R.E.M. Document Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
Numbered, Limited Edition!
Half-Speed Mastered From Original Master Tapes! Pressed at RTI!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 462/500!
Urgent 1987 breakthrough catapulted R.E.M. to stardom and includes classics
such as “The One I Love” and the unforgettable “It’s the End of the World As We
This Scott Litt-produced set overflows with mature creativity, fiery intent,
catchy hooks, and stellar songwriting.
The last album R.E.M. made before migrating to Warner Bros., and very
arguably the last start-to-finish masterpiece the band created in its acclaimed
career, Document turned Georgia’s celebrated sons into mainstream stars.
Musically unadulterated and sonically pure, the group’s 1987 work epitomizes the
unmistakable sound and feeling of college rock during a period where innocence,
experimentation, and adventurousness freely collided before being co-opted and
branded as “alt-rock.” Document is the record to which everyone refers when
citing R.E.M. as the premier example of how a respected band is expected to
behave, evolve, and maintain its integrity after experiencing mass success.
Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and carefully pressed at RTI,
Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited-edition 180g LP edition of this breakthrough
set explodes with unrivaled instrumental signatures, deep soundstages, and
faithful tonalities that allow listeners insight into the actual makes and
models of the guitars utilized on the recording. Sharp and clean, Scott Litt’s
widescreen production throws the band into clear relief, magnifying its
razor-edged melodies and drummer Bill Berry’s foundation-establishing beats.
R.E.M. has never sounded so muscular or righteous.
Indeed, the quartet plays as if on a mission, its electrified energy teeming
with a contagious fervor that helps fuel political numbers such as “Welcome to
the Occupation,” “Exhuming McCarthy,” “Disturbance at the Heron House,” and
“King of Birds.” R.E.M. comes into its own, peeling back the layers on vagueness
and utilizing Michael Stipe’s biting lyrics and Mike Mills’ amped-up guitar
riffs to punctuate its catchy fare. Aptly, songs dance around a central image of
The group’s hallmark jangle-pop motifs and swooning refrains remain, yet they
exhibit a determined attitude and wily quality that brings everything up to
another notch. Toss in surf-rock fills, feedback accents, deep-South rootsness,
and subversive undertones, and Document stands as near-flawless statement: A
reaction to the social and material currency of its era, a call-to-arms to
overcome trauma via hope, humor, and justified anger.
All these characteristics bleed into the manic anthem “It’s the End of the World
As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” a renegade shot of beat poetry, delirious
delivery, punk-infused vitality, and bounce-around-the-room chaotic abandon that
never grows stale. Is R.E.M. serious or joking? Or both? Part of the genius is
that it’s still impossible to tell. R.E.M. delights in taking listeners for a
ride on Document, the swerving, drifting, stylistic interplay, and brief detours
all of a whole, the group relishing in the fun of going for broke and succeeding
at all of its goals.
We don’t need to go on about R.E.M.’s standing as a group that’s influenced
countless artists and inspired millions of listeners. If you own just one of the
quartet’s albums, it should be Document.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Pressed at RTI
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
1. Finest Worksong
2. Welcome To the Occupation
3. Exhuming McCarthy
4. Disturbance At the Heron House
6. It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
1. The One I Love
3. Lightnin' Hopkins
4. King of Birds
5. Oddfellows Local 151