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R.E.M. - Document
Label: Capitol Records
Release: 1987

01. Finest Worksong
02. Welcome To The Occupation
03. Exhuming McCarthy
04. Disturbance At The Heron House
05. Strange
06. It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
07. The One I Love
08. Fireplace
09. Lightnin' Hopkins
10. King Of Birds
11. Oddfellows Local 151
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"Document" is the first R.E.M. CD I ever heard, outside of "Automatic For The People." As with "Automatic," my good friend Cira, who I was likely meant to be with despite our disagreement in 'who the best baseball team is,' introduced me to. "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was, of course, the most memorable track off the record, and I immediately fell in love with it. That night, I printed off the lyrics and did my best to learn and sing them. It has taken some time and I am still not 100% perfect with them, but what can you do? "Document" has some very bright spots. This record is the record R.E.M. did just before they became one of the biggest bands in the world. This record was produced by their label from 1982-1987, I.R.S. records. It is worth picking up for the following songs, and in my opinion, the following only:

Finest Worksong
Welcome To The Occupation
Exhuming McCarthy
It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
The One I Love

This reminds me, "The One I Love" would be another you would quickly grow fond of. It was R.E.M.'s first real 'hit.' After it, came "End Of The World," and "Finest Worksong," but "The One I Love" really is the song that lifted R.E.M. up to a low class of stardom. Only a few years later, they became one of the biggest bands ever.

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