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R.E.M. - The Best Of R.E.M. (1991)

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R.E.M. - The Best Of R.E.M. (1991)

R.E.M. - The Best Of R.E.M. (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 417 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included | 00:59:28
Alternative Pop/Rock, College Rock, Jangle Pop | Label: I.R.S. | # CDP 7131282

The Best of R.E.M. is a greatest hits album by R.E.M. released in 1991, shortly after the success of the band's seventh studio album, Out of Time, released by Warner Bros. The Best of R.E.M., however, was released by the band's previous record label, I.R.S. Records, and only includes tracks from their first five albums while the group was with that label. As such, it covers their output from 1982 to 1987. The Best of R.E.M. was only issued in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and Brazil, complete with liner notes from Remarks: The Story of R.E.M. by Tony Fletcher (a domestic American greatest hits album had been released prior with a very similar track list titled Eponymous). It has no alternate mixes (unlike Eponymous); all the songs are the album versions. Three songs were taken from each of the first five studio albums and one song was taken from Chronic Town, the band's first EP, making a total of sixteen songs on the album.

Crowded House - The Very Very Best Of Crowded House (2010)

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Crowded House - The Very Very Best Of Crowded House (2010)

Crowded House - The Very Very Best Of Crowded House (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 461 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans ~ 140 Mb | 01:11:28
Rock, Pop/Rock, College Rock, Alternative Rock | Label: Capitol | # 50999 917403 2 8

The Very Very Best of Crowded House is a compilation album featuring 19 singles from the period spanning Crowded House's first six studio albums.

R.E.M. - Murmur (1983) Expanded Reissue 1992

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R.E.M. - Murmur (1983) Expanded Reissue 1992

R.E.M. - Murmur (1983) Expanded Reissue 1992
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 419 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb
Label: I.R.S. | # 0777 7 13158 2 4 | Time: 00:58:00 | Scans included
Alternative Rock, College Rock, Jangle Pop

Murmur is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band R.E.M., released on April 12, 1983 by I.R.S. Records. Murmur drew critical acclaim upon its release for its unusual sound, defined by lead singer Michael Stipe's cryptic lyrics, guitarist Peter Buck's jangly guitar style, and bass guitarist Mike Mills' melodic basslines. Since its release, Murmur has featured heavily in various "must have" lists compiled by the music media. In 1989, it was rated number eight on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.

R.E.M. - Document (1987) Expanded Reissue 1993

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R.E.M. - Document (1987) Expanded Reissue 1993

R.E.M. - Document (1987) Expanded Reissue 1993
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 483 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 198 Mb
Label: I.R.S. | # 0777 7 13200 2 6 | Time: 01:07:43 | Scans included
Alternative Rock, College Rock, Folk-Rock

R.E.M. began to move toward mainstream record production on Lifes Rich Pageant, but they didn't have a commercial breakthrough until the following year's Document. Ironically, Document is a stranger, more varied album than its predecessor, but co-producer Scott Litt – who would go on to produce every R.E.M. album in the following decade – is a better conduit for the band than Don Gehman, giving the group a clean sound without sacrificing their enigmatic tendencies. "Finest Worksong," the stream-of-conscious rant "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," and the surprise Top Ten single "The One I Love" all crackle with muscular rhythms and guitar riffs, but the real surprise is how political the mid-tempo jangle pop of "Welcome to the Occupation," "Disturbance at the Heron House," and "King of Birds" is. Where Lifes Rich Pageant sounded a bit like a party record, Document is a fiery statement, and its memorable melodies and riffs are made all the more indelible by its righteous anger.

R.E.M. - Fables Of The Reconstruction (1985) Expanded Reissue 1992

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R.E.M. - Fables Of The Reconstruction (1985) Expanded Reissue 1992

R.E.M. - Fables Of The Reconstruction (1985) Expanded Reissue 1992
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 342 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 127 Mb | Scans ~ 39 Mb
Label: I.R.S. Records | # 0777 7 13160 2 9, 7 13160 2| Time: 00:55:41
Alternative Rock, College Rock, Jangle Pop, Indie Pop, Folk-Rock

Fables of the Reconstruction (or Reconstruction of the Fables) is the third studio album by American alternative rock band R.E.M. It was released on June 10, 1985, through I.R.S. Records. It was the band's first album recorded outside of the U.S., with sessions taking place at Livingston Studios in London with producer Joe Boyd. The record displays a darker, murkier sound and lyrics drawing from Southern Gothic themes and characters. Additionally, more varied instrumentation is utilized, including string and brass arrangements and banjo. Critical reception to Fables of the Reconstruction was positive, with many reviews noting its folk elements and murky tone. Retrospectively, it has also been viewed as a transitional album, retaining the sound and obscure themes of the band's early work while hinting at the experimentation with acoustic instrumentation that would be present on their later albums.

