Reckonings & Olive Branches: New R.E.M. Live


Live digital-only EP
as a teaser to be followed by a full-length concert album.


By Blurt Staff


This just in from the R.E.M. camp. Meanwhile, watch for a
full review of the Reckoning reissue
at BLURT later this week.



On July 7th, look for “Reckoning
Songs From The Olympia
,” a 4-song digital ep, available for download
at iTunes and other online outlets. The live release follows on the heels of
the Reckoning Deluxe Edition, which
was issued on June 23rd, and includes “Harborcoat,”
“Letter Never Sent,” “Second Guessing,” and “Pretty
Persuasion,” from the band’s Working Rehearsals at Dublin’s Olympia


Reckoning Songs
From The Olympia,

will give fans a sneak peek at R.E.M.
Live At The Olympia
, set for an October on Warner Bros. The 2-CD set
features songs from R.E.M.’s storied five-night stint at the Olympia in the summer of 2007.


The live sessions, produced by Jacknife Lee, capture the
energy and excitement surrounding R.E.M.’s so-called “experiment in
terror,” an unprecedented move in the band’s career, in which they debuted
and simultaneously ironed out several new tracks each night before sold-out
audiences. Eleven of the tracks would come to form the basis of Accelerate R.E.M.’S 14th studio record
which later shot straight to number one in 7 countries; the live sessions,
carefully referred to by the band throughout as “working rehearsals”
rather than shows in the conventional sense, also included songs from the band’s
deep back catalog – “olive branches” in Michael’s parlance – from
some of the band’s earliest albums: Murmur,
Reckoning, Fables of the Reconstruction, Lifes Rich Pageant,
and Document.





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