R.E.M. stepped up to perform on MTV Unplugged twice: once in 1991, coinciding with the release of their first alt country record 'Out of Time', and again ten years later, around the time of 'Reveal'. These two performances show a stripped back, completely acoustic incarnation of an alt rock band that was often murky with their guitars and full of fuzz. The 1991 performance, now available on its very own vinyl release, shows the band in fine acoustic form, having just released their most countrified record yet and set to record the even folksier 'Automatic For the People'. Even the more rock 'n' roll entries to 'Out Of Time' are stripped back here, including "Radio Song", which is given bongo drum and unabashed organ. The newly acoustic "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" could do with some twang.
- Vinyl Double LP (0603497899890)