Complete Rarities: Warner Bros. 1988–2011

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Complete Rarities: Warner Bros. 1988–2011
Complete Warner Bros. Rarities 1988–2011.jpg
Compilation album by R.E.M.
Released May 19, 2014 (2014-05-19)
Recorded 1988–2011
Genre Alternative rock
Length 506:08
Language English
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Jackknife Lee, Scott Litt, Pat McCarthy, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
R.E.M. chronology
Complete Rarities: I.R.S. 1982–1987
(2014)
Complete Rarities: Warner Bros. 1988–2011
(2014)
REMTV
(2014)

Complete Rarities: Warner Bros. 1988–2011 is a 2014 compilation album featuring live songs, singles' b-sides and non-album tracks recorded by alternative rock band R.E.M. during their tenure on Warner Bros. Records. All material has been previously released either physically or in digital-only formats.

Despite the title, many previously released songs and several digital-only releases are not in the compilation. Examples include "Forty Second Song", "Fruity Organ", "Organ Song", "New Orleans Instrumental No. 1 (Long Version)", "New Orleans Instrumental No. 2", the Monster-era instrumentals, the Live at Greensboro EP, most of the Collapse into Now live in-studio songs and some compilation tracks like "Photograph", "Draggin The Line", "#9 Dream" and "I Walked With a Zombie".

There was no CD release. The songs are digital download only.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe except as indicated.

See section "Known issues" below for tracks marked with *.

