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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.

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.

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.

The dB's - Stands for deciBels (Remastered) (1981/2024)

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The dB's - Stands for deciBels (Remastered) (1981/2024)

The dB's - Stands for deciBels (Remastered) (1981/2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 246 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 86 Mb | 00:37:18
Alternative Rock, Powerpop, Jangle Pop | Label: Propeller Sound Recordings

The dB's are an American alternative rock and power pop group, who formed in New York City in 1978 and first came to prominence in the early 1980s. Their debut album Stands for Decibels is acclaimed as one of the great "lost" power pop albums of the 1980s.

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.

The Bangles - Albums Collection 1984-2003 (5CD) [Japanese Releases]

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The Bangles - Albums Collection 1984-2003 (5CD) [Japanese Releases]

The Bangles - Albums Collection 1984-2003 (5CD) Japanese Releases
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.75 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 627 Mb | Scans included
Rock, Pop Rock, Jangle Pop, New Wave, Paisley Underground | Time: 04:03:06

Collection includes: All Over The Place (1984); Different Light (1985); Everything (1988); Greatest Hits (1990) and Doll Revolution (2003). The Bangles combined the chiming riffs and catchy melodies of British Invasion guitar pop with a hint of the energy of new wave. In the process, they became one of the handful of all-female bands of the '80s to win both critical and commercial success.

Motorists - Touched by the Stuff (2024)

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Motorists - Touched by the Stuff (2024)

Motorists - Touched by the Stuff (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 275 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 88 Mb | 00:38:18
Alternative Rock, Jangle Pop, Powerpop | Label: Bobo Integral Records

Motorists are from Canada. Motorists’ second album had a lengthy gestation period, written in the year following their 2021 self-produced debut, Surrounded, which Allmusic described as “an abundance of thoughtfully arranged hooks.” In the six months leading to their recording sessions for Touched By The Stuff, the band picked up the pace, with both Learoyd and Fahner barely sneaking songs under the wire. Instrumentals were recorded live off the floor, before the trio ran wild with overdubs, weaving organs, vibraphones, and handclaps into their mellifluous harmonies. Inspired by the big shiny tunes flooding FM radio airwaves in the 1990s, Toronto trio Motorists go full throttle on their sophomore album. Now propelled by powerhouse drummer Nick Mckinlay, guitarist Craig Fahner and bassist Matt Learoyd channel stadium-sized power-pop through the gauzy fuzz of ‘90s alt rock, like Big Star swerving into Hotline TNT.

Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians - Fegmania! (1985)

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Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians - Fegmania! (1985)

Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians - Fegmania! (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 316 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 113 Mb | Scans included | 00:47:30
Jangle Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Aternative Rock | Label: Midnight Music | # CHIME 00.08 CD

After the stripped-back collection I Often Dream of Trains, Robyn Hitchcock slowly formed a backing band called the Egyptians with ex-Soft Boys Andy Metcalfe and Morris Windsor, and keyboardist Roger Jackson over the course of the next year. Fegmania!, the Egyptians' first album, was a distinct departure from both the Soft Boys and Hitchcock's previous solo work, featuring layered, intertwining guitars and keyboards that created lush and thick sonic textures. Even with the more detailed arrangements, the songs remained twitchy and off-kilter, with melodies that usually went in willfully unpredictable directions, yet remained catchy all the while. Fegmania! was Hitchcock's most consistent work to date, featuring such highlights as the Eastern-tinged "Egyptian Cream", and the creepy "My Wife & My Dead Wife", and the relatively straightforward "The Man with the Lightbulb Head".

