2011 career-spanning two CD retrospective that collects, for the first time ever, songs from R.E.M.'s entire back catalog, including their years on both the IRS label (1982-87) and Warner Bros. Records (1988-2011). In addition to all the hits and exceptional album cuts, the album also features three new songs: "A Month of Saturdays," "We All Go Back To Where We Belong," and "Hallelujah," which were recorded over the summer with Jacknife Lee. Widely credited with inventing the college-rock genre, R.E.M. became the most influential American alternative rock band in history -- inspiring such artists as Sonic Youth, Pavement, Nirvana, and Radiohead -- for achieving multi-platinum mainstream success while maintaining their distinct identity.
This double-disc collection, released shortly after R.E.M. announced their disbandment, is the definitive document of the band's storied 30-year career. For the first time on one release, it collects the best tracks from their indie days all the way back to their debut EP Chronic Town, as well as from their major-label output. It also includes three previously unreleased songs, the last the band ever recorded., Rovi