  1. "Funtime" (David Bowie, Iggy Pop) (non-album Iggy Pop cover) – 2:14
  2. "Ghost Rider" (Alan Vega, Martin Rev) (non-album Suicide cover) – 3:46
  3. "Dark Globe" (Syd Barrett) (non-album Syd Barrett cover) – 1:53
  4. "Pop Song 89" (acoustic version) – 2:57
  5. "Memphis Train Blues" (non-album track) – 1:40
  6. "Skin Tight" (Williams, Satchell, "Sugarfoot", Jones, Middlebrooks, Pierce) (live in Orlando, FL, April 30, 1989) (non-album Ohio Players cover) – 2:04
  7. "Losing My Religion" (acoustic live at KFOG, San Francisco) (from the iTunes-only Losing My Religion EP) – 4:44
  8. "Losing My Religion" (live in Dublin, 2005) (from R.E.M. Live) – 4:53
  9. "Rotary Eleven" (non-album track) – 2:32
  10. "You Are the Everything" (live in Greensboro Coliseum, NC, November 10, 1989) – 4:44
  11. "Love Is All Around" (Reg Presley) (live The Troggs cover) – 3:13
  12. "Shiny Happy People" ("Dance to the Music" Mix) – 4:45
  13. "Shiny Happy People" (Pop Mix) – 4:05
  14. "Shiny Happy People" (Hip Mix) – 3:37
  15. "It's a Free World Baby" (non-album track, from The Coneheads soundtrack) – 5:12
  16. "Winged Mammal Theme" (non-album track) – 2:56
  17. "First We Take Manhattan" (Leonard Cohen) (non-album cover, from I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen) – 6:04
  18. "Everybody Hurts" (album fade) – 4:59
  19. "Mandolin Strum" (non-album track) – 3:46
  20. "Orange Crush" (live) – 4:00
  21. "Man on the Moon" (album edit) – 4:45
  22. "Arms of Love" (Robyn Hitchcock) (non-album Robyn Hitchcock cover) – 3:32
  23. "World Leader Pretend" (live in Charleston, WV, April 28, 1991) – 5:16
  24. "Belong" (live in Charleston, WV, April 28, 1991) – 4:40
  25. "Low" (live in Charleston, WV, April 28, 1991) – 4:59
  26. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (Solomon Linda, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss, Albert Stanton) (non-album The Tokens (version) cover) – 2:41
  27. "Fretless" (non-album track, from Until the End of the World soundtrack) – 4:50
  28. "Everybody Hurts" (live at the MTV Video Awards, Los Angeles, September 2, 1993) – 5:33
  29. "Orange Crush" (instrumental version) – 3:49
  30. "Fall on Me" (live at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, November 19, 1992) – 3:23
  31. "Me in Honey" (live at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, November 19, 1992) – 4:16
  32. "Finest Worksong" (live at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, November 19, 1992) – 4:11
  33. "Drive" (live at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, November 19, 1992) – 4:17 *
  34. "Funtime" (Bowie, Pop) (Iggy Pop cover, live at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, November 19, 1992) – 2:16
  35. "Radio Free Europe" (live at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, November 19, 1992) – 4:43
  36. "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" (live at Saturday Night Live (SNL), New York, November 12, 1994) – 4:06
  37. "Bang and Blame" (live at SNL, November 12, 1994) – 4:54
  38. "I Don't Sleep, I Dream" (live at SNL, November 12, 1994) – 3:50
  39. "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" (radio version) – 3:59
  40. "Monty Got a Raw Deal" (live at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, November 19, 1992) – 4:22
  41. "Everybody Hurts" (live at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, November 19, 1992) – 5:42
  42. "Man on the Moon" (live at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, November 19, 1992) – 5:23
  43. "Bang and Blame" (alternate version without between-track noise) – 4:52
  44. "Losing My Religion" (live at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, November 19, 1992) (applause faded) – 4:43
  45. "Country Feedback" (live at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, November 19, 1992) (applause faded) – 4:19
  46. "Begin the Begin" (live at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, November 19, 1992) – 3:48
  47. "Undertow" (live at Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, GA, November 18, 1995) – 5:05
  48. "Wichita Lineman" (Jimmy Webb) (live Glen Campbell cover) – 3:18
  49. "New Test Leper" (live acoustic) – 5:29
  50. "Tricycle" (non-album track) – 1:58
  51. "Departure" (live in Rome soundcheck) – 3:33
  52. "Wall of Death" (Richard Thompson) (live cover, from Beat the Retreat: Songs by Richard Thompson) – 3:08
  53. "The Wake Up Bomb" (live at Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, GA, November 18, 1995) – 5:08
  54. "Binky the Doormat" (live at Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, GA, November 18, 1995) – 5:02
  55. "King of Comedy" (808 State Remix) – 5:37
  56. "Be Mine" (Mike On Bus Version) – 4:54
  57. "Love Is All Around" (Reg Presley) (non-album The Troggs cover, from I Shot Andy Warhol soundtrack) – 3:02
  58. "Sponge" (Vic Chesnutt) (non-album cover, from Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation) – 4:95
  59. "Emphysema" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (non-album track) – 4:24
  60. "Sad Professor" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (live in studio version) – 4:01
  61. "Why Not Smile" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (Oxford American version) – 4:01
  62. "Surfing the Ganges" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (non-album track) – 2:28
  63. "Suspicion" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (live at Toast Studios) – 5:39
  64. "Lotus" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (Weird Mix) – 4:34
  65. "Electrolite" (live from Later... with Jools Holland, 1998) – 3:58
  66. "Man On the Moon" (live from Later... with Jools Holland, 1998) – 5:15
  67. "Suspicion" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (live at Ealing Studios) – 5:27
  68. "At My Most Beautiful" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (radio remix) – 3:33
  69. "The Passenger" (Iggy Pop, Ricky Gardiner) (live from Later... with Jools Holland, 1998) – 7:11
  70. "Country Feedback" (live from Later... with Jools Holland, 1998) – 6:51
  71. "So. Central Rain" (live from Later... with Jools Holland, 1998) – 4:04
  72. "The Great Beyond" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (non-album track, from the Man on the Moon soundtrack) – 4:14
  73. "The One I Love" (live from the Glastonbury Festival, 1999) – 3:10
  74. "Everybody Hurts" (live from the Glastonbury Festival, 1999) – 6:21
  75. "Man On the Moon" (live from the Glastonbury Festival, 1999) – 5:24
  76. "Yellow River" (Jeff Christie) (non-album Christie cover) – 2:35
  77. "165 Hillcrest" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (non-album track) – 1:35
  78. "Imitation of Life" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (live from Trafalgar Square) – 3:54
  79. "Summer Turns to High" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (32 Chord Song demo) – 3:10
  80. "I've Been High" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (live video version, Channel V, Sydney) – 3:17
  81. "The Lifting" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (original version) – 5:20 *
  82. "Beat a Drum" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (Dalkey Demo) – 4:26
  83. "2JN" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (non-album track) – 3:26
  84. "Favorite Writer" (Linda Hopper, Ruthie Morris) (non-album Magnapop cover) – 2:57
  85. "Out in the Country" (Williams/Nichols) (non-album Paul Williams cover) – 3:23
  86. "Adagio" (non-album track) (Buck, Mills, Stipe) – 3:29
  87. "Turn You Inside-Out" (live) – 4:27 *
  88. "Chance (Dub)" (non-album track) – 2:35
  89. "Drive" (live, 1994) – 4:00 *
  90. "Star Me Kitten" (alternate version feat. William S. Burroughs, from Songs in the Key of X: Music from and Inspired by the X-Files) – 3:31
  91. "Revolution" (non-album track, from Batman and Robin soundtrack) – 3:05
  92. "Leave" (alternate version, from A Life Less Ordinary soundtrack) – 4:42
  93. "The Lifting" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (demo) – 5:20 *
  94. "The One I Love" (live from 2MMM Sydney) – 3:24 *
  95. "Maps and Legends" (from Vancouver Rehearsal Tapes) – 3:18
  96. "Tongue" (from Vancouver Rehearsal Tapes) – 3:52
  97. "Little America" (from Vancouver Rehearsal Tapes) – 2:59
  98. "So. Central Rain" (from Vancouver Rehearsal Tapes) – 3:29
  99. "Imitation of Life" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (from Vancouver Rehearsal Tapes) – 3:51
  100. "So Fast, So Numb" (live in Athens Rehearsal Sessions, 2004) – 3:52
  101. "All the Right Friends" (live in Athens Rehearsal Sessions, 2004) – 2:50
  102. "Animal" (new mix) – 3:55
  103. "Pretty Persuasion" (live in NYC, 2003) – 4:02
  104. "Welcome To the Occupation" (live in NYC, 2003) – 2:46
  105. "You Are the Everything" (live in Raleigh, NC, October 10, 2003) – 3:31
  106. "These Days" (live in Toronto, September 30, 2003) – 3:27
  107. "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" (live in Oslo NRK P1 National Radio, October 25, 2003) – 4:35
  108. "Wanderlust" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (live in Santa Barbara, CA, 2004) – 3:04
  109. "Sweetness Follows" (live in Cincinnati, October 27, 2004) – 4:04 *
  110. "Horse to Water" (live in Vancouver) (Buck, Mills, Stipe) – 2:36
  111. "Indian Summer" (Calvin Johnson) (non-album Beat Happening cover) – 5:01
  112. "Living Well Is the Best Revenge" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (from Live From London EP) – 3:16
  113. "Auctioneer" (from Live From London EP) – 2:46
  114. "Hollow Man" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (from Live From London EP) – 2:44
  115. "Supernatural Superserious" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (from Live From London EP) – 3:23
  116. "Fall On Me" (from Live From London EP) – 2:49
  117. "West of the Fields" (from Live From London EP) – 3:14
  118. "Horse to Water" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (from Live From London EP) – 2:18
  119. "Man-Sized Wreath" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (from Live From London EP) – 2:36
  120. "Man On the Moon" (from Live From London EP) – 4:53
  121. "Mr. Richards" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (live in Vancouver) – 3:54
  122. "Living Well Jesus Dog" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) ("Living Well Is The Best Revenge" alternate version) – 4:21
  123. "Airliner" (Buck, Mills, Stipe, Scott McCaughey) (non-album track) – 2:21
  124. "Redhead Walking" (Calvin Johnson) (non-album Beat Happening cover) – 2:11
  125. "Houston" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (live in London) – 2:19
  126. "Harborcoat" (from Live at The Olympia) – 4:13
  127. "Letter Never Sent" (from Live at the Olympia) – 3:17
  128. "Second Guessing" (from Live at the Olympia) – 2:55
  129. "Pretty Persuasion" (from Live at the Olympia) – 4:26
  130. "Nola-4/26/10" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) – 2:53
  131. "That Someone Is You" (Buck, Mills, Stipe) (live at Hansa Studios) – 1:45

