Live at the Olympia (R.E.M. album)


Live at The Olympia is a live album[1] by American alternative rock band R.E.M.. It was recorded during the band's five-night residency at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, between June 30 and July 5, 2007, and released on October 27, 2009.[2] In this series of "working rehearsals" the songs on Accelerate were debuted, with many still works in progress.[3] The album is a two-CD release, and contains a total of 39 songs. In addition, a DVD with a documentary entitled This Is Not a Show directed by Vincent Moon is included. A special edition box set containing the album on four LPs as well as the two CDs and the DVD is also available.

Live at The Olympia
Live album by
ReleasedOctober 27, 2009 (2009-10-27)
RecordedJune 30 – July 5, 2007
VenueOlympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
GenreAlternative rock
Length150:41
LanguageEnglish
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerJacknife Lee
R.E.M. chronology
Live from London
(2008)
Live at The Olympia
(2009)
R.E.M. Live from Austin, TX
(2010)
R.E.M. live album chronology
Live from London
(2008)
Live at The Olympia
(2009)
R.E.M. Live from Austin, TX
(2010)
R.E.M. video chronology
R.E.M. Live
(2007)
This Is Not a Show
(2009)
R.E.M. Live from Austin, TX
(2010)
Reckoning Songs from The Olympia
Cover to the promotional EP released through the iTunes Store to promote Live at The Olympia

Promotion


To promote the album, R.E.M.'s Dublin website had full streaming clips of "Driver 8," "I've Been High" and "Harborcoat," along with videos for "Living Well Is the Best Revenge" and clips from the Reckoning EP, while the video for "Drive" was made available on R.E.M.'s Myspace page. On October 22, 2009, National Public Radio streamed the entire album for free.[4]

Reckoning Songs from The Olympia

A digital EP containing songs from the album, Reckoning Songs from The Olympia, was released on July 7, 2009, through the iTunes Store and other distributors. It contains "Harborcoat," "Letter Never Sent," "Second Guessing" and "Pretty Persuasion," songs from the band's 1984 studio album Reckoning.[5]

Reception


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[7]
The A.V. ClubA−[8]
Classic Rock[9]
Mojo[6]
Pitchfork Media7.4/10[10]
Q[6]
Rolling Stone[11]
Slant Magazine[12]
Uncut[13]

Live at the Olympia was met with positive reviews from critics noted at review aggregator Metacritic. This release received a weighted average score of 74 out of 100, based on 11 reviews.[6]

Track listing


All songs written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe, except where noted

Disc one
  1. "Living Well Is the Best Revenge" (from Accelerate) (Buck, Mills, Stipe) – 4:07
  2. "Second Guessing" (from Reckoning) – 2:58
  3. "Letter Never Sent" (from Reckoning) – 3:51
  4. "Staring Down the Barrel of the Middle Distance" (Previously unreleased) (Buck, Mills, Stipe) – 4:11
  5. "Disturbance at the Heron House" (from Document) – 3:41
  6. "Mr. Richards" (from Accelerate) (Buck, Mills, Stipe) – 4:17
  7. "Houston" (from Accelerate) (Buck, Mills, and Stipe) – 1:54
  8. "New Test Leper" (from New Adventures in Hi-Fi) – 5:26
  9. "Cuyahoga" (from Lifes Rich Pageant) – 4:22
  10. "Electrolite" (from New Adventures in Hi-Fi) – 4:03
  11. "Man-Sized Wreath" (from Accelerate) (Buck, Mills, and Stipe) – 3:09
  12. "So. Central Rain" (from Reckoning) – 3:44
  13. "On the Fly" (Previously unreleased) (Buck, Mills, Stipe) – 5:01
  14. "Maps and Legends" (from Fables of the Reconstruction) – 3:10
  15. "Sitting Still" (from Murmur) – 3:42
  16. "Driver 8" (from Fables of the Reconstruction) – 3:44
  17. "Horse to Water" (from Accelerate) (Buck, Mills, and Stipe) – 2:45
  18. "I'm Gonna DJ" (from Accelerate) (Buck, Mills, and Stipe) – 2:16
  19. "Circus Envy" (from Monster) – 4:27
  20. "These Days" (from Lifes Rich Pageant) – 4:53
Disc two
  1. "Drive" (from Automatic for the People) – 4:49
  2. "Feeling Gravitys Pull" (from Fables of the Reconstruction) – 5:10
  3. "Until the Day Is Done" (from Accelerate) (Buck, Mills, and Stipe) – 4:07
  4. "Accelerate" (from Accelerate) (Buck, Mills, and Stipe) – 3:35
  5. "Auctioneer (Another Engine)" (from Fables of the Reconstruction) – 3:38
  6. "Little America" (from Reckoning) – 3:11
  7. "1,000,000" (from Chronic Town) – 3:28
  8. "Disguised" (early version of "Supernatural Superserious" from Accelerate) (Buck, Mills, and Stipe) – 3:20
  9. "The Worst Joke Ever" (from Around the Sun) (Buck, Mills, and Stipe) – 3:42
  10. "Welcome to the Occupation" (from Document) – 2:47
  11. "Carnival of Sorts (Boxcars) (from Chronic Town) – 4:09
  12. "Harborcoat" (from Reckoning) – 4:16
  13. "Wolves, Lower" (from Chronic Town) – 4:33
  14. "I've Been High" (from Reveal) (Buck, Mills, and Stipe) – 3:40
  15. "Kohoutek" (from Fables of the Reconstruction) – 4:12
  16. "West of the Fields" (from Murmur) (Jerry Ayers, Berry, Buck, Mills, and Stipe) – 4:13
  17. "Pretty Persuasion" (from Reckoning) – 4:23
  18. "Romance" (from the Made in Heaven soundtrack; appears on Eponymous) – 3:31
  19. "Gardening at Night" (from Chronic Town) – 4:16

