October 2, 1986
University of Oregon
WG Master Recording / JEMS 2020 transfer + remaster
Recording gear: 929 stereo mic > Sony D-6
JEMS 2020 Transfer: WG Maxell XL-II S master cassettes > Nakamichi CR-7A azimuth-adjusted playback > Sound Devices USBPre2 > Audacity 2.4.2 (24/96 capture to .wav) > iZotope RX and Ozone > 16/44 resample FLAC > tracking and finishing with Audacity and TLH
Bill Berry (drums, vocals)
Peter Buck (guitar)
Mike Mills (bass, vocals)
Michael Stipe (lead vocals, harmonica)
With Buren Fowler (guitar)
04_The One I Love
06_Feeling Gravity’s Pull
08_Underneath the Bunker
09_The Flowers of Guatemala
11_Swan Swan H
13_Can't Get There From Here
14_Old Man Kensey
16_Auctioneer (Another Engine)
19_Fall on Me
20_Paint It Black
24_Begin the Begin
26_Toys in the Attic
By dint of organic growth and a more accessible sound, 1986 found R.E.M. gaining in popularity. Just a year before, I saw them at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley; now, in a stroke of luck, they played in a university ballroom that held perhaps a tenth as many people. I was there, and I should have taped it. Our longtime ally WG was there too, and he did.
This file set features a fresh, azimuth-adjusted playback and transfer of his master tapes. With a new sonic once-over, this version serves as a material upgrade. Save for bits missing from two songs (“These Days,” “I Believe”) and another (“Second Guessing”) marred due to tape misalignment, the capture is terrific.
Like other '86 recordings, October 2 is a helping of high-grade, mission-critical stuff. It was a great rock show, with an edgy vibe that occasionally felt spooky. A couple of times, it felt dangerous: I've never seen a performer put himself out there the way Michael Stipe did in Eugene.
At the first chorus of “The One I Love” — in 1986, more of a deep-seated, primal exhortation than the single-word refrain to a Top 10 single, as it would be just a year later — Stipe grabbed the mic stand and thrashed: in that instant, I thought that he'd been electrocuted. It was a jolt that ran through the set and a moment that haunts me today. In the R.E.M. shows I saw after Eugene, nothing like that ever recurred. (Stipe alluded to some of this the next night, aware that he may have frightened people in Eugene.)
Over the years, I've been wary about listening to this: it's a fine document, but could anything recreate this gig the way I remember it? What I hear now is an instance of a young band playing exceptionally well. The can't-miss setlist — most of Lifes Rich Pageant, and a trove of covers that was as realized as it was imaginative — is part of the story, too. The band is in great form, and despite their repeated requests for everyone to move back, good humor abounds.
No complete Pageantry tour soundboard recording has ever circulated, and I’d wager that no ’86 date was professionally recorded to multi-track. Like Bruce Springsteen’s 1977 tour, terrific audience recordings are the rule, and from places one might not expect. Whatever search happened at the EMU was likely for something other than taping equipment.
Needless to say, I regret not taping this show. AMorg and I stood fairly close to the stage; though jostling persisted throughout, the setting was suitably dark and the floor was spacious enough (there were no seats) to remain in line with the PA.
BK provides WG’s recording — a solid one in the first place — with a very nice enhancement. (BK ran point on JEMS masters in ’86 for R.E.M. shows in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC; Jared did the honors in Santa Barbara and Oakland — collect ’em all!)
If I could pick a point in time for the musical wayback machine to transport me, right up there with The Who in 1970, The Grateful Dead in 1977, and Bruce Springsteen in Los Angeles in 1981, I’d strongly consider October 2, 1986. With a recorder (and a camera). But of course, I was there already.
Thanks again to WG and BK.
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Thank you manEugene re-up as requested I realised I still had it on this hard drive.
Can you please post the MP3 of Oslo 2003? Thanks.Hi guys,
There's a fantastic radio broadcast quality show from Oslo in 2003 that has been doing the rounds in mp3 format but i've been unable to locate a lossless version. Can anyone help? The show is; R.E.M. Fabrikken, Oslo, Norway 2003-10-25
I'm also after a lossless copy of the Madison Square Garden show from 2003-10-04 and Prague 2008-08-17 (I have both in mp3 format but not lossless for some reason, so I know copies exist out there somewhere).
Many thanks guys!
I found it easy to grab from traders den:people would have this show of R.E.M
this show appeared on dimeadozen, but they blocked me to download new files ...
He says thanks, he had looked it up on the Trader's Den and couldn't find it, but now he's so happy about it. Mentions that the R.E.M. Timeline didn't have the whole setlist at first.
Hiovale, oi! Eu tb sou brasileiro (acho que somos os únicos aqui), mas o pessoal aqui não entende português. Vc entende bem como funcionam esses sites de torrent? Vc baixa o show, mas tem de continuar sendo "seed" dele até conseguir uma taxa de 1.1, o que muitas vezes é bem difícil. Pode ser por isso que te bloquearam. Vc precisa sempre manter uma taxa de troca alta, que é pra manter a comunidade de trocas funcionando.
R.E.M. - 1983-10-13 - The Living Room, Providence, RI
R.E.M. - 1983-10-13 - The Living Room, Providence, RI : R.E.M. : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet ArchiveREMMichael Stipe: lead vocals, harmonica Peter Buck: guitar Mike Mills: bass guitar, keyboards, piano, backing vocals, occasional co-lead vocals Bill Berry:...archive.org
Of course! If you have any problems with the download or any of the shows like MD5 checksums failing or anything missing. I will be glad to reup the files.dude this page is very good, it had several bootlegs on them that for years I was looking for ... thank you so much for sharing this with us