R.E.M. | MTV Unplugged, 1991 | Vinyl 2LP

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R.E.M. Unplugged, 1991 shares the band's set for MTV's "MTV Unplugged" acoustic performance. The release draws largely from 1991's Out of Time and five albums in total, as well as a cover of the Troggs' "Love Is All Around".

R.E.M. mark the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first single, "Radio Free Europe," was released in 1981, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the early '80s, R.E.M. brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing guitar hooks with mumbled, cryptic lyrics and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band simultaneously sounded traditional and modern. Throughout the '80s, they worked relentlessly, releasing records every year and touring constantly, playing both theaters and backwoods dives. Along the way, they inspired countless bands, from the legions of jangle pop groups in the mid-'80s to scores of alternative pop groups in the '90s, who admired their slow climb to stardom.

LP Track Listing:

1. Half a World Away
2. Disturbance at the Heron House
3. Radio Song
4. Low
5. Perfect Circle
6. Fall on Me
7. Belong
8. Love Is All Around
9. It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
10. Losing My Religion
11. Pop Song 89
12. Endgame
13. Fretless
14. Swan Swan H
15. Rotary 11
16. Get Up
17. World Leader Pretend