|It's quite easy to tell which covers I made myself, isn't it?|
Now here's a really rare one, and with a story behind it. In 2005, R.E.M.'s guitar technician Dewitt Burton was holding a wedding ceremony in Athens, at a bowling alley, and the band decided on an impromptu concert to show their appreciation for his work. What could be better than R.E.M. playing at your wedding, you ask? Well, how about having the incredible Bill Berry drumming live for the first time since 2003? Exactly!
01- Sitting Still
02 - (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
03 - Wolves, Lower
04 - Begin the Begin (at the request of the bride)
05 - The One I Love
06 - Permanent Vacation
07 - Radio Free Europe (the last time I recall this being played was in the 90s!)
Rating: ◊◊◊ - Keep in mind this is an impromptu concert, meaning they probably didn't rehearse for it. It does show in places - Wolves, Lower is the example that springs to mind - but is interesting to listen to in any case.
One thing I should mention is the inaccuracies on the bootleg itself. The track names, as well as the original cover I made, list the date of the concert as 10/10/05. This is wrong - it was actually two days earlier. Although I haven't bothered to change the track names (just do that manually), you can download the cover at the top of the page which has the right date on it, and delete the wrong one included in the .rar file. Sorry about that!
In other news, remixes of It Happened Today have been pouring in to the Soundcloud website, which you can view here. I also made one myself. Check it out if you like:
It Happened Today - Contrast Mix by ListentotheAuctioneer
I don't have the best mixing software in the world (it crashed after I added too many tracks), but that's the best I can do with the equipment I've got. Enjoy the bootleg!