R.E.M / 7in-83-88 vinyl box set

A new R.E.M. vinyl box will be released in December that set gathers the band’s singles released between 1983 and 1988 when they were signed to their first label, I.R.S. Records.

7IN – 83-88 contains 11 seven-inch singles with two 45s making their U.S. vinyl seven-inch debuts: Finest Worksong (b/w Time After Time (live)) and the double-pack single for Wendell Gee (which includes Crazy, Ages of You and Burning Down).

All the singles will feature sleeve art that replicates the originals and 7IN – 83-88 is scheduled for release on 8 December 2014.



7″ Single 1
Radio Free Europe
There She Goes Again

7″ Single 2
So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
King of the Road

7″ Single 3
(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
Catapult (Live)

7″ Single 4
Can’t Get There From Here

7″ Single 5
Driver 8

7″ Single 6: U.K. double-pack, previously unreleased in U.S.
Wendell Gee
Ages of You
Burning Down

7″ Single 7
Fall On Me
Rotary Ten

7″ Single 8
White Tornado

7″ Single 9
The One I Love
Maps and Legends (Live)

7″ Single 10
Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Last Date

7″ Single 11
Finest Worksong
Time After Time” (Live) [U.K. single, previously unreleased in U.S.]

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The pricing on this is ridiculous.


The price is outrageous.
For the most part, these singles are pretty easy to find in their original form and very cheap. If this was half the price I would still have to think about it but at the price they are asking – forget about it.


I just saw the price of this set. Yikes. Too rich for my blood.


Agreed, Stephen. Singles Collected is a great compilation. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/R.E.M.:_Singles_Collected

Stephen K.

Craig, you might be interested in the 1994 compilation “Singles Collected”, which has all of these singles and b-sides in the same order, only omitting the Driver 8 single (the tracklist seems to cover UK singles – Driver 8 was a US-only single) and the last two tracks of Wendell Gee (which appear on the double 7″ but not the standard 7″).

“Singles Collected” is a fantastic compilation, and I wish more bands would follow this simple a-side/b-side singles compilation route. Why does every other band have to make a good compilation so complicated??


Same there’s no CD version, I’d snap that up. As they’ve covered the digital market with the Rarities sets earlier this year, the DVD market with the upcoming REMTV and vinyl with this I’m hoping they’ll throw a bone to the CD collecting fans!


To be fair, all these tracks have been available on various CD versions over the years. A decent CD remaster of Chronic Town wouldn’t go amiss nor the fanclub singles and compilation album tracks not issued on CD is all that’s left. I love decent versions of See No Evil and Academy Fight Song.


Yes most tracks are available on CD on Singles Collected (which I agree is excellent) but the point I was trying to make is that – apart from the last 3 – these IRS releases were never released as CD singles, so that would have been unique but instead they’re reissuing 7″ records where the original releases are still pretty much readily available anyway. A bit pointless IMHO.