R.E.M. - Out Of Time (1991) 2CD, 25th Anniversary Edition 2016

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R.E.M. - Out Of Time (1991) 2CD, 25th Anniversary Edition 2016

R.E.M. - Out Of Time (1991) 2CD, 25th Anniversary Edition
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 839 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 272 Mb | Scans ~ 235 Mb
Label: Concord Bicycle Music | # 0888072010239, CRE00231 | Time: 01:58:36
Alternative Pop/Rock, College Rock, Jangle Pop, Folk Rock

Out of Time is the seventh studio album by American alternative rock band R.E.M., released on March 12, 1991 by Warner Bros. Records. With Out of Time, R.E.M.'s status grew from that of a cult band to a massive international act. The record topped the album sales charts in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom, spending 109 weeks on American album charts and enjoying two separate spells at the summit, and spending 183 weeks on the British charts and a single week at the top. The album has sold over four and a half million copies in the U.S. and over 18 million copies worldwide. The album won three Grammy Awards in 1992: one as Best Alternative Music Album, and two for the first single, "Losing My Religion." R.E.M. celebrated the 25th anniversary of their 1991 blockbuster Out of Time by releasing a deluxe edition of the album. This was their first release with Concord Bicycle, who signed a licensing deal for the band's Warner albums in 2015, and it's appropriately splashy: there's a standard double-CD set with a full disc of unreleased material.

The Trash Can Sinatras - Cake (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (1990/2023)

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The Trash Can Sinatras - Cake (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (1990/2023)

The Trash Can Sinatras - Cake (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (1990/2023)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 419 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 142 Mb | 01:02:02
Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Jangle Pop, Britpop | Label: Past Night From Glasgow

Originally released in 1990 on Go! Discs, Cake is the debut album from the legendary Trashcan Sinatras, now remastered, repackaged and reissued by Last Night From Glasgow. The lyrics and melodies are unmatched. Each song is a gem of unrivaled cleverness and tenderness. What a stunning confluence of sweetness and wit.

The Triffids - Calenture (1987) Reissue 1994

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The Triffids - Calenture (1987) Reissue 1994

The Triffids - Calenture (1987) Reissue 1994
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 312 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Scans included
Alternative Rock, Folk-Rock, College Rock | Label: Mushroom | # D 19458 | 00:46:24

Calenture is the fourth studio album by Australian rock group The Triffids, it was released in November 1987 and saw them explore themes of insanity, deception and rootlessness—the title refers to a fever suffered by sailors during long hot voyages. It reached No. 32 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart. In November 1987, it reached No. 24 on the Swedish Albums Chart, in May 1988 it peaked at No. 25 on the New Zealand Albums Chart. The album spawned three singles, "Bury Me Deep in Love" (1987), "Trick of the Light" and "Holy Water" (both in 1988). The latter track was recorded with American producer Craig Leon.

The Long Ryders - State Of Our Union (1985) Expanded Reissue

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The Long Ryders - State Of Our Union (1985) Expanded Reissue

The Long Ryders - State Of Our Union (1985) Expanded Reissue
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 367 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb
Label: Prima | # SID003 | Time: 00:55:44 | Scans included
Alternative Country-Rock, Cowpunk, Jangle Pop, College Rock

The Long Ryders kicked off their major label debut, State of Our Union, with one of their most anthemic and most explicitly political songs, "Looking for Lewis and Clark," and that tune set the tone for the rest of the album – State of Our Union found the Long Ryders reaching for a larger audience at the same time that they were using their music to say a great deal more than they had in the past. Musically, plenty of roadwork had tightened the band's interplay to an even finer point than on Native Sons (Sid Griffin and Stephen McCarthy were both in superb voice, and their guitar work meshed perfectly), and Will Birch's production gave the songs a poppier sheen that still allowed the band's roots-conscious sound to shine through. Lyrically, State of Our Union took a long look at Reagan-era America as the gulf between the rich and the poor began to divide the nation, with "You Can't Ride the Boxcars Anymore," "Two Kinds of Love," and "Good Times Tomorrow, Hard Times Today" all exploring issues of economic injustice, and even the less obvious political songs often having a progressive subtext ("WDIA," a tribute to the great Memphis R&B radio station, deals with how the love of music brought together black and white listeners in the 1960s).