Release Date: 23 June 2016
Format: LP Vinyl
|R.E.M. Document Limited Edition Numbered Gatefold 180gram Vinyl LP
Numbered Limited Edition 180-gram LP
1987 breakthrough catapulted band to stardom: Includes classics such as “The One I Love” and the unforgettable “It’s the End of the World As We Know It”
Half-Speed mastered from the original master tapes: RTI-pressed 180-gram LP abounds with incredible dynamics, faithful tonalities, and tremendous imaging
Ranked #470 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
The last album R.E.M. made before migrating to Warner Bros., and very arguably the last start-to-finish masterpiece the band created in its acclaimed career, Document turned Georgia's celebrated sons into mainstream stars. Musically unadulterated and sonically pure, the group's 1987 work epitomizes the unmistakable sound and feeling of college rock during a period where innocence, experimentation, and adventurousness freely collided before being co-opted and branded as "alt-rock." Document is the record to which everyone refers when citing R.E.M. as the premier example of how a respected band is expected to behave, evolve, and maintain its integrity after experiencing mass success.
Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and carefully pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited-edition 180-gram LP edition of this breakthrough set explodes with unrivaled instrumental signatures, deep soundstages, and faithful tonalities that allow listeners insight into the actual makes and models of the guitars utilized on the recording. Sharp and clean, Scott Litt's widescreen production throws the band into clear relief, magnifying its razor-edged melodies and drummer Bill Berry's foundation-establishing beats. R.E.M. has never sounded so muscular or righteous.
Indeed, the quartet plays as if on a mission, its electrified energy teeming with a contagious fervor that helps fuel political numbers such "Welcome to the Occupation," "Exhuming McCarthy," "Disturbance at the Heron House," and "King of Birds." R.E.M. comes into its own, peeling back the layers on vagueness and utilizing Michael Stipe's biting lyrics and Mike Mills' amped-up guitar riffs to punctuate its catchy fare. Aptly, songs dance around a central image of fire.
1. Finest Worksong
2. Welcome to the Occupation
3. Exhuming McCarthy
4. Disturbance at the Heron House
6. Its the End of the World as We Know It
7. The One I Love
9. Lightnin' Hopkins
10. King of Birds
11. Oddfellows Local 151