBC Radio 1, 13 March 1991
    01. World Leader Pretend
    02. Fretless
    03. Half A World Away
    04. Radio Song
    05. Losing My Religion
    06. Love Is All Around
    John Peel Studio Session, 25 October 1998
    07. Walk Unafraid
    08. Daysleeper
    09. Lotus
    10. At My Most Beautiful
    Mark and Lard, BBC Radio 1, 15 October 2003
    11. Bad Day
    12. Orange Crush
    Drivetime, BBC Radio 2, 15 October 2003
    13. Man On The Moon
    14. Imitation Of Life
    Radio 1 Live Lounge, 26 March 2008
    15. Supernatural Superserious
    16. Munich


    Disc 2
    BBC Radio 1 Session, 25 October 1998
    01. Introduction
    02. Losing My Religion
    03. New Test Leper
    04. Lotus
    05. Parakeet
    06. Electrolite
    07. Perfect Circle
    08. The Apologist
    09. Daysleeper
    10. Country Feedback
    11. At My Most Beautiful
    12. Walk Unafraid
    13. Man On The Moon

    Disc 3
    Rock City, Nottingham, 21 November 1984
    01. Second Guessing
    02. Hyena
    03. Talk About The Passion
    04. West Of The Fields
    05. (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
    06. Auctioneer (Another Engine)
    07. So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
    08. Old Man Kensey
    09. Gardening At Night
    10. 9-9/Hey Diddle Diddle/Feeling Gravitys Pull
    11. Windout
    12. Driver 8
    13. Pretty Persuasion
    14. Radio Free Europe
    15. Wendell Gee
    16. Carnival Of Sorts (Boxcars)

    Disc 4
    Milton Keynes, 30 July 1995
    01. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
    02. Crush With Eyeliner
    03. Drive
    04. Turn You Inside Out
    05. Try Not To Breathe
    06. I Took Your Name
    07. Undertow
    08. Bang And Blame
    09. I Don’t Sleep I Dream
    10. Strange Currencies
    11. Revolution
    12. Tongue


    Disc 5
    Milton Keynes, 30 July 1995
    01. Man On The Moon
    02. Country Feedback
    03. Half A World Away
    04. Losing My Religion
    05. Pop Song 89
    06. Finest Worksong
    07. Get Up
    08. Star 69
    09. Let Me In
    10. Everybody Hurts
    11. Fall On Me
    12. Departure
    13. Its the End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

    Disc 6
    Pyramid Stage Glastonbury Festival, 25 June 1999
    01. Lotus
    02. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
    03. So Fast, So Numb
    04. The Apologist
    05. Fall On Me
    06. Daysleeper
    07. The Wake-Up Bomb
    08. The One I Love
    09. Sweetness Follows
    10. At My Most Beautiful

    Disc 7
    Pyramid Stage Glastonbury Festival, 25 June 1999
    01. Losing My Religion
    02. Everybody Hurts
    03. Walk Unafraid
    04. Star 69
    05. Finest Worksong
    06. Man On The Moon
    07. Why Not Smile
    08. Crush With Eyeliner
    09. Tongue
    10. Cuyahoga
    11. Its the End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)


    Disc 8
    St. James’ Church, London Radio 2, 15 September 2004
    01. Intro
    02. So Fast, So Numb
    03. Boy In The Well
    04. I Wanted To Be Wrong
    05. E-Bow The Letter (with Thom Yorke)
    06. Around The Sun
    07. Aftermath
    08. Losing My Religion
    09. Walk Unafraid
    10. Leaving New York
    11. Imitation Of Life
    12. Man On The Moon

    Accelerating Backwards
    Moon River
    Pretty Persuasion
    Pop Song 89
    Orange Crush
    Losing My Religion
    Half A World Away
    Crush With Eyeliner
    Man On The Moon
    Imitation Of Life
    So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
    All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star)
    Leaving New York

    Later… with Jools Holland Presents R.E.M.
    Losing My Religion
    New Test Leper
    At My Most Beautiful
    The Apologist
    Country Feedback
    So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
    Walk Unafraid
    Man On The Moon
    The Passenger


    Bonus Videos
    I’ve Been High
    Bad Day

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