Having put out deluxe reissues of much of their output on I.R.S. records, R.E.M. is now turning to their Warner Brothers catalog for anniversary editions. And this year, their major label debut, 1988’s Green, turns 25, so naturally it’s time for a reissue. The reissue includes the entire album, along with a bonus disc from the Green tour’s November 10, 1989 date in Greensboro, North Carolina.
R.E.M. were mainstays of the college radio scene throughout the decade, critical darlings from the moment they released their 1982 debut EP Chronic Town. They, of course, had two crossover singles on their final I.R.S. release, 1987’s Document, which included “The One I Love” and “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” With Green, they dove into the major label waters, but set the standard for other underground acts to cross over: there was never the sense that the band were pandering or compromising their music to reach a bigger audience. Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain told Rolling Stone in 1994, “I don’t know how that band does what they do. God, they’re the greatest. They’ve dealt with their success like saints, and they keep delivering great music.” Green saw them continuing their streak of quirky crossover singles, with “Orange Crush” and, especially, “Stand.”
– Brian Ives, Radio.com