R.E.M.: In the Attic – Alternative Recordings 1985–1989

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R.E.M. In the Attic – Alternative Recordings 1985–1989
Compilation album by R.E.M.
Released October 7, 1997 (1997-10-07)
Recorded 1984–1987
Genre Alternative rock
Length 51:10
Language English
Label EMI-Capitol/I.R.S.
Producer Joe Boyd, Don Dixon, Don Gehman, Scott Litt, and Mitch Easter
R.E.M. chronology
Road Movie
R.E.M.: In the Attic – Alternative Recordings 1985–1989
R.E.M. compilations chronology
R.E.M.: Singles Collected
R.E.M. In the Attic – Alternative Recordings 1985–1989
In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media 8.8/10[2]

R.E.M. In the Attic – Alternative Recordings 1985–1989 was the fourth R.E.M. compilation released by I.R.S. Records. EMI-Capitol, which acquired the entire I.R.S. Records catalogue upon the label's failure in 1996, released In the Attic in 1997 without the permission of R.E.M.[citation needed] The album failed to chart in the UK and only reached #185 in the US in its sole week on the chart.[citation needed] All of the songs had appeared on the European reissues of the band's IRS albums but this was their first official release in the US.

The album is mostly composed of tracks previously released as bonus tracks on the IRS Years editions of the R.E.M. albums in 1993, but this was their first release in the US. It includes live studio and concert versions of previously released songs, as well as alternate recordings of songs, including a radio edit of "Cant Get There From Here." The final track, "Time After Time, Etc." was a live medley from 1987 in which R.E.M. started out by playing "Time After Time (AnnElise)", the fifth track from Reckoning, then began playing Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain", followed by "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)", before finishing off with a verse from "Red Rain."

Despite the title limiting it to recordings from 1985–1989, there is a live version of "Driver 8" from 1984. The album was released in 1997, but the album cover says "Limited Edition – 1998" and several of the song times listed inside the album cover are inaccurate.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe unless noted otherwise.

  1. "Finest Worksong" (Other Mix) – 3:48
  2. "Driver 8" (Live, June 27, 1984) – 3:18
  3. "Gardening at Night" (Different Vocal Mix) – 3:31
  4. "Swan Swan H" (Acoustic) – 2:42
  5. "Disturbance at the Heron House" (Live acoustic, May 24, 1987) – 3:25
  6. "Maps and Legends" (Live acoustic, May 24, 1987) – 3:14
  7. "Tired of Singing Trouble" – 1:00
  8. "Just a Touch" (Live in the Studio) – 2:38
  9. "Toys in the Attic" (Joe Perry and Steven Tyler) – 2:26
  10. "Dream (All I Have To Do)" (Felice and Boudleaux Bryant) – 2:40
  11. "The One I Love" (Live acoustic, May 24, 1987) – 4:19
  12. "Crazy" (Randall Bewley/Vanessa Briscoe/Curtis Crowe/Michael Lachowski) – 3:03
  13. "Cant Get There from Here" (Radio Edit) – 3:10
  14. "Last Date" (Floyd Cramer) – 2:13
Bonus track included on limited edition
  1. "Time After Time Etc." (Live, September 14, 1987) (includes a portion of "Red Rain", written by Peter Gabriel) – 8:21