Between 1984 and 2008 R.E.M. recorded sessions for the BBC, those same sessions have now been put together for a new box set. The eight-CD, one-DVD R.E.M. at the BBC is set to drop on October 18th.
The box-sets listing on Amazon, where you can pre-order the set says: “R.E.M. grew up with the BBC. This historic relationship is lovingly celebrated across an incredible collection that beautifully illustrates the career trajectory of one of modern music’s greatest bands. The collection comprises a treasure trove of rare and unreleased live and studio recordings culled from the BBC and band archives. This is a must-have collection for R.E.M. fans and an authoritative introduction for newcomers.”
So, what does the box-set contain? Well, audio from four concerts: The bands 1984 show from Nottingham’s Rock City, a date on their 1995 Monster tour from Milton Keynes, the bands1999 headlining set at the Glastonbury Festival and a real beauty, the invitation-only 2004 date at London’s St. James Church. The other CDs will include a 1998 John Peel session, appearances on Drivetime and Mark and Lard’s show from 2003 and a 2008 set the band did for Radio 1’s Live Lounge. All of them, really classic BBC radio show appearances.
As far as the visual side, the DVD features the complete 1998 appearance on Later … With Jools Holland — one of the few times the show devoted an entire episode to one act — various appearances on Top of the Pops and the Accelerating Backwards documentary. The 60-minute doc that was released in 2008 goes into detail about the bands history whilst on the BBC.