R.E.M. MTV Unplugged: 2001 on 2LP
Includes 6 Songs Not Aired On the Original Television Broadcast
R.E.M. delivered two knockout performances on MTV’s Grammy and Emmy award-winning Unplugged series, the first in 1991 and the other in 2001, giving them the unique distinction of being the only band to headline the series twice. Surprisingly, audio from both shows had never been available, making these recordings some of the most demanded music in the R.E.M. vaults.
That changed on Record Store Day, April 19th, 2014, when Rhino released both performances as a four-LP set. The collection includes every performance from the original broadcasts, as well as 11 songs that never aired. Due to strong demand from both consumers and retail, Rhino is now breaking the two shows into two individual 2LP-sets.
R.E.M. made an extremely rare second appearance on Unplugged in 2001, but this time without original drummer Bill Berry, who left the band in 1997. For the show, the band focused mainly on its 12th studio album Reveal – which came out that year – with performances of the singles “Imitation of Life” and “All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star).” The song selection draws from eight different albums with “So. Central Rain” from 1984’s Reckoning, “Cuyahoga” from 1986’s Lifes Rich Pageant and “Find The River,” the elegiac album closer from the 1992 classic Automatic For The People.
This collection also uncovers six songs from the session that were never broadcast, including tracks from Reveal and Up (1998), as well as a haunting and tranquil re-imagination of the band’s breakthrough single, “The One I Love” from 1987’s Document.
R.E.M. MTV Unplugged - 2001 Track Listing:
1. All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be a Star)
3. At My Most Beautiful
5. So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
6. Losing My Religion
7. Country Feedback
1. Imitation of Life
2. Find the River
3. The One I Love *
4. Disappear *
5. Beat a Drum *
6. I’ve Been High *
7. I’ll Take the Rain *
8. Sad Professor *
* Not included in original television broadcast