Live At The Olympia In Dublin 39 Songs is a live album by REM (or more strictly R.E.M.) which was recorded in Dublin in July 2007.
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Songs On REM Live At The Olympia
- Living Well Is the Best Revenge – 4:07 (originally on the studio album Accelerate)
- Second Guessing – 2:58 (Reckoning)
- Letter Never Sent – 3:51 (Reckoning)
- Staring Down the Barrel of the Middle Distance – 4:11 (not previously released)
- Disturbance at the Heron House – 3:41 (Document)
- Mr. Richard – 4:17 (Accelerate)
- Houston – 1:54 (Accelerate)
- New Test Leper – 5:26 (New Adventures in Hi-Fi)
- Cuyahoga – 4:22 (Lifes Rich Pageant)
- Electrolite – 4:03 (New Adventures in Hi-Fi)
- Man-Sized Wreath – 3:09 (Accelerate)
- So. Central Rain – 3:44 (Reckoning)
- On the Fly – 5:01 (Previously unreleased)
- Maps and Legends – 3:10 (Fables of the Reconstruction)
- Sitting Still – 3:42 (Murmur)
- Driver 8 – 3:44 (Fables of the Reconstruction)
- Horse to Water – 2:45 (Accelerate)
- I’m Gonna DJ – 2:16 (Accelerate)
- Circus Envy – 4:27 (Monster)
- These Days – 4:53 (Lifes Rich Pageant)
- Drive – 4:49 (Automatic for the People)
- Feeling Gravitys Pull – 5:10 (Fables of the Reconstruction)
- Until the Day Is Done – 4:07 (Accelerate)
- Accelerate – 3:35 (Accelerate)
- Auctioneer (Another Engine) – 3:38 (Fables of the Reconstruction)
- Little America – 3:11 (Reckoning)
- 1,000,000 – 3:28 (Chronic Town)
- Disguised – 3:20 (song develops into Supernatural Superserious from Accelerate)
- The Worst Joke Ever – 3:42 (Around the Sun)
- Welcome to the Occupation – 2:47 (Document)
- Carnival of Sorts (Boxcars) – 4:09 (Chronic Town)
- Harborcoat – 4:16 (Reckoning)
- Wolves, Lower– 4:33 (Chronic Town)
- I’ve Been High – 3:40 (Reveal)
- Kohoutek – 4:12 (Fables of the Reconstruction)
- West of the Fields – 4:13 (Murmur)
- Pretty Persuasion – 4:23 (Reckoning)
- Romance – 3:31 (Eponymous)
- Gardening at Night – 4:16 (Chronic Town)
This is an unusual choice of tracks to feature on an REM live album with a focus away from the popular albums of Automatic For The People, Out Of Time, Green and Document.
I counted up each album to give you an overall impression of the coverage of this live album:
- Accelerate (2008) 9 songs
- Reckoning (1984) 6 songs
- Fables of the Reconstruction (1985) 5 songs
- Chronic Town EP (1982) 4 songs
- Murmur (1983) 2 songs
- Lifes Rich Pageant (1986) 2 songs
- Document (1987) 2 songs
- New Adventures In Hi Fi (1996) 2 songs
- Previously unrecorded 2 songs
- Eponymous (compilation from 1988 with previously unrecorded track) 1 song
- Automatic For The People (1992) 1 song
- Monster (1994) 1 song
- Reveal (2001) 1 song
- Around The Sun (2004) 1 song – this is heavily featured on R.E.M. Live
There’s nothing from Green (1988) or Out Of Time (1991) or Up (1998).
This leaves the album unbalanced as a history of the band but interesting in that it focuses on some of the lesser known tracks.
I find it a hard album to like because nearly every time I think about listening to some live R.E.M. I look at the songs on this and decide that I’d rather hear the 1989 Greensboro album.
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