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DEAD LETTER OFFICE MUSIC
While purists will insist on an undiluted copy of the band's 1982 Chronic Town EP, R.E.M. completists (and those who just like a lot of tracks for their money) will be grateful for the inclusion of 15 additional B-sides and curios on this 1987 compilation. Not surprisingly, the non-Chronic material is a mixed blessing: while R.E.M. were much beloved for being notorious cover-whores during those early Athens live shows, their reverent takes on Velvet Underground classics stand the test of time far better than their odes to Roger Miller and Aerosmith. But all that will be forgotten by the time Chronic Town's "Wolves, Lower" kicks in, signaling the official arrival of a band that forever changed the face of Southern rock. --Bill Forman
Top Customer Reviews
I particularly liked "Voice of Harold", which is essentially Michael Stipe reading the liner notes from a gospel album to the tune of "Seven Chinese Brothers"...very catchy and clever! "Burning" is a creditable version of the old Pylon song, and the covers of Velvet Underground material, especially "Pale Blue Eyes", are better than the originals (OK so sue me, I never liked The Velvet Underground)!
And the drunken version of "King of the Road"? I laugh every time I hear it. The segue from the Walter's Barbeque ad to this song adds a raw, gritty dimension to a band that was trying to make its mark on the music scene. Sorry to have to disagree with you purists, but I liked it!
And now for the extra added bonus: "Chronic Town"! Jangly guitar riffs, infectuous percussion, and muddied, almost intelligible vocals. I'm really not trying to be sarcastic - its an incredible record! So what if Stipe forgot half the lyrics to "King of the Road? It's a bargain at twice the price!
However, the real draw here (and the main reason this is a 4 and not a 3) is that it's the easiest place to find the Chronic Town EP, presented here as bonus tracks. Though still in the same oblique but jangly indie-rock vein as the full length debut Murmur, surprisingly the performances are more confident. All 5 of these tracks, especially the eerie "Wolves, Lower" and beautiful "Gardening At Night", are too good to be this obscure.
THE VOICE OF HAROLD is a beautiful tune, sort of like the lighter counter-part to MAPS AND LEGENDS. As for the Aerosmith cover, TOYS IN THE ATTIC - well, the one song I usually skip over. I'm sure one day it'll accidentally sneak by my sensors. KING OF THE ROAD? If you have ever square-danced to the original, then this version should make you smile. It's hard to put into words the charm I find in this album? I own all of REM's albums, and this one finds its way into the player the most... well, behind "Reckoning". You can wash a hundred dishes with DLO on repeat, go for long bike rides in the park with a sweetheart, background music for necking with another sweetheart later that day, stir up Kool-aid with your left hand, stumble through the yard laughing with it playing from your car stereo, watch old robot monster movies with the sound turned down low, catch shoplifters at your day job, take polaroids of grandma trying to climb the porch steps, count the dead flies on your window sill and even try to guess what the weather is like in Kansas as you spin through 1,000,000. The addition of the "Chronic Town" EP is a wonderful ending to this delightful collection of soggy gems. Come on aboard, I promise you we won't hurt the horse... yes siree bob!
& I recommend getting the limited edition VINTAGE IRS YEARS copy of this album, for the few extra tracks (gardening at night - acoustic & all the right friends)... more bang for your Buck!
Most recent customer reviews
This isn't some seminal or groundbreaking or even wonderful effort. But it is a collection of pretty cool songs, including all the songs from R.E.M. Read morePublished on May 22 2004 by Reviewer
True, R.E.M. is a great band. It has proven to be one of the best of the 90's, and has influenced a lot of the contemporary ones. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by Vish Iyer
"Dead Letter Office" is a record of R.E.M. duds... or, just the ones that never made it onto an album. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2003
Dead Letter Office (1987, tracks 1 thru 15) - 2 stars
Chronic Town (1982, tracks 16 thru 20) - 3 stars
So I guess you would say that my review averages out to be 2. Read more
I am completely amazed at the quality of the songs on "Chronic Town." It's R.E.M.'s first recording, and it's simply amazing. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2002 by race_of_doom
Many years ago, before CDs dropped [in price], I bought "Dead Letter Office" on cassette. I wore out the tape quickly skipping the sillier songs and listening to my favorites -- a... Read morePublished on Dec 3 2002 by Beau Dure
Dead Letter Office is an inside joke among the members of the band and their devoted fans. With a track that appears in the film "Bachelor Party" w/Tom Hanks, and others... Read morePublished on Dec 2 2002 by FallsAngel
The first collection of outtakes combined with the first EP while the band was moving from I.R.S. to Warner Bros. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2002 by Andy Groomhan
"Dead Letter Office" is a housecleaning effort from R.E.M.'s days on IRS records (1981-1987). As such it provides an interesting alternative view of the band. Read morePublished on July 12 2002 by Brian D. Rubendall