Radio Free Europe - R.E.M. - Rising
Label: SPQR Records - SPQR03CD • Format: CD Reissue, Unofficial Release • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock
I'm almost ashamed that it took me so long to get around to this one. I had the good fortune to grow up in Atlanta, graduate from high school inand attend college in North Carolina while most of my closest friends were a aspiring musicians and b going Radio Free Europe - R.E.M. - Rising school in Athens, Georgia.
It was the perfect place and time to witness the infancy of one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time, and to this day, I consider it one of the foremost blessings of my musical life. To tell the whole story of my 80s obsession with R. I saw them live for the first time at a free festival show in Piedmont Park on May 14,weeks before my high school graduation.
There were maybe people on the grass in front Radio Free Europe - R.E.M. - Rising the stage. And it was mind-blowing. Without Looking At The Cards - Howard Shore - Cop Land (Music From The Miramax Motion Picture) was not just the best band from my hometown, or the best band from the South.
This, I was already certain, was a band for the ages. And I was right. I took it upon myself to become R. I became a DJ Radio Free Europe - R.E.M. - Rising the student radio station and slipped an R. Murmur was released in '83 and the word spread more quickly.
If they played anywhere near Durham, I was there, dragging the unconverted along with me when I could. I road-tripped to Athens to see them play the old 40 Watt and the Mad Hatter, and through my musician Child - Tait - Lose This Life, eventually met and spent an evening or two on the town with Peter Buck.
I don't think he ever paid for a beer when I was around. I bought every 12" import single to get the obscure b-sides, and saved every scrap of memorabilia including the poster and gig flyer that hang in my study at home to this day.
And when the band played two nights at Duke's Page Auditorium in September of -- shows that, oddly enough, were recorded for an official live album that was never released, and is now widely booted -- I was front and center both nights, like some proud little brother, and did the interview with Peter on the student TV station, even though I didn't work there, because no one else knew what to ask him.
In retrospect, I guess, the cool kids at school really weren't all that cool. I could go on and on. But by the time I graduated from college in the spring of '86 and headed to law school in -- you guessed it -- Athens, Georgia, the story of R.
Many of you probably have stories of your own. But, oh yeah, I'm supposed to be introducing a bootleg. Choosing the best early R. Soundboard tapes of many of the very early shows -- at the 40 Watt and Tyrone's in Athens, at The Strand in Marietta, a sloppy '81 bar show in Greensboro, NC, the '82 Piedmont Park show that was my first, and even an '82 show in San Francisco -- circulate widely today, and are uniformly fantastic.
And then there is the show at the Seattle Music Hall in June of '84, recorded for broadcast across the U. It's certainly up there, for sure. But by then the band had graduated from small clubs to theatres, and the experience of seeing them, while still powerful and amazing, had definitely changed a bit from the earliest days.
When I'm in the mood to hear a great early R. It's not a perfect tape by any means. In fact -- and be warned -- there are a few brief cuts, some diginoise and other glitches here and there. Anybody Out There - Various - Sub Pop Video Network Program II (VHS) even with a flaw or two, this tape is spectacular -- a great band, at a thrilling time in their career, and on a particularly inspired night.
From the chiming arpeggios pouring out of Peter's Rickenbacker, to Mike Mills' Radio Free Europe - R.E.M. - Risinginnovative basslines, to Michael Stipe's singular baritone and oblique poeticism, the R.
And, as I always tell people who've come to the band fairly recently, just listen to the mighty Bill Berry on this tape. He is the engine driving this train, and his rapid-fire playing on this night as usual is a marvel. I don't know how else to say it -- these guys were, and still are, something else.
I may Radio Free Europe - R.E.M. - Rising have been at this particular show, but I was at countless others just like it.
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