This superb new 8CD/DVD box set collects a treasure trove of rare and unreleased live and studio recordings culled from both the BBC and R.E.M. band archives.
The in-session performances are presented chronologically - from 1991's Into the Night, to Peel Sessions, Public Peel Sessions and through to the Radio 1 Live Lounge in 2008.
The live broadcasts begin with a rough-and-tumble show in 1984 at Nottingham's Rock City, followed by the stunning 1995 return from a six-year touring hiatus for the Monster Tour at The National Bowl at Milton Keynes, then a blistering headline performance at Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage in 1999 and finally 2004's intimate performance for 200 BBC-invited guests at London's St. James's Church.
The DVD that completes the set kicks off with a 60-minute Accelerating Backwards documentary (previously broadcast in the UK but never available commercially) and also offers a complete 1998 Later....With Jools Holland episode dedicated to the band, plus TV appearances on Top of the Pops and more.
- 8CD / DVD
1. Sessions [CD]
2. BBC Radio 1 Session, 25 October 1998 [CD]
3. Nottingham, 21 November 1984 [CD]
4. Milton Keynes, 30 July 1995: Part One [CD]
5. Milton Keynes, 30 July 1995: Part Two [CD]
6. Pyramid Stage Glastonbury Festival, 25 June 1999 [CD]
7. Pyramid Stage Glastonbury Festival, 25 June 1999 [CD]
8. St. James' Church, London Radio 2, 15 September 2004 [CD]
9. Television Broadcasts [DVD]