R.E.M. - LONDON 1985

February 11, 2014 – 4:56 am

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London 1985 [JEMS master, 2CD]

Live at the Hammersmith Palais Ballroom, London, UK; October 28, 1985. Very good audience recording.

Here is a relatively early R.E.M. show. In June 1985, the group had released their third album, Fables Of Reconstruction.

Thanks to JEMS for recording the show; Mike Ziegler for the transfer; and weedwacker67 and ademotte for sharing the tracks at Dime.

Original note: There are no fades applied to the tracks in this set.

Original comments:

“weedwacker67″ (source of probably four or five shelves’ worth of CDs in my collection) brought this torrent to Dime in December 2010, as part of their ongoing project of digitizing decades of analog masters. Fortunately for R.E.M. collectors, JEMS was in London to record Pete Townshend’s “Deep End” shows a couple of nights later, and added on this R.E.M. date while in town. The performance itself is very good - the main set features a good cross-section of their material (throughout the I.R.S. years, I thought their setlists were more representative of their full catalog; after they left for a major label, it seemed like their setlists were very skewed toward the newer, more radio-friendly songs) - as frequently happened on this tour, the encore turns into a crazy collection of covers and outtakes, with originals by Aerosmith, Golden Earring, and Tom Jones breaking into the set. If you are an R.E.M. fan who doesn’t have this one, you will probably find it to be worth the bandwidth.

The sound quality is really good considering the era and equipment used - in fact, I’d be quite happy to produce a master like this on the equipment I own 29 years later. Full dynamic range, good mix, minimal crowd interference, and an overall rich live sound. I’m not sure how much work went into processing this recording, but it should be worthwhile even for non-bootleg collectors who aren’t accustomed to adjusting their expectations for amateur (i.e. non-commercial) recordings.

Many thanks to weedwacker67 and team JEMS for another great one.

Audience recording - from JEMS cassette masters
ANA(M) > WAV [96kHz/24bit] > WAV [44.1kHz/16bit] > FLAC [Level 8]
Transfer: Nakamichi CR-7A > PreSonus FireStudio Project > Adobe Audition 3.0 > Cdwave editor > FLAC frontend 1.7.1
Taping Gear: Sony ECM-939 > Sony WM-D6C

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Disc 1
Track 101. Feeling Gravity’s Pull 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 102. Harborcoat 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 103. Green Grow The Rushes 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 104. Maps And Legends 3:25 (5.7MB)
Track 105. Pilgrimage 4:17 (7.2MB)
Track 106. Driver 8 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 107. Sitting Still 3:51 (6.5MB)
Track 108. Good Advices 3:44 (6.3MB)
Track 109. John The Revelator 0:58 (1.6MB)
Track 110. South Central Rain 4:51 (8.2MB)
Track 111. Have You Ever Seen The Rain 2:59 (5.0MB)
Track 112. I Can’t Get There From Here 3:26 (5.8MB)
45 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Seven Chinese Brothers 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 202. Auctioneer (Another Engine) 3:18 (5.5MB)
Track 203. Old Man Kensey 4:15 (7.2MB)
Track 204. Pretty Persuasion 3:54 (6.5MB)
Track 205. Life And How To Live It 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 206. Second Guessing 3:08 (5.3MB)
Track 207. (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville 4:28 (7.5MB)
Track 208. Tired Of Singing Trouble 0:53 (1.5MB)
Track 209. Toys In The Attic 2:44 (4.6MB)
Track 210. What’s New Pussycat 1:14 (2.1MB)
Track 211. Radar Love 3:45 (6.3MB)
Track 212. Burning Hell 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 213. Talk About The Passion 3:21 (5.6MB)
Track 214. Little America 2:45 (4.6MB)
46 mins

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  1. 7 Responses to “R.E.M. - LONDON 1985”

  2. Thanks, Big O! I saw R.E.M. twice in 1985 (but not this show, and no, I wasn’t in the green room). I think they were at their best then-by the time “Green” came out, they were a lot less interesting and a lot more pretentious.

    The sound quality of this recording is impressive.

    By Eric on Feb 11, 2014

  3. Driver 8 takes me back to the good old days. Will have to dig this album out of the attic for a sing along!

    By Ballsy on Feb 11, 2014

  4. Love this. Thank you for sharing another R.E.M. show. While everything runs its course, I still wish R.E.M. and Midnight Oil would reconsider their retirements and make some new music… and if they do, I will be first in line for the album or concert ticket.

    By James on Feb 23, 2014

  5. Yep, lots of memories for me too! Saw them twice around this time at a mid-sized theater, and then again in 1994 at huge arena. All great shows.

    At the arena show, they concentrated on newer material. But then they had some cool new stuff to showcase. Why does weedwacker67 (or whoever wrote the comments) fault them for dropping older songs? Why does it matter if the new ones are radio-friendly? Who blames Miles for dropping So What when he wanted to go in new directions?

    Should R.E.M. ever reunite, I’d love to hear some of the old stuff again, but just as much, I’d love to hear what they’re up to at the time, to show us they’ve still got it, and are still growing as artists.

    By Motorvilleboy on Feb 24, 2014

  6. live R.E.M.


    By happytrails on Mar 1, 2014

  7. is it just me, or is Michael Stipe’s voice TERRIBLE on this 1985 Hammersmith Palais show?

    By Trumpet Pants on Mar 2, 2014

  8. i don`t know about stipes voice not a fan anyhow but your name trumpet pants is hilarious!!!!

    By dropkick sarge on Mar 2, 2014

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