Form their humble beginnings in Athens, Georgia, to becoming a beloved phenomenon that touched the lives of fans around the world, R.E.M are an important band in the history of rock music. Their ever-evolving sound outlasted ‘80s metal, ‘90s alt-rock, the rise and fall of Brit Pop, and just about every stylistic shift that contemporary music went though.
We recently picked up a superb collection of R.E.M rarities, collectors items, and unique memorabilia that is still being added to our site. Below are just handful of some of the wonderful highlights, and with more still to come, keep an eye on the latest arrivals over at eil.com
REM Radio Free Europe (Very Rare 1981 US second press 7″ vinyl single with the Hib-Tone address printed at the bottom of the purple wide centred labels, also including the fan favourite b-side, Sitting Still. This is the original recording of Radio Free Europe, before the band re-recorded it for their debut album, Murmur. The fragile paper picture sleeve has seen some creasing and discoloration with age, while the vinyl shows some minor paper scuffs and one or two hairlines. After close inspection, a clean, and a play test of the record these are inaudible and nothing more than cosmetic marks that do not affect play. There is some unobtrusive surface noise in quiter passages of the tracks, but it does not draw any attention away from the music. Overall this is a superb condition copy, and a chance to own a peice of R.E.M history at an advantageous price HT0001).
REM Good King Wenceslas + Christmas Card (Rare original 1989 US 2-track limited edition Christmas fan-club only wide-centered vinyl 7″ single which also includes Academy Fight Song and is housed inside a unique lightly textured fold-out picture sleeve which opens out into afantastic 21″ x 15″ poster featuring a great close-up live black and white photo of the band. It also comes with a fold out christmas card in its own postmarked envelope. The sleeve shows very minimal corner creasing from storage over the years, but the vinyl itself is in spectacular, near ‘as new’ condition. Hard to find now in any condition, and the first one we have seen with the christmas card in 20 years).
REM Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers (Rare Limited Edition 1988 US fan club-only wide centred 7″ single pressed on Green Vinyl, also featuring See No Evil, unique custom picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear, with a sticker mark to the top right hand corner and very light creasing, however the vinyl appears unplayed and in near ‘as new’ condition. Incredibly hard to find now, and a superb R.E.M collectors item U-23518M)
REM Talk About The Passion (1983 UK solid centre ‘A’ label promotional vinyl 7″ playing the same 3.22 stereo version on both sides, plain company die cut paper sleeve. This track was never commercially released on a vinyl 7″. The vinyl does showa one or two inaudible paper scuffs from being taken in and out of the sleeve, but remains in superb condition PFP1026).
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- REM - Radio Free Europe - 40th Anniversary - US - 7" vinyl - £19.99, $27.79, €23.39 (New Item) (arrived 23-Jul-2021 08:56)
REM Radio Free Europe (2021 US limited edition of their debut 7" single, re-released for the first time in 40 years as a special pressing by Craft Recordings. Featuring the pre-Murmur recording first released in 1981 on independent label Hib-Tone Records. Housed inside a replica of the original picture sleeve, with hype sticker on the clear poly outer)
- REM - The One I Love - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $13.90, €11.70 (New Item) (arrived 26-May-2021 16:47)
REM The One I Love (1987 UK 7" injection moulded vinyl single, also includes a cover of Floyd Cramer's Last Date, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some light ringwear, which the vinyl is in near 'as new' condition IRM146)
- REM - Strange Currencies - Neon Green Vinyl - UK - 7" vinyl - £9.99, $13.89, €11.69 (Back In Stock) (arrived 04-May-2021 07:43)
REM Strange Currencies (1995 UK limited edition 7" vinyl single pressed on Neon Green Coloured Vinyl, also includes the Instrumental Version, housed in the individually numbered picture sleeve with the lyrics printed on the back! The sleeve shows some minor edgewear but the vinyl itself displays little evidence of play WO290X)
- REM - Electron Blue - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $13.90, €11.70 (Back In Stock) (arrived 04-May-2021 07:43)
REM Electron Blue (2005 UK limited edition 7" single pressed on Blue Sparkling Vinyl, also including a live version of the classic hit 'What's The Frequency, Kenneth?' recorded in Atlanta on 23rd October 2004, picture sleeve W665)
- REM - Strange Currencies - Neon Green Vinyl + Badge - Sealed - UK - 7" vinyl - £25.00, $34.75, €29.25 (Back In Stock) (arrived 04-May-2021 07:43)
REM Strange Currencies (1995 UK limited edition 7" vinyl single pressed on Neon Green Vinyl, also including Instrumental Version. The vinyl is UNPLAYED housed in the individually numbered picture sleeve which is sealed within its original shrinkwrap complete with the bonus 'Monster' pin badge! The shrink has been opened, but only to access the badge - the vinyl is still unplayed W0290X)
- REM - Bang And Blame - UK - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $16.68, €14.04 (Back In Stock) (arrived 04-May-2021 07:43)
REM Bang And Blame (1994 UK limited edition solid centre 7" vinyl single including both the Album and K Versions. The vinyl shows just light signs of play and comes issued in the glossy picture sleeve W0275)
- REM - What's The Frequency Kenneth ? - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $13.90, €11.70 (Back In Stock) (arrived 04-May-2021 07:43)
REM What's The Frequency Kenneth ? (1994 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single including Radio and 'K' versions, housed in the picture sleeve with the lyrics printed on the reverse. There is a little shelfwear to the sleeve and the vinyl remains in excellent condition W0265)
- REM - Crush With Eyeliner - Orange Vinyl + Calendar - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $20.85, €17.55 (Back In Stock) (arrived 04-May-2021 07:43)
REM Crush With Eyeliner (1995 UK limited edition injection moulded 7" single pressed on Neon Orange Vinyl, including both the Album and Instrumental versions, housed within the numbered 1995 calendarsleeve W0281X)
- REM - Stand - Spanish - 7" vinyl - Promo - £25.00, $34.75, €29.25 (Back In Stock) (arrived 04-May-2021 07:43)
REM Stand (1988 Spanish wide centred promotional vinyl 7" playing the same 3:10 Stereo Version on both sides, custom picture sleeve. Apart from a small sticker mark on the front, the sleeve shows very little general shelfwear & the vinyl remains near 'as new')
- REM - Wendell Gee - Double Pack - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $20.85, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 08-Jun-2021 13:18)
REM Wendell Gee (1985 UK IRS limited edition 4-track 7" double pack, also including Ages Of You, Crazy & Burning Down, glossy gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl appears barely played IRMD105)