REM – Back to the Past

“When the Light Is Mine” is highlighted by performances from the U.K. TV show “The Tube” of “Talk About the Passion,” “Radio Free Europe” and “Can’t Get There From Here” (featuring a blonde Michael Stipe), a 20-minute film titled “Left of Reckoning” and a 1984 performance of “Pretty Persuasion” from “The Old Grey Whistle Test.” The label promises “rare interview footage and acoustic performances” but details of these features have yet to be announced.

Billboard’s excellent Jonathan Cohen reports about R.E.M.’s 2-CD package from the IRS years and a companion DVD (of sorts) called “When the Light is Mine” coming out in September.

More at Prefix Magazine and Live Daily.

Read an oral history of the making of R.E.M.’s classic debut Murmur at Creative Loafing.

See R.E.M. play one of that LP’s tracks “Laughing” live at an Indianapolis club gig 23 years ago.

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