Sandra-Lee Phipps, REM HQ It was this week some 30 years ago that Athens, GA…
- Posted on Jul 12th 2010 12:30PM by Carter Maness
As a teaser for the reissue, R.E.M. posted a demo of a non-album track called 'Throw Those Trolls Away.' The song fits well with the band's early material and bypasses some of the novel production techniques used on the album by famed British folk producer Joe Boyd that alienated some fans.
Similar in sound to past successes like 'Pretty Persuasion' off of 1984's 'Reckoning,' 'Throw Those Trolls Away' finds R.E.M. in a loose, exploratory mode. As Stereogum notes, at one point you can actually hear a mid-song "Turn the guitar up!" command -- a refreshing moment for a band that's mostly known for crisp studio perfection.
'Fables of the Reconstruction' deserves a revisit and listeners will get just that with the reissue slated for July 13 via EMI. The new version features a bonus disc that includes 'Throw Those Trolls Away' along with 13 other demos from the album's sessions. Along with the new demo, there are two other tracks that didn't make the final record and have remained obscure for the past 25 years.