R.E.M. – Fables Of The Reconstruction (New Vinyl)



New sealed copy. 2024 reissue.

Fables of the Reconstruction (or Reconstruction of the Fables) is the third studio album by American alternative rock band R.E.M. It was released on June 10, 1985, through I.R.S. Records. It was the band's first album recorded outside of the U.S., with sessions taking place at Livingston Studios in London with producer Joe Boyd. The record displays a darker, murkier sound and lyrics drawing from Southern Gothic themes and characters. Additionally, more varied instrumentation is utilized, including string and brass arrangements and banjo.

Critical reception to Fables of the Reconstruction was positive, with many reviews noting its folk elements and murky tone. Retrospectively, it has also been viewed as a transitional album, retaining the sound and obscure themes of the band's early work while hinting at the experimentation with acoustic instrumentation that would be present on their later albums. The album's sales reflected R.E.M.'s growing popularity, with it becoming their second album to reach the top 30 in the US and first to make the top 40 in the UK. It was later certified Gold by the RIAA in 1991. While none of its singles achieved mainstream chart success, "Driver 8" has since become one of R.E.M.'s best-known and most-covered songs from their early period.


A1        Feeling Gravitys Pull    
A2        Maps And Legends    
A3        Driver 8    
A4        Life And How To Live It    
A5        Old Man Kensey    
B1        Can’t Get There From Here    
B2        Green Grow The Rushes    
B3        Kohoutek    
B4        Auctioneer (Another Engine)    
B5        Good Advices    
B6        Wendell Gee

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