Reconstructing Fables of the Reconstruction

R.E.M. fans must be “feeling gravity’s pull” as the legendary Athens, Georgia, band celebrates the 25th anniversary of their album Fables of the Reconstruction.

It was a difficult album for the boys. For the first time ever, they left their sunny Southern home to record in cold, rainy London, England, with producer Joe Boyd, known for his work with artists like Nick Drake and Fairport Convention. Band members were homesick and exhausted from touring, which gave the album a darker tone than previous releases.

But, looking back, the album stands out for just those qualities. Guitarist Peter Buck wrote brand new liner notes for this release, and says, “it’s a personal favorite, and I’m really proud of how strange it is.”

Not only does the deluxe remastered reissue of Fables of the Reconstruction have new liner notes from Buck, but it also features The Athens Demos, a bonus CD with 14 previously unreleased tracks, including one never-before-heard song, a poster, postcards, and more.

Tune in to The Afternoon Show all week long from 2:00 to 6:00 pm PST for your chance to win a copy! As a bonus, winners will also get a copy of When The Light Is Mine... The Best Of The I.R.S. Years 1982-1987, a DVD presenting the band’s eleven I.R.S. era music videos and several previously unreleased TV and film performances, interviews and outtakes.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted July 20, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Great piece, Kevin. “Wendell Gee” can still reduce me to tears in about 15 seconds.

  2. Posted July 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    God, they look so young! Can’t wait to hear that demo CD (even if it will all be MP3 downloads).

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