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R.E.M., 'Document: 25th Anniversary Edition'

R.E.M., Document: 25th Anniversary Edition
Courtesy of EMI

The Athens, Georgia band's fifth album was its biggest to date, thanks to guitarist Peter Buck's meaty riffing and singer Michael Stipe's convincing obsession in "The One I Love," a Top 10 hit. But Document, made in the Reagan era, has a sociopolitical tension – a rage against conservative righteousness in songs like "Exhuming McCarthy" – that still sounds current and necessary. This two-CD set includes a full concert from '87 that reminds you what we lost, for good, when R.E.M. broke up.

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