Free Download: R.E.M. “Cassette Set” Demo & Retrospective Tracklist

After the recent news of R.E.M.’s breakup and Michael Stipe’s penis publications (Click here for more on Michael Stipe’s Dick Pic), it’s nice to have some good news from the Athens, GA group.  First, the band’s rare 1981 Cassette Set demo tape has started to circulate online.  The demo contains three songs, “Sitting Still,” “Radio Free Europe,” and “White Tornado” in various forms for a total of six tracks.  This demo has been remastered and is from one of only 400 cassettes which was distributed to labels, venues, and journalists.  As we wait for the career retrospective collection to come out, it’s nice to hear where these indie rock pioneers came from.

Cassette Set
April 15/16/23, 1981 (recording/mixing)
April/May 1981 (assemblage/packaging)
1. Sitting Still (fast “Polka” version, snippet)
2. Sitting Still
3. Radio Free Europe
4. White Tornado
5. White Tornado (take 2, aborted)
6. Radio Free Europe (Radio Dub)

Click here for the download.

Cassette Jacket – Front

Cassette Jacket – Back

Cassette – Front

Cassette – Back

Second, the band has released the tracklist for their above-mentioned career-spanning greatest hits album due out November 15.  The album, entitled Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982-2011, will feature three new tracks which the band recorded this past summer and “Radio Free Europe” from the above download.

Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982-2011

Disc 1

1. Gardening At Night
2. Radio Free Europe
3. Talk About The Passion
4. Sitting Still
5. So. Central Rain
6. (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
7. Driver 8
8. Life And How To Live It
9. Begin The Begin
10. Fall On Me
11. Finest Worksong
12. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
13. The One I Love
14. Stand
15. Pop Song 89
16. Get Up
17. Orange Crush
18. Losing My Religion
19. Country Feedback
20. Shiny Happy People

Disc 2
1. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
2. Everybody Hurts
3. Man On The Moon
4. Nightswimming
5. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
6.New Test Leper
7. Electrolite
8. At My Most Beautiful
9. The Great Beyond
10. Imitation Of Life
11. Bad Day
12. Leaving New York
13. Living Well Is The Best Revenge
14. Supernatural Superserious
15. UeBerlin
16. Oh My Heart
17. Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter
18. A Month of Saturdays
19. We All Go Back to Where We Belong
20. Hallelujah


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