What’s Missing From R.E.M.’s Final Greatest Hits Tracklist?

By Corban Goble / September 26, 2011 - 2:29 pm

Before you see this as a total cash grab, mere days after R.E.M. called it quits, here’s some context for the band’s recently announced new Greatest Hits collection (via Rolling Stone):

R.E.M. actually made their decision a few months ago, before they met in Athens, Georgia, this summer to record three new songs for a two-CD greatest-hits package, R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982- 2011, out November 15th. The band delayed the announcement because “a lot of people are affected by this decision in a serious way,” Mills says, referring to R.E.M.’s staff and crew. “We wanted everything set up the way it should be.”

So how’d they do? A few omissions of note: “Radio Song,” “Near Wild Heaven,” “Find The River,” “Drive,” “E-Bow The Letter,” “Bittersweet Me,” “All The Way To Reno.” Also, only one song from Monster. Guess which one?

Disc 1:
01 “Gardening at Night”
02 “Radio Free Europe”
03 “Talk About the Passion”
04 “Sitting Still”
05 “So. Central Rain”
06 “(Don’t Go Back to) Rockville”
07 “Driver 8″
08 “Life and How to Live It”
09 “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:
01 “The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite”
02 “Everybody Hurts”
03 “Man on the Moon”
04 “Nightswimming”
05 “Whats the Frequency, Kenneth?”
06 “New Test Leper”
07 “Electrolite”
08 “At My Most Beautiful”
09 “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 “Überlin”
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”

Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011 is out 11/15 on Warner Brothers.

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