Known issues[edit]

As of the original release of this compilation on May 19, 2014, the following track mistakes (marked with * on the list above) have been observed on all digital download platforms:

  • Tracks 33 (slightly longer due to more audience noise) and 89 are the same live version of "Drive" from November 19, 1992. It can be found as a b-side on the "Strange Currencies" single and also on the Alternative NRG Greenpeace compilation.
  • Tracks 81 and 93 are both the same demo version for "The Lifting".
  • There's a previous mistake (uncorrected here) with track 87, a live version of "Turn You Inside-Out", which was reported in the entry for In Time: The Best of R.E.M.
  • Track 94 (an acoustic live version of "The One I Love") is listed incorrectly. The correct venue is The Museum of Television and Radio on June 8, 2001. The same version can be found on the compilation In Time: The Best of R.E.M. The 2MMM Sydney version is different from both and can be found on Not Bad for No Tour.
  • Tracks 100, 101, and 103–109 originated from a lossy source, even in the FLAC version of the release.

Resolved issues[edit]

The original release of this compilation had a few other mistakes that have been solved by iTunes. Those original files, though, can still be found in many sources and still present the same mistakes.

  • Track 1 ("Funtime") was originally listed as a live version, but is actually a studio recording. It's correctly listed on iTunes now.
  • Track 14 ("Shiny Happy People" – Hip Mix) had a silent gap from 0:27 to 0:48. That has been fixed by iTunes and the track is available as a whole now.
  • Track 20 was listed as "Orange Crush" (live), but was actually a repeat of "Dark Globe." This has been fixed by iTunes and the mistaken track was replaced by the correct song.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "AllMusic Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 June 2016.