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Stop press: REM used to be one of The Greatest Bands Ever! It's true! Coming out of post-punk (US style) and all its anti-mainstream super-individuality, this lot jangled and strummed their totally unique way into the hearts and minds of 'alternative' music-lovers in little pockets (of resistance!) of Europe, and college dudes in the US. So you're sick of Michael Stipe now? Back then he was a poet, a mystic, a super-enigmatic drifter, and the unbelievably atmospheric, incredibly melodic, sometimes meandering sometimes rocking folk-pop of his band was shrouded in mystery. They were like an American Smiths, but with a broader template, and somehow more exotic....That was then, and we don't have to concern ourselves with now: this 82-87 best of is beautifully packaged, and with notes from the band, 9 previously unreleased tracks and a few other rarities, it really is one for old fans and the curious alike. Superb!