Sadly unlike like the deluxe edition of Murmur the reissue of R.E.M.’s excellent album Reckoning does not include the vast amount of great b-sides and outtakes. And even though a handful of the extra tracks have already appeared on R.E.M.’s IRS swan song compilation Dead Letter Office there are still gems to be had. Most notably the early versions of Driver 8 and Hyena (which appears two years before being released on Lifes Rich Pagent) as well as handful of live tracks that really show why R.E.M. will always be one of the most important bands in alternative music.

Check out this live version of my all time favorite from R.E.M’s classic 1986 release Reckoning titled Letter Never Sent.


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