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Lifes Rich Pageant


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 10 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002UVZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Begin The Begin - R.E.M.
2. Hyena
3. Fall on Me
4. Cuyahoga
5. These Days
6. Underneath the Bunker
7. The Flowers of Guatemala
8. I Believe
9. What if We Give it Away?
10. Just a Touch
11. Swan Swan H
12. Superman


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Format: LP Record
How times flies. Most would say , this is REM at their greatest. I would estimate this at the level of " Fables of construction...". Plenty of other reviews abide by the music of this record, for those interested on the aspects of sonic's of the record that MOFI has brought forth , well it must be said that this would be one of the best pop MOFI I have heard to date. Mind you , REM dealt with premium recording engineers to begin with, so MOFI had half the job done for them already.

All I can say , is that the elevation of the audio quality makes this record very enticing to play again and again. This is a great record by any means. The MOFI mastering has just elevated the recording at the same levels. Hurry, somewhat high priced, limited edition.

Cheers

Luc
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kerry S. Hale on July 6 2004
Format: Audio CD
Prior to "Life's Rich Pageant", R.E.M. had released a string of four exceptional records that weren't quite rock, not quite folk, not quite pop, and not quite anything. Every one was a masterpiece, in my opinion, but none really rocked from start to finish. "Reckoning" had some pretty fast paced rockers, but they were buried in between mid-tempo and slow numbers that dominated the record. "Life's Rich Pageant" changed that. From the opening riff of "Begin the Begin" to "Superman", the album flies by on a heavy rhythm (R.E.M.'s tightest ever), with fascinating guitar work (Peter Buck's best ever), and words that you can understand (Michael Stipe's second best ever, behind "Fables of the Reconstruction"). The best tracks:
"Begin the Begin"- Probably the strangest riff ever (sounds like a Hindu snakecharmer managed to learn how to play guitar) stuck in the middle of one of R.E.M.'s heaviest songs ever. This song is the perfect way to open the record, and lets you know exactly what you are going to hear for the next forty minutes. Probably the only time R.E.M. opened a record this way.
"These Days"- I think this song is probably the best guitar driven song that R.E.M. has ever recorded. I've never heard anything like it before or since. And talk about fast and driving! If this song doesn't get you going and your blood pumping, you need help.
"Fall on Me"- Almost everyone's heard this one. I like it a lot, but it's not my favorite on the record. Maybe I've just heard it too much.
"Cuyahoga"- The record's high point, in terms of songwriting and performance. The song is so simple and is played with so much restraint that it is engrossing.
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By Brian Maitland TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 21 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is more like R.E.M. live sounds like, if you've grown up on the slower "Everybody Hurts" tracks in their career. From "begin The Begin," "I Believe" and "Just A Touch" rock out to the supreme.

Definitely a great bookend to the Document album. In a weird way, the hit single "Fall On Me" really seems a tad out of place on this killer CD.
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By MAGA on July 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is great from start to finish. There are no weak cuts and some of their greatest and most experimental songs of all-time. It does have a little more commercial appeal than their earlier stuff, but that is OK. If you don't know much about REM, I would recommend buying this one first, if you want to get off to the right start.
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By Reviewer on May 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Life's Rich Pageant" is an aptly titled work as it's definitely a lively and rich pageantry of beautiful music.
I especially like the songs "Begin the Begin", "Cuyahoga", and "Superman". However, though the album is rich with some lush and pretty music (it might be the most beautiful upbeat R.E.M. album -- "Automatic for the People" being the most beautiful pensive R.E.M. album) I think its overall quality is a bit less than that of predecessors "Murmur" and "Reckoning" and ancestor "Document".
While representing a bit of a departure from past R.E.M. sound, I'd say that "Life's Rich Pageant" isn't so much a seminal R.E.M. album like "Murmur" or "Out of Time" as it is a bridge between the first three albums ("Murmur", "Reckoning", and "Fables of the Reconstruction") and the two immediately subsequent albums, "Document" and "Green." Songs like "Superman" definitely foreshadow what was to come in those two follow-ups. Other songs, like "Cuyahoga", hearken back more to the three previous albums.
"Life's Rich Pageant" is yet another great R.E.M. record and definitely worth owning. The band's albums are all so good you'll see in each album's reviews, including this one's, a claim by someone saying that that particular album is the band's best. That is the sure sign of a great band.
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Format: Audio CD
Largely underrated by even most fans, Pageant is quite simply the best album of REM's career(and that takes some doing!)Songwriting,invention and melody at its absolute peak. This is without doubt one of the best albums of all time from arguably the consistently best band of all time.Most fans will know the rockier side of REM from Monster,which although good by most people's standards,is sadly REM's worst album by their standards.If you want to hear a band really rock then you must buy this collection of masterly songs.Amazing from start to finish.
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