~ Release group by R.E.M.


Eponymous is the first greatest hits and the second compilation album by American alternative rock band R.E.M., released in 1988. It was their last authorized release on I.R.S. Records, to whom they had been contracted since 1982, having just signed with Warner Bros. Records.

Eponymous is notable for its inclusion of several rare or alternative versions of known tracks, most notably the soundtrack contribution "Romance", which had not previously appeared on an R.E.M. record. Spanning from the initial single release of "Radio Free Europe" to the previous year's breakthrough hit album Document, Eponymous provides a fair overview of R.E.M.'s early work.

The album features the alternate title "File Under Grain", a reference to the cover photograph. A previous album, Document, had "File Under Fire" inscribed on it and Reckoning, featured the words "File Under Water". On the backside of the LP cover was a photograph of singer Michael Stipe with the words "They Airbrushed My Face" above his head.

Released in October 1988, just a month before R.E.M.'s Warner Bros. debut Green appeared, Eponymous reached #44 in the US and #69 in the UK.

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Album + Compilation

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Eponymous 12" Vinyl 12 I.R.S. Records MIRG 1038 5013747103816
Eponymous CD 12 I.R.S. Records IRSD-6262 076732626221
Eponymous CD 12 I.R.S. Records CIRSD 6262 076732626221
Eponymous CD 12 I.R.S. Records IRSXD-6262 076732626221
Eponymous 12" Vinyl 12 I.R.S. Records ILP 463147 1 5099746314712
Eponymous CD 12 I.R.S. Records ILP 463147 2 5099746314729
Eponymous 12" Vinyl 12 I.R.S. Records ILP 463147 1
Eponymous CD 12 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-51082
Eponymous CD 12 I.R.S. Records 7243 4 93457 2 0 724349345720
Eponymous Digital Media 12 I.R.S. Records


Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000197399 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/21316 [info]
Wikidata: Q2338979 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Eponymous (album) [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/R.E.M.:Eponymous_(1988) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/comp/r_e_m_/eponymous/ [info]

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