Document

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Document is the fifth studio album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M. It was released in 1987 a few months after their rarities collection Dead Letter Office appeared and is the last album of new material by the band released on the I.R.S. Records label. It is the first album on which the band worked with producer Scott Litt.

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Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Document CD 11 CBS/Sony (Japan) CSCS 6085 4988009608525
Document CD 11 I.R.S. Records IRSD-42059 076742205928
Document CD 11 I.R.S. Records IRLD 19144 0008811914424
Document CD 11 I.R.S. Records IRSD-42059 [none]
Document CD 11 I.R.S. Records 465383 2 5099746538323
Document 12" Vinyl 11 I.R.S. Records ILP 460105 1 5099746010515
Document 12" Vinyl 11 I.R.S. Records IRS-42059 076742205911
Document Cassette 11 I.R.S. Records IRSC 42059 076742205942
Document (The I.R.S. Years Vintage 1987) CD 17 I.R.S. Records 0777 7 13200 2 6 077771320026
Document (The I.R.S. Years Vintage 1987) CD 17 CTMCD 337 0077771320026
Document 12" Vinyl 11 I.R.S. Records 72435-21276-1-0 724352127610
Document DVD-Audio 25 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), I.R.S. Records 724349014992
Document 2×DualDisc 11 + 25 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 72435-99398-2-7 724359939827
Document (25th anniversary deluxe edition) 2×CD 11 + 20 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), I.R.S. Records 5099997200628
Document Digital Media 11 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) [none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Finest Worksong
It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)
The One I Love
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000651105 [info]
Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/master/21299 [info]
Wikidata: Q904490 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Document (album) [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/R.E.M.:Document_(1987) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/r_e_m_/document/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/3z25 [info]

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Back in 1987 R.E.M. were the darlings of college radio and their quirky alternative act had not yet registered on the global stage.

Document was to change all that by being so bloody marvellous that even the mainstream listening audience took the Athens, Georgia-based four-piece to their hearts and propelled them on the road to international superstardom.

Containing their first top 10 hit in the States, The One I Love, and also providing the band with their first platinum album, Document showcases a band at the top of their game and hints at more stunning work still to come.

Featuring Michael Stipe's increasingly political lyrics and distinctive vocals, combined with Peter Buck's elegantly twisted guitar lines and the superb rhythm section of Mike Mills and Bill Berry, Document doesn't lose a trick and is a complete rock album from start to finish.

The second single off the album, It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine), cracks along at a scintillating pace and, whilst it didn't make a big impression on the mainstream charts, is a firm favourite with fans at live shows.

R.E.M. display a wonderful versatility in their songwriting here, and are not content to pen tracks aimed simply for radio play. Other highlights include the wonderfully feedback laden intro to Oddfellows Local 151, the catchy Exhuming McCarthy and Finest Worksong which gives us the cue that this is definitely their finest hour.