When I learned that R.E.M.'s 1986 album Lifes Rich Pageant (sic) was getting a re-release with a second CD containing nineteen (nineteen!) previously unreleased demo tracks, I ordered it straight away. It's one of my favourite R.E.M. albums, in my top three at least, full of bouncy, exotic tunes and catchy lyrics. I first heard it at some point in the late '90s when I snagged the LP at the Summertown branch of Oxfam, and eventually upgraded to an MP3 download, but this is the first time I've owned it on CD.
The box set arrived yesterday and boy, is it a thing of beauty. Image from play.com:
I'm not quite a big enough fan to want the four black-and-white photos of the band - exciting though it is to see Michael Stipe with hair - or to put the poster on my wall, but I am impressed that such goodies were included.
The one fault I can pick is that when you rip disc 1 to iTunes, the album name comes up as Life's Rich Pageant, with incorrect apostrophe.