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  • Audio CD (Feb. 10 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002UW1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Finest Worskong
2. Welcome to the Occupation
3. Exhuming McCarthy
4. Disturbance at the Heron House
5. Strange
6. It's the End of the World As We Know It (and I feel fine)
7. The One I Love
8. Fireplace
9. Lightnin' Hopkins
10. King of Birds
11. Oddfellows Local 151

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Vinyl LP repressing of their 1987 album, their first real commercial breakthrough. Features the hits 'It's The End Of The World As We Know It', 'The One I Love' and more. IRS. 2008.

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Singer Michael Stipe finally confesses that even he doesn't know what he's trying to say--among the lines flying by are "tryin' to tell you something we don't know" and "there's something going on that's not quite right." But R.E.M.'s roar is at its sharpest, as Peter Buck's guitars twist up surf riffs and the Bill Berry-Mike Mills rhythm section captures the force of forebears Big Star and the Byrds. After half a decade of college-rock heroism, R.E.M. achieved its first hit album thanks to the rambling "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" and the gentle (but subtly barbed) "The One I Love." --Steve Knopper

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By A Customer on June 22 2004
Format: Audio CD
Following on from the difficult though rewarding "Fables Of The Reconstruction" and "Life's Rich Pageant", R.E.M.'s final independent release, "Document", stands as the best thing they ever did.
Though R.E.M. have been criticised by some as the offspring of early 1980s pop music, this criticism could never be levelled at what they do on "Document". More than anything else, the music on "Document" is proof of the eccentricity R.E.M. were developing during their years at now-defunct independent label IRS.
Often seen as R.E.M.'s effort at "power pop", "Document" really was and is much, much more than that. The amazingly thing about this album is that the band manages to be incredibly funny on the standout "Exhuming McCarthy" and at the same time develop their musicianship into waters they were never to chart after moving to Warners. The dark "Fireplace" and "Lighning Hopkins" were equally brilliant: ominous, yet amazingly powerful for that.
The more familiar, famously sly "The One I Love" might not quite compare with these three tracks, but still it marks out the direction of their best-selling "Automatic For The People" album five years before the fact. "Finest Worksong", especially in its remixed version found as a bonus track, was a superb tribute to the past folk heroes in America. One can also see just how ironic Stipe wanted to be - and WAS - on "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" - in which he describes so well the realities facing us today.
A record that, though acclaimed in its time, is now often forgotten. Nonetheless, if you can only buy one R.E.M. record, it should be this one.
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By A Customer on June 22 2004
Format: Audio CD
Following on from the difficult though rewarding "Fables Of The Reconstruction" and "Life's Rich Pageant", R.E.M.'s final independent release, "Document", stands as the best thing they ever did.
Though R.E.M. have been criticised by some as the offspring of early 1980s pop music, this criticism could never be levelled at what they do on "Document". More than anything else, the music on "Document" is proof of the eccentricity R.E.M. were developing during their years at now-defunct independent label IRS.
Often seen as R.E.M.'s effort at "power pop", "Document" really was and is much, much more than that. The amazingly thing about this album is that the band manages to be incredibly funny on the standout "Exhuming McCarthy" and at the same time develop their musicianship into waters they were never to chart after moving to Warners. The dark "Fireplace" and "Lighning Hopkins" were equally brilliant: ominous, yet amazingly powerful for that.
The more familiar, famously sly "The One I Love" might not quite compare with these three tracks, but still it marks out the direction of their best-selling "Automatic For The People" album five years before the fact. "Finest Worksong", especially in its remixed version, was a superb tribute to the past folk heroes in America.
A record that, though acclaimed in its time, is now often forgotten. Nonetheless, if you can only buy one R.E.M. record, it should be this one.
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Format: Audio CD
There're lots of good albums out there, but there's a big gap between good and great... something almost unexplainable. It's like going from one world to another. That's what great music is all about... altering consciousness. Document is truly something that absorbs the listener, plain and simple.
Document's hit singles, "It's the End of the World As We Know It (and I feel fine)" and "The One I Love", are more than just radio staples... they're pleasant reminders of the excellent poets of the last few centuries. The same can be said for "Finest Worksong", "Fireplace", and so many others. It's lyrical music, with a new wave touch.
The political songs, "Welcome to the Occupation", "Exhuming McCarthy", and "Disturbance at the Heron House", are the greatest trio of government-related tracks on any rock record ever. A southern touch, a clip of former senator Joe McCarthy (one that's quite revealing, actually), and soothing figurativism... it's subtle, charming, and ultimately powerful.
Document is proof that R.E.M. was ready to go from indie to mainstream and continue maintaining artistic capability and credibility. It will not, and can not, be forgotten.
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Format: Audio CD
Considering that this was R.E.M.'s strongest collection of songs since their debut, there's a strange sense of uncertainty about the whole project.
You listen to the first four cuts and think "Aha, another political statement from the band that brought you Lifes Rich Pageant the previous year." Taken together, "Finest Worksong," "Welcome to the Occupation," "Exhuming McCarthy" and "Disturbance at the Heron House" sound very much like a sort of State of the Union address. In each cut you get a different take on America - the dignity of its workers, the evils of its interference overseas, its historical insistence on conformity and its domestic paranoia. "McCarthy" has a few awkward moments, but overall the music displays this band's usual mastery of style and technique; these songs move. Then there's a cover version of Pylon's "Strange" and the whole thing breaks apart.
I can't help thinking that the interruption is deliberate. R.E.M. had played plenty of covers before, and even recorded a few, but this was almost the first time they put one on a regular album release, and it's about as close to punk as they had come. (There was "Superman" the previous year, but that one came at the end of the collection rather than the middle, and it was an obvious throwaway.) "Strange" is like a signal to the listener, saying "Whatever you think you've been hearing, that's not it." Then the band proceeds to prove it - the rest of "Document" has nothing to do with political commentary.
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