Dead Letter Office
Released: Apr 1987
R.E.M.'s first collection of B-sides and other oddities now also contains the five songs from Chronic Town, their enchanting debut EP for I.R.S. So start at "Wolves, Lower" and listen to the end. Now that you're convinced these guys are brilliant, enjoy the three Velvet Underground covers that taught them how to make music that unique and beautiful, and consider stopping with "Windout," a great rocker that was wasted on the Bachelor Party soundtrack. The other cuts have their charms, but most demonstrate that even R.E.M. occasionally wrote obvious R.E.M. rip-offs.
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