Without a word of a lie, one of my biggest concert going regrets is not ever having seen R.E.M. play live. Granted, when I seriously into this band (from about the time of Life’s Rich Pageant up to Automatic For The People), they either: a) weren’t playing anywhere near where I lived, or b) had stopped touring completely (1989-1995). But now of course, all of that has changed, I live in the live music capital of the world and R.E.M. has gone on to tour again, but alas, I still haven’t seen them in concert. What I have done though, is moved ever so closer to an actual live concert experience by listening to their brand new live 2 CD set entitled Live At The Olympia. Here’s a little more about what that record is like:
The two-CD set, produced by Jacknife Lee, features 39 songs that capture the best moments from the band’s 2007 “working rehearsals” at Dublin’s fabled Olympia club where Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills tested out new songs for R.E.M.’s 2008 studio album Accelerate.
If you too would like to hear R.E.M.’s Live At The Olympia, but would rather win it, than buy it, then fill out this entry form after the jump for a chance at your very own copy. A random winner will be notified and selected on November 17, 2009. Contest is only available to US residents.
Live at The Olympia track listing and concert videos after the jump.
Live At The Olympia (2 CD) Track Listing:
Living Well Is The Best Revenge / Second Guessing / Letter Never Sent / Staring Down The Barrel of the Middle Distance / Disturbance At The Heron House / Mr. Richards / New Test Leper / Cuyahoga / Electrolite / Man-Sized Wreath / So. Central Rain / On The Fly / Maps And Legends / Sitting Still / Driver 8 / Horse To Water / I’m Gonna DJ / Circus Envy / These Days
Drive / Feeling Gravity’s Pull / Until The Day Is Done / Accelerate / Auctioneer / Little America / 1,000 / Disguised / Worst Joke Ever / Welcome To the Occupation / Carnival of Sorts / Harbor Coat / Wolves Lower / I’ve Been High / Kohoutek / West of the Fields / Pretty Persuasion / Romance / Gardening At Night