DREAMING IN PARADISE (2015)
let them eat vinyl
This superb live broadcast from renowned East Coast club, The Paradise (in Boston) from July 1983, captures the original 4-piece at a creative peak.
R.E.M. had a traditional rock quartet format, incorporating Michael Stipes' engaging but often indecipherable vocals, Mike Mills' superb backing vocals & highly melodic bass playing, Peter Bucks' cascading 6 & 12-string arpeggios & Bill Berry's rock solid backbeat. What set them apart from their peers during this formative period was how they managed to infuse their fresh & idiosyncratic post-punk sound with a rich vein of melody & classic pop-oriented song writing - subtly yet undoubtedly indebted to the 1960s without becoming slavish copyists. The only overt reference to that earlier decade during this show is a rare but lovingly crafted cover of The Mamas and the Papas irresistible sunshine-pop masterpiece, 'California Dreamin'.