R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant (1986) Expanded Reissue 1993

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R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant (1986) Expanded Reissue 1993

R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant (1986) Expanded Reissue 1993
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 393 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb
Label: I.R.S. | # 0777 7 13201 2 5 | Time: 00:51:46 | Scans included
Alternative Rock, College Rock, Jangle Pop

Fables of the Reconstruction was intentionally murky, and Lifes Rich Pageant was constructed as its polar opposite. Teaming with producer Don Gehman, who previously worked with John Mellencamp, R.E.M. developed their most forceful record to date. Where previous records kept the rhythm section in the background, Pageant emphasizes the beat, and the band turns in its hardest rockers to date, including the anthemic "Begin the Begin" and the punky "Just a Touch." But the cleaner production also benefits the ballads and the mid-tempo janglers, particularly since it helps reveal Michael Stipe's growing political obsessions, especially on the environmental anthems "Fall on Me" and "Cuyahoga." The group hasn't entirely left myths behind – witness the Civil War ballad "Swan Swan H" – but the band sound more contemporary both musically and lyrically than they did on either Fables or Murmur, which helps give the record an extra kick. And even with excellent songs like "I Believe," "Flowers of Guatemala," "These Days," and "What if We Give It Away," it's ironic that the most memorable moment comes from the garage rock obscurity "Superman," which is sung with glee by Mike Mills.

Echo & The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain (1984) Expanded Remastered 2003

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Echo & The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain (1984) Expanded Remastered 2003

Echo & The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain (1984) Expanded Remastered 2003
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 396 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Scans included
Label: Warner Bros. | # 2564-61165-2 | Time: 01:13:52
Neo-Psychedelia, Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock, College Rock

Channeling the lessons of the experimental Porcupine into more conventional and simple structural parameters, Ocean Rain emerges as Echo & the Bunnymen's most beautiful and memorable effort. Ornamenting Ian McCulloch's most consistently strong collection of songs to date with subdued guitar textures, sweeping string arrangements, and hauntingly evocative production, the album is dramatic and majestic; "The Killing Moon," Ocean Rain's emotional centerpiece, remains the group's unrivalled pinnacle. The 2003 reissue of Ocean Rain features improved sound, new liner notes, loads of photos, and a wealth of bonus tracks. The bulk of the bonus tracks is made up of the Life at Brian's sessions, which found the band playing some of their "hits" like "The Killing Moon," "Stars Are Stars," "Silver," and "Villiers Terrace," as well as a faithful cover of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" in a relaxed, acoustic but still very dramatic setting.

R.E.M. - Automatic for the People (1992)

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R.E.M. - Automatic for the People (1992)

R.E.M. - Automatic for the People (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 310 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans ~ 51 Mb
Alternative/Indie Rock, Baroque Pop | Label: Warner Bros. | # 9362-45055-2 | 00:48:53

Turning away from the sweet pop of Out of Time, R.E.M. created a haunting, melancholy masterpiece with Automatic for the People. At its core, the album is a collection of folk songs about aging, death, and loss, but the music has a grand, epic sweep provided by layers of lush strings, interweaving acoustic instruments, and shimmering keyboards. Automatic for the People captures the group at a crossroads, as they moved from cult heroes to elder statesmen, and the album is a graceful transition into their new status. It is a reflective album, with frank discussions on mortality, but it is not a despairing record – "Nightswimming," "Everybody Hurts," and "Sweetness Follows" have a comforting melancholy, while "Find the River" provides a positive sense of closure. R.E.M. have never been as emotionally direct as they are on Automatic for the People, nor have they ever created music quite as rich and timeless, and while the record is not an easy listen, it is the most rewarding record in their oeuvre.

Devo - Freedom Of Choice (1980)

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Devo - Freedom Of Choice (1980)

Devo - Freedom Of Choice (1980)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 201 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 92 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. | # 3435-2 | Time: 00:32:31 | Scans included
New Wave, Post-Punk, Synthpop, American Punk

Freedom of Choice is the third studio album by the American new wave band Devo. It was originally released in May 1980 on the Warner Bros. label. The album contained their biggest hit, "Whip It", which hit No. 8 and No. 14 on the Billboard Club Play Singles and Pop Singles charts, respectively. Freedom of Choice peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.

R.E.M. - Reckoning (1984) Expanded Reissue 1992

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R.E.M. - Reckoning (1984) Expanded Reissue 1992

R.E.M. - Reckoning (1984) Expanded Reissue 1992
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 376 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb
Label: I.R.S. | # 0777 7 13159 2 3 | Time: 00:52:38 | Scans included
Alternative Rock, College Rock, Jangle Pop

R.E.M. abandoned the enigmatic post-punk experiments of Murmur for their second album, Reckoning, returning to their garage pop origins instead. Opening with the ringing "Harborcoat," Reckoning runs through a set of ten jangle pop songs that are different not only in sound but in style from the debut. Where Murmur was enigmatic in its sound, Reckoning is clear, which doesn't necessarily mean that the songs themselves are straightforward. Michael Stipe continues to sing powerful melodies without enunciating, but the band has a propulsive kick that makes the music vital and alive. And, if anything, the songwriting is more direct and memorable than before – the interweaving melodies of "Pretty Persuasion" and the country rocker "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" are as affecting as the melancholic dirges of "Camera" and "Time After Time," while the ringing minor-key arpeggios of "So. Central Rain," the pulsating riffs of "7 Chinese Bros.," and the hard-rocking rhythms of "Little America" make the songs into classics. On the surface, Reckoning may not be as distinctive as Murmur, but the record's influence on underground American rock in the '80s was just as strong.