The Times Presents R.E.M. Live in Dublin


A 10-song live album, with all songs recorded live in Dublin, was made available by Dublin's newspaper The Times as a reader download through the iTunes Store during October 2009. The first five tracks were originally released on R.E.M. Live (recorded on February 26–27, 2005); tracks 6–10 would later gain an official release on the then-upcoming Live at the Olympia.

  1. "Losing My Religion" (from Out Of Time) (live in Dublin) – 4:50
  2. "Man on the Moon" (from Automatic for the People) (live in Dublin) – 6:45
  3. "The One I Love " (from Document) (live in Dublin) – 3:24
  4. "Orange Crush" (from Green) (live in Dublin) – 3:56
  5. "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" (from Reckoning) (live in Dublin) – 4:39
  6. "Pretty Persuasion" (from Reckoning) (live at The Olympia) – 4:23
  7. "Man-Sized Wreath" (from Accelerate) (live at The Olympia) (Buck, Mills, Stipe)  – 3:09
  8. "Mr. Richards" (from Accelerate) (live at The Olympia) (Buck, Mills, Stipe) – 4:17
  9. "Wolves, Lower" (from Chronic Town) (live at The Olympia) – 4:33
  10. "I've Been High" (from Reveal) (live at The Olympia) (Buck, Mills, and Stipe) – 3:40

Personnel


R.E.M.
Additional personnel

Chart positions


The Olympia hosted R.E.M. for their live rehearsals
Sales chart positions for Live at the Olympia
Chart (2009) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14] 43
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 40
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders Alternative)[15] 17
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 72
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[17] 59
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 157
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 53
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[20] 58
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 80
US Billboard 200[22] 95
US Modern Rock/Alternative Albums (Billboard)[22] 24
US Rock Albums (Billboard)[22] 39

References


  1. "R.E.M. releases for 2009". REMHQ.com. 2009-03-25. Archived from the original on 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
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  3. Cohen, Jonathan. "R.E.M. Prepares To 'Accelerate'". Billboard.com. January 2, 2008. Retrieved on March 28, 2008.
  4. Guy Raz (2009-10-22). "First Listen: R.E.M. Live At The Olympia". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2009-10-22.
  5. "July 7th Release for Reckoning Songs from The Olympia (Pre-Order Now)". REMHQ.com. 2009-06-25. Archived from the original on 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  6. "Critic Reviews for Live At The Olympia". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  7. Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Live at the Olympia". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  8. Noel Murray (2009-11-03). "R.E.M.: Live at The Olympia". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2009-11-03.
  9. Dee, Johnny (February 2010). "REM - Live at the Olympia in Dublin 39 Songs". Classic Rock. No. 141. pp. 84–85.
  10. Matthew Perpetua (2009-10-29). "Album Reviews: R.E.M.: Live at the Olympia". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
  11. Hermes, Will (2009-10-13). "Live At The Olympia". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  12. Jonathan Keefe (2009-10-25). "R.E.M.: Live at the Olympia". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  13. Scoppa, Bud. "REM - Live At The Olympia". Uncut. Archived from the original on 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
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  17. "Dutchcharts.nl – R.E.M. – Live At The Olympia In Dublin - 39 Songs" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  18. "Lescharts.com – R.E.M. – Live At The Olympia In Dublin - 39 Songs". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  19. "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  20. "Spanishcharts.com – R.E.M. – Live At The Olympia In Dublin - 39 Songs". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
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