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Paris 1984 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the Théâtre El Dorado, Paris, France, April 20, 1984. Recorded by RTL French radio but not broadcast, very good mono recording, taken from master reels.
R.E.M.’s Murmur album (1983) would probably be where the Athens-Georgia group first began to draw in the fans though the Chronic EP came first. This is what we wrote when Murmur was placed at No. 16 in BigO’s Top 100 Albums (1975-1995): “In retrospect, it is unquestionably the most influential album of the ’80s, both for spurring college radio and the spreading of roots rock. Without Murmur, there wouldn’t be modern rock as we know it today.
“Their chiming guitars, the bells, the Beatlesque tunes, the quirky Velvet Underground sensibility and Michael Stipe’s indecipherable vocals were all part of the heady brew. The fragile beauty of Talk About The Passion, the fervour of Radio Free Europe and the dark playfulness of Catapult render the hype meaningless and the songs remain as exciting, complex and hip as they did all those years ago. Just as punk before, the way forward was first a look backwards via roots rock.”
By 1984, R.E.M.’s popularity had spread to Europe and even though they had just released their second album, Reckoning, they played only four of the album’s new tracks. Interestingly, they opened the show with a Johnny Cash cover (the band has exquisite taste when it comes to covers) before showering their fans with some of the memorable tracks from Murmur (it would have been great had they included Perfect Circle).
This was when the band still sounded fresh and raw with a sense of excitement and challenge (the world was not at their feet yet) as compared to when they toured behind their Out Of Time album (1991).
Thanks to Pernod who touched up the tracks and shared them on the net. This is what Pernod noted: - Removed a 1 second repeat/dropout at the end of Just A Touch
- Removed 1 minute 7 seconds overlap between the 2 parts of 20th Century Boy
- Fixed sector boundary errors with SHN Tool
Pernod also added:
“This is indeed a mono recording but transferred to 2 channel stereo somewhere along the line… After Pale Blue Eyes, before the 1st encore where there is a cut, I suppose there’s been a Reel change (as opposed to the middle of 20th Century Boy as noted in the original info txt), the sound changes, going off center to the left channel which corrects itself a bit later on but never gets back to being the same as where it was before the cut. The levels are overdriven here and there which results in clipping, especially noticable on Catapult.
“Notice too that due to tape damage at the fixed dropouts/repeats the sound changes a bit here and there and that I was unable to do something about the dropout at the end of Sitting Still. In my opinion the sound changes don’t interfere with the flow of the show too much. I did the best I can do, I hope you will find this to be an improvement.”
Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.
Track 01. Ghost Riders In The Sky (2:17) (intro cut)
Track 02. Moral Kiosk (3:21)
Track 03. Catapult (4:00)
Track 04. Pilgrimage (4:05)
Track 05. Letter Never Sent (3:08)
Track 06. Southern Central Rain (3:16)
Track 07. Harbor Coat (4:00)
Track 08. Sitting Still (4:09) (dropout at 3:55)
09. Gardening At Night (omitted)
10. 9-9 (omitted)
Track 11. Windout (2:14)
Track 12. Time After Time (Annelise) (3:37)
Track 13. Just A Touch (2:25)
Track 14. Little America (2:59)
Track 15. Pale Blue Eyes (3:30)
Track 16. Second Guessing (2:45)
Track 17. Radio Free Europe (1:52)
Track 18. We Walk (1:36)
Track 19. 20th Century Boy (2:49)
Track 20. 1,000,000 (5:11)
Track 21. Walter’s BBQ / Band Introduction (1:24)
Track 22. (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville (4:33)
Track 23. Talk About The Passion (3:14)
Track 24. Carnival Of Sorts (Boxcars) (fades out) (3:20)
*Gardening At Night and 9-9 have been released on the (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville 12″, I.R.S. label, catalogue # IRSX107
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