Crowded House - Gravity Stairs (2024)

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Crowded House - Gravity Stairs (2024)

Crowded House - Gravity Stairs (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 260 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 94 Mb | 00:40:43
Alternative Rock, Pop Rock, College Rock | Label: BMG Rights Management

Crowded House's Gravity Stairs, their new studio albums produced by the band with Steven Schram, the 11-track long-player follows 2021's Dreamers are Waiting and is the second with the current line-up of Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, Mitchell Froom and Neil's sons Elroy and Liam Finn.

The Pretenders - Greatest Hits (2000)

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The Pretenders - Greatest Hits (2000)

The Pretenders - Greatest Hits (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 518 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans included
Label: Warner Strategic Marketing | # 8573 84607 2 | Time: 01:13:35
Alternative Rock, College Rock, New Wave, Pop/Rock

The Pretenders' 1987 collection, The Singles, did a fine job of assembling most of the group's finest tracks up to that point in their career, so after another decade passed, their record company felt it was necessary to compile a more "updated" collection, 2000's Euro-only release Greatest Hits. Although it contains a total of 20 tracks, Greatest Hits ultimately fails to improve over its predecessor, for the simple fact that the early '80s was the Pretenders' artistic and commercial peak, and Greatest Hits contains too much latter-day material. Whereas it would have been a wise move to showcase such oft-overlooked classics as "Tattooed Love Boys," "Mystery Achievement," "Precious," "My City Was Gone," or "Birds of Paradise" (all of which weren't included on The Singles), Greatest Hits includes such not-as-strong selections as "Night in My Veins," "Breakfast in Bed," and "Human" instead. Although there are quite a few gems included ("Brass in Pocket," "Message of Love," "Talk of the Town," "Kid," "Back on the Chain Gang," etc.), Greatest Hits leaves out far too many prime selections to be considered truly definitive.

The Pretenders - Greatest Hits (2000) DVD

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The Pretenders - Greatest Hits (2000) DVD

The Pretenders - Greatest Hits (2000)
DVD9 | PAL | 4:3 (720x576) VBR | LPCM 2.0, 1536 kbps | ~ 5.7 Gb
Label: Warner Music Vision | # 8573-85005-2 | Time: 02:02:52
Alternative Rock, College Rock, New Wave, Pop/Rock

The Pretenders Greatest Hits is a selection of 20 songs and their variously successful videos. Chrissie Hynde arrived in the UK in 1973, and after a period as the "Loud Yank" NME journalist, she realised her dream of putting a band together. "Stop Your Sobbing" was a terrific first single for The Pretenders, debuting a voice that defied comparison or description. Naturally it's included here. Chrissie hated the early videos for her songs, especially "Brass in Pocket", which was one of the very first shown on MTV. She relays this sort of information to camera in the terrific documentary, "No Turn Left Unstoned", featured on this DVD. Comments come in from Rosanna Arquette, ex-managers, Elvis Costello, Bono, and her oldest friend.

World Party - Goodbye Jumbo (1990)

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World Party - Goodbye Jumbo (1990)

World Party - Goodbye Jumbo (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 316 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans ~ 47 Mb
Label: Chrysalis/Ensign | # 260 556 | Time: 00:53:36
Alternative/Indie Rock, College Rock

This excellent follow-up album from World Party is much tighter than the debut. Dealing with issues from the environment ("Take It Up," "Put the Message in the Box") to relationship woes ("And I Fell Back Alone"), these tracks manage to maintain a hopeful, positive mood without becoming trivial. In these songs, Wallinger has developed his own distinct style. A great album, worth checking out just for the uptempo groove of "Way Down Now."

Gang Of Four - Entertainment! (1979) {2005, Remastered & Expanded}

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Gang Of Four - Entertainment! (1979) {2005, Remastered & Expanded}

Gang Of Four - Entertainment! (1979) {2005, Remastered & Expanded}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u8 + Log ~ 472 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 162 Mb
Full Scans ~ 146 Mb | 01:07:02 | RAR 5% Recovery
Post-Punk, New Wave, College Rock | Warner Bros. / Rhino #R2 78428

Entertainment! is one of those records where germs of influence can be traced through many genres and countless bands, both favorably and unfavorably. From groups whose awareness of genealogy spreads wide enough to openly acknowledge Gang of Four's influence (Fugazi, Rage Against the Machine), to those not in touch with their ancestry enough to realize it (rap-metal, some indie rock) – all have appropriated elements of their forefathers' trailblazing contribution. Its vaguely funky rhythmic twitch, its pungent, pointillistic guitar stoccados, and its spoken/shouted vocals have all been picked up by many.