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

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

by R.E.M.

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Overview

R.E.M. close out their Warner contract -- not to mention their entire career -- with the double-disc Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage, their first compilation to combine early recordings from their time at IRS with their major-label hits for Warner. It's misleading to look at these as merely two separate eras, as it more accurately breaks down into a three-act structure: the IRS years when R.E.M. were the kings of college rock; the stretch between 1988-1995 when they were international superstars; and then the slow decline of 1998-2011, the years after Bill Berry, the years when Peter Buck, Michael Stipe, and Mike Mills tried to redefine the group as a trio before finally realizing they'd said all they could say. Part Lies gives equal time to each act -- there are 13 songs from IRS, 14 from the golden years at Warner, 13 from the trio years (including a revival of the mid-'80s outtake "Bad Day," which feels like a slight stretch) -- an eminently fair move that tells the story while slightly obscuring the import of the tale. Inevitably, the jangle pop and murk of the '80s are downplayed -- "Can't Get There from Here," "Pretty Persuasion," "Feeling Gravity's Pull" are missing -- in favor of a heavy dose of new millennial material, including three songs from 2011's respectable Collapse into Now and three perfectly fine new songs, which means the last ten or so cuts are songs that fairweather fans of either the '80s or '90s just won't care much about or possibly even know. Nevertheless, this last act is shown in a good light -- the benefit of a comp is that it's totally possible, even welcome, to downplay dull lapses like Around the Sun -- and, when combined with well-chosen highlights from the band's powerful first two acts, adds up to a thorough narrative of R.E.M.'s entire career.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/23/2017
Label: Craft Recordings
UPC: 0888072027947
catalogNumber: 2
Rank: 7521

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Performance Credits

R.E.M.   Primary Artist
Scott McCaughey   Mandolin,Piano,Cello,farfisa organ
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Richard Dodd   Cello
Terry Glenny   Violin
Bill Rieflin   Drums
Peggy Baldwin   Cello
John Krovoza   Cello
Eric Gorfain   Violin,Concert Master
Daphne Chen   Violin
Anna Kostyuchek   Violin
Neli Nikolaeva   Violin
Leah Katz   Viola
Ira Glansbeek   Cello
Stephanie O'Keefe   French Horn
Rodney Wirtz   Viola
Audrey Solomon   Violin
Owen Pallett   Conductor
Caroline Buckman   Viola
Radu Pieptea   Violin
Jacknife Lee   Keyboards,Mallets,Arp Odyssey
Justin Hageman   French Horn
Wes Precourt   Violin
Marcy Vaj   Violin
Sara Andon   Flute
Eric Rynearson   Viola

Technical Credits

Don Dixon   Producer
Joe Boyd   Producer
Peter Buck   Composer,Liner Notes
Mitch Easter   Producer
Don Gehman   Producer
Scott Litt   Producer
Mike Mills   Composer,Liner Notes
R.E.M.   Producer
Michael Stipe   Composer,Liner Notes,Packaging
Bill Berry   Composer,Liner Notes
Sam Bell   Engineer
Chris Bilheimer   Packaging
Tom McFall   Engineer
Owen Pallett   Orchestral Arrangements
Jacknife Lee   Producer
Pat McCarthy   Producer

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